1. Weiss, Marianne E. DNSc, RN
  2. Bobay, Kathleen L. PhD, RN, NEA-BC
  3. Bahr, Sarah J. MSN, RN, ACNS-BC
  4. Costa, Linda PhD, RN, NEA-BC
  5. Hughes, Ronda G. PhD, MHS, RN, FAAN
  6. Holland, Diane E. PhD, RN, FGSA


There has been a proliferation of initiatives to improve discharge processes and outcomes for the transition from hospital to home and community-based care. Operationalization of these processes has varied widely as hospitals have customized discharge care into innovative roles and functions. This article presents a model for conceptualizing the components of hospital discharge preparation to ensure attention to the full range of processes needed for a comprehensive strategy for hospital discharge.