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  1. Gray-Miceli, Deanna PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAANP, FAAN
  2. de Cordova, Pamela B. PhD, RN
  3. Crane, Giles L. MPH, ASA
  4. Quigley, Patricia PhD, MPH, ARNP, CRRN, FAANP, FAAN
  5. Ratcliffe, Sarah J. PhD


Reducing falls in nursing homes requires a knowledgeable nursing workforce. To test knowledge, 8 validated vignettes representing multifactorial fall causes were administered to 47 nurses from 3 nursing homes. Although licensed practical nurses scored higher than registered nurses in individual categories of falls, when we computed the average score of all 8 categories between groups of registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, registered nurses scored higher (F = 4.106; P < .05) in identifying 8 causal reasons for older adults to fall.