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  1. Roberts, Melanie DNP, RN-BC, CNS, CCNS, CCRN
  2. Miller, Susan A. MS, CNS, ACNP-BC, CCRN, CSC


Creating nurse-driven protocols empower nurses to practice at the top of their scope and provide early interventions. This article describes the development and implementation of an evidence-based, nurse-driven resuscitation protocol for cardiac surgical patients who suffer cardiac arrest using a theoretical framework and leadership-driven process. Readers will gain knowledge of the collaborative process required to develop and implement a complex practice change. Process measures, outcomes, and lessons learned are presented.