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Letter To The Editor: Patient And Staff Experiences With Inpatient Video Monitoring, Eric Shoemaker MD, Aysha Athar DO, Jonathon Brewis MD, Daniel Angell DO, Rana Zaban DO 2018 Annapolis Family Medicine Residency, Beaumont Wayne Hospital

Letter To The Editor: Patient And Staff Experiences With Inpatient Video Monitoring, Eric Shoemaker Md, Aysha Athar Do, Jonathon Brewis Md, Daniel Angell Do, Rana Zaban Do

Clinical Research in Practice: The Journal of Team Hippocrates

We describe the patient experience with remote video monitoring on a general practice inpatient floor in the hospital. We raise questions about unexplored areas relevant to this practice.


Building The Foundation Of A Mentoring Program For Chief Nurse Executives, Patricia Gooch 2018 The University of San Francisco

Building The Foundation Of A Mentoring Program For Chief Nurse Executives, Patricia Gooch

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects

The chief nurse executive (CNE) is the senior leader whose primary responsibility is to assure quality of care and patient experience in acute care hospitals. Uncertainty in the political arena and further changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) highlight the need for hospitals to maintain continuity of leadership for the executive closest to patient care – the CNE. In a large and complex health system, the role of the CNE can be an overwhelming responsibility for seasoned professionals – and especially daunting if you are new to the role of CNE or new to an organization as an experienced CNE.

The ...


Development Of An Advanced Practice Provider Onboarding Structure, Amy Ziegler 2018 The University of San Francisco

Development Of An Advanced Practice Provider Onboarding Structure, Amy Ziegler

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects

Advanced practice providers, also referred to as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, are increasingly being employed to function in a variety of healthcare settings. As organizations grow their advanced practice provider staff, they must develop a distinct advanced practice provider orientation and onboarding program. Finding the right staff is only half the battle; if you do not orient and onboard staff properly the will not stay (National Systems Contractors Associations [NSCA], 2017). Administrators, certainly directors of advanced practice providers, are pursuing unique and dynamic ways to facilitate credentialing, privileging, orientation and onboarding of these individuals. The director for advanced practice ...


Ethics Education To Empower Nurses To Effectively Consult The Hospital Ethics Committee, Elaine L. Ware 2018 The University of San Francisco

Ethics Education To Empower Nurses To Effectively Consult The Hospital Ethics Committee, Elaine L. Ware

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects

Nurses interacting with patients and family members need support when the course of the patient’s care becomes uncertain or conflicted leading to ethical concerns. Educating nurses about the purpose of the Hospital Ethics Committees (HEC) may support nurses with ethical concerns, alleviate moral distress and improve job satisfaction. Utilizing the HEC for ethically challenging care situations enhances the professional practice and supports the code of ethics for nurses. HECs which are often underutilized can provide valuable resources for nurses. This DNP project sought to increase the number of nurses’ ethics consultations to the HEC after providing ethics education using ...


An Assistant Nurse Manager Leadership Laboratory Program And Its Effect On Nursing Outcomes, Alexandra Wiggins 2018 The University of San Francisco

An Assistant Nurse Manager Leadership Laboratory Program And Its Effect On Nursing Outcomes, Alexandra Wiggins

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects

Aim: This paper summarizes the project development, implementation and outcomes of an Assistant Nurse Manager leadership laboratory program and elements involved in the coursework. Through lecture, simulation, and mentoring components, noted change in leadership ability of novice/advanced beginner Assistant Nurse Managers were assessed over a six-month period and monitored the effects on quality and financial metrics, as well as the self-confidence of the Assistant Nurse Managers. Evaluation conducted included both quantitative and qualitative outcome assessment.

Background: The literature shows that quality leadership produces quality nursing outcomes (Houser, 2003). Leadership style (Wong & Cummings, 2007), communication skills (Vogus & Sutcliffe, 2011), and ...


Advanced Access: Creating An Infrastructure For Success In Primary Care, Kimberly D. Perris 2018 University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions

Advanced Access: Creating An Infrastructure For Success In Primary Care, Kimberly D. Perris

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects

The Humboldt Independent Practice Association (IPA) has sought to improve the health of Humboldt County through practice transformation efforts. To date, Humboldt IPA’s primary care practice, the Priority Care Center, is building a foundation toward an Advanced Access model of care with an overarching aim of effectively improving access to quality care in Humboldt County. The 10 Building Blocks of High Performing Primary Care Practices framework set the stage for the intervention and was used as a roadmap to build an infrastructure for success. Team-based care was highlighted as the project relied on having systems and processes that empower ...


Multifarious Interventions To Reduce Falls On The Medical-Surgical Units, Wenjie Ying 2018 The University of San Francisco

Multifarious Interventions To Reduce Falls On The Medical-Surgical Units, Wenjie Ying

Master's Projects and Capstones

The CNL project was conducted on the 56-bed adult medical-surgical units in a trauma center. There were total eight fall incidences from January to February. The SWOT analysis, stakeholder analysis, pre-educational survey, cost-effective analysis and root-cause analysis suggested in-depth training on multifaceted fall prevention. The objectives include reducing falls by 50%, increasing staff’s adherence to fall prevention protocols, boosting staff’s confidence in patient mobility, improving staff responsiveness and communication with meds in HCAHPS, and enhancing knowledge of medications’ side effects by May 14, 2018. The literature reviews indicated that the multicomponent preventative measures to prevent falls along with ...


Manager Leadership: Beginning At Novice, Kathy Bay 2018 The University of San Francisco

Manager Leadership: Beginning At Novice, Kathy Bay

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects

To meet the current and anticipated nursing leadership gaps, there is a critical need for tools and programs to develop of future leaders. Unfortunately, there is a deficiency related to the preparation and readiness of novice nurse managers which impacts turnover, burnout, and the quality, safety and cost of care for patients. The aim of this Doctor of Nursing evidence-based change in practice project was to create an online training program that integrated two national nursing leadership competencies to assist the development of novice nurse managers as they transition to a formal leadership role.

A video-based module system with active ...


The Relationship Between Perceptions Of Patient Safety Culture, Nurse Advocacy, And Nurse Sensitive Patient Outcomes, Margaret DiCuccio 2018 Duquesne University

The Relationship Between Perceptions Of Patient Safety Culture, Nurse Advocacy, And Nurse Sensitive Patient Outcomes, Margaret Dicuccio

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of the study was to understand relationships between and among patient safety culture, nurse reported attitude toward patient advocacy and key patient outcomes. Nurses play an integral role in patient safety, providing care through constant interaction with the patient and clinical team. Advocating for patients is part of that role; however little research existed that explored how advocacy was related to the safety culture or specific patient outcomes.

A correlational cross-sectional design was chosen for this secondary data analysis. Correlation and regression models were applied to medical/surgical unit data from seven facilities within one hospital system. Sources ...


When Disaster Strikes: A Training Intervention To Improve Nurses' Confidence And Preparedness For The Surge, Nichole M. Weber 2018 Valparaiso University

When Disaster Strikes: A Training Intervention To Improve Nurses' Confidence And Preparedness For The Surge, Nichole M. Weber

Evidence-Based Practice Project Reports

There has been an exponential rise in mass casualty incidents (MCI) internationally. These human induced and naturally occurring events have affected over 4.6 billion people, and are not discriminatory to region or community (World Health Organization, 2011). Governing bodies require training and education, but nurses continue to report suboptimal competence and self-reported readiness, and a need for standardized, evidence-based training remains. The purpose if this evidence-based practice project is to authenticate current research supporting implementation of competency-based education, to improve nurses’ self- perceived preparedness and confidence in their ability to respond to MCI. The project results can be utilized ...


Promoting Empowerment And Innovation: A Technology Initiative, Theresa Marcotte 2018 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Promoting Empowerment And Innovation: A Technology Initiative, Theresa Marcotte

Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects

Improving empowerment through a supportive organizational culture can lead to innovation in practice and promote positive outcomes. Supporting employee empowerment, through a supportive organizational culture and environment, provides opportunities to innovate and creatively meet desired outcomes. Using these concepts, an Associate Degree Nursing Program empowered faculty to address a strategic planning opportunity to improve practice. The innovation, a Technology Initiative, provides opportunities for evidence-based testing practices, leading to improved, first-time pass rates on the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX). Technology use in the classroom can improve dissemination of nursing knowledge and retention strategies and therefore improve program retention. The utilization ...


Improving Nurse Managers Skills In The Veterans Health Administration, Charles Silveri 2018 University of New Mexico

Improving Nurse Managers Skills In The Veterans Health Administration, Charles Silveri

Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstones

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides an education module for nurse mangers that prepares them for unique duties and responsibilities. This project explores the self-reported confidence in knowledge learned of nurse managers who participated in an online management and leadership training program through measurement of pre- and post- training participation. The aim of this study is to analyze an online training program for nurse managers in regards to improvement in leadership/management skills and promote better management and patient advocacy (Kvas, Seljak & Stare, 2014; American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Nurse Executive Competencies, 2005).


Effects Of Incorporating Patient Acuity Into The Rn Assignment Process, Melissa L. Forton 2018 Valparaiso University

Effects Of Incorporating Patient Acuity Into The Rn Assignment Process, Melissa L. Forton

Evidence-Based Practice Project Reports

As the largest sector of healthcare, nurses are the primary providers of patient care. By 2025, it is estimated that there will be a shortage of over 250,000 registered nurses (RNs) (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2011). Factors contributing to the nursing shortage include increased complexity of patients and decreased staffing that leads to decreased job satisfaction (Fox & Abrahamson, 2009). Over half of neonatal intensive care nurses reported missing at least one nursing task per shift when staffing was inadequate or patient acuity was high (TubbsCooley, Pickler, Younger, & Mark, 2015). The purpose of this evidence-based practice (EBP) project ...


Nurse-Patient Ratios And Patient Mortality, Allison Gunn, Jordan Scott 2018 Carroll College - Helena

Nurse-Patient Ratios And Patient Mortality, Allison Gunn, Jordan Scott

Carroll College Student Undergraduate Research Festival

Nursing staff to patient ratios in acute care hospitals is a significant factor affecting patient mortality rates. In many states, a static ratio is required; however, “pinning down a specific number is hard to do, given the legal vagaries from state to state” (Lippincott Nursing Education, 2018). Nurse-to-patient ratio refers to the concern of the “gap between patient need and the nursing care available to meet patient needs” (Welton, 2007). A mandated nurse staffing ratio is a “formal order by Superior Court” regarding a defined number of patients that a nurse is caring for that is specific to the facility ...


News From The Graduate School - Nursing, Otterbein University 2018 Otterbein University

News From The Graduate School - Nursing, Otterbein University

Graduate School

Newsletter that provides updates from the Graduate School and the Nursing Graduate Program.


Evaluating Patient Outcomes When Adding Licensed Practical Nurses To The Staffing Mix, Isabel C.M. Shephard, DNP, MSN, RN 2018 George Washington University

Evaluating Patient Outcomes When Adding Licensed Practical Nurses To The Staffing Mix, Isabel C.M. Shephard, Dnp, Msn, Rn

Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects

Background: An incorporation of licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in the RN staffing mix was made in a small community hospital. Research shows that RNs at the bedside equates to less adverse patient outcomes such as falls, pressure ulcers and an increase on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey.

Objectives: To evaluate the effects of incorporating LPNs in the staffing mix on the number of patient falls, pressure ulcers and HCAHPS survey results.

Methods: A Pre and Post study design was used to compare baseline data obtained four months prior to implementing and four months during ...


Identification Of Risk Factors Associated With Falls In The Long Term Care Setting, Jacqueline L. Patel, DNP, MS, ANP-BC 2018 George Washington University

Identification Of Risk Factors Associated With Falls In The Long Term Care Setting, Jacqueline L. Patel, Dnp, Ms, Anp-Bc

Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects

Background: Falls threaten the safety of older adults in long term care (LTC).

Objectives: To assess environmental, clinical and pharmacological causes of falls as well as compare Fall Risk Assessment Score, Brief Interview of Mental Status (BIMS) score, Activities of Daily Living (ADL) scores, age and gender of residents with one fall, recurrent falls, and no falls.

Methods: Using a descriptive-comparative design, we included a convenience sample of 290 adults ≥50 years old at our LTC facility. Fall and recurrent fall groups were matched to those with no falls. We assessed environmental, clinical and pharmacological variables, Fall Risk Assessment Scores ...


Referral Patterns From Long-Term Care Services To Palliative Care: Perceptions Of Directors Of Nursing, Karen S. Sharrah, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C 2018 George Washington University

Referral Patterns From Long-Term Care Services To Palliative Care: Perceptions Of Directors Of Nursing, Karen S. Sharrah, Dnp, Msn, Aprn, Fnp-C

Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects

Background: Palliative care referrals are important in long-term care facilities because they are the first step in generating the services that the patient may need. This study looked at the phenomena of how Directors of Nursing in long-term care facilities that had access to palliative care services determined if a referral was needed.

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to gain a deeper understanding of the decision- making process used by Directors of Nursing for referrals. The study’s aims were to determine what factors prompt a referral in long-term care settings. The primary research question was: How do ...


Evaluating Transfer Of Continuing Education To Practice: A Retrospective Mixed-Methods Study, Tiffany Bryant, DNP, MSN, RN-BC 2018 George Washington University

Evaluating Transfer Of Continuing Education To Practice: A Retrospective Mixed-Methods Study, Tiffany Bryant, Dnp, Msn, Rn-Bc

Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects

Background: Continuing education (CE) is an essential component of building and maintaining the competence and performance of health professionals. Evidence of its impact on practice is lacking. Organizations need evidence of CE transfer to the practice setting to demonstrate its value and inform CE practice.

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to provide evidence of CE’s impact on practice by analyzing nurses’ reports of intent to change practice, actual practice change, and examples of practice change. Research assessing the effects of CE on nursing practice across multiple courses involving different topics, levels of nursing practice and location supports ...


Transitioning Experienced General Care Float Pool Nurses To A Critical Care Float Pool, Troy T. Betts, DNP, MSN, RN-BC 2018 George Washington University

Transitioning Experienced General Care Float Pool Nurses To A Critical Care Float Pool, Troy T. Betts, Dnp, Msn, Rn-Bc

Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects

Background: A nationwide nursing shortage has resulted in a significant reduction in the number of qualified nurse applicants for critical care positions. Additional recruitment solutions for critical care staffing needed to be explored.

Purpose: The purpose of this project was to evaluate the effectiveness of an orientation program designed to transition experienced general care trained float pool nurses to a critical care float pool.

Methods: This descriptive study measured participants’ pre and post critical care orientation knowledge, and completion of core computerized competencies. Critical thinking questions, unit-based competencies, and measurement of participants’ individual perception of competence were also completed. Pre ...


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