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Pots: Educating School Nurses, Stephanie Sherwood 2017 Liberty University

Pots: Educating School Nurses, Stephanie Sherwood

Graduate Student Projects and Scholarship

The project used educational modules as a means for providing knowledge about postural orthostatic tachycardia (POTS) to school nurses. It evaluated knowledge of symptoms and the referral process. A pre and post-test were used immediately prior to and following an educational module to determine gained knowledge about POTS. Participants completed a survey evaluating their perceived knowledge and comfort level to evaluate POTS symptoms and refer patients for further evaluation. One hundred percent of participants demonstrated improvement in their post-test score confirming knowledge gained in all participants. All participants reported that the modules helped them about POTS, and they felt confident ...


Perceived Knowledge And Perceptions Of Palliative Care Among Advanced Practice Cardiac Providers, Jordan Vance 2017 Liberty University

Perceived Knowledge And Perceptions Of Palliative Care Among Advanced Practice Cardiac Providers, Jordan Vance

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

Providers of healthcare have continued to focus on addressing patients’ chronic health outcomes. When understanding how to manage chronic disease, there remains many opportunities in facilitation of better management. With such a wide range of individuals who suffer with a chronic condition, better management to address this population is essential. Palliative care aids in accomplishing this task. It was seen that there was a lack of education in relation to palliative care, with perceptions that continued to be a barrier to the utilization of the service. Due to the lack in education, the strongest barrier to palliative care service utilization ...


Napping And Errors In Night Shift Nursing, Yoon-Hee Hong 2017 DePaul University

Napping And Errors In Night Shift Nursing, Yoon-Hee Hong

Grace Peterson Nursing Research Colloquium

Napping and Errors in Night Shift Nursing

Yoon-Hee Hong, MS Candidate

Larry Maturin, MSN, APN, ACNS-BC, CEN, CCRN

DePaul University School of Nursing

Summer 2017

Abstract

Fatigue and sleepiness in nurses resulting from long 12-hour night work shifts were brought to the spotlight by a sentinel event alert published by The Joint Commission in 2011. By working these long hours, nurses place patient safety at risk. Napping mid-shift has been proposed as a means of reducing the physiological demands and mental decline of fatigue and sleepiness. However, implementation of napping and other fatigue relief measures by nurse managers has not ...


Programs That Can Support Nurses To Reduce Compassion Fatigue And Secondary Traumatic Stress: An Integrative Literature Review, Molly Gruettner 2017 DePaul University

Programs That Can Support Nurses To Reduce Compassion Fatigue And Secondary Traumatic Stress: An Integrative Literature Review, Molly Gruettner

Grace Peterson Nursing Research Colloquium

Compassion allows a nurse to empathize with their patient and their family, but it does not prepare the nurse to cope with stressful events. Repeatedly being exposed to traumatizing events, pain, distress, and suffering can lead to nurse burn-out and fatigue. Compassion fatigue is a unique form of burnout and secondary traumatic stress (STS) encompasses ideas of compassion fatigue and the two terms are often used interchangeably. Objective: The goal of this systematic integrated literature review is to discover interventions to reduce compassion fatigue and STS in trauma nurses Methods: A systematic integrated literature review study was conducted using Ebscohost ...


Higher Medication Administration Errors Associated With Automated Dispensing System Usage, Jillian Cramer 2017 DePaul University

Higher Medication Administration Errors Associated With Automated Dispensing System Usage, Jillian Cramer

Grace Peterson Nursing Research Colloquium

According to a report by The Institute of Medicine, medical errors were associated with up to 98,000 deaths and more than 1 million injuries each year in the United States. These errors can result in poor outcomes, which increase harm or death. According to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System, up to 15% of errors reported cite automated dispensing cabinets as the source of the drug involved in the error.Nearly 58% to 70% of hospitals nationwide use automated dispensing cabinets. Nurses play a critical role in promoting patient safety by surveilling and intercepting any possible errors that could ...


Methods To Reduce Fall Risk, Christin Klineman 2017 DePaul University

Methods To Reduce Fall Risk, Christin Klineman

Grace Peterson Nursing Research Colloquium

Background: The reinforcement of patient, family, and staff education in addition to traditional fall risk interventions is critical to reduce the rates of falls in hospitalized patients.

Objectives: The purpose of this integrative literature review is to analyze whether or not performing initial falls risk assessments combined with patient and family education could potentially reduce the number of falls in hospitalized patients.

Method: An integrative literature review guided by Whittemore & Knafl was conducted using Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL) Complete, ProQuest, PubMed and Google Scholar. A search was conducted using these terms: hospital, falls, fall prevention, falls ...


Cultivating A Culture Of Compassion Among Newly Graduated Registered Nurses: An Evidence-Based Mobile Learning Toolkit, Benson Yeung 2017 The University of San Francisco

Cultivating A Culture Of Compassion Among Newly Graduated Registered Nurses: An Evidence-Based Mobile Learning Toolkit, Benson Yeung

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects

Empathy, kindness, and compassion are some of the humanistic values essential to nursing practice particularly in today’s patient and family-centric healthcare environment. A genuinely empathetic and caring relationship between a nurse and a patient not only enhances the quality and safety of care but also contributes to patient satisfaction, compliance to treatment, and overall health outcomes. Debate amongst educators and researchers continues to grow as to whether these uniquely humanistic values are innate or if they can be taught. How do nurses acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes towards the delivery of compassionate patient care? What strategies are best ...


Readiness For Improving Safe Care Delivery Through Web-Based Hospital Nurse Scheduling & Staffing Technology: A Multi-Hospital Approach, Lisa Massarweh 2017 The University of San Francisco

Readiness For Improving Safe Care Delivery Through Web-Based Hospital Nurse Scheduling & Staffing Technology: A Multi-Hospital Approach, Lisa Massarweh

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects

Hospital scheduling and staffing practices are linked to patient safety, nurse satisfaction, and cost outcomes (Steege & Rainbow, 2017). Staffing, while complex, is ultimately central to the overall success of the hospital. Demands to eliminate events that cause death or serious harm, produce high patient satisfaction scores while maximizing workforce productivity, test any administrator’s skillset. Providing qualified staff in the right place at the right time can be challenged by restrictive union contracts, variable patient acuities, staff attendance, and mandated staffing ratios. These demands may lead to overtime utilization. There is a growing understanding of the negative effects of healthcare worker fatigue on patient outcomes (IOM, 2004; Stimpfel & Aiken, 2013). The impending nursing shortage has the potential to exacerbate the problem of high quality care delivery and could lead to devastating impacts to the profession as well as patients. Though Kaiser Permanente (KP) is generally known for being a healthcare trailblazer, staffing technology was lagging. The purpose of this project is to prepare KP nursing for transformative change with web-based hospital scheduling and staffing. This work addresses the readiness for deployment across the KP system. Complexity and change theories frame this ...


Aligning Theory And Evidence-Based Practices To Enhance Human Flourishing In Nurse Executives, Jim D'Alfonso 2017 University of San Francisco

Aligning Theory And Evidence-Based Practices To Enhance Human Flourishing In Nurse Executives, Jim D'Alfonso

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects

Today’s nurse executives lead highly complex and bureaucratic organizations undergoing sweeping reform at an unprecedented rate of change. Change and high levels of stress are the norm in health care, and ineffective stress management can hinder organizational performance and adversely impact personal wellbeing. The risks of nurse executive burnout and unprecedented turnover led to the development of a 4-hour program to teach theory-guided and evidence-based stress management techniques. The program was intended to increase awareness, enhance effective stress management skills, and improve the nurse executive’s ability to flourish in high stress environments. A pre-intervention and 6-month post-intervention assessment ...


Review Of Literature: The Clinical Nurses' Perception Of Their Role In Hospital Reimbursement, McKinsey Patterson 2017 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Review Of Literature: The Clinical Nurses' Perception Of Their Role In Hospital Reimbursement, Mckinsey Patterson

Pursuit - The Journal of Undergraduate Research at the University of Tennessee

Background: Nursing-sensitive indicators (NSI’s) serve to measure the impact nurses have in promotion of quality care. Existing research highlights the value-based purchasing (VBP) system implemented by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Few studies explore nurse perception.

Method: This review provides a state-of-the-science addressing NSI’s regarding delivery of quality care, hospital assessment related to value-based purchasing and the role of patient satisfaction regarding nursing care in the reimbursement of hospitals. Existing data related to nurses’ roles in VBP reimbursement efforts is described.

Results: A theme in the literature is that the HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and ...


I’M A Big Kid Now: Enhancing Transition Rn Residents’ Confidence During Pediatric Patient Care, Emily W. Lam 2017 University of San Francisco

I’M A Big Kid Now: Enhancing Transition Rn Residents’ Confidence During Pediatric Patient Care, Emily W. Lam

Master's Projects and Capstones

The title of the clinical nurse leader project is “I’m a Big Kid Now: Enhancing Transition RN Residents’ Confidence During Pediatric Patient Care”. The project aims to improve the support components for Transition RN residents during their Transition RN Residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The clinical leadership theme that correlates to this project is communication. The clinical nurse leader’s role is to act as an educator and a facilitator throughout this project. In examining the clinical nurse leader competencies, competencies “use performance measures to assess and improve the delivery of evidence-based practices and promote outcomes that ...


Breast Cancer Patient Preparedness For Transition To Survivorship: Individualized Survivorship Care Plans, Kimberly Beringer 2017 University of San Francisco

Breast Cancer Patient Preparedness For Transition To Survivorship: Individualized Survivorship Care Plans, Kimberly Beringer

Master's Projects and Capstones

Purpose. For breast cancer survivors, after-effects of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy can be substantial, and recurrence is a concern requiring constant surveillance. National healthcare organizations have promulgated guidelines that include providing individualized survivorship care plans (SCP’s). At a northern California oncology department, SCP’s will be prepared for breast cancer patients and delivered in-person by the oncology nurse navigator (ONN).

Method. The author worked with the ONN to develop the format and content requirements for the SCP’s. The ONN prepared individualized plans for patients and scheduled in-person appointments to deliver the SCP’s. A feedback survey to assess ...


Process Improvement Manual: Front And Back Office, Hafsah Badar 2017 university of san francisco

Process Improvement Manual: Front And Back Office, Hafsah Badar

Master's Projects and Capstones

The global aim of this project is to decrease variations and improve efficiency in the tasks assigned to the support staff at an outpatient breast clinic. The breast center has a five-person administrative team who rotate through four positions monthly. The specific aim is by May 1, 2017, 100% of the five employees will have a comprehensive knowledge of their role, and adhere to a standardized way of completing tasks. The CNL Leadership themes used were Educator, Team Leader Manager, and Outcomes Manager. Informative interviews were conducted with the staff to gauge the unique needs of the team. 100% of ...


Nursing Assignments Based On Patient Acuity: The Road To Nursing Job Satisfaction, Kristina Tomic 2017 Valparaiso University

Nursing Assignments Based On Patient Acuity: The Road To Nursing Job Satisfaction, Kristina Tomic

Evidence-Based Practice Project Reports

Challenges in the healthcare industry, including nursing shortages and low nursing retention, have resulted in nurses’ job dissatisfaction. Improving work environment and workload can lead to improved and equitable nursing shift assignments, which may improve nursing job satisfaction. The purpose of this EBP project was to (a) implement a patient acuity tool in the hospital unit, (b) assess its effectiveness in appropriating nursing shift assignments, and (c) evaluate its effect on nursing job satisfaction. The Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) Model was used as a guide to facilitate the transition of the best evidence into practice. As suggested within the evidence ...


Combating Workplace Violence: An Evidence Based Initiative, Diana L. Giordano 2017 Valparaiso University

Combating Workplace Violence: An Evidence Based Initiative, Diana L. Giordano

Evidence-Based Practice Project Reports

Patient/visitor violence against healthcare (HC) employees is a type of workplace violence (WPV) and considered a dangerous hazard within HC occupations (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015). Lack of recognition of the true incidence and underreporting of WPV may contribute to a false sense of security within a HC facility (HCF). Therefore, fully addressing the problem may be met with administrative resistance, resulting in poor employee perceptions of support and commitment for a zero-violence environment. A retrospective analysis was conducted on the HCF’s online incident reports, security request calls, and data from a previously deployed WPV employee survey. The ...


The Application Of Grounded Theory: An Example From Nursing Workforce Research, LaToya J. Lewis-Pierre 4572586, Joann Kovacich, Linda Amankwaa 2017 University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies

The Application Of Grounded Theory: An Example From Nursing Workforce Research, Latoya J. Lewis-Pierre 4572586, Joann Kovacich, Linda Amankwaa

The Qualitative Report

The application of grounded theory was the conduit to theory development in this study. The intent was to explore nurse manager, educator, preceptor, and new graduates’ perceptions of workplace readiness for new graduates entering an Intensive Care Unit. Research participants were drawn from five different ICUs: Medical, Coronary Care, Surgical, Neuroscience, and Trauma. One-on-one interviews were conducted to collect participants’ perspectives on readiness to practice in the ICU. Using grounded theory, four themes emerged giving rise to the novice nurse embracing the ICU theory (NNEIT). Reflections on the type of grounded theory used, reasons for the selection, challenges faced in ...


The Relationship Between Just Culture, Trust And Patient Safety, Linda Ann Paradiso, Nancy Sweeney 2017 CUNY New York City College of Technology

The Relationship Between Just Culture, Trust And Patient Safety, Linda Ann Paradiso, Nancy Sweeney

Publications and Research

PROBLEM: Medical errors are now considered to be the third leading cause of death in the United States, estimated at more than 250,000 deaths per year. The Institute of Medicine’s landmark report, To Err is Human, identified that errors are not the fault of individuals, but systems, processes, and various conditions. In healthcare, the cornerstone of the process by which we learn from errors has been voluntary reporting. The primary barrier to reporting errors is the negative response from administrators, and the potential risk of disciplinary action. An environment of trust and fairness is known as “Just Culture ...


Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Care: The Effect Of A Standardized Collaborative Medication Reconciliation Process, Traci R. Pulliam 2017 Valparaiso University

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Care: The Effect Of A Standardized Collaborative Medication Reconciliation Process, Traci R. Pulliam

Evidence-Based Practice Project Reports

Pediatric patients are at an increased risk for medication errors and can benefit from processes that facilitate and promote medication safety (Stone et al., 2010). Medication reconciliation (Med Rec) is a valuable tool in improving patients’ medication safety and reducing adverse drug events (The Joint Commission, 2015). The purpose of this evidence-based practice (EBP) project was to improve the accuracy of the Med Rec process in a Midwestern pediatric hematology/oncology outpatient clinic by developing, promoting, and evaluating a standardized, collaborative Med Rec process. The Stetler EBP model guided the implementation of the intervention, with the goal of integrating current ...


Implementation Of A Standardized Handoff During Transition Of Care From The Emergency Department To The Intensive Care Unit, Melinda Abbring 2017 Valparaiso University

Implementation Of A Standardized Handoff During Transition Of Care From The Emergency Department To The Intensive Care Unit, Melinda Abbring

Evidence-Based Practice Project Reports

Patient safety and nursing communication are crucial to the nursing handoff during transition of care from the emergency department (ED) to the intensive care unit (ICU). The Institute of Medicine published To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System (1999) and Crossing the Quality Chasm (2001) highlighting ED handoffs as a safety measure. In 2006, the Joint Commission recognized handoffs with the National Patient Safety Goal 2E. The purpose of this evidence-based practice project was to determine if implementation of a standardized handoff would improve nursing communication and patient safety during transition of care from the ED to the ...


Implementation Of A Multifactorial Fall Prevention Protocol, Laura Wilkerson 2017 Valparaiso University

Implementation Of A Multifactorial Fall Prevention Protocol, Laura Wilkerson

Evidence-Based Practice Project Reports

According to the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare (2016), moderate to severe injuries from falls on average add 6.3 days to a hospital stay and cost approximately $14,056 per patient hospitalization. The purpose of this evidence-based practice (EBP) project was to implement a multifactorial approach to identify patients at risk for falls on admission to the orthopedic/neurosurgical unit and provide individualized interventions necessary to prevent falls. The Iowa Model of Evidence-Based Practice and Orlando’s Nursing Process Discipline facilitated the implementation of this project. A total of 45 staff members on the unit were educated on ...


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