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A Clinical Nurse Leader Initiative: Promoting Mobility Among Long-Term Care Facility Residents, Ulyses Reamico 2017 The University of San Francisco

A Clinical Nurse Leader Initiative: Promoting Mobility Among Long-Term Care Facility Residents, Ulyses Reamico

Master's Projects and Capstones

Maintenance of mobility during hospitalization or stay in long-term care facility result in improved patient outcomes including but not limited to decreased incidence of falls, non-pharmacological pain intervention, and prevention of further functional decline. In a 45-bed rehabilitation unit of a Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facility, a clinical nurse leader (CNL) initiative was done to promote mobility among the patients to mitigate functional decline. The patients, also referred to as clients or residents in long-term care facilities, were aged between 20s and 90s. The resident population consisted of patients admitted for physical rehabilitation after a stroke or surgical procedure ...


Barriers To Advance Directives, Anna Malia Connor Ticknor 2017 DePaul University

Barriers To Advance Directives, Anna Malia Connor Ticknor

Grace Peterson Nursing Research Colloquium

Abstract

Background: Advanced directives (ADs) are legal documents that allows an individual to document their specific wishes for medical care should they be unable to speak for themselves. The use of advanced directives has implications directing the course of end-of-life care affecting both the cost and direction of care. Advance directives can clarify confusion and provide guidance, but their implementation is not clearly defined within the healthcare system. Despite their implications, multiple surveys indicate these documents have limited use within the United States for reasons that are not easily isolated including lack of knowledge of advanced directives and lack of ...


Intra-Operative Awareness With Recall Under General Anesthesia, Kelly Lannert, Dulcie Schippa 2017 DePaul University

Intra-Operative Awareness With Recall Under General Anesthesia, Kelly Lannert, Dulcie Schippa

Grace Peterson Nursing Research Colloquium

Abstract

Background: Anesthesia practitioners are familiar with awareness with recall (AWR) as a phenomenon, however, research has shown it is inadequately assessed, evaluated, and treated in patients receiving general anesthesia leading to significant undesired sequela.

Objectives: The purpose of this quality improvement project (QIP) was to attempt to improve the perceived knowledge and comfort of anesthesia practitioners relative to the assessment, evaluation, and treatment of patients with AWR, thus, closing the gap between knowledge and practice.

Method: The sample consisted of 150 anesthesia practitioners from the Northshore University HealthSystem. Pre-and post-test Likert-type surveys were used and uploaded into Qualtrics to ...


Effective Methods For Domestic Violence Screening In The Emergency Department, Megan Bryan 2017 DePaul University

Effective Methods For Domestic Violence Screening In The Emergency Department, Megan Bryan

Grace Peterson Nursing Research Colloquium

Abstract

Background: The CDC reports that one in four women and one in ten men will experience some form of domestic violence in their lifetime that will have either a short-term or long-term impact on their well-being. Often the first place these victims are seen where they can receive help is the emergency department. Objectives: The goal of this systematic integrative literature review was to explore existing literature on domestic violence screening methods used in the emergency department and determine which methods prove most effective. Concurrently, this review examined the barriers to effective domestic violence screening and how nursing education ...


Personality Traits, Perceived Stress, And Coping Mechanisms Of Emergency Department Nurses, Brittany Knipp 2017 DePaul University

Personality Traits, Perceived Stress, And Coping Mechanisms Of Emergency Department Nurses, Brittany Knipp

Grace Peterson Nursing Research Colloquium

No abstract provided.


Identifying The Factors For Acute Cardiac Arrest For Establishing A New Recognition Protocol In Detecting Pre-Arrest Symptoms, Sarah Power 2017 DePaul University

Identifying The Factors For Acute Cardiac Arrest For Establishing A New Recognition Protocol In Detecting Pre-Arrest Symptoms, Sarah Power

Grace Peterson Nursing Research Colloquium

Abstract

Background: Worsening physiological symptoms can easily go overlooked or unmanaged. The early detection of clinical signs that precede cardiac arrest can reduce the risk of worsening condition or death. Determining a nursing protocol to recognize pre-arrests symptoms would allow a systematic way to evaluate patients and their health status before adverse events occur.

Objectives: The purpose of an integrative literature review was to identify signs and symptoms that precede cardiac arrest, and to specify a recognition protocol that ameliorates patient care outcomes.

Method: An integrative literature review was conducted undergoing an extensive search to identify acute cardiac arrest and ...


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 ...


Rates Of Autoimmune Disease Increasing In Women, Rosa de la Cotera 2017 DePaul University

Rates Of Autoimmune Disease Increasing In Women, Rosa De La Cotera

Grace Peterson Nursing Research Colloquium

Abstract

Autoimmune disorders (AD) are a group of highly disabling pathological conditions that are growing at an alarming rate affecting approximately 8% of the population. These disorders occur more frequently in women, as 78% of those diagnosed are women. Little conclusive research has been conducted as to determine why there is a tremendous sex disparity when looking at the rates. Due to the overall poor health that results from these disorders, there is an increase in the societal burden in terms of health care costs, loss of work productivity and reduced quality of life. The aim of this integrative literature ...


Improving Stress Echocardiogram Access For Patients With Low-Risk Chest Pain In The Emergency Department Clinical Decision Unit, Rosalie Geronimo 2017 The University of San Francisco

Improving Stress Echocardiogram Access For Patients With Low-Risk Chest Pain In The Emergency Department Clinical Decision Unit, Rosalie Geronimo

Master's Projects and Capstones

This paper attempts to demonstrate improved stress echocardiogram scheduling access for patients with low-risk chest pain in the Emergency Department Clinical Decision Unit.


Understanding The Blogging Practices Of Women Undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (Ivf): A Discourse Analysis Of Women’S Ivf Blogs, Elizabeth Orr, Susan M. Jack, Wendy Sword, Sandra Ireland, Lois Ostolosky 2017 McMaster University

Understanding The Blogging Practices Of Women Undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (Ivf): A Discourse Analysis Of Women’S Ivf Blogs, Elizabeth Orr, Susan M. Jack, Wendy Sword, Sandra Ireland, Lois Ostolosky

The Qualitative Report

Infertility and its associated treatments, including in vitro fertilization (IVF), can have a profound impact on the emotional health and well-being of women desiring to become mothers. Researchers have measured the impact of infertility and described the experience of infertility and its treatment, leaving the rich descriptions of the IVF experience as captured in women’s blogs to be explored. This discourse analysis describes the blogging practices of women undergoing IVF, exploring both the content and function of the IVF blog discourse. Data were collected from the text of seven women’s blogs (n=1,149 blog posts) and resulted ...


Implementing Risk Tools To Prevent Hospital Readmission, Tara O'Connor 2017 The University of San Francisco

Implementing Risk Tools To Prevent Hospital Readmission, Tara O'Connor

Master's Projects and Capstones

Implementing Risk Tools to Prevent Hospital Readmission

Tara O’Connor

Abstract

Background: Readmission reduction is one of the most important opportunities for reducing cost in today’s health care system.

Global Aim: To operationalize risk tools to reduce hospital readmissions by 5 percent by the end of 2017.

Project Aim: To develop new transitions program (TP) processes that operationalizes the risk tools and ensures 70 percent of all readmission risk score patients referred receive a post discharge phone call within 48 hours, and are assessed for their risk of medication management issues as part of their initial assessment, by August ...


Pursuing Equity In Diabetes Population, Aisha Rawlinson 2017 The University of San Francisco

Pursuing Equity In Diabetes Population, Aisha Rawlinson

Master's Projects and Capstones

Abstract

Background

Poor glycemic control (HbA1c >8) overtime leads to microvascular and macrovascular complications after the first and third years respectively, ultimately resulting in death after five years (Karter, 2016). Current Kaiser Permanente (KP) data stratified by race, ethnicity, age, and gender shows a significant disparity gap between Hispanics/Latino and Caucasian populations. The Pursuing IHI initiative is over a 2-year period completed at a microsystem that is focusing on health equity practices to reduce disparity gaps.

Project aim

KP Riverside, microsystem selected has a large population of Hispanic/Latino KP members, with focus on health equity. The project aim ...


Improving Pain Management In The Cardiac Procedure Unit, Marisol Aquino 2017 The University of San Francisco

Improving Pain Management In The Cardiac Procedure Unit, Marisol Aquino

Master's Projects and Capstones

Abstract title: Improving Pain Management in the Cardiac Procedure Unit (CPU)

Unit: Cardiac Procedure Unit

Author: Marisol Aquino RN, BSN

Institution: University of San Francisco; Kaiser Permanente Nurse Scholars Academy; Kaiser Permanente Hospital, San Francisco (CNL practicum site).

Background Information

Cardiac Procedure Unit (CPU) specializes in the care of patients who are undergoing various cardiac procedures. The day-to-day operations are composed of Registered Nurses (RNs), Patient Care Technicians (PCTs), Unit Assistant (UA), and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) with an oversight from the Medical Director and Department Managers.

Patients’ perception of pain in the CPU has continually followed a “see-saw” pattern and ...


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 ...


Acute Bronchospasm Under General Anesthesia, Cody Rasmussen 2017 Otterbein University

Acute Bronchospasm Under General Anesthesia, Cody Rasmussen

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

An acute bronchospasm during general anesthesia can become a life-threatening intraoperative condition for any patient. Bronchospasm occurs when the bronchial smooth muscle constricts which makes ventilating the patient difficult, and can ultimately lead to hypoventilation, hypoxemia, and metabolic acidosis. It’s imperative for any anesthesia provider to understand what a bronchospasm is, its pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, and algorithm of treatments. This poster presentation provides a summary based discussion of acute bronchospasm under general anesthesia.


Pilot Test Of Communication With A ‘Rapid Fire’ Technique, Desiree A. Díaz, Candace Pettigrew, Christine Dileone, Meredith Dodge, Deborah Shelton 2017 University of Central Florida

Pilot Test Of Communication With A ‘Rapid Fire’ Technique, Desiree A. Díaz, Candace Pettigrew, Christine Dileone, Meredith Dodge, Deborah Shelton

Journal for Evidence-based Practice in Correctional Health

Abstract

An innovative communication training technique, ‘Rapid Fire’, was created to enhance communication and was incorporated into the debrief component of a simulation designed for correctional nurses to promote learning and engagement. The term ‘Rapid Fire’ was used to expose the critical time element that appears in the first five minutes of many crisis situations, where a quick relay of information and problem solving is essential; such as in a cardiac arrest or other rapidly deteriorating patient situations. This technique consists of a five-minute session prior to the structured debrief. During the ‘Rapid Fire’ portion of the debrief, all learners ...


The Lived Experience Of Chemo Brain In Early Stage Breast Cancer In Women 50 And Under, Patricia A. Gibbons 2017 Seton Hall University

The Lived Experience Of Chemo Brain In Early Stage Breast Cancer In Women 50 And Under, Patricia A. Gibbons

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

Cognitive deficits have been shown to affect those who have undergone treatment with chemotherapy. This is often referred to as chemo-brain. The purpose of this descriptive phenomenological study was to explore the lived experience of the chemo brain after undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. The study sample consisted of six women between the ages of 29 and 50 with early stage breast cancer. van Manen’s (1997) descriptive phenomenological method guided data analysis. The recurrent themes identified in this study were (1) Struggles with day to day life (2) Emotions related to diagnosis and treatment, (3) Fatigue (4) Coping and ...


Perceived Barriers To Contraceptive Use: An Exploratory Study Of Women Living In Rural Haiti, Jocelyne de Gouvenain 2017 Rhode Island College

Perceived Barriers To Contraceptive Use: An Exploratory Study Of Women Living In Rural Haiti, Jocelyne De Gouvenain

Master's Theses, Dissertations, Graduate Research and Major Papers Overview

Maternal health is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period (WHO, 2016). Maternal health is a very important determinant of Haiti’s familial, educational, economic, and environmental development. One key to maternal health is family planning which can empower women to fulfill their familial and community roles. Family planning through contraception offers women the opportunity to gain time between child births by deciding when to get pregnant in relation to their other life obligations. Having fewer children and longer spacing between births provides women and children a better ...


Evidence-Based Verbal De-Escalation Techniques For The Family Nurse Practitioner: Education And Simulation, Rachael K. Misitano 2017 University of San Francisco

Evidence-Based Verbal De-Escalation Techniques For The Family Nurse Practitioner: Education And Simulation, Rachael K. Misitano

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects

Background: Healthcare workers are 4 times more likely to be exposed to workplace violence than workers employed in private industry, with assault rates as high as 7.8 per 10,000 workers. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health defines workplace violence as “violent acts, including physical assaults, and or threats of assault, directed toward persons at work or on duty” (OSHA, 2015, p. 2). Verbal de-escalation techniques that assist with care of the agitated patient are not routinely taught to Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) throughout their years of advanced coursework, yet it is something they are likely to ...


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 ...


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