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Impact Of Montessori-Based Dementia Programming On Engagement And Affect Of Older Adults With Dementia, Meredith S. Sheppard 2022 The University of San Francisco

Impact Of Montessori-Based Dementia Programming On Engagement And Affect Of Older Adults With Dementia, Meredith S. Sheppard

Master's Projects and Capstones

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted the Adult Day Services program and Adult Day programs across the country. As the Adult Day Services program transitions to an in-person format, goals within the organization include developing appropriate programming, increasing group size, and keeping clients entertained. The framework guiding this quality improvement project is Montessori-Based Dementia Programming ® (MBDP). This project aims to increase client engagement, decrease client anxiety, and decrease staff workload. This will be measured by a self-developed staff workload survey, the Menorah-Park Engagement, and the Affect rating scale. Implementation of MBDP at the Adult Day Center did not meet …


Implementing A Health Services Google Classroom In A High School Setting, Christina M. Wilkinson 2022 The University of San Francisco

Implementing A Health Services Google Classroom In A High School Setting, Christina M. Wilkinson

Master's Projects and Capstones

Abstract

Problem: The present study investigated the use of Google Classroom and the impact of providing students with basic self-care information on nurse office visit times.

Context: A School nurses are often responsible for multiple schools and a large population of students. These demands pose challenges for school nurses to appropriately serve the student population.

Interventions: Disseminate basic health information on self-care to students via Google Classroom.

Measures: The outcome measure is to make nurse’s office visits less than ten minutes. The data source being chart reviews and the target is 80% of students. The process measure is to increase …


Standardizing Handoff Report In A Medsurg Telemetry Floor, Brandon Tyler Thompson 2022 University of San Francisco

Standardizing Handoff Report In A Medsurg Telemetry Floor, Brandon Tyler Thompson

Master's Projects and Capstones

Problem: Hospital A’s 9th floor telemetry units lacked a standardized method of handoff and required investigation. Current practices were evaluated, and an intervention was designed based on weak communication areas. Context: Using a 5 P’s assessment the key stakeholders included unit nurses, the nursing director, nurse educators, and unit nurse managers, and the patients were medsurg telemetry patients. The process included handoff in care and the pattern evaluated was methods of reporting with the purpose of providing high quality evidence-based patient centered care. A SWOT analysis revealed strong teamwork, interdisciplinary collaboration, and proficiency in health record technologies as strengths …


Improving Nursing Staff Knowledge For Management Of Geriatric Patients With Confusion In The Emergency Department, Kareem G. Carter 2022 University of San Francisco

Improving Nursing Staff Knowledge For Management Of Geriatric Patients With Confusion In The Emergency Department, Kareem G. Carter

Master's Projects and Capstones

Problem: Staff knowledge of effective management of confusion in geriatric patients (>65yo) may be limited and inconsistent with the current goal of establishing a geriatric-friendly Emergency Department (ED) Model of Care. Suboptimal management of this patient population can result in prolonged ED stays, which increases the cost to the hospital and the patient (Han & Wilber, 2013).

Context: An Emergency Department at a large Bay Area urban hospital hopes to obtain Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) through the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Interventions: Create a simplified checklist for nursing staff using mnemonic devices to …


Sepsis Inservice And Video At An Urban Hospital In California, Angela T. Ho 2022 University of San Francisco

Sepsis Inservice And Video At An Urban Hospital In California, Angela T. Ho

Master's Projects and Capstones

The emergency department at an urban hospital in California was performing below institutional goals related to sepsis protocols over the past few months. This intervention was targeted at nurses and was composed of a PowerPoint in-service on compliance to SEP-1 protocols and follow-along video on using the correct sepsis order set and documentation in the electronic health record (EHR). Goals included increased compliance to the SEP-1 protocol and documentation, (2) reduced time between the onset of symptoms, recognition, and intervention, (3) decline in sepsis rates and mortality rates, and (4) lower cost of care. Data was collected from the EHR …


Implementation Of Staff Education To Standardize The Use Of Positions During The First Stage Of Labor, Minh Chau T. Phan 2022 University of San Francisco

Implementation Of Staff Education To Standardize The Use Of Positions During The First Stage Of Labor, Minh Chau T. Phan

Master's Projects and Capstones

This project aims to educate labor and delivery (L&D) nurses on effective laboring positions that can aid fetal descent during the first stage of labor. In an L&D unit of a south Bay Area County hospital, there is a lack of standardization of knowledge and practices on laboring positions among the nursing staff. Evidence shows that upright positions and frequent mobility are effective in shortening the duration of labor and minimizing unnecessary cesarean deliveries. Based on the evidence, a project was implemented using verbal education of evidence-based laboring positions. An educational handout was also provided along with a recorded video …


Esp In Nursing: Building Communicative Competence For Internationally-Educated Nurses, Sami Vuong 2022 University of San Francisco

Esp In Nursing: Building Communicative Competence For Internationally-Educated Nurses, Sami Vuong

Master's Projects and Capstones

The nursing shortage in the United States has been an ongoing issue due to nursing burnout and retirement. Together with the COVID-19 pandemic, it has further exhausted the healthcare system’s resources and healthcare providers. In order to sustain the healthcare system in society, a large number of internationally educated nurses (IENs) have been transferred to work in the United States. As a result of different nursing practices, cultures, and communication styles, many IENs experience language and cultural barriers at work. Difficulty in communication influences the quality of patient care provided, which can lead to negative health outcomes for patients and …


Usp<800> Hazardous Drug Safe-Handling In The Medical-Surgical Microsystem: A Cnl Quality Improvement Project, Ananda T. Le 2022 University of San Francisco

Usp<800> Hazardous Drug Safe-Handling In The Medical-Surgical Microsystem: A Cnl Quality Improvement Project, Ananda T. Le

Master's Projects and Capstones

Problem: The USP General Chapter <800> guidelines protect healthcare workers from hazardous drugs (HD) and are enforceable by hospital regulatory organizations. Hospitals should increase their safe handling and administration of these drugs to be compliant and protect their workers. This quality improvement project aimed to improve nurse compliance with the safe handling of USP <800> drugs on the medical-surgical microsystem within 16 weeks.

Context: This clinical nurse leader (CNL) quality improvement project was implemented on two medical-surgical microsystems in a San Francisco Bay Area hospital system.

Interventions: The team conducted passive observational data collection and active observation in the form of a …


Improving Safe Handling And Administration Of Usp<800> Hazardous Drugs Within The Medical-Surgical Unit, Pavlo Karaputa 2022 University of San Francisco

Improving Safe Handling And Administration Of Usp<800> Hazardous Drugs Within The Medical-Surgical Unit, Pavlo Karaputa

Master's Projects and Capstones

Nurses comprise the largest proportion of healthcare providers who make contact with Hazardous Drugs (HDs) during multiple types of clinical activities and have a risk of exposure. Hazardous drugs (HDs) are a class of pharmaceuticals that pose serious health risks to individuals who handle them, including organ toxicity, reproductive and developmental defects, infertility, miscarriage, genetic toxicity, cancer, and even death. This project was implemented in a hospital system within Northern California, on two units that serve medical-surgical, oncology, geriatric, and transplant patients. The Medical Surgical microsystem at this hospital comprises a small group of professionals such as registered nurses (RNs), …


Adverse Childhood Experiences Screening Among Adults In An Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit, Erika Y. Bales, Allyson Neal, Brittany McGill 2022 The University of Tennessee Knoxville

Adverse Childhood Experiences Screening Among Adults In An Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit, Erika Y. Bales, Allyson Neal, Brittany Mcgill

Graduate Publications and Other Selected Works - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are common amongst people of all ages, races, and socio-economic statuses. The consequence of ACEs impact ones mental and physical health and life span. High ACE scores lead to increased risk of suicide, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. The purpose of this project was to screen adults admitted to an inpatient psychiatric hospital for ACEs. This project sought to determine if there is a relationship between overall ACEs score and impact on health versus length of stay. Ultimately, the aim is to reduce negative health outcome for patients as measured by length of stay. The results …


The Usability And Feasibility Of A Nursing Evidence-Based Comorbidity Educational Website For An Urban Mental Health Assertive Community Treatment (Act) Program, Andrea Brudigan, Laurie Sewell-Muller, Kokuvi Sena Tsogbevi 2022 University of Nebraska Medical Center

The Usability And Feasibility Of A Nursing Evidence-Based Comorbidity Educational Website For An Urban Mental Health Assertive Community Treatment (Act) Program, Andrea Brudigan, Laurie Sewell-Muller, Kokuvi Sena Tsogbevi

Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects: College of Nursing

Objective: Serious mental illness (SMI) causes an increased risk for comorbidities like heart disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. Many times, these comorbidities are due to side effects of antipsychotics and poor self-management from low insight and other symptoms of mental illness. This project aims to enhance client care enrolled in an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program by providing evidence-based resources tailored to clients with SMI, providing ACT team members with support to promote healthy behaviors in clients.

Methods: A website was developed that provides printable, easy-to-read, evidence-based resources that address physical comorbidities. The ACT team integrated these resources into …


An Enhanced Enrollment Process To Impact Appointment Compliance In The Hf-Optimize Clinic, Carolyn Coons, Teri Diederich, Kyana Holder 2022 University of Nebraska Medical Center

An Enhanced Enrollment Process To Impact Appointment Compliance In The Hf-Optimize Clinic, Carolyn Coons, Teri Diederich, Kyana Holder

Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects: College of Nursing

Background The HF-Optimize clinic showed improved utilization of guideline-directed medical therapy (GDMT) along with improved clinical outcomes from 2018 to 2020. Appointment compliance was poor with only 44% of patients completing all HF-Optimize visits. Missed appointments led to worse health outcomes, fragmented care, and provider inefficiencies. Interventions to improve appointment compliance are vital to improving heart failure outcomes. Objective The purpose of this quality improvement project is to evaluate the impact that an enhanced enrollment process has on appointment compliance in a culturally diverse, adult population referred to the HF-Optimize clinic at Nebraska Medicine. Methods This prospective quality improvement project …


Nurses Addressing The Knowledge Gap In Advance Care Planning, Stephanie Winkel, Elaine B. Harwood 2022 Four Seasons Palliative Care

Nurses Addressing The Knowledge Gap In Advance Care Planning, Stephanie Winkel, Elaine B. Harwood

International Journal of Faith Community Nursing

Background: Advance care planning allows people autonomy about values and preferences related to care at the EOL. Engaging in advance care planning enables one to consider decisions about medical treatment at the EOL and informing significant others, including health care providers, about preferences (National Institute on Aging [NIA], 2018).

Methods: In this QI project, the intervention will be a one-time ZOOM® meeting between nurse leaders and participating church members. The nurse leader will present the 5 Wishes curriculum and lead a question-and-answer portion at the end of the ZOOM® meeting. Participants will be asked to complete a short …


Program Evaluation Of Faith Community Nursing Cardiovascular Education Intervention, Jennifer Cummings 2022 Drexel University

Program Evaluation Of Faith Community Nursing Cardiovascular Education Intervention, Jennifer Cummings

International Journal of Faith Community Nursing

Abstract

Background: Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Many cardiovascular risk factors are modifiable. Community engagement by Faith Community Nurses in church settings can help patients reduce risk.

Problem/Purpose: Faith Community Nurses at a Philadelphia church identified a need for cardiovascular lifestyle risk modification education and planned this as the inaugural topic of its new health outreach program. The project purpose was to evaluate effectiveness of the program in increasing knowledge of cardiovascular risk modification, increasing level of readiness to make self-identified lifestyle changes, and to evaluate the program format as a potential model …


Advance Care Planning In Faith Communities: A Quality Improvement Project, Lorie Hacker, Jan Gaddis, Jessica Grimm, Catherine Chung 2022 Marian University

Advance Care Planning In Faith Communities: A Quality Improvement Project, Lorie Hacker, Jan Gaddis, Jessica Grimm, Catherine Chung

International Journal of Faith Community Nursing

This quality improvement project examined the impact of providing an advance care planning training tool to faith community nurses in the community setting on advance care planning knowledge, self-efficacy, and implementation of advance care planning outreach and advance directive completion. The pre- and post-intervention frequencies measure and paired-t test survey design resulted in clinically significant improvements in knowledge, and self-efficacy of advance care planning among faith community nurses. A fifty-fold increase was seen in advance care planning outreach activities among the group from pre- to post-intervention. The limitations of the project included small sample size and short implementation timing. However, …


Technology For Faith Community Nursing Practice, Katrina Goodrich 2022 Faith Community Nurses International

Technology For Faith Community Nursing Practice, Katrina Goodrich

International Journal of Faith Community Nursing

Technology is an ever-expanding tool that can be utilized by Faith Community Nurses to enhance their practice. Technology offers options for organizing and promoting services, collaborating with others on an international level, education of both the Faith Community Nurse and their clientele, and multiple instruments for tracking and managing wellness plans.


Mental Health Benefits Of Physical Activity In Older Adults, Adrian Kurt Zitzmann 2022 Roseman University of Health Sciences

Mental Health Benefits Of Physical Activity In Older Adults, Adrian Kurt Zitzmann

Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner

Physical activity is the fountain of youth, strengthening both the physical body as well as the mind, leading to better emotional stability and a general sense of well-being. The population over age 65 is nearing retirement age and are transitioning from a high paced work and family life to a slower and less active “empty nest” lifestyle. Among adults over age 65, will implementing an exercise program for 30 minutes per day increase mental well-being? The benefits of physical activity will be supported by gathering a group of older adults ages 65 and up from a local retirement community to …


Effective Distraction Techniques During Immunizations For Pediatric Patients, Shae Eguchi 2022 Roseman University of Health Sciences

Effective Distraction Techniques During Immunizations For Pediatric Patients, Shae Eguchi

Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner

Purpose: Immunizations are the single most common painful procedure pediatric patients experience in the healthcare setting. The repeated pain experienced during immunizations potentiate negative, long-term sequelae for the patient. The primary aim of the literature review was to evaluate the effectiveness of distraction techniques for pain reduction during pediatric immunizations.

Designs and Methods: A literature search was completed to review studies evaluating the effectiveness of distraction techniques on pediatric pain scores as measured by the Wong-Baker FACES pain rating scale. A systematic and critical analyses was conducted on the results of seven randomized controlled trials.

Results: The …


Improving Nursing Shift Handoff Reports: A Quality Improvement Project, Nathan MM Secrest 2022 University of San Francisco

Improving Nursing Shift Handoff Reports: A Quality Improvement Project, Nathan Mm Secrest

Master's Projects and Capstones

Nursing shift-to-shift handoff report can greatly impact a patient’s quality of care. According to the Joint Commission, “an estimated 80 percent of serious medical errors involve miscommunication between caregivers when patients are transferred or handed-off” (Inadequate handoff communication, 2017). In total, this quality improvement (QI) project worked with three hospital inpatient units on three different floors in an urban California (CA) city. Each unit and even shifts within each unit varied, leading to the conclusion that interventions should be trialed by units with the most buy-in, then adjusted to the unique needs of each unit. For our main intervention we …


Impact Of Pcts In The Prevention Of Hap Through A Route Bundle With An Emphasis On Oral Care And Positioning The Patient Out Of Bed And In A Chair, Melissa Ray 2022 University of San Francisco

Impact Of Pcts In The Prevention Of Hap Through A Route Bundle With An Emphasis On Oral Care And Positioning The Patient Out Of Bed And In A Chair, Melissa Ray

Master's Projects and Capstones

Background: Hospital Acquired Pneumonia (HAP) is a leading cause of most hospital-acquired infections among surgery patients who are hospitalized and bed-bound for more than 48hrs. The occurrence of HAP is associated with increased hospital stays and cost of care. However, its occurrence can be reduced by oral care. In this regard, this project aimed to decrease the incidence of HAP on the 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th floors on the Medical Surgical and ICU units of the Northern California Hospital.

Methods: To achieve the aim above, the project utilized methods namely …


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