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Montefiore nurses showcase 2013 nursing research projects

Monday January 13, 2014
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For the third time in as many years, Montefiore Medical Center conducted its annual nursing research symposium highlighting projects undertaken by staff within the past year. RN representatives from each unit participated in the symposium Sept. 24 at the Moses Campus.

“We held educational series each month for the entire year and had nurses from each unit come to council meetings,” said Pio G. Paunon, RN, PhD, FCCP, FHCQM, chairman, nursing research council. “That’s how we encouraged them to do nursing research.”

The result of those meetings produced 17 research studies, all of which were presented in abstract form in the “Nursing Research at Montefiore” journal presented to each attendee.

“The nursing research council worked tirelessly to make sure that we could include all of the work of our colleagues,” said Paunon, who also is editor of the research journal.

Martha Whetsell, RN, PhD, ARNP, gave the keynote address, and nurse researchers presented several projects during the symposium.

Topics included the effect of legislative mandatory public reporting of healthcare-associated infections in the acute care setting by Adebisi Adeyeye, RN, MPH, CIC; a study on NP-led phone call intervention for caregivers of loved ones with acquired brain injury post subarachnoid hemorrhage, presented by Janet M. McHenry, RN, DNP, FNP-C, CCRN, CNRN; and implementing an adjunct clinical faculty online orientation, presented by Erica Williams-Woodley, RN, MSN, NP. Because there were nursing students from Lehman College, Bronx Community College and the College of New Rochelle in attendance, the latter presentation sparked a lot of interest, Paunon said.

Posters of the projects were displayed at the event and nurse researchers who did not present were on hand to explain their studies. Researchers Mohamed Yasin, RN, MSN/MPH, NE-BC, and Ronald Cadet, BA, conducted three studies for the symposium, all of which involve the use of technology to make nursing services more efficient.

“One of our projects involved having artificial intelligence help nurses navigate through the vast information on our intranet service,” Cadet said. “Our service has grown so much, that, at times, it can be a little overwhelming finding information. Implementing a Watson or Siri-like program to get the information quicker would be a tremendous help to our nurses.”

Tracey Boyd is a regional reporter.

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Montefiore research projects

A list of abstracts and research studies recognized by Montefiore Medical Center:
“Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and Automated Pharmacy Technology Improve Antibiotic Appropriateness for Community Acquired Pneumonia”
“A Nurse Practitioner-Phone Call Intervention for Caregivers of Loved Ones with Acquired Brain Injury Post Subarachnoid Hemorrhage”
“Application of Statistical Measurements to Identify Patient Satisfaction Trends in the Outpatient Clinics”
“A Step Forward in Falls Prevention: Implementing a Nursing Assistive Device Evaluation Checklist”
“Can We Use Voice Recognition Technology in Nurse Intershift Reporting?”
“Chlorhexidine Versus Povidone-Iodine in Reducing Surgical Site Infections”
“Cuddle Up! The Use of Medical Students to Enhance Developmental Care in the NICU”
“Design and Development of Learning Module for RNs Transitioning to Case Management”
“Embracing Technology and Innovation in the Use of Call Bell”
“Implementing Adjunct Clinical Faculty Online Orientation”
“Increasing Impact of Nurse Presence Through Effective Rounding: Improving the Patient Experience”
“Oxygen Targeting to End Retinopathy: The Otter Collaborative”
“Preventing Pressure Ulcers in the ICU: Implementation Strategies That Work”
“Referral Patterns for the Left Ventricular Assist Device as Destination in Non-inotrope-Dependent Patients: Results of the Consensus DT-Survey”
“The Effect of Legislative Mandatory Public Reporting of Healthcare-Associated Infections on the Acute Care Setting”
“The Effectiveness of Medication Reconciliation Strategies to Reduce Medication Errors in Community Dwelling Older Adults: A Systematic Review”
“The Lived Experiences of Registered Nurse Transitioning to the Clinical Setting”

Source: Montefiore Medical Center