WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Nurses took part in a week of recognition and education this month at White Plains (N.Y.) Hospital.
To kick off National Nurses Week, four doctorally prepared nurses presented their research findings May 3 at the second annual Research and Quality Symposium.
“As nurses, we are in the position to develop our own nursing research studies, participate in them, collect data to support others work and use the evidence-based results in our clinical practice,” said Paul Quinn, RN-BC, MSN, PhD, CNM, NE-BC, CEN, CCRN, director of nursing, maternal child health, who received a round of applause for recently earning his doctoral degree.
Having worked with nurses at White Plains to implement their research, the four presenters discussed their studies, outcomes and future work based on their results.
The nurse researchers who presented were Una Hopkins, RN, FNP, DNP, administrative director of the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center at White Plains; Deborah Hunt, RN, PhD, assistant professor of nursing, College of New Rochelle (N.Y.), who discussed leadership and patient outcomes and job satisfaction; Maureen Kroning, RN, MSN, EdD, associate professor of nursing, Nyack (N.Y.) Christian College, who talked about measuring and improving nurses knowledge on advanced directives; and Waitline Williams, RN, FNP, who is preparing to defend her dissertation.
“Based upon the work of these RNs, research studies have been developed; in some cases, the nurses themselves have been the principal investigators, or they have stimulated others to expand upon their work and develop other nursing research studies,” Quinn said.
During the facilitys Nurses Week activities, Candace Smith, RN, MPA, NEA-BC, senior vice president and CNO, clinical program consultant, Medline Industries Inc., gave an inspirational presentation on change, discussing healthcare reform, opportunities for change, development of a value-based organization and how nurses can inspire others in the process.
Other events included an awards ceremony, a blessing of the hands and a celebration breakfast for the three nursing units at the hospital which had the largest decrease in the number of multi-drug resistant organisms.
“RNs at White Plains Hospital are nursing innovators who have made practice changes that result in successful outcomes for their patients,” said Cathy Waters, RN, MSN, OCN, NEA-BC, director of nursing, med/surg services. “The symposium highlights some of our professional accomplishments and inspires us to keep raising the bar in our practice.”
Janice Petrella Lynch, RN, MSN, is a regional nurse executive.