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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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