Karen Spies Award for Excellence in Nursing Research: Ruth Ann Jones, Pat O’Shea, Lynn Crouch, Karen Spies and Karen Gabel Speroni.
Congratulations to Lynn Crouch, unit-based educator for Women’s and Children’s Health, for her selection as winner of the 2015 Karen Spies Nursing Research Award. The award, which was presented at UM Shore Regional Health’s sixth annual “Spring into Nursing” Research Conference, was given to Crouch for her research study, The Differences in Detection Rates for Newborn Critical Congenital Heart Defects by Pulse Oximetry Screening at 24 Hours and at Discharge.
The Nursing Research Conference was held on Thursday, May 14, at the Eastern Shore Hospital Center in Cambridge. The event included a continental breakfast and lunch, a keynote speech by Carmel McComiskey, director of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants at University Maryland Medical Center, and a presentation, “United States Nurses’ Perceptions Regarding Caring for Suspected, Probable and Confirmed Ebola Virus Disease Patients,” by Karen Gabel Speroni, chairperson of the Shore Regional Health Nursing Research Council, and Julie Bryan, infection prevention coordinator for SRH.
The conference agenda also featured announcement of the winners of the Pink Contest Cards in the categories of Quality Improvement, Evidence-Based Practice, and Nursing Research. The three winners were selected by the Nursing Research Council from a total of 22 submissions. They are: April Ewing, RN, Does Bedside Reporting in the ED Increase patient Satisfaction (QI); Teresa Yawn, BSN, RN, Does Having Four or less patients Increase patient Care Outcomes Compared to Greater Than Four Patients in a Hospital Setting (EBP); and Mandy Bounds, MSN, RN, CCRN-CMC, Does a Targeted Discharge Bundle for African Americans With Type-2 Diabetes Improve Readmission Rates and A1C Levels Over a 6-month Time Period.
The event included presentations by UM SRH nurses who are recent doctoral candidates: Implementation of the ABCDE Bundle to Improve Patient Outcomes in the ICU, by Stacey Kram: Implementation of Bedside Shift Report by Heather Westerfield; and Implementation of the Teach-Back Method to Improve Medication Communication in an Inpatient Hospital Setting, by Amy Stafford.
Other presentations by Shore Regional Health nurses included: Christine Durham-Pressley, on her reflections being the Nursing Research Intern; Kim Billingslea, on The Use of Innovation and Evidence-Based Practice to Establish a Patient and Family Centered Care Program; and Kathy Elliott, on how the Magnet® Model and Nursing Research are inter-related.