Applying Social Determinants of Health to Impact Veteran Health Outcomes
Katie Chargualaf, PhD, RN, CMSRN; Brenda Elliott, PhD, RN, CNE; Barbara Patterson, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
This session will address the need for medical-surgical nurses to help link veterans to available resources inside and outside of the VHA. Common health conditions associated with era of service, methods to engage/communicate with veterans, efforts to utilize the military/veteran-centered assessment tools to identify unique vulnerabilities affecting social determinants of health in veterans, and ways to facilitate resource allocation to reduce risks will be addressed.
An Evidence-Based Quality Improvement Project to Improve Nurse-Patient Communication Process
Barbara Potts, DNP, MS, RN-BC, APRN-CNS, ACCNS-AG; Celia Wills, PhD, RN; Carolyn Schubert, DNP, CNE, RN-BC
This session will discuss the development of a quality improvement project focused on providing a foundation of professional communication that will aid nurses for success throughout their career and improve quality care and patient safety.
Early Recognition of Clinical Deterioration in Non-ICU COVID Care
Alexia Johnson, DNP, APRN, CCNS, CCRN-K, NE-BC, RN-BC; David Barishman, MHA, BSN, RN
This session will explore the efforts of one health care facility to identify early clinical deterioration of patients with COVID-19 infection in a non-intensive care unit. Discussion also will include how leadership guided staff through a rapidly changing situation using principles of ARCC model to implement emerging evidence into practice.
An Evidence-Based Approach to Eliminating Nasogastric Tube-Related Pressure Injuries
Brooke Adams, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC; Rachel Lorber, MS, RN, CMSRN
This session will discuss the efforts of one academic community hospital to reduce the frequency of nasogastric tube (NGT) related to hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPI).
Virtual Telecommunication End-of-Life Simulation: More Effective than Face-to-Face
Tiffani Chidume, DNP, RN, CCRN-K, CHSE
Discuss the use of a virtual telecommunication (VT) pilot simulation-based experience (SBE) used during COVID-19 to address communicating with the family of a dying loved one and produce feelings of empathy.
Human Trafficking Healthcare Provider Awareness and Recognition
Michele Elliot, BSN, RN, TCRN; Christina Wicks, BSW, CYC-P
This session will discuss the issue of human trafficking in Indiana, including understanding the role of health care professionals in addressing human trafficking, learning how to identify and interact with patients who may be victims, understanding reporting protocol and how to connect survivors with resources, and discussing statewide and regional collaborative efforts.
Parallel Pandemics: The 1918 Spanish Flu and 2020 COVID-19
Darlene Lovasik, MN, RN, CCRN-K, CCTN
This session will describe the natural development of the pandemics of 1918 and 2020, the state of scientific knowledge at the onset of the diseases, clinical issues that were identified, public health measures that were implemented, and treatment strategies that were developed and put into practice.
Nicole Mohiuddin, MS, BSN, RN-BC, FHIMSS, CPHIMS; Sem Ponnambalam, MA
The health care industry has experienced a significant transformation with the Internet of Things (IoT), patient data systems, and medical devices. Now more than ever, it is increasingly clear that due to increased cybersecurity breaches and working remotely, health care data is at risk. This session will highlight best practices for working remotely and describe methods to protect data in all areas of health care. Developing a cybersecurity plan to combat cyber threats will also be explored.
Improving Care and Outcomes in 15 Minutes using Therapeutic Touch
Susan Gormley, MSN, RN, CMSRN
This presentation will review the evidence behind the practice of therapeutic touch (TT), highlight some amazing patient success stories, and give listeners the steps they can take to build a successful therapeutic touch program at their own facilities.
The Incidence of Hypertension-Related Emergency Department Visits
Katilya Ware, PhD, RN
Hypertension-related emergency department visits are an issue of increasing significance and are recognized as contributing to the overall number of visits in emergency departments. This session will discuss a study done to identify the burden of hypertension-related emergency department visits and identify characteristics of patients who receive a hypertension-related primary or secondary diagnosis.
Sickle Cell: History and Care Considerations for the Acutely Ill
Dianna Copley, DNP, APRN-CNS, ACCNS-AG, CCRN; Lynne Kokoczka, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACCNS-AG, CCRN
This review provides a foundation to prepare you to assess, identify treatment (including pharmacotherapy), and prevent further complications in patients with sickle cell disease. Mild-to-moderate complications, such as acute pain crisis which are treated in an acute care unit and more severe complications related to emboli that often require transfer to intensive care, will be reviewed.
Insulin and Diabetes Pharmacologic Agents
Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, BCACP, CDCES
The session will discuss pharmacologic agents used to treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes. 2021 is the 100-year anniversary of insulin and this session will describe how insulin has evolved over time. The audience will apply knowledge of medications to various types of patient cases.
Nursing Collaboration with Supply Chain Management in Product Evaluation
Nancy Kaser, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC
This session will discuss how a partnership between supply chain and clinical care providers supports health care organizations in enhancing patient safety, improving outcomes, reducing costs, and improving the work life of caregivers.
Identifying Frailty Risk using EHR Nursing Data for ICU Transfer and Mortality
Deborah Lekan, PhD, RN-BC; Marjorie Jenkins, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE
This session examines how frailty, when characterized using EHR clinical data, can be used in risk prediction models to identify patients at high risk for adverse outcomes. Focus also will be given to the need for increased resource intensive care and individualized nursing care planning to help prevent clinical deterioration, which can lead to ICU transfer and in-hospital mortality.
Harnessing the Power of the Electronic Health Record to Reduce Rapid Responses and Mortality
Cristen Mackwell, MSN, RN, CMSRN, NPD-BC; Lourdes Porter, BSN, RN
Utilizing an interdisciplinary, evidence-based approach to decreasing in-hospital events is crucial in reducing mortality. This session will discuss a quality improvement project developed to identify and intervene for at-risk patients and reduce rapid response events and decrease the mortality index.
How “Smart” Are IV Smart Pumps?
Karen Giuliano, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN; Jeannine Blake, MS, RN
This session will review the body of evidence on intravenous smart pump usability and infusion-related medication administration errors in the context of acute care nursing practice. A variety of technical issues, which include the impact of manufacturer set-up requirements on flow rate accuracy for both primary and secondary infusions and the impact of dead space on medication infusion, will be discussed, along with an overview of the presenting team’s program of IVSP research.
Standardized Discharge Planning Process to Reduce Patients’ Length of Stay
Laila Moosa, DNP, MSN, RN, PHN, CMSRN
This presentation will describe the development and implementation of rapid response teams (RRTs), the role of mock codes in assessing the performance of the RRTs, and the function of the code review committee to report/resolve clinical issues that are identified during process/quality review.
Evidence-Based Practice, Quality Improvement, and Research, Oh My!
Cristen Mackwell, MSN, RN, CMSRN, NPD-BC
Participants will leave this session with a better understanding of evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and research, with the goal to bring the information back to their institution to help elevate practice and improve patient outcomes.