May 11, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Graduate student Lauren Stephenson of Rhinebeck, N.Y.
(center) presents her research project, “Pressure Ulcer Staging:
Increasing Registered Nurses Competence through Education,” at the
recent nursing research symposium at Mount Saint Mary
Mount Saint Mary College graduate nursing students presented
projects to increase positive patient outcomes at the college’s
Graduate Nursing Symposium on May 3.
The students developed and implemented research utilization
projects in various clinical settings for the purpose of reducing
complications, creating shorter hospital stays, and ensuring fewer
hospital readmissions. The interventions were based on the best
evidence found in the scientific literature.
Several proposals have been adopted at the students’ healthcare
practice areas. The projects were:
“Central Line Associated Infection Prevention” by Smitha John,
BSN, RN, of Carmel, N.Y. This project was conducted in a lower
Hudson Valley intensive care unit that included 22 nurses. The
focus was on using a bundle method to reduce sources of infections
associated in the maintenance and care of central lines.
“Improving Patient Education of Prescribed Medication in the
Hospital Setting” by Marissa Wallace, BS, RN, of Newburgh, N.Y. The
project was conducted in a community hospital with the aim of
increasing heart failure patient medication compliance and reducing
medication errors post discharge.
“Increasing Staff Compliance with Hand Hygiene in the Emergency
Department” by Corinne Zambetti, BS, RN, of New Windsor, N.Y. This
project included physicians, nurses, and patient care associates in
a 50-bed emergency room. The intervention used the World Health
Organizations’ Hand Hygiene guidelines and resulted in increased
knowledge and in compliance during patient care.
“Pressure Ulcer Staging: Increasing Registered Nurses Competence
through Education” by Lauren Stephenson BS, RN, of Rhinebeck, N.Y.,
a certified wound care specialist. The project, which was conducted
in an upstate community hospital, included composing music and
lyrics about the prevention of pressure ulcers as part of her
“Reducing Pre-Operative Anxiety in the Pediatric Population
Undergoing an Endoscopic Procedure” by Christina McArdle, BS, RN,
PCCN, of Newburgh, N.Y.; and Oneida Wands, BS, RN, of Newburgh,
N.Y. The project included children aged 5 to 13 in a hospital
setting. A social anecdote was used effectively to reduce the
“The Use of 4:7:8 Breathing to Decrease Perceived Stress in
Undergraduate Nursing Students” by Doreen Bischof, BS, RN, of
Poughquag, N.Y. Conducted at a higher education institution using a
relaxed breathing technique to reduce stress, the results are
pending from this pilot intervention.