Graduate nursing students present research at the Mount

May 11, 2017

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 College. 


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 educational strategy.

“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 children’s anxiety.

“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.