BATON ROUGE, LA – Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge nurses recently showcased ten evidence-based practice research projects during the hospital’s first-ever Research Poster Day. Participants previously presented their findings at the 4th Annual Evidence-Based Practice Conference in New Orleans in October.
Members of the LSU Health Science Center School of Nursing judged the projects and announced the following winners during Poster Day:
First place: Breastfeeding Initiation and Exclusivity of Breastfeeding in a Healthy Term Newborn presented by Kaitlyn Melancon, BSN, RN, Leigh Dunaway, BSN, RN and Stacey Lovette, RN from Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge’s Family Birthing Center. The project looked at the impact nurse education regarding breastfeeding has on breastfeeding initiation among new mothers. In addition to receiving first place locally, this presentation received third place among the presenters at the regional conference in New Orleans.
Second place: Decreasing the Rate of Falls on Telemetry through Education of the Patient and Family with a Fall Brochure presented by Christa Wilborn, BSN, RN, Sarah Oivanki, RN, Rita Wheat, RN and Ginger McCray, LPN. The nurses studied the impact of patient and family education and the use of a fall education brochure on reducing falls.
Third place: Increasing Breastfeeding Rates in the NICU presented by Janene Ducote, RNC, NIC, Interior Holmes, MSN, RN, Katherine Skrintney, BSN, RN and Sarah Watts, RNC, NIC. The team examined the effectiveness of nurse education regarding breastfeeding on the breastfeeding initiation rates among mothers of NICU babies.
Honorable mention: Nursing Compliance with Bedside Report presented by Nicole Coco-Marcus, BSN, RN and Jessica Craig, BSN, RN. The project looked at ways to improve bedside reporting among nurses in an effort to increase patient satisfaction and safety.
Nursing Attendance and Overtime presented by Catherine Brouillette, BSN, RN, Bobby Dopson, AND, BSN, MBA/HCM, RN, Renee Erwin, Ruthie Harris, Justin Norwood, RN, Dawn Pevey-Mauk, BSN, MBA, RN, Reagan Soudelier, BSN, CEN, RN, Denys Townley, AND, RN and Michele Willey, RN. The project tracked nurse call ins and their impact on overtime costs.
Additional projects included:
Assessment of Foley Securement Devices in Critical Care presented by Necole George, BSN, RN, Christa Purpera, BSN, RN and Lauren Simpson, RN, which looked at preventing catheter-related infections and complications by improving the security of the devices used.
Distraction and Patient Reports of Pain During Peripheral Vascular Access Insertion presented by Denise Aymond, RN, Stephanie DeBarbieris, MSN, RN, CEN and Lisa Ward, BSN, RN, which looked at using distraction methods such as stress balls to reduce patient anxiety during IV insertion.
Capnography Utilization presented by Belinda Mounce, RN, Robin Shoun, RN, Pam Damrill, RN, Fran Johnson, RN, Tracy Carlton, RN, Diane Gascon, RN, Carol Dupuy, RN, Theresa Chauncy, RN and Ashley Oliver, RN, which examined the use of a capnograph to provide additional measurement for patients having breathing difficulty during a cath procedure.
Maintaining Zero Infections in Implanted Ports in the Outpatient Infusion Setting while Lowering the Cost of Supplies presented by Shelley Graphia, RN, OCN and Susan Box, RN, OCN which examined methods to efficiently manage implanted ports while keeping costs manageable.
Core Temp in Mastectomy Patients Using a Thermo-Cap presented by Tammie Moore, RN, Kelly Bates, RN, Angie Baldridge, RN and Beth McElveen, RN, which examined the use of surgical thermocaps in conjunction with standard warming devices and hypothermia in the perioperative period among mastectomy patients.
The goal of the Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge poster event was to facilitate the sharing of best practices among nurses in an effort to improve patient care and safety.