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Nurses shine in annual excellence poster awards

By Cindy Abole
Public Relations

MUSC nurses continued to demonstrate excellence by finding ways to improve patient safety and translate them to evidence-based best practices at the annual South Carolina Nursing Excellence Conference Poster Session held last month in Columbia.

A total of 39 MUSC nurses attended the April 19 conference. Nurses submitted 16 of 39 total posters in the categories of research, patient safety, evidence-based practice and process/quality improvement. Presentations were provided by first-place winners of last year’s Nursing Excellence Conference Poster Session. Conference attendees viewed posters and voted on the winners.

Nine East nurses, from left, Caroline Rivera, Mary Claire Pegram and Leigh Williford celebrate their second- place poster win in the category of patient safety at the April 19 Nursing Excellence Conference in Columbia.
Nine East nurses, from left, Caroline Rivera, Mary Claire Pegram and Leigh Williford celebrate their second- place poster win in the category of patient safety at the April 19 Nursing Excellence Conference in Columbia.

MICU nurses Deidra Huckabee, R.N., Kristin Ashby Nivia, R.N., and Brenda Swant, R.N., were among those who submitted posters. Huckabee won first place in the research division for her work exploring differences in the measurement of arterial blood gasses in ventilator management in intensive care units. Swant’s poster in the evidence-based practice division explored the value of early mobility of extended stay patients in hospital ICUs that has a family-centered focus. 

MICU nurse manager Janet Byrne, R.N., supports nurses in her unit to participate in research. Several of her nurses have developed award-winning research that has impacted patient care, changed nursing practice and provided a cost savings to their unit.

“I’m proud of the work and effort that’s been generated by our MICU nurses. Their research efforts have saved money and improved practice that’s both efficient and effective,” said Byrne.

Nine East neurosciences nurses Caroline Rivera, R.N., Mary Claire Pegram, R.N., and Anna Leigh Wilford, R.N., won second place in the patient safety division for their poster, Wipe Out: the Second Wave! The project included evidence-based research conducted by last year’s neurosciences nurses who looked at reducing health care-acquired infection rates with VRE (vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus) and MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in their unit. The team collaborated with personnel from Infection Prevention and Control and 9 East unit staff to collect data and evaluate solutions.

MICU nurses, from left, Deidra Huckabee, Kristin Ashby Nivia and Brenda Swant pose in front of their research posters at the 2013 S.C. Nursing Excellence Conference.
MICU nurses, from left, Deidra Huckabee, Kristin Ashby Nivia and Brenda Swant pose in front of their research posters at the 2013 S.C. Nursing Excellence Conference.

Both Rivera and Pegram conducted earlier research as new graduate nurse residency students. They hope to mentor other new nurses in their project’s next phase or in other research ideas. Nine East has been free of central-line associated bloodstream infections for the past 23 months.

“Working together on this research and attending the nursing excellence conference in Columbia was a great experience for us. As bedside nurses, we’re also encouraged to get involved in evidence-based practice projects that can someday directly impact patient care,” Rivera said. “We’re thankful for the encouragement given by 9 East nurse manager Leah Ramos and unit staff for their time and support.”

The conference reflected on the theme “Growing and Sustaining Excellence” and expanded on progress in academic nursing education as it relates to the 2010 Institute of Medicine’s report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” The report provides recommendations on how nurses can take leadership roles in improving the delivery of care.

The conference was co-sponsored by the S.C. Area Health Education Consortium, S.C. Hospital Association, S.C. Organization of Nurse Leaders, Sigma Theta Tau Sorority International, the University of South Carolina’s Center for Nursing Leadership and S.C. Nursing Excellence Committee hospital members.

May 9, 2013
 
 
 

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