Nursing Scholarly Works/Research

Podium Presentations

Lyn Trott, RN, BSN, CPN, Dell Children’s/Network Nursing Education manager; and Todd Langton, RN, CNOR, Dell Children’s Perioperative Specialty educator; presented “Groupware: Mobilizing the Masses for Hospital Orientation” in March 2008 at the NACHRI “Creating Connections” conference in Miami.

Elaine Henry, RNC, director of UMCB Perinatal Services; and Alice Vedder, RNC, staff/charge/ educator, SSW/L&D; presented “Crisis Simulation to Improve Communication and Teamwork,” at the AWHONN national convention in Los Angeles in June 2008, on behalf of other members of the perinatal safety team – Judy Kitchens, MHA, Perinatal Safety project manager; Frank Mazza, MD, SMCA vice president of Medical Affairs; Ann Hearn, MSN, RNC, SMCA/Maternity clinical supervisor; Linda Forster, RN, SNW/Maternity Continuing Education coordinator; and Debbie Fowler, RN, MSN, clinical manager, SMCW/Labor & Delivery.

Rita Cluny, RN, BSN, CHTP/I, SPS/NICU staff nurse, presented “Holding the Hearts of Our Future” at the American Holistic Nurses Association annual conference in Bretton Woods, N.H., in June 2008. conference of the PeriOperative Registered Nurses Association of Ontario in June 2008 in Ontario.

Susan Ourston, RN, MSN, SSW/clinical manager, Women’s Services, presented “All About the Baby” at the AWHONN National Convention in Los Angeles in June 2008.

Poster Presentations

Vickie Hooper presented “Getting to Zero: Pediatric SKIN Bundle Progress after Two Years” in March at the NACHRI “Creating Connections” conference in Miami.

Seton Northwest Surgical Services Director Karen Schelfhout, RN, BSN; Clinical Manager Margaret Butler, RN, BSN, MBA, CNOR; Clinician Phyllis Irion, RN; and Staff Educator Carrol Cyphers, RN; presented “Increasing Staff Efficiency and Competency in Reaction to Fire in the OR” at the 2008 AORN 55th-Annual Congress in Anaheim, Calif., in March-April 2008.

Lynne Andrus, RN, MSN; and Lynn Vance, RN, MSN; presented “Results from a Nurse-Driven Patient Acuity and Staffing System” at the Western Institute of Nursing 41st-Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference in Orange County, Calif., in April 2008.

Todd Langton, RN, CNOR, Perioperative Specialty educator, Dell Children’s, presented “Intraoperative Pressure Ulcer Tool” at the 10th-biennial conference of the PeriOperative Registered Nurses Association of Ontario in June 2008 in Ontario.

In August 2008, Kenn Kirksey, RN, PhD, ACNS-BC, director of Nursing Research, presented the following posters at XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City along with fellow members of the International HIV/AIDS Nursing Research Network: “Predictors of Lipodystrophy in Persons Living with HIV Disease;” “Effectiveness of Self-Care Symptom Management Strategies on Depressive Symptoms over Time in People Living with HIV Infection;” “Effectiveness of Self-Care Symptom Management Strategies on Anxiety Symptoms over Time in People Living with HIV Infection;” and “The Relationship of Self-Efficacy, Depression and Quality of Life in HIV/AIDS Clients.”

Kenn Kirksey, RN, PhD, ACNS-BC, director of Nursing Research; Linda Yoder, RN, MBA, PhD, AOCN, FAAN, UTASoN director of Nursing Administration; and Heather Becker, PhD, UTASoN research scientist and lecturer; presented “Developing Clinically Based Researchers: A Partnership Between Academia and Service” at the Second-Annual Nursing Economics Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz., in December 2008.

Seton’s Surgical Care Improvement Project Team presented “SCIP by the Numbers: Safety Through Standardization” at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement 20th-Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care in December 2008 in Nashville.

Publications

Kenn Kirksey, RN, PhD, ACNS-BC, director of Nursing Research, co-authored with the International HIV/AIDS Nursing Research Network an article titled, “Does ‘Asymptomatic’ Mean Without Symptoms for Those Living with HIV Infection?” The article appeared in AIDS Care.

Frank Mazza, MD, SMCA vice president of Medical Affairs; Judy Kitchens, MHA, Perinatal Safety project manager; Mark Akin, MD, obstetrician; Byron Elliott, MD, perinatologist; Debbie Fowler, RN, MSN, clinical manager, SMCW/Labor & Delivery; Elaine Henry, RNC, director of UMCB Perinatal Services; Susan Landers, MD, neonatologist; Michael Nix, MD, obstetrician; Susan Ourston, RN, MSN SSW/clinical manager of Women’s Services; Celeste Sheppard, MD, perinatologist; Danette Stallings, RN, SNW director of Maternity Services; and Diana Weihs, MD, obstetrician, co-authored an article in the April issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety – “The Road to Zero Preventable Birth Injuries,” Vol. 34, No. 4, pp. 201-205.

Kenn Kirksey, RN, PhD, ACNS-BC, director of Nursing Research, et al. authored “Easing the Chaos in Emergency Departments: Implementation of the ‘Ask Your Nurse’ Teletriage Program,” in the June 2008 issue of Journal of Emergency Nursing.

Leigh Anne Wilmot, RN, CEN, CLNC, staff/ charge nurse, SMCA/ED, authored “Inquiring Minds: Several evidence-based research studies improve staff and patient outcomes in one ED” in the July 21, 2008, issue of Advance for Nurses, Texas/Louisiana edition.

Kenn Kirksey, RN, PhD, ACNS-BC, director of Nursing Research, co-authored a manuscript, “Unhealthy Behaviors for Self-Management of HIV-related Peripheral Neuropathy,” published in the November issue of AIDS Care. The paper resulted from the scientific work conducted by members of the International HIV/AIDS Nursing Research Network based at the University of California at San Francisco.

Toni Inglis, RN, MSN, CNS, NursingNews editor and SMCA/NICU staff nurse, published “CMS Reimbursement Changes Shine the Light on Patient Safety and Nursing Care” in the October- December 2008 issue of Texas Nursing Voice.

Research

“Skin Integrity in Critically Ill and Injured Children;” Vickie Simpson, RN, BSN, (PI), Dell Children’s; full IRB endorsement; data collection completed; statistical analyses in process.

“Nurse Practitioner Programs in Pediatric Intensive Care Units;” LeeAnn Christie, RN, BSN, (PI), Dell Children’s; full IRB endorsement; data collection in process.

“Reducing Catheter Bloodstream Infections Initiative;” LeeAnn Christie, RN, BSN, (PI), Dell Children’s; full IRB endorsement; data collection in process.

“NACHRI PICU Focus Group BSI Surveillance Variability Survey Project;” LeeAnn Christie, RN, BSN, (PI), Dell Children’s; full IRB endorsement; data collection in process.

“Predictors of Staffing Patterns in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit;” LeeAnn Christie, RN, BSN, (PI), Dell Children’s; Kenn Kirksey, RN, PhD, (Co-Investigator), Seton Family; in IRB review.

“Perceived Facilitators and Barriers to Using Best Practices in the Care & Maintenance of PICC Lines by Staff Nurses in a PICU Setting;” Marie Tipton, RN, BSN, (PI), Dell Children’s.

“Utility of Hearing Evaluation Following Head Injury in Children Admitted to the Hospital: A Pilot Study;” Kelly Gettig, RN, MSN, (PI) Dell Children’s; R. Todd Maxson, MD, (Co-I) Dell Children’s; and Karla Lawson, PhD, MPH, (Co-I), Dell Children’s; in IRB review.

“Analysis of the Non-Accidental Trauma Algorithm in Identifying Victims of Child Abuse without Bias;” Nicole Higginbotham, RN, MSN, (PI) Dell Children’s; Timothy George, MD, (Co-I), Dell Children’s; and Karla A. Lawson, PhD, MPH, (Co-I), Dell Children’s; in IRB review.

“Impact of Ventricular Assist Devices and Cardiac Transplantation upon Sleep, Breathing Patterns and Depressive Symptoms in Patients with Heart Failure;” Erin August, RN, BSN, (PI), SMCA; Liz Murrah, RN, MSN, (Co-I), SMCA; and William Kessler, MD, (Co-I), SMCA; full IRB endorsement.

“Implementation of Practice Standards for Electrocardiogram Monitoring;” Multi-site, Randomized Clinical Trial; Anne Robinson, RN, BSN, (Site PI), SMCA; Marjorie Funk, PhD, (PI), Yale University; and Barbara Drew, PhD, (Co-I), University of California-San Francisco; full IRB endorsement.

“Factors Influencing Discharge Planning for Geriatric Clients with Hip Fractures;” Carol Grinnell, RN, MSN, (PI), SMCA; full IRB endorsement; data collection in process.

“Factors Related to Moral Distress in Registered Nurses Caring for Acutely Ill Patients;” Kaia Schroeder, RN, BSN, (PI), SMCA.

“Perceived Facilitators and Barriers to Assessment and Documentation of Abnormal Heart Sounds by Critical Care Nurses;” Lynn Jay, RN, BSN, (PI), SMCA.

“Facilitators and Barriers in the Transition from Nursing Student to Clinician;” John Dudenhoeffer, RN, BSN, (PI), SMCA.

“Comparison of Temporal Artery and Oral Temperature Measurements in Adult Post- Anesthesia Patients;” Heidi Cherry, RN, BSN, (PI), SMCA.

“Personal, Cultural, Social and Environmental Factors that Influence a Woman’s Decision Regarding Breastfeeding;” Debbie Fowler, RN, MSN, (PI), SCMW.

“Phlebotomy Procurement Device Selection by Nurses and Clinical Assistants in an Acute Care Setting;” Deborah Castro, RN, BSN, (PI), SNW; and Jennifer Downing, RN, BSN, (Co-I), SMCA; Linda Yoder, RN, PhD (Consultant), SMCA; full IRB endorsement; data collection completed; statistical analyses in process.

“The Lived Experience of Hospitalized Adult Patients with Indwelling Urinary Catheters;” Janet Williamson, RN, BSN, (PI), SNW; Kenn Kirksey, RN, PhD, (Co-I), Seton Family; in IRB review.

“Factors Influencing Staff Participation in Nursing Research;” Eduardo Chavez, RN, BSN, (PI), UMCB; Kenn Kirksey, RN, PhD, (Co-I), Seton Family; full IRB endorsement; data collection in process.

“Perceptions of Electronic Medical Record Utilization by Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurses;” Nicole Palacios, RN, BSN, (PI), UMCB.

“Impact of a Nutritional Protocol on Healing in Lower Extremity Fractures,” quasi-experimental study; Karen Winsor, RN, MSN, CNS, (PI), UMCB.

“Implementing a Program for Nurse Renewal, Resilience and Retention;” Cynda Hylton Rushton, RN, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, (PI); Joyce Batcheller, RN, MSN, (Co-I); and James Davis, RN, MSN, (Co-I); SMCA, SNW, UMCB.

“Small Troubles, Adaptive Responses [STAR]: Fostering a Quality Culture in Nursing;” Kathleen Stevens, RN, PhD, (PI, UTHSCSA), SNW, SMCA, UMCB.

“Innovative Educational Modalities Utilized in the Implementation of Electronic Medication Reconciliation by Registered Nurses;” Serena Bumpus, RN, MSN, (PI), CEC; Kenn Kirksey, RN, PhD, (Co-I), Seton Family; full IRB endorsement; data collection in process.

“Predictors of Registered Nurse Job Satisfaction in an Acute Healthcare Setting;” Kenn Kirksey, RN, PhD, (PI), Seton Family; Linda Vochatzer, RN, MSN, (Co-I), Seton Family; and Nancy Mastronardi, RN, BSN, (Co-I), Seton Family; full IRB endorsement; data collection completed; statistical analyses in process.

“Delphi Survey of Nursing Research Priorities at Seton Family of Hospitals;” Kenn Kirksey, RN, PhD, (PI), Seton Family; Linda Vochatzer, RN, MSN, (Co-I), Seton Family; Yvonne VanDyke, RN, MSN, (Co-I), Seton Family; and Mary Viney, RN, MSN, (Co-I), Seton Family; in IRB review.

“Utilization of Best Practice Disinfection Techniques in Needleless Intravenous Systems among Registered Nurses;” Judy Smith, RN, BSN, (PI), Seton Family; Kenn Kirksey, RN, PhD, (Co-I), Seton Family; Linda Vochatzer, RN, MSN, (Co-I), Seton Family; Nancy Mastronardi, RN, BSN, (Co-I), Seton Family; and Heather Becker, PhD, (Consultant), Seton Family; full IRB endorsement; data collection completed; statistical analyses in process.

“Perceived Facilitators and Barriers to Implementation of Evidence-Based Policies in an Acute Healthcare System;” Diana Sellers, RN, MSN, (PI), Seton Family.