Nurse’s Poster Wins First Place at the 2017 Research Symposium

By Kimberly A. Lewis, PhD Candidate, MSN, RN
Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar
Ascension Seton Research Scientist


Clinical excellence was the theme of the well-attended 2017 Pursuing Excellence Research Symposium, held in June at the SAO.

It is exciting to announce that Carol Grinnell, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, Nurse Navigator, Ascension Seton Total Health, Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center-UT, and Holli Sadler, MD, MSPH, Ascension Seton Total Health Physician, Assistant Professor University of Texas Dell Medical School, won the best poster presentation award in the patient safety and quality improvement category for their work with “Awareness of Mild Cognitive Impairment in Patients with Chronic Diseases.”  The results of the study show that it isn’t just the older population that develops cognition problems.  Patients that are not progressing in their plan of care and/or are labeled “non-compliant” need to be evaluated and treated for mild cognitive impairment.

The Nursing Research & Magnet team co-hosted the symposium along with Graduate Medical Education and the Dell Medical School residents.  The theme was selected to align with the Pursuing Excellence Initiative, a four-year initiative designed to inspire innovation and to improve the clinical learning environment. Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center was one of only 8 clinical centers around the country to receive a Pursuing Excellence grant from ACGME  The focus is in four key domains:

  1. Safety
  2. Affordability
  3. Well-being (clinician)
  4. Experience (patient)

Posters were categorized as Research, Patient Safety & Quality Improvement, or Case Studies. Amanda Bacque and several nurses presented posters, including Tiffany Ricks, Lynne Andrus, Davika Reid, Linda Wasson, Carol Grinnell, and Debbi Vance.

Special recognition goes to Lauren Nielson, RN, from the SMCA IMC who volunteered at the front desk after working overtime on her unit with the Compass blackout that occurred that week.

Attendee feedback from nurses, residents and physicians was excellent.  Attendees loved hearing about the research projects that are happening at Ascension Seton, and they requested that Ascension Seton host more collaborative research events in the future.

Poster TitlePresenterCategoryCollaborators
Quality Indicators in the Epilepsy Monitoring UnitLinda WassonQI and Patient SafetyMoon K, Hovinga CA, Perkins F, Stanworth CL, Ontiveros TM, Jackson M, Martin D, Robbins K, Grantham J, Clarke DF
Retrospective Study of Risks of Infant Skin Breakdown using the Ascension Seton Infant Skin Risk Assessment toolDebbie VanceResearchMelissa Toth, BSN, RNC; Melodye Becker, BSN, RN; Sylvia Huang, RN
Infant Mortality Rate of Term Infants Born to African American and Caucasian MothersDavika ReidResearchAlex Garcia, PhD, RN
Care Transition/ Readmissions Prevention: RN Navigator & Pharmacist Patient ConsultsLynne AndrusQI & Patient SafetyAlison L. Keith, BS, RN III, Cardiac Telemetry Unit, Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin, Amanda P. Bacqué, MHA, Strategic Planning Consultant, Nursing Administration
Care Transition/ Readmissions Prevention: Unit RN Follow up Calls to Discharged PatientsLynne AndrusQI & Patient SafetyCarmencita Esteve, BSN, RN, CCM, Registered Nurse Navigator, Paige Parsons, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Elizabeth Bustamante, BSN RN, Clinical Nurse Manager
Using Motivational Interviewing to Reduce Avoidable ReadmissionsTiffany RicksResearchLloyd Berg, Yvonne Van Dyke
An Intervention for Mild Cognitive Impairment for Patients with Diabetes and HypertensionCarol GrinnellQI & Patient SafetyHolli Sadler, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor UT Dell Medical School; Hilario Covarrubias, HP; Carla Herber, HP; Prisma Paz, HP; Alex McBride, HP; Nellie Terrazas, HP