Somerset Nurses Target Evidence-Based Practice

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Somerset Medical Center’s Maureen Schneider, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC, CPHQ, FACHE, PhD (c), senior vice president, and Kathleen Mariak Cummins, RN, MS, APN, ACNS-BC, vice president, support scholarly inquiry and evidence-based practice at the Somerville, N.J., facility. As a result, many nurses have completed or are pursuing clinical research projects.

“It is very exciting for me to mentor the nurses and encourage them to mentally stretch and reach beyond what is initially perceived as unattainable, to culminate in a completed scholarly project,” said Valera Hascup, RNC, MSN, CTN, CCES, PhD (c), nurse researcher at Somerset for the past two years.

From left, Janet Belmonte, RN, nurse manager, cardiac pavilion; Katie Ruehl, RN, staff nurse, oncology; and Mary Wieczorek, RN, director of the ED, complete EBP projects at Somerset.

Along with pharmacy colleagues, Kristen D. Lake, RN, MS, PCCN, nurse clinician, cardiology, conducted extensive research and developed standardized protocols and patient and family brochures. Lake presented on improving practice through the design and implementation of a comprehensive housewide heparin-induced thrombocytopenia protocol at the 12th annual Nursing Research Day at New York University and the EBP Research Day of the New Jersey Organization of Nurse Executives.

The educational materials, “What You Need to Know About Warfarin,” is available through the pharmacy department, and “Key Facts You Need to Know about Heparin and Enoxaparin,” is placed in the patient education folder and given to all hospitalized patients.

Geraldine McGill, RN, CEN, staff nurse, with the assistance of Patricia Manno, LPN, staff nurse, initiated a project that involves placement of endoclips and the possibility of incompatibility with MRI imaging. A literature review reinforced the facts that endoclips are magnetic and can cause potential tissue damage if a patient has an MRI.

“As a result, we developed a card that is given to the patient and family, which alerts them and healthcare providers about the placement of endoclips,” said Sharon Fisahn, RNC, GI staff nurse.

From left, Maureen Schneider, RN, senior vice president; Kathleen Marlak Cummins, RN, vice president; and Cindy Ferraro, RN, director; show Eileen P. Williamson, RN, vice president, Nursing Commmunications & Initiatives, the Jean Watson singing bowl, a symbol of peace and tranquility.

At the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses national convention in June, Jennifer Irving, RNC, maternal child health nurse manager, presented “No Warning: Induction Admission of Unknown High Risk Pregnant Patient to a Level II Facility.”

“It was a case we had at Somerset that demonstrated the importance of accurate and timely nursing assessments, which resulted in appropriate multidisciplinary care and a positive outcome for the mother and baby,” Irving said.

Because studies have shown that induced hypothermia can decrease reperfusion injury and provide neuroprotection after cardiac arrest, Darilyn Paul, RN, MS, APN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, critical care nurse specialist, and colleagues have implemented therapeutic hypothermia protocols. “We have held inservices for our MDs, RNs, pharmacists and RTs, they are eager to learn, and we have improved patient outcomes,” Paul said.

From left, Darilyn Paul, RN, clinical nurse specialist, critical care; Kristen Lake, RN, clinical nurse specialist, cardiology; Sharon Fisahn, RN, staff nurse, GI; and Angel Hamilton, RN, staff nurse, pediatrics, work on scholarly projects at Somerset.

Other projects at Somerset include:

• “An Evidence-Based Practice Study” by Chrystal Hobbs, RN, and Karen Abbruzzese, RN

• “Consistency and Accuracy of Weights in the Pediatric Population on the Pediatric Floor” by Karen Papanier, RN

• “Investigating the Impact of Discrepancy of Preadmission Testing Height and Weight Versus Same-Day Procedure Height and Weight on Medication Dosing” by Nancy Roberts, RN

• “Investigating Peripheral IV Site Protocols: An Evidence-Based Practice Approach” by Marjorie Pomerantz, RN, and Kathleen Marsh, RN

• “Evidence-Based Practice: Restraint Reduction in the Emergency Department and Staff Injuries” by Shirley Stubbe, RN

• “Evidence-Based Practice Project: Patient-Centered Care: Nothing About You Without You” by Reinaldo Montero, RN; Amanda Boehm, RN; and Bernadette Falcicchio, RN

• “Normothermia in the Surgical Patient” by the perioperative research council, OR and post-anesthesia care units

• “Registered Nurses’ Perspectives on Caring for Adult Females With Anorexia: A Phenomenological Study” by Linda Leighton, RN; and Jean Beauchamp, RN; with Valera Hascup, RN, as adviser

• “New Procedure to Apply Pressure Dressings That Reduce Hematomas and Reduce Skin Tears/Breakdowns” by cardiac catheterization lab

• “Orthopedic/Neurology Nurses Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Pain Management” by Fran Schuster, RN, and Renee Ditzenberger, RN

• “Evidence-Based Practice on Hourly Rounding” by Gen Contreras, RN, cardiac pavilion

• “Facilitating Behavior Change in Patients With Diabetes” by Dawn Gallagher, RN, diabetes center

• “RNs See Eye to Eye With Their Patients on One East” by Mandi Vandeveer, RN

• “Active Pushing Versus Delayed Pushing” by Kathleen Meehan, RN, and Joyce Merrigan, RN

• “Exploring Basal Versus PRN Opioid Dosing in Managing the Pain of Adult Cancer Patients” by Katie Ruehl, RN


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