When the Montefiore Medical Center Research Committee put word out it was seeking research projects for its first nursing research conference, it received more than 20 abstracts to display. That’s an excellent turnout for a first-time conference, but Jane O’Rourke, RN, DNP, NEA-BC, CENP, director of nursing for evidence-based practice at the Bronx, N.Y., medical center, said she was not surprised.
“We have a very rich practice here at Montefiore,” she said. “Our nurses are always seeking the best outcomes and how to get there.”Jane O’Rourke, RN, director of nursing for evidence-based practice, second from right, poses with, from left, Jacqueline Witter, RN; Cassandra Dobson, RN-BC; and Suzanne Mullings-Carter, RN, in front of their research project.
The 24 abstracts on display at the May 16 event ranged in subject from RN leadership style to the development of a pediatric vascular access team to the experiences of Dominican women with stage 4 breast cancer. During the morning portion of the program, a few of the nurse researchers explained their projects during 15-minute presentations.
The conference also provided attendees the chance to hear Professor Lillie Shortridge-Baggett, RN, EdD, of the Department of Graduate Studies at Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y., whose keynote emphasized the importance of evidence-based practice. Shortridge-Baggett stressed that interdisciplinary involvement is necessary to get the best outcomes. “Nursing care and patient care requires the full team,” she said.Research participant Margaret Nnamene, RN-BC, left, is congratulated on her research project by Jane O’Rourke, RN, director of nursing for evidence-based practice. Nnamene and her colleague, Pio Paunon, RN, conducted a study on fluid and electrolyte imbalance management of post-op patients.
The second half of the day included a panel discussion moderated by Cassandra E. Dobson, RN-BC, DNSc, PH(c), an administrative nurse manager at Montefiore and assistant professor at Lehman College, City University of New York. The panel consisted of eight nurse researchers — Marlene McHugh, DNP, DCC, FNP-BC; Mary Tesoro, RN, DNSc, DNP; Pio Paunon, RN, PhD, FCCP, FHCQM; Theresa Guerin, RN, MSN, CGRN; Lisa Kosits, RN-BC, DNP, CCRN, CEN, CPEN; and Elodia Mercier, RN-BC, MS — who discussed the steps they took during their research projects.Joanne Ritter-Teitel, RN, vice president and CNE, far left, and keynote speaker Lillie Shortridge-Baggett, RN, third from left, pose with members of the research planning committee and panel participants.
Dobson and Kosits, along with Elizabeth Walker, RN, BSN, BS, MA, PhD, and Jacqueline Kelderhouse, RN, MS, DNP(c), FNP-BC, also provided half-hour lectures on their specific research projects. Another presentation discussed the future of nursing research.
O’Rourke believes Montefiore’s success is directly related to staff’s commitment to better patient care, which is evident in their quest for higher education and involvement in the many research projects displayed. “We have a high number of nurses who have achieved their BSN, MSN and doctoral degrees,” she said. “We are very proud of all of them.”