Meridian Healths Ann May Center for Nursing in Wall, N.J., sponsored its ninth annual NICHE Conference June 6 in Long Branch, as more than 230 participants participated in a day of learning about the best evidence-based care for older adults.
Four RNs were honored as poster competition winners. Denise Schwartz, RN-BC, BSN, Bayshore Community Hospital won first place for Quality Improvement posters on “The KATZ INDEX: What can it do for you?” A second-place award went to Nicole Whalen, LPN, Meridian Nursing and Rehabilitation at Ocean Grove, for her poster “Wheres my Narcotics?”
Andrea Jennings, RN, PhD, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, won first place for “An evidence-based practice oral hygiene education initiative for older veterans,” with an honorable mention to Cathy Schlick, RN-BC, BSN, Meridian Health, and Donna Ruggiero, RN, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, for their poster on “Nurses perception of barriers to providing optimal end-of-life care in the critical care setting.”
Both first-place winners received a certificate to future research evidence-based practice or NICHE conferences.
Patricia Quigley, RN, PhD, ARNP, FAAN, gave the keynote presentation on Integration of Evidence and Clinical Judgment into Fall Prevention Practice. Quigley is associate director, VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Another conference highlight was the Meridian Geriatric Clinical Scholars presentation of their bedside quality improvement projects. One project was spotlighted from each hospital. Projects mentioned were “Bottoms Up! Its a Merry Go Round of Rounding,” Linda Mertz, RN, MBA, and Patty Walker, RN-OCN, Bayshore Community Hospital; “Increasing Communication with Long Term Care Facilities,” Barbara Boyler, RN-BC, BSN, Jersey Shore University Medical Center; “Creating a Serene Environment in the PACU,” Sue Dolak, RN-BC, and Traci Glasgow, RN-BC, Ocean Medical Center; “Fall Below the Mean,” Hilary Reiser, RN-BC, and Cynthia McCarthy, RN-BC, Southern Ocean Medical Center; and “Implementation of the Edmonson Fall Risk Tool,” Julia DeSanto, RN-BC, and Jane Drucker, RN-BC, BSN, Meridian Health.
Conference participants could choose to attend a clinical bedside track or a Gerontological Nursing Faculty/Educator Institute track. For the third year, the conference also featured the Faculty/Educator Institute to help instructors learn new evidence-based teaching strategies. Faculty Institute speakers included Caryl Mayo, RN, MS, FNGNA, associate professor in nursing at University of Cincinnati at Blue Ash, Ohio, and Barbara McLaughlin, RN, PhD, CNE, ANEF, professor and head of the department of nursing at the Community College of Philadelphia.
In addition to the Meridian Health team members from the hospitals, long-term and home care, there were guests in attendance from Abington (Pa.) Memorial Hospital; Pinnacle Health in Harrisburg, Pa.; and Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. Large groups attended from AtlantiCare, Bloomfield (N.J.) College, and Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, N.J., as well as students from the JumpStart health careers program at Neptune High School, Neptune Township, N.J.