Northwestern Lake Forest (Ill.) Hospitals Director of Quality Candice Krill, RN, MS, MBA, ACM, was given the Excellence in Research award at the American Academy of Nursings annual meeting for her article titled Empowering Staff Nurses to Use Research to Change Practice for Safe Patient Handling.
The article was the result of wonderful interdisciplinary teamwork that came together to positively impact safety in our nursing environment, Krill said in a news release. A nurses priority is always the safety of our patients; our goal with the study and article was to involve nurses in the selection of patient handling equipment and to engage them in understanding the importance of using the equipment properly.
The use of lift equipment to move and reposition patients is a safety initiative within the nursing industry and at hospitals throughout the country. Safe patient handling is critical to patients safety and also to the health of nurses, and yet sometimes nurses are not included in the process for selecting the actual equipment that will be used to lift patients.
According to the release, Krills research found that implementation of a safe-lifting program often involves a significant change in culture within the nursing staff and key to that change is to involve staff in the selection of the equipment.
Krills article was among four articles recognized by the Nursing Outlook editorial board. Articles were selected from all articles published in Nursing Outlook from July 2012 to June 2013. Krill also has published a second article as the result of this study and, with her fellow researchers, has given poster and table-top presentations on the topic.
Krill has a long background in nursing and administration, with eight years as a direct care nurse and 12 years as a nursing manager. She also holds a certificate in healthcare quality and safety from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.