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Nursing Students Present Research Projects on Evidence-Based Practice

Thursday, December 15, 2011
Students in the accelerated B.S.N. program (for those with a degree in another field) recently presented posters on evidence-based nursing practices that they had researched throughout the fall semester. All curricula in Marymount’s Malek School of Health Professions are grounded in evidence-based practice, which entails making health care decisions by analyzing quantitative data, accounting for practitioner expertise, and considering the needs and characteristics of the patient/client population.

The posters were judged by students in Marymount’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the three top posters were:

- Improving Health Outcomes by Use of Geriatric Emergency Departments, by Gary Carter
- Nursing Interventions to Prevent Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia, by Molly Turner
- Involving Terminally-Ill Adolescents in Palliative Care and End-of-Life Decisions, by Deanna Young

All the presentations reflected health care scenarios that nurses must deal with in the course of daily practice. For example, Krista Liskevych’s topic was "Relieving Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting in Pediatric Cancer Patients." Her poster focused on what combination of treatments best reduces debilitating chemotherapy side effects. Thomas Vang focused on "The Challenge of Treating Infected Chronic Wounds." He examined various types of infectious wounds, and how they heal with different types of bandages and dressings.

Following the poster presentations, the class attended a presentation by Lt. Col. Meryia Throop of the US Army Nurse Corps, who is a nurse researcher at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She discussed current nursing research activities in her organization, and the role of nurses in research and establishing evidence-based practices.
                                              
Photo Captions:
 
1. David Brems discusses his poster presentation CPR vs Continuous Chest Compressions which examined the two methods and their effectiveness in a cardiac arrest emergency in a non-hospital setting.
 
2. Lt. Col.Meryia Throop talks about the importance of nursing research and evidence-based practice in delivering the most effective patient care.
 
3. Dr. Theresa Cappello, dean of the Malek School of Health Professions, presents award certificate to Gary Carter for his research on Improving Health Outcomes by Use of Geriatric Emergency Departments.
 
4. Dr. Theresa Cappello, dean of the Malek School of Health Professions, presents award certificate to Molly Turner for her research on Nursing Interventions to Prevent Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia.
 
5. Dr.Theresa Cappello, dean of the Malek School of Health Professions, presents award certificate to Deanna Young for her research on Involving Terminally Ill Adolescents in Palliative Care and End-of-Life Decisions.