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Research in Action - Completed Activities



Satisfaction With the State of Pain Management: An Improvement  Project
Principal Investigator: Edith O'Neil-Page, RN, MSN, AOCNS
Purpose: To assess current nursing knowledge on pain management, provide nurses an education session and to improve patient satisfaction with pain management
Site: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Understanding Best Practices in Parent/Provider Interactions in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Baird, PhD, MSW, RN
Purpose: To describe the perceptions, beliefts, attitudes and other factors that impact interactions between nurses and the families of children with complex, chronic, and life threatening conditions in the pediatric intensive care unit.
Site: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Competency of Float Pool Nurses: Perceptions of Nurse Leaders
Principal Investigator: Susan Polka, RN, BSN, CCRN
Purpose: To measure the effect a structured annual competency program developed specifically for a float pool unit in an acute care setting.
Site: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Safety and Intent to Leave in Emergency Department RNs Who Have Experienced Workplace Violence
Principal Investigator: Rebekah Howerton Child, RN, PhD
Purpose: To explore the possible relationships between coping, social support, perceived patient safety and intent to leave in RNs who experience WPV in the ED.
Site: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center / Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital


Improving Barcode Medication Administration Compliance: An Evidence-Based Evaluation and Education Program
Principal Investigator: Kandace Whiting, MSN, RN
Purpose: To assess and improve compliance with best-practice BCMA at Psychiatric Division of a West Coast Academic Medical System.
Site: Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital


An Evidence-Based Practice Quality Improvement Study To Reduce Premature Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Removals
Principal Investigator: Sue Kim-Saechao, RN, MSN, FNP
Purpose: To decrease premature PICC removals through early communication & specialized team management, following Clinical Practice Guidelines.
Site: Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital


Detecting and Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Critically Ill Patients
Principal Investigator: Barbara Bates-Jensen, PhD, RN, FAAN
Purpose: To test a biophysical measure of early pressure ulcers (PUs) as a method of targeting timely prevention strategies among critically ill patients using a pre/post intervention pre-experimental design.
Site: Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital


The Effects of TeamSTEPPS Interprofessional Communication and Teamwork Training on Patient and Provider Outcomes
Principal Investigator: Linda Kim, RN, MSN (UCLA SON Doctoral Student)
Purpose: To describe the effects of the simulation-based TeamSTEPPS interdisciplinary communication and teamwork training on patient outcomes and participants' perceptions of communication, teamwork, and patient safety culture.
Site: Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital


Stress and Health in Family Caregivers of Persons with Heart Failure
Principal Investigator: Boyoung Hwang, RN, PhD
Purpose: To provide critical pilot data to support an R01 application for a large RCT, and ultimately contribute to preventing health problems and promoting health and quailty of life among HF caregivers as well as their loved ones with HF.
Site: Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital


Communication and Messages Impact on Pneumonia Readmission Reduction
Principal Investigator: Angela P. Halpin, MSN, RN, CNS
Purpose: To test the use of framing effects (messages) on readmission reduction for patients' with a diagnosis of pneumonia.
Site: Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital


Aquapheresis vs Intravenous Diuretics and Hospitalizations for Heart Failure
Principal Investigator: Greg Fonarow, MD
Purpose: To confirm and expand the findings that fluid removal by UF reduces HF rehopitalizations at 90 days as well as the length of these HF rehospitalizations
Site: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center 


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