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Research and Evidence Based Practice 2016 Posters

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Research and Evidence Based Practice 2016 Posters


Veronica Acevedo, BSN, RN-BC; Shonna Murdock, BSN, RN, CCRN; Amber Bullock, BSN, RN, CCRN, CPAN; Angela Briguglio, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC. Utilizing the Johns Hopkins Evidence- Based Practice Model to Implement Paravertebral Nerve Blocks in the Adult Surgical Patient Population. Keck Medical Center of USC. [Evidence-Based Practice]

Hanna Barr, BSN, RN; Stephanie Trifiro, BSN, RN; John Adams, BSN, RN; Sheren Dangca, BSN, RN. Early Mobilization:  Your Road to Recovery. UCLA Health System. [Quality Improvement]

Lindsey Bloom, BSN, RN, SCRN. The CAUTI Disappearing Act- Using HOUDINI Criteria and a Basin Less Approach. Glendale Adventist Medical Center. [Quality Improvement]

Raquel Branom, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC; Linda Oelrich, MSN, RN; Pronita Agarwala, MSN, RN; Flor Espinal-Ramirez, RN; Lourdes La Torre, BSN, RN; Carla Casillas, BSN, RN; Kazuyo Tokunaga, RN; Monica Choi, MSN, RN; Patricia McCafferty, MSN, RN; Ivy Kwon, MPH; Hung-Jui Tan, MD. Rest and Recovery: A Patient Sleep Quality Improvement Project. UCLA Health System. [Quality Improvement]

Charla Megan Felix, BSN, RN; Linda Ok, BSN, RN; Jeanne Truong, BSN, RN; Kirsten Gutlay, BSN, RN. How Does a Standardized Versus a Non-Standardized Bowel Regimen Impact Length of Stay and Readmission in Post-Operative Thoracic Patients? UCLA Health System. [Evidence-Based Practice]

Mary Galuska, BA; Steven Fritzsche, BA. The Benefits of a Gratitude Practice Intervention in an Adolescent Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization Setting. UCLA Health System. [Evidence-Based Practice]

Theresa Kirkpatrick, RN; Jennifer Armstrong, RN; Myke Federman, MD; Yonca Bulut, MD. SSHH - Supporting Sleep for Health and Healing. UCLA Health System. [Quality Improvement]

Leah Korkis, MSN, RN; Jessica Kaltman, MD; Anne Walling, MD, PhD; Neil Wenger, MD, MPH. Implementation of InPatient Post Mortem Survey. UCLA Health System. [Quality Improvement]

Heidi Kubeck, RN; Manya Mirzoyan, RN; Russell Kerbel, MD; Betty Lee, MSN, RN. Improving Early Identification of Patient Deterioration with a Clinical Triggers System. UCLA Health System. [Quality Improvement]

Manny Machado, BSN, RN-BC; Susan Rappaport, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Kandace Kelly, DNP, RN-BC; Suzanne Ferris, CSW; Nancy Wicks, OT; Hannah Roggenkamp, MD; Karen Miotto, MD. Decreasing Assaults on an Adult Psychiatric In-Patient Unit. UCLA Health System. [Quality Improvement]

Pamela Nye, MS, RN, CNRN, SCRN. Does Current or Past Drug/Alcohol Use Serve as a Predictor of Impulsive Behavior Leading to Falls in a Hospitalized Neuroscience Patient? UCLA Health System. [Evidence-Based Practice]

Neil Peig, RN, MSN, PCCN, AGCNS-BC. Development and Implementation of Evidence-Based Nursing Care Guidelines in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. UCLA Health System. [Evidence-Based Practice]

Jose Angelo Santillan, BSN, RN- BC; Lani Thong, BSN, RN- BC; Antonio Aventino, RN; Tina Cao, BSN, RN- BC; Marites Velena, BSN, RN; Monica Anorve, RN; Veronica Acevedo, BSN, RN- BC. Journey to Paravertebral Nerve Block Competency: An Evidence-Based Practice Quality Outcome Process. Keck Medical Center of USC. [Quality Improvement]

Gergana Uzanova, BSN, RN; Christine Lee, BSN, RN; Era Chuadry, BSN, RN; Christian Eisenring, MSN, ACNP-BC. Ex-Vivo Heart Perfusion Using the Organ Care System reduces the Donor Heart Cold Ischemia Time. UCLA Health System. [Research]

Sangyoung Yu-Choi, MSN-Ed,RN, PCCN. Continuous ST-segment Monitoring:  The Adoption of AACN Practice Alert in the Intermediate Care Unit. UCLA Health System. [Evidence-Based Practice]



Walter Chin, BSN; Oswaldo Huchim, PhD, MD; Dan Popa, MD; Sophia Fang, BS. Educational Intervention Among Artisanal Fishermen of the Yucatan Peninsula, Separating Engine Exhaust Gases from Compressor Intake. UCLA Health System. [Research] 



Geovanny Estrada, BSN, RN, CPN; Jillian Smith, MSN, RN; Nancy Sanchez, BSN, RN; Karen Redondo, BSN, RN; Leonard Mendoza, BSN, RN; Nicole Labus, RN; Carol Tsui, RN; Deovina Jordan, PhD, RN; Sufia Husain, MSN, RN; Allison Levine, BSN, RN, CPN. A Five-Year Retrospective Analysis of Infection Prevention Practice Changes in Acute Care Pediatrics. UCLA Health System. [Quality Improvement]

Lauren Nicolosi, BSN RN, CCTN; Katherine Gliddon, BSN, RN-BC, CCTN; Marsha Sinanan-Vasishta, MBA, MSN, RN. Implementation of the Crush Bundle to Reduce Incidence of C. DIFFICILE on a Solid Organ Transplant Unit. New York Presbyterian Hospital. [Quality Improvement]



Lee Galuska, PhD, RN, NE-BC. Developing Emerging Nurse Leaders: In the Classroom and Beyond! UCLA Health System. [Research]

Betty Halvorson, RN, ACNS-BC, MMGT; Julie Semper, RN; Linda Lillington, PhD, RN; Mary Hersh, PhD, RN; Clare Torres, BSN, RN. Clinical Nurse Specialists Guide Staff Nurses to Promote Practice Accountability Through Peer Review. Torrance Memorial Medical Center. [Evidence-Based Practice]

Christina Lo, BSN, M.Ed, RN,PHN; Alex McCoy-Garlick, BSN, RN. Off to a Great Start! Standardizing the NICU Orientation Process. UCLA Health System. [Evidence-Based Practice]

Maria Olton, BSN, RN CCRN-K; Linda Lillington, PhD, RN; Maricarmen Luhrsen, MSN, RN, NE-BC. Designing a Professional Development Pathway to Engage Staff Nurses, Promote Professional Growth, and Drive Outcomes. Torrance Memorial Medical Center. [Evidence-Based Practice]

Joyce Reinholdt, BSN, RN-BC, MTOM, Lac; Leilani Ayala, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC; Amanda Shaw, BSN, RN. Moving Beyond Mere Survival: A Group Mentoring Program for New Graduate Nurses. UCLA Health System. [Evidence-Based Practice]

Grace Sund, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPHON, CNS. Creating a Culture of Professional Development Through Staff Engagement. UCLA Health System. [Quality Improvement]

Kelsey Wong, MSN, RN, PHN. Nurse Fatigue: Causes of and Strategies to Minimize Fatigue. Children's Hospital Los Angeles. [Research]



Jillian Kenney, BSN, RN, OCN; Pattie Jakel, MSN, RN, AOCN; Natalie Ludan, BSN, RN, OCN; Pamela Miller, PhD, RN, ACNP, CNS; Norma McNair, PhD, RN. Does the Use of the Provider Resilience Mobile App Reduce Compassion Fatigue in Oncology Nursing? UCLA Health System. [Research]



Charito Ansay, MSN, CPAN; Clara Chavez, BSN; Rusela Bedrejo, BSN. Applying Swanson's Caring Theory in Pain Management in the PTU-PACU. UCLA Health System. [Quality Improvement]

Janet Gedjeyan, BSN, RN; Hyo Lee, BSN, RN; Kyle Andrada, BSN, RN. Effectiveness of Systematic Teach-Back with the Healing Heart Handbook in Cardiac Surgery Patients. UCLA Health System. [Evidence-Based Practice]

Kerry Gold, RN, CCRN, CEN, MICN; Jennifer Fine, Parent Advisory Council Member-Mattel Children's Hospital. Improving the Care in the ED through Successful Parent Advisory Partnerships. UCLA Health System. [Quality Improvement]

Katie Haugh, BSN, RN, RNC-NICU. Optimization of Infant's Transition Home: A Standardized Approach to Discharge Follow-Up Phone Calls. UCLA Health System. [Quality Improvement]

Christine Mikels, RNC-NIC.  Consistent Caregiver Project in the NICU. UCLA Health System. [Evidence-Based Practice]

Diane Oran, MSN, RN, NP-BC; John Creel, RN; Nelly Dipaolo, BSN, RN; Janice Dy, RN; Diana Erslovas, RN; Anna Kurtz, LCSW; Jane Pressman, BSN-BC, RN; Suzie Scarpaci, RN. Psychiatric Medication Inpatient Education. UCLA Health System. [Evidence-Based Practice] 

Isabell Purdy, PhD, MSN, RN, NNP, CPNP; Mary Alice Melwak, PhD, MSN, RN, NNP, CPNP; Jenene Craig, PhD, MBA, OTR/L; Paula Zeanah, PhD, MSN, RN. Development and Dissemination of Evidence-Based Recommendations for Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents:  Post Discharge and Beyond. UCLA Health System. [Evidence-Based Practice]


Leilanie Marie Ayala, MSN, RN,PMHCNS-BC,PMHNP-BC; Robbie Harris-Depriest, RT; Sunnie Dishman, BSN, RN-BC; Erika Lozano, BSN, RN; Jaimie Chazen, BS. Role of Nurses in Bullying Prevention:  Importance of Establishing a Community Partnership Program. UCLA Health System. [Evidence-Based Practice]

Audrey Sharon Bejo-Huerto, MSN, RNC-MNN, CLE. Breastfeeding Promotion: An Important Public Health Strategy. TMMC. [Quality Improvement]

Walter Chin, BSN; Laura Jacoby, BS; Olivia Simon, BS; Nisha Talati, BS; Gracelene Wegrzyn, BS; Rachelle Jacoby, BS; Jacob Proano, BS, CHT; Susan Sprau, MD; Gerald Markovitz, MD; Rita Hsu, BS; Ellie Joo, BS. Centers Capable of Teaching Hyperbaric Emergencies in the United States. UCLA Health System. [Research]

Walter Chin, BSN; Scott Ninokawa, BS; Eric Chan, BS; Chinya Huang, BS. Diving Behavior and Decompression Stress Among Artisanal Fishermen from the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. UCLA Health System. [Research]

Walter Chin, BSN; Oswaldo Huchim, PhD, MD; Ellie Joo, BS; Sophia Fang, BS; Susan Sprau, MD. Measuring the Accuracy of Artisanal Fishermen's Underwater Depth Perception. UCLA Health System. [Research]

Sheena Cruz, BS; Stephanie Sumstine, BS, CHES; Summer Takeda, BSN, RN; Cassandra Schroeder, BA; Jocelyn Mendez; Niloofar Bavarian, Ph.D, MPH. Health-Compromising Practices of Undergraduate College Students: Examining Racial/Ethnic and Gender Differences in Prescription Stimulant Misuse. California State University, Long Beach. [Research]

Frances Dunniway, DNP, RN, FNP-BC; Ellen Daroszewski, PhD, APRN. Use of In-Class Simulation with Middle and High School Students to Teach Disaster Preparedness During the 2015 Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. University of Phoenix. [Research]

Karen Herold, DNP, WHCNP-BC, FNP-BC. Reducing the Risk of Breast Cancer-The Hoag Early Risk Assessment Program (HERA) The First Year. Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. [Research]



Corbin Bosse, BSN, RN-BC; Bob Bencangey, MSN, RN; Kandace Kelly, DNP, RN-BC. Improving Usability of an Electronic Seclusion and Restraint Documentation Module. UCLA Health System. [Quality Improvement]

Melinda Catubig-Espiritu, MSN, RN, CCRN; Mary Lawanson-Nichols, MSN, RN, NP, CCRN. Increasing the Use of an EMR Weaning Assessment Tool within an Intensive Care Unit. UCLA Health System. [Quality Improvement]

Caroline Given, BSN, RN; Tara Marie O'Conner, BSN, RN; Cathy Puno, BSN, RN; Leslie Denogean, MSN, RN; Valentina Obreja, BSN, RN; Nichole Donahue, BSN, RN; Jorie Pope, BSN, RN; Sarah Pattynama, BSN, RN. Wii-hab: Making Rehabilitation Fun. UCLA Health System. [Quality Improvement]

Edward Nazareth, MSN, RN, PCCN. Making the Case for Tele-Medicine:  Improving Acute Care Stroke Patient Outcomes in a Community Hospital. Torrance Memorial Medical Center. [Quality Improvement]

Cherie Neil, MSN, RN, PCCN; Tracy Guy, MPH; Fotine Mamais, MSN, RN, GNP. Leveraging Nursing Informatics to Improve Quality: User-Friendly Reports Equip Front Line Nurses. UCLA Health System. [Quality Improvement]

Mary Ann Shinnick. Validity of Eye Tracking as an Assessment Tool in Simulation. UCLA Health System. [Research]

Lisa Van Sickle, BSN,RN; Erick Barraza Robles, BSN, RN, PCCN. Lead to Lead Bedside Report Using a Standardized Unit Handoff Tool. Torrance Memorial Medical Center. [Research]



Walter Chin, BSN; Maxine Chang, BS; Olivia Simon, BS; Jacob Proano, BS; Enoch Huang, MD. Differences in Clinician Reimbursement Based on Hyperbaric Emergency Indication Treatments. UCLA Health System. [Research]

Naiwei Hsu, BSN, RN, CCRN; Stanley Su, BSN, RN, CCRN. Gaining Control over Supply Use and Cost in a Busy Burn/Wound Center. Torrance Memorial Medical Center. [Quality Improvement]

Anila Ladak, MSN, RN, GNP-BC, NE-BC; Valerie Yeo, MSN, RN, GNP. Improving Patient Outcomes on a Geriatric Unit through a Structured Volunteer 'Care Companion' Program. UCLA Health System. [Quality Improvement]

Eugene Macasieb, BSN, RN, CCRN; Connie Van, BSN, RN; Eileen Maala, BSN, RN, CCRN-CMC; Ann Regalado, MSN, BSN, RN. Improving Compliance and Reducing Cost of Oral Care for Ventilated Patients. Torrance Memorial Medical Center. [Evidence-Based Practice]

Beatris Martinez, ADN, NP, WHNP-BC. Reducing Incidental Overtime (IO) in Labor and Delivery: The Team Lead Nurse Role. Torrance Memorial. [Quality Improvement]

Charmaine Platon, BSN, RN-BC; Jessica Chiu, BA; Kandace Kelly, DNP, RN-BC. Improving 1:1 Utilization on an In-Patient Adult and Geriatric Psychiatric Unit. UCLA Health System. [Quality Improvement]


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