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Nursing Accomplishments

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Transformational Leadership

  • Decreased agency nurse staffing utilizations from $250,000 per week to under $9,000 per week.
  • Developed and implemented innovative collaborative physician and nurse communication program called C2: Communicate Care.
  • Developed and implemented comprehe​nsive multidisciplinary mentorship program to facilitate transition to practice and increase engagement among staff.
  • Launched Magnet Journey and submitted Magnet application for review in August of 2019.
  • Received NICU Designation by the state of Texas as a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Structural Empowerment

  • BSN Rate 81.68% For FY19 (July 1, 2018 to June 2019)
  • Certification Rate 38.21% For FY19 (July 1​, 2018 to June 2019) 

Exemplary Professional Practice

  • Received national recognition for decreasing falls with injury by 65.5% while also lowering overall falls from over 30 per month to less than 15 per month.
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU), received the prestigious Beacon Award for Excellence Silver designation from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements

  • Resource: A multidisciplinary approach to reducing 30-day hospital readmissions in the cirrhosis-diagnosed patient population using a nurse-navigator model (#012-284) PI: C. Arriaga ADN, RN, CCTN
  • Development of a tool to measure factors affecting breastfeeding among mothers in the NICU (#016-013) PI: L. Patton BSN, CCRN-Neonatal; Co-I: S. Lofton, MSN, CCRN-Neonatal
  • Knowledge and perceptions of maternal/child nurses towards intimate partner violence (#016-089) PI: K. Ellis, PhD, RN
  • New nursing graduates and simulation: Their past experiences, perceptions, and readiness to work as they transition to the hospital setting (#017-271) PI: K. Ellis, PhD, RN
  • A randomized controlled trial comparing two approaches to a hospital-based self-care intervention (#017-516) PI: K. Ellis, PhD, RN
  • Qualitative examination of the effects of a physician-nurse communication intervention (#018-014) PI: K. Ellis, PhD, RN

These publications have been completed by nurses at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center-Fort Worth

Sundin, C., Mazac, L., Ellis, K., & Garbo, C. (2018). Implementation of an oxytocin checklist to improve clinical outcomes. MCN: American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 43(3), 133-138.

Sundin, C.S., Johnson, M.L. (2018). Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome. MCN: American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 43(2), 77-82.

Gokenbach, V. (2017). Phoenix Leadership: The healthcare executive’s strategy for relevance and resilience. CBC Press: Boca Raton, FL.

Podium Presentations:

  • September 2017 Courtney Sundin presented “Color your acuity: Implementation of Maternal Fetal Triage Index” for the TCU EBP Graduation in Fort Worth, TX.
  • October 2017 Dr. D’Andre Carpenter presented “The tech-savvy nurse leader: Do you have the right knowledge?” at the Nursing Management Congress in Las Vegas, NV.
  • October 2017 Dr. D’Andre Carpenter presented “VBP and the EHR: Making sense of alphabet soup, vol. at the Nursing Management Congress in Las Vegas, NV

Poster Presentations:

  • In January of 2018, Mary Beth Zimmerman and Ashley Clark presented a poster at the International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles, California called “Nothing is going to stop us now: Expediting care for the stroke patient in the emergency department.”
  • In January of 2018, Ashley Clark, Mary Beth Zimmerman, Amanda May and Gaurab Lamsal presented a poster at the International Stroke Conference called “Don’t break my chart, my achy breaky chart: Improving nursing documentation for stroke outcomes.”
  • In May of 2018 Marla Thomas and Mary Beth Zimmerman presented a poster at the Institute of Healthcare Safety/National Patient Safety Foundation Conference in Boston and the National Teaching Institute, MA called “Can you hear me now? Addressing clinical alarms in critical care.”
  • In May of 2018, Holly Hardy and Halee Jenkins presented a poster at the National Teaching Institute called “When I move, you move, we move: “Standing up” for early mobility in the ICU.”
  • In June of 2018, Courtney Sundin and Jennifer Wealot presented a poster at the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses called “Growing our family: Supporting our graduate nurses to improve retention.”
  • In June of 2018, Cortney Sundin and Michelle Johnson presented a poster at the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses called “Under pressure: Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome during pregnancy.”

Aspire Plans:

  • Suzanne Leos: In the primigravida laboring patient, does the use of nitrous oxide affect the length of labor or the cesarean section rate as compared to those patients who do not use nitrous oxide? Completed 8/17/18
  • Sally Baucom: Is the use of nitrous oxide for pain management in the intrapartum period and/or immediate postpartum period effective compared to IV medication for patients that desire a natural birth or prefer to labor longer before getting epidural? Completed 11/13/18
  • Ashley Bone: Will the implementation of a safe patient handling program as compared to general staff education decrease the number of patients falls and staff injuries on a 27-bed transplant unit? Completed 11/17/17
  • Lauren Mazac: In a large L&D unit, what is the effect of online scheduling via OptiLink as compared with the current method of paper scheduling? What is the effect on staff nurse satisfaction, and minutes spent by night and day shift supervisors pre- and post- implementation, within the time frame of approximately 8 months (4 months pre and 4 months post)? Completed 10/18/17
  • Courtney Sundin: In nulliparous term singleton vertex patients, does the use of first state management, consisting of standardized oxytocin administration, patient positioning, and intermittent monitoring reduce primary cesarean rates? Completed 11/16/18
  • Michelle Johnson: In nulliparous term singleton vertex patients, does nurse utilization of laboring down, different pushing techniques, and frequent maternal position changes during the second stage of labor (full dilation to birth) reduce cesarean rates at Andrews Women’s Hospital? Completed 11/16/18
  • Kristen Ellis: In newborn infants being admitted to the NICU, does the process of drawing blood for admission labs from the placenta, rather than from venipuncture of the infant, decrease specimen contamination, pain, need for blood transfusions, and decrease risk for sepsis? Completed 11/16/18
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