Nurses Present at EPIC, QSEN Conferences


With the support of the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation, Ben Southerland, MS, RN, CCRN, EMT-P; Emily Van Culin, BSN, RN, CCRN; and Bonnie Rieger, MSN, RN-BC, presented “Evolving Informatics Committee into Magnet Culture” at Epic’s XGM international conference on May 9.

They shared with participants how clinical nurses at Premier Health have been empowered and enabled to influence the optimization of nursing workflows, practices, and documentation by participating and leading the Informatics Committee, which is a sub-committee of the Exemplary Professional Practice Council. Their discussion highlighted the impact that clinical nurses had on the successful implementation of Alaris/Epic Interoperability, increasing the utilization of Nurse Manager dashboard to reduce manual chart auditing, and the very successful 2018 upgrade that occurred the day before the start of our five-day Magnet on-site survey. The enthusiasm, positivity, and Premier Proud demeanor they showed were appreciated by all in attendance.


The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Institute (QSEN) project addresses the challenge of preparing future nurses with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the health care systems within which they work. The annual QSEN International Conference, held this year in May, is attended by both nurses in academia and in practice.

Attendance at this conference offered an opportunity to convene to discuss and share best practices for educating students, new graduate nurses, and even incumbent nurses. Trish Wackler, chief nursing officer at Upper Valley Medical Center and vice president of clinical education for Premier Health, was selected to do a poster presentation on our Versant Student Capstone Program. Our Student Capstone Program is a progressive way of beginning to bridge the gap between academia and practice and meets the call to action for greater collaboration between the two entities by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). This collaboration will lead to better education and safety for our patients.

Premier Health’s Versant Student Capstone Program is an innovative way to begin to have discussions with our academic partners about our work and practice requirements for bedside leaders. Often, academic leaders are not aware of the rapidly changing practice environment skill requirements and our program has given us the opportunity and framework for discussion around the competency level we are striving to have for new graduates. This partnership will ultimately allow us to have a better understanding of transitioning new graduate nurses and pave the way for a smooth transition for them.

During the poster presentation, Trish was visited by several colleagues who also saw this as a great opportunity. She was able to share our best practice, answer their questions, and influence our academic partners to become more interested in ways to collaborate to bridge the gap between student and nurse. Trish also had the opportunity to attend several sessions related to our work in the Learning Institute around better ways to learn that she hopes to incorporate into our orientation and other classes.

Attending conferences such at the QSEN conference is an excellent way to share, learn, and understand the bigger picture of where nursing is going in the future.

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