Premier Health Nursing Research Update

It has been a fruitful year so far in 2017 for nursing research and evidence-based practice (EBP). Completed nursing studies this year include: 

  • “Staff Perceptions of Noise on Patient Outcomes” – Diane Goettemoeller MS, RN, CNS (Upper Valley Medical Center) 
  • “Staff Perceptions of Noise on Patient Outcomes” – Diane Goettemoeller MS, RN, CNS (Upper Valley Medical Center) 
  • “Incivility, Nurse Perceptions, Stress & Job Satisfaction” - T. Hostetler DNP, RN (Premier Health- all hospitals)
  • “Evaluation of Communication Practice Identified as Bedside Handoff” – Shirley Bowling MS, RN (Premier Health- all hospitals) 
  • “Predictor Variables for 30-Day Heart Failure Readmission” - J. Wallace MSN, RN-NP (Miami Valley Hospital)
  • “Evidence Based Practice Beliefs & Activities by Registered Nurses” – NKII Council of Premier Nursing Shared Governance-all sites.

Findings from the “Incivility, Nurse Perceptions, Stress & Job Satisfaction” study as well as the “Evaluation of Communication Practice Identified as Bedside Handoff” were presented at NKII Council. This fall, results and implications for the heart failure study as well as the noise study will be shared via EBP updates from NKII Council. Congratulations to everyone for great work to improve practice and patient outcomes.

The study “Clinical Outcomes of an Activity Progression Protocol for Pulmonary Patients” was presented this summer in Dublin, Ireland, at the International Nursing Research Conference of Sigma Theta Tau International by Amy Shay PhD, RN, CCRN. Amy (a former CNS at MVH) received her PhD in June from IUPUI in Indianapolis where she is serving now as faculty. Amy will share her research study findings related to MVH mobility protocols this fall.

Current nursing research studies in planning or in process include interventions to reduce heart failure readmissions, stroke assessment, simulation in nursing, instrument development, outcomes for palliative care communication bundles, pain assessment, interventions to reduce falls, and use of complementary and alternative therapies to reduce symptom burden. You will hear more about these wonderful projects led by Premier Health nurses taking place across all of our sites.

Finally, the research project examining the effects of light therapy to reduce symptom burden at end of life was published in June in the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing. Our collaboration with Hospice of Dayton and the VA Medical Center these past years completing this research has resulted in many patients receiving comfort at end of life. Certainly, this research publication may extend the amazing study findings beyond our community! Further research using this therapy is planned for the future across Premier Health. 

 “Evaluation of a Low-Light Intervention—Starlight Therapy—for Agitation, Anxiety, Restlessness, Sleep Disturbances, Dyspnea, and Pain at End of Life.” Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing. 2017; 19(3): 214–220.

  • Kathleen Emerson, LPN, CHPLN, is research data collection coordinator, Ohio’s Hospice
  • Mary Murphy, MS, RN, CNS, AOCN, ACHPN, president and chief nursing and care officer, Ohio’s Hospice
  • Linda Quinlin, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, NP-C, ACHPN, clinical team leader, Ohio’s Hospice, Inc., Dayton 
  • Patricia O’Malley, PhD, RN, CNS, CCRN, nurse researcher, Premier Health
  • Kathleen Hayes, MS, RN-BC, CHPN, Dayton VA hospice & palliative care coordinator, Veteran’s Affairs, Dayton, Ohio

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