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Identifying Opportunities for Process Improvement in Innovative Healthcare Technology Implementation

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SolarSPELL is a digital learning library created at Arizona State University for
educational environments in the Pacific and East Africa. The library is curated to deliver information to resource-challenged communities

SolarSPELL is a digital learning library created at Arizona State University for
educational environments in the Pacific and East Africa. The library is curated to deliver information to resource-challenged communities around the world, providing culturally relevant materials in a solar-powered data repository. A new SolarSPELL health library was deployed in a border-adjacent community in Sonora, Mexico to enhance health education resources. The Sonoran SolarSPELL (SSS) library is a community-driven model established through Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) leadership and reflects the innovative focus of SolarSPELL.

The purpose of this report is to contextualize the Sonoran SolarSPELL experience, identify opportunities for process improvement and innovative leadership, and identify an evidence-based framework to guide implementation in new communities. Implementation framework utilization is especially important in the integration of technology into healthcare settings, where barriers can be novel and complex. Key focal points included the development of strong partnerships with the community members, collaborative design, and leadership roles of DNPs in project development and implementation. This study provides a paradigm for both DNP leadership and the application of innovative healthcare technologies in under-served communities throughout the world.

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  • 2020-05-11

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Lifestyle Treatment Intervention in Obese Military Members

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Obesity is a significant national public health crisis, affecting one-third of American adults. It is a complex and multifactorial disease that increases the risk of multiple chronic medical conditions including

Obesity is a significant national public health crisis, affecting one-third of American adults. It is a complex and multifactorial disease that increases the risk of multiple chronic medical conditions including coronary heart disease, diabetes, and even leading to potential premature mortality. Moreover, increased health care utilization and escalating medical costs associated with obesity treatment are overwhelming an already burdened health care system. Obesity is nondiscriminatory, affecting individuals from various demographic and socioeconomic backgrounds, even extending to our unique population of active duty military service members and veterans.

Despite mandatory physical fitness and body composition requirements, active duty service members continue to experience an increasing prevalence of obesity. The obesity epidemic has considerable implications for military readiness, accession, and retention. Limited studies have examined weight-loss interventions including self-paced and provider-led interventions among active duty military service members with varying degrees of success. The purpose of this evidence based doctoral project was to examine the effectiveness of a twelve-week group lifestyle intervention involving education regarding healthy diet, physical activity and behavior change recommendations on weight and body mass index (BMI). The study demonstrated no significant differences in initial and post intervention weight and BMI.

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  • 2020-05-06

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Effect of Simulation on Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration for Nurses in China

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Nurses working in China do not have access to hospital data, access to professional organizations, or to the internet for reviewing evidence-based practice (EBP). Chinese healthcare organizational leaders are seeking

Nurses working in China do not have access to hospital data, access to professional organizations, or to the internet for reviewing evidence-based practice (EBP). Chinese healthcare organizational leaders are seeking international support to provide nurse leaders with necessary skills to lead China based organizations in safe, quality, healthcare delivery.

With the opening of a new hospital in Yinchuan, China, it is imperative to ensure that a climate of collaboration, teamwork, and clear communication methods exist between nurses, doctors, and other interprofessional staff members. Evidence indicates that use of simulation with standardized communication tools and processes (use of Situation-Background- Assessment-Recommendation [SBAR], TeamSTEPPS, and checklists) can facilitate interprofessional collaboration and teamwork and improve communication among interprofessional staff. Designing effective simulation scenarios with sensitivity to Chinese culture, with an interprofessional staff will enhance quality and patient safety in Chinese hospitals.

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  • 2020-04-30

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An Innovative Literacy-Supportive Education Pilot for Wound Self-Care

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As the incidence of acute and chronic wound conditions rises and wound dressing protocols become more complex, uninsured patients lacking access to specialty wound care are challenged to manage their

As the incidence of acute and chronic wound conditions rises and wound dressing protocols become more complex, uninsured patients lacking access to specialty wound care are challenged to manage their own wounds. Understanding multistep dressing change protocols may be inhibited by low health literacy. Low health literacy is associated with reduced disease knowledge and self-care. Little evidence of health literacy effects on wound patients is available nor are literacy-sensitive educational interventions that address wound knowledge and self-care. Improved outcomes occur in all health literacy levels in other diseases with the use of literacy-sensitive educational interventions that incorporate more than one literacy strategy over multiple sessions. To examine the effectiveness of a literacy-sensitive wound education intervention on wound knowledge and self-care, an evidence-based pilot project was conducted in an urban wound clinic.

A convenience sample of 21 patients received a literacy-sensitive wound education intervention consisting of spoken and written communication over several sessions. Instruments measured health literacy level, wound knowledge, dressing performance, and wound healing status. There was a significant increase in wound knowledge scores in all literacy groups from baseline to visit two (p < .01) and four (p < .01). Dressing performance scores remained consistently high through visit four in all literacy levels. All participant’s wounds progressed toward wound healing significantly from baseline to visit two (p < .01) and four (p < .01). Incorporation of a literacy-sensitive education intervention with supportive literacy aids over several sessions supports improved wound knowledge and dressing self-care and can affect healing in patients of all health literacy levels.

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  • 2018-04-20

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The Impact of Education on a Mental Health Provider’s Willingness to Adopt Innovation in the Diagnostic Process

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In today’s healthcare environment, there is ample evidence to support early identification of disease and implementation of effective treatment to improve patient outcomes. The objectives of this clinical intervention were

In today’s healthcare environment, there is ample evidence to support early identification of disease and implementation of effective treatment to improve patient outcomes. The objectives of this clinical intervention were twofold; the implementation of an innovative change within an organization, allowing for systematic screening through incorporation of the Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ), and evaluation of mental health provider’s willingness to incorporate practice change.

A pre- and post-quasi-experimental design evaluated the attitude of providers regarding practice change using the Evidence-Based Practice Attitude Scale and the utilization of the MDQ following educational intervention. Parametric testing was used to explore the relationship between education specific to practice change and the provider's attitude through the use of the paired t test. The Chi-square test evaluated the use of the MDQ by clinic healthcare providers in relation to an innovative practice change.

Results of this study illustrate enhanced provider willingness to adopt innovation and increased MDQ use following the intervention. Ensuring provider access to screening tools and education during the process of practice change provides a strategy for early intervention enhanced willingness to support practice evolution.

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  • 2017-05-01

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Advancing Nursing Practice in Vietnam: An International Collaboration to Improve Quality

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International partnerships offer opportunities for healthcare professionals to promote evidence-based nursing in underdeveloped countries. When international collaboration is utilized among nurses in developing countries the clinical outcomes may be improved.

International partnerships offer opportunities for healthcare professionals to promote evidence-based nursing in underdeveloped countries. When international collaboration is utilized among nurses in developing countries the clinical outcomes may be improved. This project focused on collaboration with nurse colleagues in Hanoi, Vietnam to support an internally identified quality improvement process and leadership development. Collaboration occurred in a large inpatient medical center between the author and nursing shared governance team members representing the General Surgical, Neuro Surgical, and Intensive Care Units. The nursing collaboration over 9 months concluded with an onsite visit by 5 members of a diverse group from the United States. The shared governance team reported an overall increase in nursing knowledge and skill regarding urinary catheter maintenance and care.

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  • 2018-05-03

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Implementation of a Mediterranean Diet in Type II Diabetic Patients

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Type II Diabetes Mellitus has detrimental effects on the human body. A1C levels reflect the attachment of glucose to hemoglobin-the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. Elevated A1C

Type II Diabetes Mellitus has detrimental effects on the human body. A1C levels reflect the attachment of glucose to hemoglobin-the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. Elevated A1C levels are an indicator of how controlled diabetes is. Uncontrolled diabetes not only affects glucose levels, but has detrimental repercussions in other organs of the body, causing peripheral vascular disease, risk of developing dementia, periodontal or gum disease, skin infections, neuropathy in lower and upper extremities, renal damage, erectile dysfunction, decreased blood flow, and cardiac conditions among others.

A diet low in calories positively affects glucose levels in the body. Type II Diabetes can be easily controlled when lifestyle modifications are included in the plan of care. Among those modifications, diet is an effective intervention for the management of this condition.
Establishing a diet among the patients that have an elevated A1C is the plan of care and ultimate goal for this project. The Mediterranean diet has demonstrated decreased blood glucose levels, improved weight control and enhanced quality of life.

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  • 2019-04-26

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Quality Improvement Project to Implement Prostate Cancer Survivorship Care Plans

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There is an increasing number of cancer patients outliving their diagnosis and treatment and requiring more support as they transition to cancer survivors. To bridge this gap, survivorship care plans

There is an increasing number of cancer patients outliving their diagnosis and treatment and requiring more support as they transition to cancer survivors. To bridge this gap, survivorship care plans should be provided to all cancer survivors to provide post treatment plans of care, recommendations, and resources (Commission on Cancer, 2016). A quality improvement project was implemented in the urology practice of a National Cancer Institute-designated, academic hospital in Phoenix, Arizona to provide survivorship care plans to prostate cancer patients with surgical intervention as their cancer treatment.

Through interprofessional collaboration, the process change was designed and implemented with the residents and Physician Assistants of the urology practice. There was a 93% adherence rate in delivering the survivorship care plans during the project. The “Confidence in Survivorship Information” questionnaire was used to measure the patients’ confidence in survivorship information prior to and after receiving a survivorship care plan. A paired t-test showed statistical significance in improvement in confidence in the knowledge of long-term physical effects of cancer treatment, strategies for preventing and treating long-term physical effects, and resources available for family members who may be at risk. The project will continue in order to meet requirements for cancer programs established by the Commission on Cancer (Commission on Cancer, 2016).

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  • 2018-04-23