The Greater Dayton Area Nursing Research Group Ninth Bi-Annual Symposium

The Greater Dayton Area Nursing Research Committee (GDANR) held its Ninth Bi-Annual Symposium on April 5 2013, at the Hope Hotel & Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Fairborn) Ohio.

The symposium title was “Where is the Patient in Evidence-Based Practice?”

Eighty-four of the 102 participants voted for the best poster in each of five categories (a total of 34 posters were presented) and the winners were:

  • Acute Care: “Gaps in Trauma and Resuscitation Training of Air Force Medical and Nursing Services Personnel Currently Deploying In-Theater” by Lt. Col. Karey M. Dufour, Lt. Col. Karen M. O’Connell, and Col. Penelope F. Gorsuch of Wright-Patterson Medical Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Fairborn OH
  • Cultural: “Organizational and Cultural Readiness for Integration of Evidence-Based Practice into Graduate Nursing Education” by Tracy Brewer, DNP, RNC-OB, CLC; Barbara Fowler, PhD, PHCNS-BC; Pam Stephenson, PhD, RN; and Mary Beth Kaylor, PhD, RN all of Wright State University College of Nursing and Health, Dayton OH
  • Research: “Telehealth Technology for a Diabetic Support Group in a Rural Community: Patient Perceptions” by Sherrill J. Smith, RN, PhD, CNL, CNE and Detrice G. Barry, RN, PhD, MSN, both from the Wright State University College of Nursing and Health, Dayton OH
  • Education: “Simulation Training for Fiberoptic Intubations” by Kelley C. Moore, RN, MA, MSN, CRNA, Wright Patterson AFB, Fairborn OH
  • Evidence-Based Practice (Best of Show): “Journey to Green: Quest for Chemical-Free Products” by Lisa Trefz, MSN, IBCLC; Anne Brower, BA, RN; and D. Walls of Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton OH

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, Associate Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, and Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry, College of Medicine at The Ohio State University. Dr. Melnyk, with humor as well as serious facts, encouraged and enlightened the crowd with her talk on “Improving Healthcare Quality and Patient Outcomes with Evidence-Based Practice and the ARCC Model.”  Included in her talk:

  • There are 200,000 unintended patient deaths per year, 15 million patient injuries per year, and patients receive only about 55% of the care they need
  • Ask Yourself: What would you do if you knew you could not fail in the next 2 to 3 years? and What is the smallest EBP change that you can make tomorrow that would have the largest positive impact for your patients’ outcomes?

Six concurrent sessions were held during the day plus a panel discussion on “Research, Evidence-Based Practice and Quality/Performance Improvement.”

Here are some of the comments we received:

  • Concurrent sessions were very informative
  • Dr Melnyk is amazing, motivating and Inspiring!! Thank you for sharing
  • Very enjoyable. A lot of good information
  • Great symposiuim. Excellent sessions. Good posters
  • A really worthwhile day
  • Conference very informative. All speakers were very knowledgeable of their topic. Thanks!
  • Good food! + environment, fun