2014 Poster Presentations

Over 100 posters were displayed at the 2014 NICHE Conference, April 6-8 in San Diego, CA. The following are poster winners as voted on by the conference committee. You will find the complete list of posters below.

Chronic/Acute Illness
1st Place
Twin Cities Community Hospital
Sheila McMillan, RN, CCRN; Cynthia Kellerman, RN, MSN, CNS PCCN
Achievements in Eliminating Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP)

Chronic/Acute Illness
1st Place
St. Mary Mercy Hospital
Patty Pokrandt, RN, BSN; Kristen Cowan, RN, MBA; Elizabeth McLaughlin, RN, MS
Preventing VTE in Hospitalized Medical Patients: A National Priority

1st Place
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Flora Haus MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC
Improving Elder Acute Care Through the Geriatric Resource Nurse Model

Pain/Pain Management
1st Place
Christus Santa Rosa Hospital
Tonya Maunsell, MSN,RN, OCN; Imelda Sanchez, MSN, RN; Eleshia Manrriquez, RN
Pain Management in an ACE Unit

Palliative/End of Life
1st Place
The Miriam Hospital
Christine Carpenter, MS, RNP; Martha Watson, MS, RN-BC, GCNS-BC
Palliative Care and Pain Satisfaction: The Miriam Hospital’s Relationship with Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island for a Palliative Care Consult Service

1st Place
Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center
Kelly Jackson, MSN, FNP-C, RNFA, GRN, ONC; Mary Bachhuber, MSN, RN, CPHRM, CPHQ; Kathy Stinson, DNP, RN; Nina Cardinal, BSN, RN-BC
Improving Transitions in Care for the Geriatric Fracture Population


Organization Poster Title
Acute Illness
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital 1 Pharm Assist in Emergency Department
Baylor Health Care System 2 Driving Delirium Down: An Implementation Project
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center 4 Fall Prevention: Will Changing our Questions Lead to Better Outcomes?
John C. Lincoln Healthcare Network 5 Phase II of A Multi-Phase Interdisciplinary Study Aimed at Reducing Endotracheal Tube Device-Related Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers in CCU Patients
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center 6 Delirium Prevention, Management, and Treatment in the Acute Care Setting
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 7 Use of the Clock Drawing Test to Identify Early Signs of Delirium in Post-Operative Older Oncology Patients
Northwest Community Hospital 8 CAM: Taking Confusion Out of Delirium Assessment
Northwest Community Hospital 9 Help Through the Haze
Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center 10 Dehydration and the Geriatric Behavioral Health Patient
Ocean Medical Center 11 STOP CAUTI
Ocean Medical Center 12 Prevalence and Predictors of Undernutrition in Hospitalized Older Adults
Overlook Medical Center 13 “Dignity First”: An Evidence Based Approach to Reduce Pressure Ulcers
Overlook Medical Center 14 The Evolution of Hospital Acquired Delirium Prevention and Management; Hospital-Wide Implementation: Challenges and Successes
Overlook Medical Center 15 The Magic Power of an Externship; Leveraging Student Interest in an Externship into a Volunteer Bedside Companion Program for Delirium Prevention
Renown Regional Hospital 16 “Music to My Ears:” The Power of Music Therapy
Riverside Tappahannock Hospital 17 Improving Care Transitions: Using Teleconferencing for Communication and Coordination During Transition of Elderly Patients Between Rural Acute and Skilled Nursing Facilities
Scottsdale Healthcare 18 Are You Confused About Delirium?
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital 19 Implementing Strategies to Decrease Readmission Rate of Heart Failure Patients
St. Mary Mercy Hospital 20 Preventing VTE in Hospitalized Medical Patients: A National Priority
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital 21 Addressing Delirium through Non Medical Staff and Pet Therapy
St. Boniface Hospital 22 Acute Care Fall and Injury Prevention: Our Lean Transformation Journey
Twin Cities Community Hospital 23 Achievements in Eliminating Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP)
University of Alabama at Birmingham 24 Nursing Performance and Perceptions Regarding Delirium Assessment Tools
Chronic Illness
Casey Hospital Monash Health 25 Creating a Dementia Friendly Environment in an Acute Care Setting that Supports Patient Safety and Improved Patient Outcomes
John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital 26 Reduction in Heart Failure Readmissions Using A Collaborative Approach
MedStar Washington Hospital Center 27 Dementia Communication Skills: An Iowa Model Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Project
University Health Network, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute 28 Optimizing Bowel Health in Geriatric Rehabilitation
Innovations 1: Care
Beaumont Hospitals 30 The Katz M. E. O. W. – Making Every Outcome Worthwhile
Broward Health Imperial Point 31 Reducing Hospital Acquired Conditions Through the Appropriate Use of Clinical Indications Withdrawal of Alcohol Protocol
City of Hope National Medical Center 32 Utilizing the “Timed Up and Go” (TUG) Assessment to Evaluate Physical Functioning and Fall Risk in an Adult Oncology Population
Inspira Health Network 33 Will the Implementation of a Structured, Enhanced Volunteer Program Improve Patient Outcomes on an ACE (Acute Care for the Elderly) Unit?
Inspira Health Network 34 Will Implementation of an Evidence Based Practice Protocol and Guidelines Result in Early Identification of Delirium Inspira Health Network Vineland Medical Patients?
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s 35 Intentional Rounding: Making it Part of our Culture
Miami VA Healthcare System 36 Telehealth – Usage in Nursing Practice
Mount Nittany Health System 37 All About Me Board
Old Dominion University 38 Influence of Structural Empowerment on the Perceived Value of Gerontological Nursing Certification
Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center and Home 39 Managing Urinary Tract Infections in the Long Term Care Population; Emerging Principles to Increase Prevention and Heighten Prescribing Practices
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore 40 Incorporating the ACS/NSQIP and AGS Best Practice Guidelines for Preoperative Assessment of the Older Adult into Nursing Practice and Research
St. Francis Medical Center/University of Louisiana at Monroe 41 Potential Prescriptive Medication Misuse in the Hospitalized Elderly Patient
The Miriam Hospital 42 A Collaborative Approach Among Registered Nurses and Certified Nurse Assistants to Improve Nurse Satisfaction and Selected Patient Outcomes
UC San Diego Health System 43 Tablet Devices (iPad) for Control of Behavioral Symptoms in Older Adults with Dementia
Innovations 2: Collaboration
Bayshore Community Hospital 44 The Critical Role of the Nurse Manager on an ACE Unit: Lessons Learned
Carolinas Medical Center 45 How a CNL and Pharmacy Collaboration Project Saved Over $8,000
El Camino Hospital 46 Elder Summit: A Day of Community and Healthcare Collaboration
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center 47 Engaging the Community in a Community Hospital’s NICHE Program
University of Colorado Health 48 From the Bedside to the Boardroom: Development of an Interprofessional Leadership Team
Innovations 3: Education
Carolinas Medical Center 49 Improved Geriatric Care through the Power of Nurse Assistants
City of Hope National Medical Center 50 Improvement in Oncology Nurse Knowledge of Geriatrics: Assessment Pre and Post Program Implementation
Cone Health 51 Focused Education of Geriatric Principles to Affect Clinical Quality at a Long-Term Care Facility
Hacettepe University Faculty of Nursing 52 Educational Needs of Geriatric Individuals Using Warfarin
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital 53 Impact of NICHE Curriculum on the Nurses’ Perceptions of Care for our Elderly
Overlook Medical Center 54 The Geriatric Institutional Assessment Profile (GIAP): Does Geriatric Focused Education Influence Staff Attitudes and Perceptions? 
Renown Integrated Health Network 55 Presenting Geriatric Education and Care Tips; What’s in a Nugget?
University of Alabama at Birmingham 56 Hospital Wide Value Added from NICHE: Exponential Impact in Hospital Staff Knowledge
Innovations 4: Implementation
Aurora Lakeland Medical Center and Aurora Memorial Hospital Burlington 57 Resource Nurse Collaboration for Multisites
Beebe Medical Center 58 Growing as a NICHE Hospital: Beebe Medical Center’s Journey to Improve the Care of the Elderly
Carolinas Medical Center 59 Implementation and Development of a NICHE Unit Led by Clinical Nurse Leaders
Cedars Sinai Medical Center 60 Improving Elder Acute Care through the Geriatric Resource Nurse Model
Maimonides Medical Center 61 Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: A GRN Driven Interdisciplinary Approach to Decrease LOS by a Change in Culture
Mission Health System 62 An Evaluation of Resource Nurse Renewal
Newark Wayne Community Hospital 63 Evaluating Geriatric Outcomes
Phelps Memorial Hospital Center 64 Geriatric Interventions Integrated into Daily RN Clinical Practice
Renown Regional Medical Center 65 Pharmacists in Geriatric Care Teams: Evidence and NICHE Example
St. Boniface Hospital 66 Advancing Practice through an Interprofessional Journal Club in a Geriatric Day Hospital
Wheaton Franciscan-Elmbrook Memorial 67 Innovative Use of a NICHE Webinar to Improve Patient Satisfaction in a Hospital
Pain/Pain Management
Christus Santa Rosa Hospital 68 Pain Management in an ACE Unit
Geisinger Medical Center 69 Advances in Pain Management: Implementing a Pain Protocol for
Orthopaedic Patients
John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital 70 Music Listening to Prevent Delirium Among Older Adults Admitted to a Trauma Intensive Care Unit
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s 71 Improving Pain Assessment in the Older Adult
The Miriam Hosptal 73 Resource Nurse Committee Members Collaborate and Enhance Nursing Practice in an Acute Care Setting
The Miriam Hospital 74 Using Evidence to Improve Pain Assessment/Management in Non-Verbal/Cognitively Impaired Patients
UCLA Santa Monica 75 Using a Diversified Education Program for Geriatrics Nurses to Improve Pain Management
UCLA Santa Monica 76 A Pain Champion Approach to Improving Pain Management
UC San Diego Health System 77 Bringing Evidence Based Practice to Inpatient Pain Assessment and Management
Palliative Care/End of Life
Cone Health System 78 Artificial Nutrition and Hydration at End-of-life: Bedside RN Knowledge and Confidence
Morristown Medical Center 79 Palliative Lecture Series for Staff Nurses: A Collaboration between Leadership Team and Residency Program in an Acute Care Medical Renal Geriatric Unit
Morristown Medical Center 80 Anna’s Angel: Empowering Nurses in Providing Community Conversations about Taking Control and Planning for Difficult End of Life Decisions
Northwest Community Hospital 81 Setting the Stage: Initiating End of Life Discussions with Patients; Transformative Learning Empowers Frontline Nurses through AgeWISE Nurse Residency Program
Renown Regional Hospital 82 Implementation of Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) on Medical/Surgical Units
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital 83 Palliative Care in Elderly Patients Presenting with STEMI
The Miriam Hospital 84 Palliative Care and Pain Satisfaction: The Miriam Hospital’s Relationship with Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island (HHCRI) for a Palliative Care Consult Service (PCCS)
University of Alabama at Birmingham 85 Assessing Nurses Level of Comfort in Discussing a Controversial Topic: Use of Artificial Nutrition and Hydration at the End-of-Life
Transitions 1: Acute Care
Beaumont Health System 86 Opening an Acute Care for Edlers (ACE) Unit:  Transition or Extreme Makeover?
Bronson Methodist Hospital 87 Caregiver Health Literacy
Carolinas Healthcare System 88 Creating a Compasstionate Transtition Team
Kennedy University Hospital – Stratford Division 89 “Let’s Move and Groove,” Walking Program on the ACE Unit
Maimonides Medical Center 90 Implementing a Structured Education Method, that Utilizes GRN and Interdisciplinary Team to Decrease Readmission of High Risk Patient
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s 91 Addressing Heart Failure Core Measures in Elderly Patients
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s 92 Meds to Go
Ocean Medical Center 93 A Case Study:  Implementation of Bedside Report
Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center 94 The Role of the Transition Nurse in Reducing Readmissions
Renown Integrated Health Network 95 Using TRST to Screen Inpatients
UC San Diego Health Systems 96 Improving Transitions of Care through Teach Back Utilization and Readmission Risk Assessment
Wake Forest Baptist Health 97 From Risk to Benefit: Using Risk Assessments to Optimize Transitions
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center 98 Co-Creating Caring Relationships: Reaching out to Impact Re-addmissions & Satisfaction
Transitions 2: Care Continuum
Casey Hospital Monash Health 99 A Nurse Leads the Way – Supporting Patients from Hospital to Residential Care.  Exploring Role Development, Sustainability and Measurement of Patient and Carer Satisfaction
Chelsea Community Hospital/Saint Joseph Mercy Health System 100 Transitioning Home Post-Hospital: Collaborative Project to Support Older Adult Transitions
Scottsdale Healthcare 101 Improving Transitions in Care for the Geriatric Fracture Population
UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica 102 Community Partnership for Continuity of Care