Nursing Scholarship Supports Quality Improvement Projects

Submitted by Nina M. Riccio on January 8, 2013

Through the generous support of  Board of Advisors member Bonnie Molloy, the School of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists have announced the availability of two DNP student scholarships to support quality improvement projects.

Quality improvement (QI) projects demonstrate the DNP student’s ability to meet the program outcomes and core competencies of the School of Nursing and accrediting bodies. QI involves systematic, data-guided initiatives or processes designed to enhance health care delivery in a particular setting. Applicants for the scholarship were asked to choose a clinical problem of interest, research and report on the epidemiology of the problem, and discuss the intervention for improvement.

Scholarship winner Juli Griffin proposed a plan for reducing sedation in the ICU and preventing new onset delirium. Sandy Cayo’s proposal involved improving nurses’ response to call bells; studies show a correlation between call bell responsiveness and patient satisfaction as well as decreased fall rates and incidence of pressure ulcers. Both students won scholarships of $3500.

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