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Nursing Research and Education Endowment

About the Medical Center Campus:
Advocate Christ Medical Center is a 695-bed, world-class teaching and research institution. A recognized leader and one of the major referral hospitals in the Midwest, Christ Medical Center offers a number of specialties, including cardiology, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, surgical services, women’s health services and emergency medicine.
About the Beneficiary:
Proceeds from this event will benefit our Nursing Research and Education Endowment which supports nursing research, evidence-based practice and education. This fund was established in 2011 through individual and group charitable gifts to provide a stable source of funding that allows the department to plan ahead—absolutely essential for multi-year research projects among other opportunities. The funds raised at this special event will help us continue to meet the financial challenges of conducting research and traveling to disseminate findings.

Several nursing research projects are underway that demonstrate our nurses’ passion to pursue excellence, including:

Evidence based practice change to the pediatric pain assessment
Accurate pain assessment is a high priority in the acute care setting as a means to identify interventions to treat pain. Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn changed their pain assessment tool to the Faces Pain Scale - Revised (FPS-R) because of its increased psychometric properties. Evaluation of the change included nurse assessment of the unit environment for an evidence based practice change, and perception of the pain tools before and after education and implementation of the new pain assessment tool. After the educational offering and trial, nurses reported more positive perceptions about the strength of the research evidence, clinical experiences, and patient preferences for FPS-R. Nurses implemented the change seamlessly evidenced by 100 percent complete documentation. The consistency in pain documentation validated their acceptance of the new tool into their practice.

Reducing preoperative anxiety in breast surgery patients using aromatherapy
For patients undergoing breast cancer surgery, anxiety during the preoperative phase has been identified as a frightening and difficult time. The use of aromatherapy was studied to reduce anxiety in patients awaiting breast cancer surgery.  Nurses studied the essential oil lavender and measured anxiety using the State Trait Anxiety Inventory Tool (STAI). Twenty subjects were in a treatment group and 19 in the control group. Questionnaire responses showed the treatment  group was more satisfied with the use of aromatherapy and more likely to recommend the therapy to others. This study indicated a significant decrease in anxiety over time. These findings suggest that nurses can impact the patient's anxiety  by changing the day surgery environment. 

Music to orchestrate better outcomes for patients undergoing colonoscopy
Colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. Colonoscopy is the gold standard screening test to diagnose colon cancer. Unfamiliarity of test, fear of pain, embarrassment and fear of the outcome hinder patients to have a colonoscopy and instill anxiety. The objective of the study was to determine whether music affects patient anxiety, pain, sedation medication or satisfaction with procedure using an intervention group with music and a control group. Both groups showed a significant decrease in anxiety after the procedure and satisfied with the procedure. Subjects in the intervention group were satisfied with the music selection. Music is a personal preference, very inexpensive and worth offering to patients who benefit from it. Based on our findings, music is available in all procedure rooms in the OPP Endoscopy Center.

Evaluating the confidence, competence and retention of new graduates participating in Advocate Christ Medical Center/Advocate Children’s Hospital New Graduate Nurse Residency Program
This study evaluates a new program developed to support and retain new graduates practicing at the medical center fostering the new graduate’s critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Several outcomes from this study were statistically significant. Over the course of the year-long program, nurse residents reported feeling more comfortable with the skills performed in their daily work, the ability to organize and prioritize patient care and the level of comfort felt when communicating with physicians. In addition, challenges with the role transition (patient acuity, more responsibility, development of critical thinking) from student to nurse lessened over the course of the year. These results have offered the medical center the opportunity to partner with area schools of nursing to better acclimate future nurses to the realities of the role. Based on this study, a pilot clinical rotation will occur in the Fall semester in which students in their last year of clinical will complete all rotations (psychiatry, complex care and obstetrics) at the medical center. The goal of this project is to integrate the student more fully into the culture of the organization.  




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