On April 26, 2013, the Registered Nurses at Robinson Memorial Hospital hosted the 19th Annual Nursing Research Day “Bridging Culture and Diversity across Practice and Research,” one of the longest running research conferences in Northeast Ohio.
“Nursing research provides patients with the necessary knowledge to advance nursing practice and positively impact health outcomes. It is a demonstration of the nurse's commitment to health and the promotion of quality care,” stated Jan Bahle, MSN, RN, CNS, CTTS, CVN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, CC, and Co-Chair of Nursing Research Day Committee. “Utilization of nursing research and nursing research projects can only thrive when certain conditions are in place, including a culture supportive of research. Robinson Memorial Hospital is highly committed to nursing research. The supportive culture at Robinson Memorial has been crucial to the success of celebrating nineteen years of nursing research.”
At full capacity, 86 nurses attended the event including staff nurses, student nurses, faculty and administrators from 17 institutions in Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The day began by honoring Nancy Wiand, MSN, RN, CNP, who retired in 2006 from Robinson Memorial Hospital Women’s and Family Health Department. Nancy was one of the founders of Nursing Research Day.
The first keynote speaker was Ronald Hickman, Jr., PhD, RN, Assistant Professor of Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Dr. Hickman spoke on “Reducing Health Disparities: The Power of Community.”
Breakout sessions were also held, including a wide variety of topics related to nursing practice and improving patient care. Some examples of the research presented included “Cultural Differences across Professions, Agencies and Geographic Regions in Advance Care Planning, Promoting Diversity and Globalization through Distance Preceptorship in Nursing Education and Spiritual Care Practices and Nurses’ Perceptions of Efficacy.”
The afternoon keynote address, “Nurses and Amish Burn Dressers Collaborating in Practice and Research,” was presented by Dr. Rosanna F. Hess, DNP, RN, President and Research Associate, Research for Health Inc. and Adjunct Faculty at Malone University. She was joined by Monica Bear, RN, Pomerene Hospital; Elsie Erb, trained burn dresser; and Marvin Wengerd, Advisory Board Member of Pomerene Hospital and trained burn dresser. They discussed the research being conducted at Pomerene Hospital and in the Amish community using burdock leaves to treat burns.
Seventeen peer-reviewed posters were exhibited along the halls of the hospital, including five projects by Robinson Memorial Hospital staff. One of these posters featured Brandi Smith, BSN, RN-C, and a poster titled “Fasting Guidelines for Orthopedic Surgical Patients.”
When asked about her experience with research, Brandi stated, “I really enjoyed the experience of the Nursing Research Academy and research day. The positive response to my research data is so exciting! Colleagues are eagerly awaiting the final outcomes of the project. It was definitely worth all of the hard work.”