Nursing Science Professional Governance Conference

MAY 12, 2021

Mixed in-person & virtual format | CE units offered
Hosted by: Center for Nursing Science and the EBP & Research Council

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The 3rd annual Nursing Science and Professional Governance Conference was held on May 12, 2021 during Nurses Week. This event showcased the evidenced-based practice, quality improvement, and research accomplished by nurses and interdisciplinary teams at UC Davis Health. Our schedule featured a variety of presentations and activities, including, a Keynote Address, 6 Podium Presentations, 12 Ignite! Sessions, over 30 Poster Presentations and Lunch and Learn Workshops.

The conference also represented the official launch of UC Davis Health’s new evidence-based practice Model. After 17 years of evidence implementation using the Iowa Model, the Evidence-based Practice and Research Council recommended adoption of the system and process-based model, Advancing Research through Close Collaboration (ARCC) at UC Davis Health. Thank you to all who completed our 5-min pre-conference survey.

Schedule at-a-Glance: Sessions were recorded according to the schedule of the day. Please refer to the schedule below and link to the video recordings using the Videos Tab’.

  • Promote the advancement of nursing science and practice.
  • Share results of research, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement projects at UC Davis Health.
  • Increase your knowledge of clinical research methodologies and resources.
  • Provide a professional forum to discuss the ARCC Model, UC Davis Health’s new evidence-based practice model to guide evidence implementation.
  • Foster partnership and collaborations among clinicians, researchers, educators, and leadership.
  • Stimulate inquiry to identify new nursing research and evidence implementation questions to advance clinical practice and patient outcomes.

Hosted by: UC Davis Health Center for Nursing Science and the EBP & Research Council.
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Please use the links below to view recorded sessions. 

Accreditation: Nursing contact hours will be awarded to UC Davis Health nurses by completing conference and presentation evaluations on the day of the event.

View Poster Presentations— Use the search tool by entering “UCDH” to view all of the posters or scroll down to see posters grouped according to type.

Nursing contact hours will be awarded to UC Davis Health nurses by completing conference and presentation evaluations on the day of the event for those presentations attended.

Oral Presentations Evaluations

Poster Presentation Evaluations

2021 Nursing Science and Professional Governance Conference

8:00 – 8:30

Lori Kennedy Madden, Clinical Nurse Scientist

Introductory Remarks
Toby Marsh, Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Officer

8:30 – 9:30

Implementing and Sustaining Evidence-based Care: Taking the High Road for Patients and Families
Lynn Gallagher-Ford, Chief Operating Officer and Clinical Core Director of the Fuld Institute for Evidence-based Practice

9:30 – 10:00

Affecting the Use of Pupillometers in an NSICU with Nursing Education
Corbin Curtis, Neurosurgical ICU

10:00 – 10:30

Decreasing Thirst in NPO ICU Patients
Stacey Camposagrado, Cardiothoracic ICU

10:45 – 11:30

Poster Presentation Session

  • Authors will each present a brief introduction to their poster.
  • Register for the event via WebEX and view posters ahead of time here.
  • Vote for your favorite poster!

11:30 – 12:00

Nursing Recognition Ceremony

    12:00 – 13:00

    Lunch & Learn Concurrent Workshops

    12:30 – 12:50

    12:30    Publishing Your Work
                 Lori Kennedy Madden Center for Nursing Science

    12:30    Best Practices for Survey Development
                 Emma Blackmon, Adult Critical Care

    12:30    Getting Data from the EHR
                 Sarina Fazio, Center for Nursing Science


    13:00 – 13:45 Concurrent Ignite Session Panels A & B

    A: Meeting the Metrics – Bathing with Chlorhexidine Gluconate


    It’s Right to Wipe: Improving CHG Wipe Compliance on a Perinatal Unit
    Karen Stepp, University Birthing Suites / Women’s Pavilion


    Developmentally Appropriate Bathing in the NICU
    Jolanda Jackson, Neonatal ICU


    Effect of Structural Empowerment on Improving CHG Compliance
    Susanna Shkrabak & Eva Tan, Surgical Specialties Unit


    Is the Data Clean? Assessing CHG Bathing in the PICU
    Erin Dame-Lewis, Pediatric ICU


    Discussion & Questions
    Presenter Panel

    B: Meeting the Metrics – Timely Discharge


    Discharge by 14:00: A 24-hour Team Approach
    Rachelle Cook, Cardiothoracic Progressive Care Unit


    Discharge by 14:00
    Melody Thai, Otolaryngology/Internal Medicine Unit


    Discharge by 14:00
    Emily Giusti, Medical Surgical Unit


    Discussion & Questions
    Presenter Panel



    Concurrent Ignite Sessions C & D

    Concurrent Session C


    Implementation of a Noise Reduction Program
    Jonathan Trask, Medical /Surgical ICU-Gold


    Establishing a Mentorship Program
    Holly O’Keeffe, Cardiothoracic ICU

    Concurrent Session D


    Recycling Blue Wrap
    Julie Chou & Aimee Cheng, Operating Room


    Temperature Management
    Kristi Kunce, Emergency Department

    14:15 – 14:40  Best Quality

    Reducing Peripheral Intravenous Insertion Attempts
    Douglas Wright, Radiology

    14:40 – 15:05  Best Patient Experience

    Improving Outpatient Prescription Workflows
    Joanna Mello & Kelly Greenberg, Post Anesthesia Care Unit

    15:05 – 15:30  Best People & Practice Environment

    Expanding Oncology-Specific Educational Opportunities
    Mia Wilson, Cancer Center

    15:30 – 15:55  Best Financial Stewardship

    Tray Reduction in the Main Operating Room
    Julie Chou & Terri Cote, Operating Room

    15:55 – 16:15

    Awards and Closing Remarks

    • People’s Choice Award for Best Poster
    • Raffle Baskets
    • Closing Remarks