UC Davis Health Conferences

The Journey of Discovery - Using Evidence as a Road Map

Inaugural Nursing Science and Professional Governance Conference

Thank you to those who participated in our inaugural conference on May 7, 2019. Poster session presentations can be accessed via hyperlinks below. We look forward to next year's event. Date TBA. If you are interested in joining the EBP and Research Council in planning next year's event, please contact hs-ebpresearch@ucdavis.edu.

Poster Presentations 

■ Quality improvement   ■ Innovation  ■ Evidence-based practice   ■ Previously presented

# Abstract title Unit/department Strategic objective
A Outpatient case management: An evolution towards value-based care Adult Infusion Center UBPC Best financial stewardship
B Improving the patient’s experience through communication Ambulatory Nursing Governance Council Best patient experience
C Raising the bar for nursing care with specialty certification Cancer Center UBPC Best people & practice environment
D Comfort strategies utilized in pediatric peripheral iv placement Children’s Hospital UBPC Best patient experience
E Surgical team handoff to the CSC PACU nurse: an evidence implementation plan CSC PACU UBPC Best quality
F Improving patient flow on an orthopedic unit: a pilot project Davis 14 UBPC Best patient experience
G Discharge by noon Davis 6 UBPC Best financial stewardship
H Fall reduction Davis 7 pediatrics Davis 7 Pediatrics UBPC Best quality
I CAUTI reduction East 4 UBPC Best quality
J Falls: Decreasing the number of falls for the neuroscience patient population East 5 Neuroscience UBPC Best quality
K Timely admissions East 5 PM&R UBPC Best quality
L Communication whiteboards: Promoting effective communication by updating patient whiteboards East 6 Cardiothoracic PCU UBPC Best patient experience
M Increasing the number of certified registered nurses in uc davis emergency department ED UBPC Best people & practice environment
N 2018 Inpatient documentation upgrade EMR Council Best quality
O Improving pain outcomes in home health patients Home Health UBPC Best quality
P From post surgery through survivorship: Self-management support of colorectal patients with ostomies Thomas Dwyer Adult Infusion Center Best quality
Q CAUTI prevention in the neurosurgical intensive care unit NSICU UBPC Best quality
R RN whiteboard utilization in the hospital setting: Implementation to increase compliance PCR UBPC Best patient experience
S Powerglide pro vs bioflo as a reliable midline vascular access device for sequential blood sampling PICC Apheresis UBPC Best quality
T Implementing a multidisciplinary pediatric A-F bundle and early mobility program in pediatric ICU PICU UBPC Best quality
U Implementation of structured problem solving at UC Davis Medical Center: engaging the front line nurse Quality & Safety Council UBPC Best quality
V Falls in SICU SICU UBPC Best quality
W Easing the patient’s transition of care T6 MSU UBPC Best patient experience
X Did you know your patient’s bed calls your vocera? Tower 4 UBPC Best quality
Y Going lean: A system wide approach to decreasing CAUTI Quality & Safety Previously presented
1 A restructuring of the wound care process to decrease central line associated bloodstream infections Burn ICU UBPC Best quality
2 Improving handoffs and transitions Clinical Practice Council Best quality
3 Supply waste reduction in the CTICU CTICU UBPC Best financial stewardship
4 Piloting an inter-professional collaboration program between nurses and physicians in a trauma environment Davis 11 UBPC Best patient experience
5 Preventing falls through hourly rounding and bedtime toileting Davis 12 UBPC Best quality
6 A comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to neonatal CLABSI reduction Davis 5 NICU UBPC Best quality
7 Falling for you: Preventing falls on Davis 8 Davis 8 UBPC Best quality
8 Falls reduction through implementation of scheduled toileting East 8 Best quality
9 Updating the collection process to prevent mislabeling and mishandling of GI lab specimens GI lab UBPC Best quality
10 No more power point!  An orientation escape room Kaiser South Sacramento Best people & practice environment
11 Elevating comfort levels: The impact of simulation education in an academic ICU MICU UBPC Best people & practice environment
12 Inter-unit partnership and collaboration: Best financial stewardship: One-hour transfer out of the ICU MSICU Blue UBPC Best financial stewardship
13 Reducing CLABSI through RNs placing the initial central line dressing: A quality improvement project MSICU Gold UBPC Best quality
14 Postpartum depression (PPD) screening: Educating the bedside nurse Nadia Carrasco University Birthing Suites Best quality
15 Improving newborn care: Antibiotic stewardship in the newborn nursery Newborn Nursery UBPC Best quality
16 Instituting a dynamic structured unit fall prevention program North 1 UBPC Best quality
17 Music therapy in the perioperative setting PACU UBPC Best patient experience
18 Removal of venous access devices under local anesthesia Radiology UBPC Best quality
19 Dialysis Solution Panel (DSP) test: Can it be used to reduce the risk of Osmotic Demyelination Syndrome (ODS) in hemodialysis patients? Renal Services Best quality
20 Increasing patient comfort, perception and satisfaction: Waiting room renovation Same Day Surgery Best patient experience
21 Improving sepsis outcomes, a collaborative approach addressing barriers defining terms Sepsis Improvement Committee (PCR Action UBPC) Best quality
22 Enhancing perinatal loss workflow: Implementation of a standardized care workflow to improve patient outcomes, education, and resources for grieving families T3 WP & D3 UBPC Best quality
23 Improving CHG Compliance among transplant and medical-surgical patients on Tower 8 Tower 8 UBPC Best quality
24 Creating pediatric education in an adult world Children’s Hospital Previously presented
25 UC Davis Health Peer Responder Program: Building resilience Children’s Hospital Previously presented
26 Honor Guard: A multidisciplinary ritual to honor patients and families who choose organ donation PICU/PCICU Previously presented
27 Developing a cardiac neurodevelopmental program PICU/PCICU Previously presented
28 Post-operative care for adult congenital heart disease patients in a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit PICU/PCICU Previously presented
29 Practice change vs. enhancing nursing education: what a multi-service 36-bed pediatric unit found worked best to reduce CLABSI rates Pediatrics - Davis 7 Previously presented

Abstracts are due by March 1, 2019 5pm PST to nlsmith@ucdavis.edu

  • Please review additional specific instructions for each submission option.
  • Abstracts should not exceed 500 words (refer to this resource if needed).
  • Selected authors will be notified by March 28, 2019. 
  • Costs associated with conference attendance and presentation will be the responsibility of the presenter.
    • UC Davis Health presenters:
      • UBPC presenters: Conference attendance must be approved by your Nurse Manager.
      • Please contact the Center for Nursing Science for templates, if needed.
      • The EBP & Research Council and Center for Nursing Science will provide editing assistance only as needed. If desired, this service should be requested by March 15, 2019. 

Submit your work under any of the following four categories:  

  • Quality Improvement 
  • Evidence-Based Practice 
  • Research 
  • Innovation 

Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the UC Davis Health Evidence Based Practice and Research Council. Those selected for presentation should meet the following guidelines: 

  • Multidisciplinary work is welcomed, but a nurse MUST be part of the project team if not the team leader/PI  
  • Podium presentations must be original work.
  • Project work presented must be no older than October 2017.  
  • All abstract submissions should include the following material based on category of work:
    • Quality Improvement/Evidence-Based Practice: Background and Significance, Quality Improvement/EBP/Implementation Plan, Results, Conclusions
    • Research: Background and Significance, Purpose/Aims, Design, Methods, Analysis, Findings, Conclusions
    • Innovation: Background and Significance, Goal, Process, Results, Conclusions

Accepted Speakers: Submit abstracts by March 1, 2019 to hs-researchcouncil@ucdavis.edu or nlsmith@ucdavis.edu.

Please submit your work under any of the following four categories:  

  • Quality Improvement 
  • Evidence-Based Practice 
  • Research 
  • Innovation 

Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the UC Davis Health Evidence Based Practice and Research Council. Those selected for presentation should meet the following guidelines: 

  • Multidisciplinary work is welcomed, but a nurse MUST be part of the project team if not the team leader/PI  
  • Prefer original work, but poster may have been presented once previously. Project work presented must be no older than October 2017.  
  • All abstract submissions should include the following material based on category of work: 
    • Quality Improvement/Evidence-Based Practice: Background and Significance, PICO Question (if applicable), Quality Improvement/EBP/Implementation Plan, Results, Conclusions
    • Research: Background and Significance, Purpose/Aims, Design, Methods, Analysis, Findings, Conclusions
    • Innovation: Background and Significance, Goal, Team, Process, Results, Conclusions

Submit abstracts by March 1, 2019

  • Preferred poster size is 54” x 36” (landscape)*  
  • Please plan to be available with your poster during poster viewing. Mentored poster walk/rounds will be offered for attendees to follow and for presenters to experience presentation before a small audience. 
  • UC Davis Health UBPC presenters and Mangers will give final UBPC poster approval. 

Accepted presenters:  Submit a digital copy of your poster (PDF) to hs-researchcouncil@ucdavis.edu  or nlsmith@ucdavis.edu by April 15, 2019 for poster judging which is completed in advance of the event.

What is Ignite!?

The Ignite! is a popular format of presenting and learning that enraptures the audience and provides a unique platform for speakers. Encapsulated in the Ignite motto “enlighten us, but make it quick,” each Ignite is exactly five minutes long. Presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds.

Presenters are asked to submit a topic relating to the theme. This year’s conference theme is ‘The Journey of Discovery:  Using Evidence as a Roadmap’.


IGNITE! Submission Guidelines

IGNITE! presenters may use up to 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds, meaning that speakers must make their point quickly! The result is a fast and fun presentation which lasts just 5 minutes.


Creating Interest

IGNITE! talks are assessed based on their creativity, engagement, and ability to captivate an audience. Clearly-articulated descriptions (with a dash of pizzazz) and attractive session titles will increase the chance that annual meeting participants will attend your IGNITE! presentation. Here’s what we suggest:


A Short and Compelling Title

Word/character limit: Approximately 15 words/90 characters

The title is the first (and perhaps only) part of your presentation the audience will see before the actual presentation, so be sure it is interesting and appeals to a broad audience. Here are several ways to make your title stand out:

  • Shatter a preconceived notion.
    • Example:
      • “The Myth of the Mechanical Fall.”
  • Promise a concrete skill or learning point.
    • Example:
      • “How to Run the Perfect Code: Beyond Advanced Cardiac Life Support”
  • Tell a story.
    • Example:
      • “A FEMA Hurricane Nursing Home Evacuation in Pictures.”
  • Offer a trade secret.
    • Example:
      • “We are Purveyors of Reassurance: Attending Secrets When There is no Treatment or Diagnosis.”
  • Offer a unique perspective.
    • Example:
      • “Women in Leadership: Where Are They?”
  • Promise benefits.
    • Example:
      • “How to Engage and Inspire _________Through __________.” or
      • “How to Teach a _____________ Class That Makes New Grads Think.”
  • Put the “magic number” three in front.
    • Example:
      • “Three Critical Concepts for ___________.”
  • Provoke curiosity/create FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).
    • Example:
      • “New ____ Research Reveals the ____ Methodology That Gets the Best Results.” or “The #1 Strategy for ________.”

Lively, Clearly Articulated Description/Summary

Because IGNITE is about creativity and engagement, we want you to have the freedom to describe your presentation in any manner that you feel may captivate your audience. Your description must not only give an overview of your IGNITE session, it must also create interest and generate excitement. While we encourage you to take some creative risks, submissions should strike a balance between inventive and structured. We therefore recommend the following:

  • Start with a hook. Rather than starting with background information, begin by tell us what problem you are trying to solve or what perception you are trying to shift. This is not a peer-reviewed manuscript. You do not need to cite multiple papers to establish your expertise. IGNITE is about capturing attention and successfully delivering a concise message. Your opening should convince us that you are able to do so.
  • Focus on the reader/attendee takeaways. Before you write your session description, take time to make a list of the benefits attendees will receive. Then, pick the three most important points that address the “what’s in it for me?” benefits of the presentation. You may wish to start with a compelling fact or statement or a question for the attendee to consider. For example, “this short, dynamic lecture will provide a framework for intervening in this event” or “audience members will walk away with three tools to approach this problem.”
  • Keep it brief. The word limit imposed on the description/summary is not the challenge; the difficulty is choosing the right words.
  • Use the active voice and strong present-tense verbs to explain exactly what you will do during the talk. These can be listed objectives (“I will teach X, Y, and Z”) or a broad agenda (“I will dispel 3 myths about X”). Be as concrete and descriptive as possible.
    • Keep it simple and acronym free. Always define any acronym at first reference and avoid jargon.

Submit your IGNITE! SESSION Title, Description, and Summary by March 1, 2019

Submissions will be peer-reviewed by the UC Davis Health Evidence Based Practice and Research Council. Those selected for presentation should meet the following guidelines: 

  • Multidisciplinary work is welcomed, but a nurse MUST be part of the project team if not the team leader
  • Use the guidelines above. This format is less constructed than the other formats, but requires more creativity.
  • Accepted Speakers:

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