This collection of SOAR@USA includes culminating scholarly projects for students in graduate programs at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. The collection currently includes projects from the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

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Scholarly Projects from 2021

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Gaining Glycemic Control in Patients with Uncontrolled Type 2 Diabetes in Rural Health, Demetric Childs-Hicks

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Improving Emergency Department Throughput: Using a Pull Method of Patient Flow, Jeffrey Collins

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Improve the Risk of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections with Central Line Dressing Changes through a Team Approach, Jessica Comstock

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Development and Implementation of an Opioid Risk-Reduction Strategy, Heather Darmetko

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Leadership Rounding to Improve Patient Satisfaction in Pediatric Ambulatory Care, Tara J. Haskell

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Reducing Stroke Readmission Through the Implementation of Telehealth, Leilani Hermosura

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Improving Antibiotic Prescribing for Acute Respiratory Illnesses, Laurinia Hunter

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Partnering with Hospital Providers to Facilitate Handoff for Persons with Dementia in the Acute Care Setting, Vanessa Jeune

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Patient Satisfaction With Noise, Robert W. Kentner II

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Pediatric Sepsis-Development of a Clinical Pathway for the Pediatric Emergency Department, Roslyn Lampkin-Smiley

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Nurse Retention in Workplace Adversity, Deborah Lewis

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Reduction of CLABSI in Telemetry Patients through Limiting Central Line Blood Draw, Caselyn Lok

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Implementing Geriatric Frailty Screening in Acute Care, Christine Longley

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Improving Caregivers’ Perceived Involvement in Care Through Facilitating Communication with Hospital Providers, Heather Manolas

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Reduction of Inpatient Fall Rate in an Adult Acute Care Setting, Manjusha Maprel

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Evidence-Based End-of-Life Comfort Care Guidelines, Myla Maranan

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A Safety Program in a Tertiary Care Center Emergency Department: An Evidence-Based Project to Increase Safety Event Reporting and Improve Frontline Staff Perceptions of Hospital Management’s Response to Safety Events, Elizabeth Anne McMaster

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Improving Mammography Rates Among the Hispanic Population: An Evidence-Based Project Utilizing a Promotora Intervention, Dawn Mirowski

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Implementation of an Evidence-Based Practice Discharge Medication Protocol for Heart Failure Patients to Reduce 30-Day Readmissions, Dawn Onstott

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Mentoring Program for New Graduate Nurses, Kathryn Palermo

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Screening for Human Trafficking: Best Practice Guidelines and Recommendations for Health Care Providers, Bernadette Portillo

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Implementing Interdisciplinary Team Rounding to Reduce External Ventricular Drain-Associated Infections, Laura Reiter

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Implementation of the National Early Warning Score Tool in the Acute Care Setting, Amanda Reyes

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Mindfulness-based Intervention and Relapse Rates in Adults with a History of Substance Use Disorder, Tamieko Ross-Anyaso

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Reducing the Incidence of Compassion Fatigue in Obstetrical Nurses, Naveen Samuel

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Change Project Using a Fall Prevention Action Program to Decrease Falls on a Behavioral Health Unit, Amy Shuptrine

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The Impact of an Evidence-Based Multi-component Intervention on Colorectal Cancer Screening in Primary Care at a Healthcare System, Ahnnya Slaughter

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Implementation of a Nurse Leader Rounding Program in the Emergency Department, John Swanhorst

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Protecting Sleep to Reduce Delirium in an Adult Intensive Care Unit, Heather Thomas

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Wound Care Management and Documentation Non-Compliance in Prevention and Care of Wounds, Tobechukwu Unaegbu

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Indwelling Urinary Catheter Removal HOUDINI Protocol, Fatima Villacruz

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The Impact of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Techniques on Nurse Burnout in an ICU, Heather L. Vincent

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Face-to-Face Nursing Promotion of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Marika Whitaker

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Development and Implementation of an Evidence-Based Guideline for Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder Patients Requiring Colonoscopy, Tanya D. Young

Scholarly Projects from 2020

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Reducing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Project, Beatriz Agado

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Decreasing Readmissions in Medically Complex Children, Colleen Bartlett

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Revisiting CAUTI Prevention: A Multifaceted Approach using Lean Six Sigma, Lisa Ann Behrend

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Preventing Falls in Long-Term Care Using Patient-Centered Fall Interventions, Angela Blakley

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An Altitude Adjustment: Implementing a Clinical Practice Guideline in the Newborn Nursery at Moderate Altitude, Leeann Blaskowsky

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Implementing Protocols in the Emergency Department to Improve Care for Sexual Assault Patient, Kelly Ciccone

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Reducing the Incidence of Pressure Injuries in Adult ICU Patients at McAllen Medical Center with the Implementation of a Pressure Injury Preventive Bundle: A Quality Improvement Project, Cheryl Cruz

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Implementation of an Electronic Alert for Improving Adherence to Diabetic Foot Exam Screenings in Type 2 Diabetic Patients in Primary Care Clinics, Ruby Denson

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The Effect of Medication Reconciliation Timeout on Patient Safety: An Evidence-Based Project, Renante Dizon

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A Patient-Centered Approach to Fall Prevention, Elmer Esguerra

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A Pain Control Optimization Pathway to Reduce Acute Postoperative Pain and Opioid Consumption Postoperatively: An Approach to Battling the Opioid Epidemic, Holly Franson

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The Use of Tailored Interventions to Prevent Falls: A Quality Improvement Project in the Telemetry Unit, Roda Galang

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Development and Implementation of a Healthcare Volunteer Retention Program, Sandra Gomez

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A Policy Change to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Clostridium Difficile Infection Rates: A Quality Improvement Project, Nia Hidalgo

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Nurse-Initiated Protocols for Chest Pain in the Emergency Department, Matthew Hodges

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A Multimodal Analgesic Virtual Reality Program to Reduce Opioid Exposure, Jessica Hovland