2019 Gessner College of Nursing Spring Forum

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The Gessner College of Nursing and the Sigma Phi Chi Chapter hosted the 12th Annual Spring Nursing Forum on Friday, April 12, 2019, at the University of Houston at Sugar Land. This collection gathers student scholarship presented at the event.


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    Increasing the HPV Vaccination Rates: A Primary Care Initiative
    (2019-04-12) Olvera, Ozny
    According to the CDC, about 1 in 4 people currently have the HPV virus (2018). The current CDC recommendation is that all children ages 11-12 years of age receive two HPV vaccines 6-12 months apart. As infection with HPV progresses, it can lead to preventable cancers such as cervical cancers in women and penile cancers in men. Despite the availability of the HPV vaccine, vaccination rates continue to be low. With the susceptibility of HPV preventable cancers, the lowered vaccination rates are a cause for concern to healthcare providers. Research has shown that when a provider makes a strong recommendation for the HPV vaccine, parents are more likely to vaccinate. This evidence-based practice project explores the effects of a presumptive provider-led recommendation to vaccinate versus ancillary staff on compliance in vaccination.
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    Home Health Transitional Care Interventions (TCI) to Reduce Rehospitalization in Geriatric Patients with Heart Failure
    (2019-04-12) Munuve'-Akinnola, Rose
    This evidence-based project evaluates the evidence that high-intensity transitional care interventions at home are effective at preventing re-hospitalization, reducing mortality and improving quality of life in geriatric patients with heart failure. The project recommends consistent implementation, at home, of an interdisciplinary team, use of a standardized tool to assess re-hospitalization risk and regular use of the Teach Back method for patient and caregiver education (AHRQ, 2015). These strategies should be part of the standard outpatient intervention.
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    5 A’s Intervention to Increase Smoking Cessation in Primary Care
    (2019-04-12) Mobolade, Christiana
    Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in US adults. Healthcare providers have frequent contacts with their patients yearly in primary care clinics and are well positioned to identify patients who smoke and to assist with smoking cessation. The Agency for Healthcare Research recommends a comprehensive smoking cessation intervention, the “5 A’s,”; to ask, advise, assess, assist, and arrange smoking cessation interventions for patients who smoke (Grandes, Cortada, & Arrazola, 2018). This evidence-based project shows the effectiveness of the 5 A’s comprehensive smoking cessation intervention in every day routine consultation in primary care to increase smoking cessation.
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    PDMP Utilization to Decrease Prescription Opioid Overdose Deaths
    (2019-04-12) Ugochukwu, Kenechukwu
    On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. From 1999 to 2016, more than 200,000 people died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids (CDC, 2017). Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is an electronic database that tracks controlled substance prescriptions in a state. This EBP project focuses of the utilization of Prescription Drugs Monitoring Programs (PDMP) to decrease overdose deaths related to prescription Opioid abuse.
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    Probiotics Treat and Prevent Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea
    (2019-04-12) Pongvachararak, Aaron
    This evidence-based project explores evidence supporting the effectiveness of probiotics to treat and prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea in adult patients ages 18-65 years. The project recommends that probiotics be prescribed concurrently with clinician recommended antibiotic treatment for this patient population.
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    Behavioral Approach to Improve Insomnia in Older Adults
    (2019-04-12) Chacon, Alida
    Insomnia is a sleep disorder highly prevalent, especially among older adults, and it is associated with cognitive impairment, increased risk for falls, depression, decreased quality of life, and increased healthcare utilization. Good quality sleep is essential for good health and quality of life. There is ample evidence that supports the use of behavioral interventions as a primary treatment for insomnia. This evidence-based poster supports the implementation of current guidelines that recommend the use of cognitive behavioral therapy to treat insomnia in older adults.
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    Vitamin D Supplementation to Decrease Respiratory Infections in Adults
    (2019-04-12) Mburu, Ruth
    Vitamin D plays a vital role in the immune status of an individual. Various immune cells in the human body contain vitamin D receptors and vitamin D metabolizing enzymes. Respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are a major cause of mortality and morbidity globally. This evidence-based project explores the use of vitamin D supplementation in decreasing respiratory infections in African American adults 60 years and older.
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    STOPP/START Protocol to Reduce Polypharmacy Among Geriatric Population
    (2019-04-12) Harris, Courtney
    Up to 94% of the geriatric population is affected by polypharmacy and these medications are referred to as PIMs (potentially inappropriate medications), which are a global health concern. Polypharmacy and PIMs increase adverse drug events (ADEs) in the geriatric population, which can decrease independence and quality of life while increasing emergency room visits, rehospitalizations, and cost of living due to an increased amount of already finite monetary resources going towards health care. This evidence-based practice project recommends implementing STOPP/START Criteria, Screening Tool of the Older Person’s Prescriptions (STOPP) and Screening Tool to Alert Doctors to Right Treatment (START) to decrease polypharmacy in elderly population.