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Nursing Research and Quality Improvement

Nurses at Rush University Medical Center work with the Rush University College of Nursing on research and quality improvement initiatives to establish an evidence base for nursing care.

Several projects are ongoing and include the following:

Initiation of Social-Emotional Learning Groups: An Evidence Based Project
The purpose of this project was to develop a curriculum and evaluation method for social-emotional learning groups in the pediatric inpatient unit.

Improving Communication with Patients Receiving Mechanical Ventilation in the ICU

The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of a novel word and picture board to facilitate communication in patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in patients who are receiving mechanical ventilation from both nursing and patient perspectives.

Assessing the Impact of a Rapid Response System on Promoting Early Rescue of Acutely Ill Patients

The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of a nurse-led rapid response system on patient outcomes (in-hospital cardiac arrests, mortality rates, unplanned ICU admissions and length of stay) as well as the impact on improving nursing staff ability to assess and respond to acutely ill patients.

Expansion of Palliative Care Services at Rush University Medical Center

The purpose of this study is to assess perceptions of palliative care needs and extend the services of the palliative care team.

Pregnant Women's Weight Change After Delivery

The purpose of this study is to assess the weight changes that occur during labor and delivery and their impact on weight-based medications.

Impact of a Timer as a Reminder for Nursing Documentation of Pain Reassessment

The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of the use of digital timers in improving pain reassessment parameters.

Assessing the Impact of Hand Hygiene and Infection Prevention Measures in an ICU Setting

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of hand hygiene and infection prevention measures in the ICU setting.

Assessing the Use of a Thermolite Blanket in Managing Post-Operative Hypothermia

The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of a new Thermolite blanket as an alternative to the use of multiple warm bath blankets to treat hypothermia in the post anesthesia care unit.

Rounding Study

The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of every two-hour rounding on patient safety measures and patient satisfaction in medical surgical patients.

Sepsis Collaborative

The purpose of this study is to improve identification and management of patients with sepsis in emergency room and ICU settings.