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Sparrow has an ethical and professional responsibility to Patient care, the community, and the profession in terms of new knowledge, innovations, and improvements. Whether it's research, the application of existing evidence or new evidence, it's all part of the science of nursing.


Nursing Research Studies in Progress

Transition to Practice: An Evaluation of Two Graduate Nurse Orientation Programs, by Jan Hodges, MSN, RN-BC, and Joy Washburn, EdD, RN, WHNP, Grand Valley State University
Michigan BioTrust for Health: MDCH Parental Permission Implementation Plan by Carrie Langbo, MS, CGC (Michigan Department of Community Health, MDCH), and Debra NaultMSN, RN, and Kathleen Marble, MSN-ED, RNC-NIC
Saw Palmetto Use During Radiation Therapy for Symptom Management among Prostate Cancer Patients, by Gwen Wyatt, PhD, RN, MSU Research Consultant
The Maternal Experience from the Infant in RNICU by Kathy Marble, MSN-ED, RNC-NIC


In September 2010 Gwen Wyatt, PhD, RN, began working as our MSU nursing research consultant. In this role she served as a mentor to clinical Nurse specialists and other Nurses interested in conducting an evidence-based practice project or nursing research study. Emphasis was put on nursing education, with continuing education offerings on evidence-based practice and publishing.

Evidence Based Practice

Cheryl Chapman, BSN, RN, "Would Caffeine-Dependent Patients be Headache-Free During Their InPatient Hospitalization if Caffeine Beverages were Allowed on Their Food Trays from the Time of Admission to the Adult Psychiatric Unit?"
Kimberly Harr, RN, and Erin Darnell, i BSN, RN, "Does Alternative and Complementary Therapy Reduce Anxiety and Increase Comfort when Incorporated into the Treatment Plan for Pediatric Patients?"
Bethann Conn, BSN, RN, and Kelli Isralson-Brown, BSN, RN, CCRN, "Designing a Tool and Resource for Nurses to use in Dealing with Difficult Families and Patients."


Community Research Day 2010
Six Sparrow Nurses presented posters at the annual Lansing Community Nursing Research Day: Ann Cutts, RN;Jan Hodges, MSN, RN-BC;Larissa Miller, MSN, RN;Lynn Raynor, MSN, RN, CNOR;Doni Simon, RN; and Sherry Lynn Werth, MSN, RN, CWOCN.
Leah Cohen, MSN, RN, CCRN, presented "Nurse's Perceptions and Computer Skill Level in Implementation of an Electronic Medical Record" at the 2010 annual Conference: American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA)-CARING, in Boston, Mass.
Jan Hodges, MSN, RN-BC, presented "Shaping Graduate Nurses through Transition to Practice Programs" at the 8th National Conference of Nursing Workforce Leaders in Dearborn, Mich.
Jan Hodges, MSN, RN-BC, presented "Transition to Practice: Does Orientation Impact Nursing Excellence" as a concurrent session at the National Nurses in Staff Development Organization's Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif.

Conferences and Symposiums
Thirty Sparrow Nurses attended the Annual ANCC National Magnet Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. The majority who attended were bedside Nurses. The Sparrow contingent also included managers, a nursing director and Chief Nursing Officer Elizabeth Henry, MN, RN. Sparrow had two poster presentations at the conference, "Getting the Word Out: Multiple Communication Modalities" by Sandy GellerMSN, RNC-NIC, NNP-BC, and "Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections: How Changes in Practice Made the Difference" by Bethann ConnBSN, RN, CCRN. In addition, the quilt that was created by Sparrow Nurses for Nurses Week 2010, "Sparrow Nurses—Heroes at the Bedside," was displayed as part of the Art of Magnet Nursing Gallery.

The first Autumn Nursing Excellence Research Symposium was held in East Lansing. A grant from the Sue Tadgerson Research Fund allowed two bedside Nurses from each unit to attend the event. Keynote speaker was Barbara Given, PhD, RN, from Michigan State University. Dr. Given spoke about evidence-based practice, highlighting current work being conducted at Sparrow. The event concluded with a panel presentation in which Doni Simon, RN, spoke about her experience as an Evidence-Based Practice Fellow and the impact it had on her career. Evaluations and comments were overwhelmingly positive and much interest and enthusiasm was generated.