Authors Shine Through Posters

Emergency nurses create ePosters for ENA’s annual conference to share what they learned on the job in their emergency departments. The posters at Emergency Nursing 2018 showcased the breadth of that knowledge, covering everything from violence in the workplace to HIV.

First-time presenters Melissa del Mauro and Pamala Sodden from Livingston, New Jersey, said they enjoyed the experience of talking with peers about their workplace violence poster.

“It’s amazing that we’re able to share our experiences with others,” del Mauro said. “We’re proud of our accomplishments, and we’ve learned from our failures. It’s fun to be able to have conversations with nurses from around the country who know exactly what we’ve gone through.”

Sodden and del Mauro were among a strong field of ePoster candidates, but two rose to the top to be judged as this year’s winners:

Evidence-based Practice

“Empowering Emergency Department Nurses to Obtain Earlier Palliative Care Consults”

Susan Boyle and Sidneia Sharif

Boyle and Sharif’s poster highlighted an ED initiative that sought to empower nurses to screen patients for palliative care needs and use their assessment to trigger a palliative consult.

“There are times when aggressive life-sustaining or life-saving care given to a patient may not be the best option or may not be the optimum means of meeting a patient’s goals of care,” said Boyle. “This initiative aimed to provide staff with the confidence to initiate a conversation or plant the seed, and for patients and their families to have an opportunity to make their wishes known to staff before aggressive measures are taken.”

Boyle said she and Sharif, both of Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, New Jersey, read a significant amount of research on other programs around the country to find a suitable screening tool. In their ED, Boyle said the average number of palliative consults requested has increased from an average of eight to 32 per month.

Research Category

“Using Information Technology to Promote Patient Handoff, Safety and Throughput”

Meredith Carr, Nicholas Popowycz, Emily Bowen, Liset Denis, Ann White and Judy Prewitt

The authors, who work at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, discovered they could use their electronic medical records system to streamline reports between emergency nurses and inpatient nurses. They created an electronic template that used the software’s auto-population feature to save time. Among their measurements, were the number of patient transfers that needed to take place after the patient was moved upstairs, meaning the patient’s condition had deteriorated or rapid response had to be called.

“We were most pleased the number of rapid responses needing to be called on these patients after they were transferred from the ED went to zero,” White said. “It just reflects better communication between the emergency nurse and the inpatient nurse.”