Eighth Annual Nursing Research Conference Concludes Nurses’ Week Celebration


Ruth Ann Jones, 2017 Karen Spies Award Winner Hope Honigsberg, Karen Speroni and Graham Lee, vice president, Philanthropy.

The 2017 UM Shore Regional Health Nursing Conference, held May 12 at Chesapeake College’s Cadby Theatre, was a great success, attracting 54 nurses to the day-long event

“Our goal was to have a variety of presentations from Nursing and Patient Care Services that would cover topics ranging from research studies to methods to increase employee engagement and ideas to improve the patient experience, ” says Kathy Elliott, director, Professional Nursing Practice and Magnet Program. “Several of the participants were first-time speakers and they did a fantastic job. ”

The keynote speaker for the conference was Brooke Billingsley, CEO of Perception Strategies, a national healthcare perception research company, and Task To Touch e-Learning, an online training program that allows employees to see what the patient sees in order to develop the emotional intelligence, communication, and acuity skills necessary to understand and alter patient perception.

Other morning presentations included:

  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Pay for Performance: The 30-minute Version, by Rob Carroll, Director, Performance Measurement and Improvement
  • Tales, Tips and Trivia on the Journey of a Research Study, by Mickey Roderick, PNP Specialist and Nursing Research Intern, January-June, 2015
  • To Nurses Living Fit and Beyond, by Karen Speroni, Chair, UM SRH Nursing Research Council

Before the lunch break, Quality Improvement, Evidence-Based Practice, Research & You Contest winners presented by Amy Stafford, and Kathy Elliott, as follows:

Research: Alyssa Baker, 2 East, UM SMC at Easton
Idea: Nurse Perception of MOLST B: The Impact on Patient Care

Evidence-based Practice
 Jennifer Ann Post, and Kathie Fisher, Telemetry, UM SMC at Easton
Idea:  Do discharge phone calls 1-3 days after discharge and follow- up appointments 7-10 days after discharge reduce the rates of readmissions in HF patients?

Quality Improvement
Winner:  Michele Williams, UM Shore Regional Cancer Program
Idea:  Implementing a new lung cancer screening program for a five-county (Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, Talbot), three-hospital (Easton, Dorchester, Chestertown) system

Karen Spies Award: Hope Honigsberg, Orthopedic Nurse Navigator, UM SMC at Easton, was announced as this year’s winner of the Karen Spies Award for her research study, Evaluation of Health Care Workers’ Use and Cleaning of X-Ray Aprons and Thyroid Shields. The Karen Spies Award was established in 2009 by Karin Brown in recognition of the professional service and caring demeanor shown to her parents by Karen Spies, RN. Criteria for selection to receive the award are:

  • Relevance of study to provision of care
  • Benefit to education/research and principles of nursing practice
  • Willingness to promote research to the larger community
  • Use of the scientific method
  • Potential benefits to UM SRH
  • Alignment with the nursing mission: to excel in quality care and patient satisfaction

Nursing research presentations offered after lunch were:

  • Text Messaging for Health Management Adherence – Does it Work?, by Sharon Stagg
  • Enhancing Unit Based Professional Nursing Practice by Dawn Ruby and Alyssa Baker BSN, RN, Current Nursing Research Intern
  • Nurse Research Intern’s Experience, by Hope Honigsberg, Nursing Research Intern, January-June 2016
  • Hot topic: Nurses’ Involvement in Improving the Quality of Healthcare by Katherine Cvach Sara Rissolo
  • Use of ER Wait Times, by Chris Seningen RN and Kim Seward, RN