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.

 

The Center for Innovation and Research

Sparrow had the vision in 2012 to establish The Center for Innovation and Research in partnership with Michigan State University. This new Center focuses on research intended to transform care delivery. The mission is to develop, test, implement and evaluate innovative approaches that improve the Patient experience, while achieving national benchmark health care outcomes and greater value for consumers. The Center is an extension of an affiliation agreement Sparrow and MSU signed in 2009 and seeks to combine talent, ideas and resources from each institution, along with recruiting nationally recognized researchers. The Center will help guide our efforts to deliver Patient-centered, evidence-based, best practice medicine and nursing through the use of new approaches and engaging patients in their care. The Center promotes high-priority opportunities and projects that can be rapidly developed and deployed. The goal is for patients to experience the benefits from research. The program will also help to foster creativity and innovation. This is yet another example of MSU and Sparrow working together to improve health care in our community. “The Center will facilitate interaction, blending the best ideas from one of the world’s top research universities with those of the health professionals at Sparrow to develop innovative solutions to health care challenges,” said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. The Center is guided by steering and operational committees with representatives from both institutions, which has included Barbara Given, PhD., RN, MSU, Elizabeth Henry, MN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, and Carol Dwyer, MSN, MM, RN, CENP, Vice President of Nursing, along with consumers and community members.


Research

Nursing Research Studies Approved in 2012

  • Improving Patient Safety with the Electronic Medical Record: Perceptions of the Impact on Quality of Care
    Audrey Haller Crayton BSN, RN, MSAc
  • Effective Chronic Pain Management in Palliative Care
    Denise Egeland, MSN, RN, NP-C & Claire Saadeh, PharmD, BCOP
  • Impact of Modified TRIPS and Intervention Algorithm on Outcomes of Term Neonates
    Sandy Geller, MSN, RNC-NIC & Kathy Marble, MSN, RNC-NIC
  • Staff Knowledge and Attitudes Towards Early and Progressive Mobility in the Adult Critical Care Setting
    Chastity Warren, MSN, RN, CCRN
  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Integrated Model Pediatric Palliative Care Program
    Lydia Watkins, MSN, RN
  • Bedside Shift Report
    Catherine Brennan, MSN, RN & Mary Kisting, MS, RN
  • Ambulance Diversion and Causes
    Stacey Peacock, BSN, RN
  • A Mindfulness Intervention for Symptom Management in Lung Cancer
    Rebecca Lehto, PhD, RN
  • Biomarkers of Necrotizing Enterocolitis
    Leanne M. Nantais-Smith, PhD, RNC-NIC
  • Determining Severity, Interferences and number of Days of Symptoms from Side Effects in Cancer Patients Prescribed Oral Chemotherapy Agents, How Comorbid Conditions May Influence Symptoms, and Patient Actions and Preferences in regard to Symptom Management
    Sandra Spoelstra, PhD, RN
  • Early Ambulation Initiative
    Lena Bendall, BSN, RN
  • Evidence-based Evaluation of the Nursing Handover Process for Emergency Department Admissions project
    Karen Delrue, MSN, RN, CEN
  • Unsatisfactory Pain Assessment and Management in the Perioperative Setting
    Cindy Hayes, MSN, RN, CAPN, CAPA
  • Adherence to Prescribed Time for Outpatient Maintenance Hemodialysis at One Midwestern Clinic
    Marzia Woodside, BSN, RN
  • Faith Community Nurse Network
    Michelle Wiseman, MPA, RN, CHPN

2012 Evidence Based Practice Fellows

4 FOSTER: Jennifer Sorenson, RN—Bathing and infection prevention

WOUND SERVICE: Elizabeth Evans, RN—Establishing Wound Assessment Parameters for Patients with Dark Pigmentation

PEDIATRICS: Jessica McBee, RN—Implementing Family Centered Rounding/Care to Promote Communication and Family Partnership

4 SOUTH: Paige Holben, RN—Establishing Patient/Family expectations with the Healthcare Team to Promote Collaboration and Positive Environment

MEDICAL SPECIALTIES: Satya Subedi BSN, RN, CMSN—Early Education for Diabetic Patients to control Blood Sugar and Manage Disease Process

PEDIATRIC SUBSPECIALTY CLINIC: Layna Korcal, RN, CPN and Janet Goodell, RN—Improving the Process and Coordination of Care for Children being Discharged with NJ or NG Tubes and Feedings

Presentations


State

Susan Sugden, MSN, RN, FNP, CNHP, and Meredith Bradley, RN, CHPN, presented “Palliative Care Pain Protocols” at the Michigan State Medical Society Scientific meeting in October 2012.


Regional

Kathy Marble, MSN, RN-NIC, Manager of the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit presented a poster presentation at the Midwest Nursing Research Society meeting in Troy, Mich., in April 2012.


National

Catherine Brennan, MS, RN, Medical Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Kathleen Frybarger, BSN, RN, MPA, Clinical Director Behavioral Health, presented “Beyond the Bundle: Fall Reduction Strategies in the Geriatric Psychiatric Unit” as a concurrent session at the National Gerontological Nurses Association Conference in Baltimore, Md., and a two-hour interactive pre-conference session at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Conference in Pittsburgh, Penn., in fall 2012.

Tammy Banker, MSN, RN, CNML, Director of Operations, and Michelle Wiseman, MPA, RN, CHPN, Director of Hospice House and Palliative Care, presented a poster presentation on “Growing our Own Talent", at the ANCC National Magnet Conference in Los Angeles, Calif., in October 2012.

Jan Hodges, MSN, RN-BC, Director of Nursing Education and the Magnet Program, presented “Transforming the Transition of New Graduates” at the National Nurses in Staff Development Conference in Boston, Mass., July 2012.

Michelle Wiseman, RN, CHPN, MPA, Director of Hospice House and Palliative Care, and Denise Egeland, MSN, RN, ACHPN, Manager of Palliative Care, presented a poster presentation on “Creating a Culture that Sustains a Palliative Care Program” at the ANCC National Magnet Conference in Los Angeles, Calif., in October 2012.


Conferences and Symposiums

In 2012 Sparrow nurses were widely supported in continuing their professional development through attendance at national and state level conferences and symposiums thanks to Sparrow Foundation grants and our own education funds.

Six nurses attended the annual ANCC National Magnet Conference in Los Angeles. At the Magnet conference two poster presentations were provided and a quilt was on display at the Art Exhibit. Three PACU nurses attended the National ASPAN Conference. Three Pediatric ICU nurses attended the 10th Annual Neonatal and Pediatric Transport Conference. Several obstetric conferences were attended by nurses in that specialty focusing on prenatal mood disorders, pediatric oncology, pediatric critical care, family centered care, and STABLE. Two ED nurses attended a Forensic Investigation conference and one attended the annual ENA conference. A nurse was supported in attending an Infection Control Conference and one attended and presented at the National Nurses in Staff Development Conference. Each conference attendee is asked to bring their learning back to Sparrow and share it with others. A variety of topics and information are gained by Sparrow nurses whether they attend in person or learn from a peer.

Name

Department

Conference

Chris Blocker

PACU

ASPAN National Conference

Bethany Shaw

PEDS

10th Annual Neonatal & Pediatric Transport

Jodi Donnelly

PEDS

Pediatric Critical Care Conference

Deb Alton

Neonatology

Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Annual Conference

Courtney Miller

PEDS

10th Annual Neonatal & Pediatric Transport Conference

Stephanie Brummette

Mother/Baby

Best Fed Beginnings Region C Learning Session

Carol Fuller

Nursing Administration

Best Fed Beginnings Region C Learning Session

Brenda Hamel

L&D

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses Conference

Sharon Goodfellow

E.D.

5th Annual Forensic Investigations

Cindy Hayes

PACU

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses Conference

Kathleen Frybarger

Behavioral Health

Fighting Stigma Conference

Mariposa Isaguirre

Neonatology

S.T.A.B.L.E. Instructors Course

Joan Jarosz

PEDS

10th Annual Neonatal & Pediatric Transport

Rebecca Kelly

L&D

Conference on Perinatal Mood Disorder

Beth McLellan

Women/Children

Best Fed Beginnings Region C Learning

Mathew Kasper

ED

5th Annual Forensic Investigations

Martha Rodewald

RNICU

12th National Neonatal Conference

Sarah Liberato

L&D

Conference on Perinatal Mood Disorder

Cynthia Meteyer

Women/Children

Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses 36th Annual Conference

Rebecca Paalman

Joint Replacement

National Association of Orthopedic Nurses Annual Congress

Mandi Rishel

L&D

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Eric D. Scheck

ED

Refresh, Revitalize, Invigorate—ENA Annual Conference 2012

Cheri Salazar

Women/Children

Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Annual Conference

Stephanie Griffin

PEDS

10th Annual Neonatal & Pediatric Transport

Kellie Stolz

PACU

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses Conference

Emily Lapham

Infection/Prevention

EPI 101: The Fundamentals of Infection, Surveillance, Prevention and Control

Peggy Pier

Pediatrics

Patient and Family Centered Care

Tammy Banker

Nursing Administration

2012 National Magnet Conference

Cheryl Chapman

Behavioral Health

2012 National Magnet Conference

Denise Egeland

Palliative Care

2012 National Magnet Conference

Ashley Forsberg

Float Pool

2012 National Magnet Conference

Jan Hodges

Nursing Education

2012 National Magnet Conference

Michelle Wiseman

Hospice & Palliative Care

2012 National Magnet Conference

Jan Hodges

Nursing Education

2012 Nurses in Professional Development Organization National Conference