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1 Sexuality in Pregnancy: New Approaches to Effective Patient EducationMiller, Paige2017Pregnancy is a complex period of changing self-image and body transformation. These profound emotional, psychological, and emotional changes can greatly affect the sexual health of pregnant women and their partners. Despite these profound changes, many women do not mention or receive any counseling ...
2 Assessing Female Sexual Dysfunction: Creating a Tool for Improved DiagnosisBeck, Molly W.2017Despite the high prevalence of female sexual dysfunction (FSD) in the United States, it is both under diagnosed and undertreated. This is largely attributed to the difficulty in establishing a diagnosis consistent with DSM-V criteria while simultaneously excluding the many confounding variables that...
3 Feasibility Study for Wearable Appointment Reminders: Decreasing the Rate of Missed Appointments in Primary Care Clinics for Homeless PatientsJackson, Andrea2017Missed appointments in primary care clinics have a negative impact on patient health, provider productivity, and clinic revenue. Typical ways of reducing missed appointments via email, texts, and phone calls are more difficult when serving homeless patients due to lack of access to telephones and mo...
4 Development of Standardized Extubation Guidelines in a Medical Intensive Care UnitBradford, Ben2017Oral endotracheal tube (OETT) intubation is a medical intervention for critically ill medical patients who have lost the ability to maintain their airway, suffer respiratory failure, or have deteriorated clinically to the point at which loss of the ability to protect their airway is imminent. For th...
5 Prevalence of Suicide Risk Factors among Emergency Medical Services Providers in UtahMills, Gordon2017Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers suffer a higher rate of suicide than the general population. National statistics show an age adjusted rate of 13.0 suicides per 100,000 in the general population. However, EMS providers have been shown to have suicide rates of 17.2 to 30.5 suicides per 100,...
6 Increasing Awareness of Cervical Cancer Screening and HPV Vaccination for Vietnamese Women in UtahHardy, Huyen2017The aim of this DNP project was to develop a community based educational program informing Vietnamese women about cervical cancer (CC), to raise the awareness of cervical cancer screening (CCS) and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination. Cervical cancer continues to be a serious health threat for w...
7 Educating Diabetic Women on the Potential Teratogenic Effects of Hyperglycemia on Fetal Development during PregnancySeidel, Jeanette2017Millions of people in the United States have diabetes, and that number has increased exponentially in the past three decades. This has led to an increased incidence of pregnancies complicated by pregestational diabetes mellitus (PGDM). PGDM has also increased the number of infants admitted to the ne...
8 Bone Marrow Transplant Survivorship Care Plan: Bridging the Knowledge and Care Access Gap: A Pilot StudyLee, Wenny2018In 2006, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), now known as National Academy of Medicine (NAM), recognized that there is a lack of continuation of cancer survivor care in the United States. The IOM recommended that all comprehensive cancer centers address the need of survivor care by using survivorship c...
9 Prenatal Care Implications for the Primary Care ProviderKarr, Jennifer2018Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) are extensively trained in their programs of study and are certified and skilled to care for patients ranging from birth to death. Due to the significant amount of curricular content required in FNP programs, creative ways of disseminating education regarding specif...
10 Underutilization of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy: Addressing Attitudes and BarriersLawson, Samantha2017This Doctoral Scholarly project addressed the unnecessary negative impacts of pregnancy related pelvic floor dysfunction through increasing midwife provider knowledge and utilization of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy (PFPT). To this end PFPT and pregnancy related condition facts were gathered and syn...
11 The Importance of Patient Selection at Out-Patient Ambulatory CentersSanders, Greg2017In the United States, there has been a shift in outpatient procedures being performed in the hospital setting to being done in outpatient surgery centers. As a result, it is very important to determine which patients are appropriate for procedures done in the outpatient facility and which patients n...
12 The Children's Justice Center Multidisciplinary Puzzle: Where Does the Medical Exam Fit?Bleak, Amy2017The gold standard for treatment of children who are victims of sexual assault is to provide all victims access to a forensic medical examination, preferably by medical providers trained in child abuse. Although most Children's Justice Centers (CJC) in the Utah have medical teams, there is not a cons...
13 An Assessment Toolkit for the University of Utah Ghana Study Abroad ProgramKirby, Susan2017Description: The purpose of this project was to identify outcomes of nursing study abroad, to identify tools to measure those outcomes, and to formulate a toolkit for the University of Utah College of Nursing Ghana study abroad (UUCONGSA) program to utilize for measurement of identified outcomes. Pr...
14 Screening for Intimate Partner Violence in Emergency DepartmentsBurt, Erin2017Throughout the nation, Emergency departments (EDs) and primary care clinics identify twice as many intimate partner violence victims through routine screening as compared to other healthcare settings that do not routinely screen. The healthcare staffs' compliance to screening is essential to help re...
15 Improving Education: Promoting Practice-Based Prescribing Competencies for New Nurse PractitionersLugo, Rogelio2017The release of the Institute of Medicine's publication, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System revealed the amount of medical errors and threats to patient safety that occur within the U.S. healthcare system. Since its publication, many initiatives have been created in order to reduce medic...
16 Extended Dwell Catheters in the NICUChenoweth, Kimberlee2017Most infants in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) require insertion of a device to acquire vascular access during hospitalization and this is the most common procedure in the NICU. New devices are met with uncertainty due to lack of evidence for their use. Extended dwell catheters (EDC) are new...
17 An Improved System of Psychiatric Care for the Seriously Mentally IllFrichette, Katie2017The goal of this project was to uncover the factors associated with relapse and hospital readmission within the seriously mentally ill population (SMI). The purpose was to develop a proposal and recommendations for healthcare professionals and policy makers to reduce readmission rates following inpa...
18 Screening for Intimate Partner Violence in a Primary Care SettingBywater, Kelsey2017Intimate partner violence (IPV) leads to serious health complications for women and has become a public health crisis across the US. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians screen all women of childbearing age for IPV, such as domestic violence (DV), and to provide ...
19 Identifying Opioid-Prescribing Barriers: Educating Primary Care Providers on Evidence-Based Opioid-Managed PainHerrera, Kourtney2017The rates of opioid misuse, abuse, and death are rising and afflicting our communities, leading to a nationwide epidemic. Utah is currently ranked fourth in the nation and Carbon County is ranked first in Utah for opioid-related deaths (Utah Department of Health, 2016). As a result, the Center for D...
20 Improving HPV Vaccination Rates Through Healthcare Worker EducationKolwalski, Jedediah D.2017Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is an insidious and nearly ubiquitous sexually transmitted infection (STI). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly all sexually active adults will experience at least one HPV infection at some point in their lives. Chronic infection wit...
21 Pre-Procedural Fasting Guideline for an Intensive Care UnitBartlett, Robert2017Procedures performed at the bedside such as bronchoscopy or transesophogeal echocardiogram (TEE) are common in the intensive care unit (ICU). These procedures, among others, require a prior period of fasting. Currently, common practice is to order "nil per os (NPO) at midnight", similar to practice ...
22 Neurologic Monitoring of Neonates in the Neonatal Intensive Care UnitMessick, Jennifer R.2017The American Clinical Neurophysiology Society has identified neonates at high risk for neurologic sequelae. These clinical conditions include: hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, neonatal seizures, significant intraventricular hemorrhage, neonates placed on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, central ...
23 Surfactant Administration Practice Guidelines for Late Pre-Term and Greater Gestation NeonatesBrinkerhoff, Tia2017The purpose of this project was to develop a surfactant administration guideline to decrease the rate of pneumothoraces in moderate-late preterm and term neonates. Currently there are no clear guidelines for surfactant administration in this population yet research has pointed to significant benefit...
24 Improving Medical Documentation Through EducationNaval, Carlie K.2017The aim of this DNP project was to develop an educational module about documentation for nurse midwives and nurse midwifery students. Formal education on documentation has been shown to improve charting practices for resident physicians when compared to those who received no training. Improved chart...
25 Reducing the Potential for Adverse Drug Events in Ambulatory Care SettingsBlack, Chelsie2017Adverse Drug Events (ADEs) are a significant clinical problem in the United States; many are preventable if a provider has full knowledge of patients' medications. The process of gathering medication information is known as medication reconciliation. There is currently an inadequate focus on medicat...
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