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1 Sexuality in Pregnancy: New Approaches to Effective Patient EducationPregnancy 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 ...Miller, PaigeAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Sexual Behavior; Pregnancy; Patient Education as Topic; Sexual Health; Sexuality; Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological; Health Promotion
2 Assessing Female Sexual Dysfunction: Creating a Tool for Improved DiagnosisDespite 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...Beck, Molly W.Advanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Sexuality; Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological; Female; Sexual Health; Sexual Behavior; Depression, Postpartum; Self-Assessment; Patient Education as Topic; Surveys and Questionnaires
3 Feasibility Study for Wearable Appointment Reminders: Decreasing the Rate of Missed Appointments in Primary Care Clinics for Homeless PatientsMissed 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...Jackson, AndreaAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Feasibility Studies; Homeless Persons; Vulnerable Populations; Health Status; Healthcare Disparities; Primary Prevention; Appointments and Schedules; Reminder Systems; Information Technology; Mobile Applications
4 Development of Standardized Extubation Guidelines in a Medical Intensive Care UnitOral 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...Bradford, BenAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Intensive Care Units; Practice Guidelines as Topic; Airway Extubation; Ventilators, Mechanical
5 Prevalence of Suicide Risk Factors among Emergency Medical Services Providers in UtahEmergency 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,...Mills, GordonAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Suicidal Ideation; Suicide; Prevalence; Risk Factors; Emergency Medical Technicians; Stress, Psychological; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic; Alcoholism; Social Support; Surveys and Questionnaires; Utah
6 Increasing Awareness of Cervical Cancer Screening and HPV Vaccination for Vietnamese Women in UtahThe 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...Hardy, HuyenAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Uterine Cervical Neoplasms; Papillomavirus Infections; Incidence; Papillomavirus Vaccines; Immunization Programs; Patient Education as Topic; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Healthcare Disparities; Communication Barrie...
7 Educating Diabetic Women on the Potential Teratogenic Effects of Hyperglycemia on Fetal Development during PregnancyMillions 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...Seidel, JeanetteAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Patient Education as Topic; Hyperglycemia; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2; Diabetes, Gestational; Pregnancy in Diabetics; Pregnancy Outcome; Congenital Abnormalities; Intensive Care, Neonatal; Primary Pr...
8 Underutilization of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy: Addressing Attitudes and BarriersThis 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...Lawson, SamanthaAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Pelvic Floor; Exercise Therapy; Pelvic Pain; Physical Therapy Modalities; Urinary Incontinence, Stress; Urinary Incontinence; Uterine Prolapse; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
9 The Importance of Patient Selection at Out-Patient Ambulatory CentersIn 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...Sanders, GregAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Outpatients; Ambulatory Care; Patient Selection; Patient Safety; Ambulatory Surgical Procedures; Surgicenters; Endoscopy; Comorbidity; Cost Control; Treatment Outcome
10 The Children's Justice Center Multidisciplinary Puzzle: Where Does the Medical Exam Fit?The 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...Bleak, AmyAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Child Protective Services; Child Abuse, Sexual; Physical Examination; Forensic Nursing; Guidelines as Topic
11 An Assessment Toolkit for the University of Utah Ghana Study Abroad ProgramDescription: 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...Kirby, SusanAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Quality Improvement; Global Health; Program Development; Competency-Based Education; Nursing Evaluation Research; Cultural Competency; Clinical Competence; International Educational Exchange; Evidence-Based Nursing; Transcul...
12 Screening for Intimate Partner Violence in Emergency DepartmentsThroughout 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...Burt, ErinAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Quality Improvement; Intimate Partner Violence; Spouse Abuse; Social Problems; Communication Barriers; Emergency Service, Hospital; Inservice Training; Clinical Protocols; Mass Screening; Benchmarking; Confidentiality
13 Improving Education: Promoting Practice-Based Prescribing Competencies for New Nurse PractitionersThe 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...Lugo, RogelioAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Professional Competence; Medication Errors; Patient Safety; Nurse Practitioners; Drug Prescriptions; Clinical Competence; Quality of Health Care; Competency-Based Education; Patient Safety; Quality of Health Care; Problem-Bas...
14 Extended Dwell Catheters in the NICUMost 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...Chenoweth, KimberleeAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Catheters, Indwelling; Intensive Care Units, Neonatal; Infant, Newborn; Catheterization, Central Venous; Catheterization, Peripheral; Practice Guidelines as Topic
15 An Improved System of Psychiatric Care for the Seriously Mentally IllThe 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...Frichette, KatieAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Mentally Ill Persons; Schizophrenia; Patient Compliance; Medication Adherence; Patient Readmission; Health Care Costs; Self Care; Self Efficacy; Cognitive Therapy; Aftercare; Ambulatory Care; Continuity of Patient Care; Medic...
16 Screening for Intimate Partner Violence in a Primary Care SettingIntimate 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 ...Bywater, KelseyAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Intimate Partner Violence; Domestic Violence; Mass Screening; Social Problems; Women's Health Services; Primary Care Nursing; Primary Health Care
17 Identifying Opioid-Prescribing Barriers: Educating Primary Care Providers on Evidence-Based Opioid-Managed PainThe 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...Herrera, KourtneyAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Analgesics, Opioid; Prescription Drug Misuse; Primary Health Care; Social Problems; Opioid-Related Disorders; Street Drugs; Drug Tolerance; Drug Therapy
18 Improving HPV Vaccination Rates Through Healthcare Worker EducationHuman 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...Kolwalski, Jedediah D.Advanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Papillomavirus Infections; Papillomavirus Vaccines; Papillomaviridae; Patient Education as Topic; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Health Personnel; Attitude of Health Personnel; Stakehold...
19 Pre-Procedural Fasting Guideline for an Intensive Care UnitProcedures 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 ...Bartlett, RobertAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Fasting; Intensive Care Units; Clinical Protocols; Practice Guidelines as Topic; Enteral Nutrition; Nutritional Support; Infant Nutrition Disorders
20 Neurologic Monitoring of Neonates in the Neonatal Intensive Care UnitThe 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 ...Messick, Jennifer R.Advanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Algorithms; Monitoring, Physiologic; Intensive Care, Neonatal; Intensive Care Units, Neonatal; Neurologic Manifestations; Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation; Asphyxia Neonatorum; Hypoxia, Brain; Brain Ischemia; Hypoxia-Ische...
21 Surfactant Administration Practice Guidelines for Late Pre-Term and Greater Gestation NeonatesThe 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...Brinkerhoff, TiaAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Pulmonary Surfactants; Pneumothorax; Continuous Positive Airway Pressure; Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn; Resuscitation; Infant, Newborn; Practice Guidelines as Topic; Intensive Care Units, Neonatal; Treatment Outcome...
22 Improving Medical Documentation Through EducationThe 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...Naval, Carlie K.Advanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Women's Health Services; Documentation; Nurse Midwives; Nurse Practitioners; Education, Nursing; Liability, Legal; Malpractice; Defensive Medicine; Electronic Health Records
23 Reducing the Potential for Adverse Drug Events in Ambulatory Care SettingsAdverse 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...Black, ChelsieAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions; Ambulatory Care Facilities; Health Literacy; Drug Interaction; Drug Overdose; Electronic Health Records; Polypharmacy; Outpatients; Medication Adherence; Medication Reconciliat...
24 Increasing Knowledge of Intrauterine Devices in the Immediate Postpartum PeriodThe goal of this scholarly project was to increase knowledge about immediate postpartum intrauterine device insertions (IUDs) in the hospital setting among current labor and delivery nurses. To accomplish this goal, an educational module was created about immediate postpartum IUD insertions, which w...Nichols, KristiAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Intrauterine Devices; Pregnancy, Unplanned; Postpartum Period; Birth Intervals; Contraception Behavior; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Contraception, Barrier; Health Services Accessibility; Family Planning Services; P...
25 Standardization of Provider Support Care in a Specialty Medical ClinicIn the United States, the societal title of "nurse" has a broad definition that includes varying educational levels, ranging from medical assistant certification to a doctorate degree, and a wide spectrum of provider support roles for both clinicians and the general public. The differences between c...Harvey-Wells, JinilAdvanced Practice Nursing; Education, Nursing, Graduate; Systems Analysis; Nursing; Nurse Specialists; Standard of Care; Clinical Competence; Thinking; Clinical Protocols; Allied Health Personnel; Credentialing; Licensure; Quality Assurance, Health Care; Nursing Care; Nursing Staff, Hospital; Patien...
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