TAMC Center for Nursing Science instills culture of inquiry

| February 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

1st Lt. Brianne Eichmiller presents her poster at the Dissemination Course, April 25, 2017. (TAMC Courtesy Photo)

Maj. Deanna Settlemeyer
Tripler Army Medical Center
HONOLULU — Tripler Army Medical Center is striving for its Center for Nursing Science and Clinical Inquiry, or CNSCI, to expand its culture of inquiry to all nursing staff.

To achieve this mission, the team is comprised of nurse scientists and clinical nurse specialists (CNS) who are eager to assist and mentor staff.

Here at TAMC, new graduates within the Clinical Nurse Transition Program (CNTP) are exposed to CNSCI staff early on. The staff educates new nurses within the CNTP on evidence-based practices (EBPs) and assists the teams with developing and refining its evidence-based proposals.

To disseminate the results of these projects, CNSCI staff has mentored nurses and assisted them with the submission of abstracts for local conferences and the Dissemination Course of the Tri-Service Nursing Research (TSNR). These efforts have resulted in numerous projects selected for poster and podium presentations.

One such example is a project led by 1st Lt. Brianne Eichmiller using a behavioral change model for diabetes management. This project changed nursing practice within TAMC, as nursing staff no longer assess blood sugar and administer sliding scale insulin coverage more than 30 minutes prior to mealtime.

“The CNSCI team has been an integral part of my success in the arena of evidence-based practice,” said Eichmiller. “They mentored me in formulating a well-thought-out PICO question through the creation of my first EBP poster.”

PICO is a mnemonic device in the nursing field, which stands for problem, intervention, comparison and outcome.

“With their support and guidance, I have had the opportunity to expand the impact of my project within the hospital and present at three different conferences,” Eichmiller continued.

Lt. Col. Gordon West led a TSNRP-funded research project investigating the amount of bacteria on military uniforms compared to hospital scrubs. Junior nurses will be participating in West’s next research study to assess the effectiveness of a new ultraviolet disinfection device for TAMC’s hand-free communication devices.

The team is also currently mentoring two junior nurses developing evidence-based practice projects. The first project is focused on role identification during hospital codes, and the second EBP project is looking at best practices for narcotic disposal and witnessing waste.

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