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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 - 11:10 am

Nursing experiential learning at a glance

Following is a summary of the Purdue Calumet School of Nursing response to experiential learning. Through its capstone course, the School has collaborated with community health care partners to establish a rich, learning experience for senior level nursing students.

Overview

In concert with the vision and strategic plan of Purdue Calumet to integrate experiential learning into the baccalaureate curriculum, the School of Nursing has responded with several course revisions to incorporate experiential learning.

In particular, the NUR 498 Capstone Course revision implemented service learning and evidenced-based projects. NUR 498 began with 15 projects in collaboration with seven Northwest Indiana healthcare and community organizations in the Fall 2008 semester.

Two years later, with the completion of four semesters, 171 baccalaureate senior students have partnered with 10 hospitals and healthcare organizations, two community agencies and the Purdue Calumet Student Health Services Center on 55 projects!

2009-10 Projects

  • Back to Sleep – by Myself
  • “More than Comfort Care: The Impact of Palliative Care in the Neonatal and Pediatric Population”
  • Development and implementation of a patient medication reconciliation form to be used by individuals to track medications while in or out of hospitals
  • Development of Code Help-patient initiated rapid response
  • Phase II: Expand pathway to include physical assessment and treatment guidelines for Diabetic Foot Ulcers
  • Phase III: Pressure Ulcer Prevention Quality Management: Evaluation of efforts related to Prevalence and Incidence
  • Health Care Literacy Assessment of population knowledge and development of pt information
  • Pediatric Pain Management
  • Patient Satisfaction Improvement
  • Phase III:  PUC Smoking cessation intervention and empowering staff, faculty and students to enforce policy
  • Phase III: Develop Education and Prevention Interventions for Substance Abuse
  • Cell Phone policy at the hospital while at work (nurses)
  • Cell Phone policy at the hospital while at work.
  • Delirium assessment for the patient in ICU
  • Best Practice Booths and Displays for Lupus Education and Screening
  • Nurse Driven Protocol to Discontinuing Urinary Catheters in Surgical Patients
  • Protocol for repeating and/or follow-up culture and sensitivity tests after being treated with recommended regime
  • Phase III:  Implementation of evidenced-based clinical pathway for  lower
  • extremity ulcers
  • Quality Care for Stroke Patients
  • Phase II: Health Care Literacy Assessment of population knowledge and development of pt information.
  • Fall Risk Precautions
  • Medicine Performance Improvement Team: Heart failure readmission rates, pneumonia antibiotic selection, central line infection rates, etc.
  • Baby Steps, with Healthy Start.
  • Phase II: Nurse Driven Protocol to Discontinuing Urinary Catheters in Surgical Patients
  • A Protocol for Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis
  • Multidrug resistant organisms
  • Use of Supplemental Vitamins to augment nonsurgical wound
  • Hand Hygiene Compliance and Monitoring

 

2008-09 Projects

  • Reduce the proportion of ICU pts that experience pressure ulcers and implementing an ICU pressure sore prevention program
  • Developing an adult “brief (diaper) free” facility for pts experiencing incontinence
  • Enhance handoff communication between nursing departments and shifts
  • Develop and implement plan for initiation of a Stroke Prevention Committee
  • Develop Plan for Reduction of Pt Falls
  • Create evidenced-based clinical pathways for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of lower extremity ulcers
  • Enhance nurses in the Assessment, Treatment and Documentation of Pressure Ulcers/Measure the Prevalence/Incidence of Pressure Ulcers in the Acute Care Setting
  • Persuading students to quit smoking
  • Persuading students to quit smoking and maintain smoke free campus
  • Sexual Health campaign:  incorporate healthy sexual health practices
  • Develop Education and Prevention Interventions for Substance
  • Developing an Alcohol Withdrawal Protocol and screening tool
  • Infection Control Hand washing Campaign:  Increasing Physician/Staff Compliance
  • Family Presence During Code
  • Horizontal Violence Among Nursing Staff
  • Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections
  • Phase II:  Developing an adult “brief free” facility
  • Color Coordinated NWI Region standardization of alerts to reduce the risk of error
  • Anti-coagulation Patient Education
  • Development of Family Education Protocol on common diagnosis…
  • Phase II: Implement training and teaching of evidenced-based clinical pathway(s)
  • Phase II: Pressure Ulcer Assessment and Treatment
  • Phase II:  Implement teaching and training on the use of the N1H stroke scale
  • Persuading students to quit smoking and maintain smoke free campus
  • Develop Education and Prevention Interventions for Substance Abuse
  • Sexuality or Intimacy in patients with Dementia
  • Design and Implementation of a Bereavement Program
  • Phase II: Implementation of Alcohol Withdrawal Protocol
  • Review all Pt Education Materials and Satisfy the Requirements of the NPSG


School of Nursing Partners

  • St. Anthony Medical Center, Crown Point, IN
  • St. Anthony Memorial, Michigan City
  • Community Hospital, Munster
  • St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago
  • Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, IL
  • St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare System, Hammond and Dyer
  • St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart
  • Methodist Hospitals, Gary and Merrillville
  • Jasper County Hospital, Rensselaer
  • Wittenberg Village, Crown Point
  • NWI AHEC/Lupus Foundation of America Indiana Chapter, Portage
  • NWI AHEC/Healthy Start, Hammond
  • Purdue University Calumet Student Health Services Center