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PATHways: A Program for Opioid-Dependent Mothers

* InStep

for the Commonwealth

Every day, the College of Nursing and UK HealthCare® (UKHC) encounter new barriers that might
challenge us from reaching our full potential. This issue of InStep includes stories about how we are
overcoming these barriers and solving some of Kentucky’s leading health challenges by working together
to provide safe, high-quality, holistic care to our patients and their families, as well as to each other.
As nurses, we cross the boundaries of sadness and heartbreak on a daily basis; yet, we face tragedy
with the strength and knowledge that empowers us to help individuals through programs such as the
Perinatal Assessment and Treatment Home (PATHways) clinic, which supports opioid- and heroinaddicted women before, during and after the birth of their children.
UKHC is also expanding geographic boundaries through its partnership with Cincinnati Children’s
Hospital Medical Center—combining the strengths of both institutions to provide cutting-edge pediatric
cardiac care for children and adolescents in the Commonwealth.
Critical to the core of our missions is our continual push at the lines drawn between our differences—
lines that might otherwise limit us from being more empathetic and thoughtful colleagues and
caregivers. The College and UKHC have developed several initiatives that nurture diversity, promote
inclusivity and mirror evolving patient demographics and health care standards to better support the
nursing workforce, such as the College’s Dean’s Diversity and Inclusivity Council and UKHC’s new
Enterprise Goals for 2017.
In this issue, you will also learn about some of the frontline UKHC nurses who are treading many
boundaries with excellence on a daily basis. From emergency nursing to hospital admissions—these
providers continually go above and beyond to provide only the best bedside care. Help us celebrate
and empower them to continue their noble work with relentless compassion and competence for every
patient, every time.
As always, we thank you for recognizing our Big Blue Nation of nursing excellence as a long-standing
academic-clinical partnership that continues to thrive from the meaningful and purposeful work we do
for the patients, families and communities we serve.
Wishing you another year of health and happiness,

Janie Heath,
Dean and Warwick Professor of Nursing,
UK College of Nursing
Colleen Swartz,
Chief Nurse Executive and
Chief Administrative Officer,
UK HealthCare

* Table of


Academic Service Lines at UKHealthCare®


Building Bridges:






Improving Patient Outcomes with Team-Based Care

A New Partnership to Change the Future of Pediatric Cardiology Care

Preparing Workforce-Ready Nurses
Through Simulation Learning Experiences
Healing New Patient Populations
from the Inside Out

UK HealthCare Nurses’ Scholarly Activities


Black Nurses Association


26th Annual Nursing Research Papers Day


UK HealthCare Promotions and Transitions


In Memoriam


Nurses at the Frontline
College of Nursing Alumni Association

30 A Journey of Healing & Hope

PATHways: A Program for
Opioid-Dependent Mothers

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* A Publishing Support System Helps
Nurse Clinicians Share Their Successes
The continuing partnership between the College of Nursing and UK HealthCare® has fostered
an environment of clinical inquiry and innovation. Numerous practicing nurses, alone or
as members of interprofessional teams, are very active in scholarship—asking relevant and
contemporary clinical questions and disseminating that knowledge. We would like to recognize
their contributions to the continuing evolution of evidence-based practice and our dynamic
leadership model. This is a sampling of their work, which took place in 2016:

Ingrid Adams, Chizimuzo Okoli, PhD, MPH, MSN,
RN | Ana-Maria Linares, DNS, RN, IBCLC | et. al.
“Breastfeeding Practices Among Native Hawaiians
and Pacific Islanders: A systematic review and
meta-analysis.” Journal of Obesity, volume 2016,
article ID 2489021, 9 pages
Cheavar Blair | Premi Haynes, PhD | Stuart
Campbell, PhD | Charles Chung, PhD | Mihail
Mitov, PhD | Donna Dennis, RN | Mark Bonnell,
MD | Charles Hoopes, MD | Maya Guglin, MD |
Kenneth Campbell, PhD “A Protocol for Collecting
Human Cardiac Tissue for Research.” The VAD
Bryan Boling, RN, DNP, CCRN-CSC | Donna R.
Dennis, RN, BSN, CCTC | Thomas Tribble, AS,
CST | Navin Rajagopalan, MD | Charles Hoopes,
MD “Safety of Nurse-Led Ambulation for Patients
on Venovenous Extracorporeal Membrane
Oxygenation.” Progress in Transplantation 26(2)
Stephanie Devore, BSN, RN | Douglas Oyler,
PharmD | Sarah Parli, PharmD | Andrew Bernard, MD
“Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment for Trauma:
Operationalizing the TQIP Directive.” Journal of
Trauma Nursing, 23(6) 337-342
Peggy El-Mallakh, PhD, RN | Danielle McPeak,
APRN | Milan Khara, MBChB, CCFP, Dip. ABAM |
Chizimuzo Okoli, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN “Smoking
behaviors and medical comorbidities in patients
with mental illnesses.” Archives of Psychiatric
Nursing, 30(6), 740-746

Divya Nagarajan, MBBS | Chizimuzo Okoli, PhD,
MPH, MSN, RN “A systematic review of tobacco
use among adolescents with physical disabilities.”
Public Health, 133:107-115

Colleen Swartz, DNP, MBA, RN | Sarah Bentley,
BSN, RN “Developing governance structures
in health care system consolidation.” Nursing
Administration Quarterly, Volume 40(4) 292-298

Chizimuzo Okoli, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN
“A comparison of survey measures and biomarkers
of secondhand tobacco smoke exposure among
nonsmokers.” Public Health Nursing 33(1):82-89

Marc Woods, BSN, RN “Changing the Culture
of a Nursing Organization: A Case for Executive
Coaching.” Nurse Leader 14(4) 267-270

Chizimuzo Okoli, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN | Jonathan
Kodet, MS, EdS | Heather Robertson, MPA
“Behavioral and physiological responses to
nicotine patch administration among nonsmokers.”
Biological Research for Nursing, 18(1):60-67
FACHE | Roy Simpson, DNP, RN, FNAP, FAAN
“Nurse Leader Challenges in Data Transparency:
Eyes to the Future.” Nurse Leader 14(4) 271-274
FACHE “Leadership Transitions: What you
Leverage for Succcess.” Nursing Administraton
Quarterly 40(1), 87-89
Ann Pederson, MSc | Chizimuzo Okoli, PhD, MPH,
MSN, RN | Natalie Hemsing, MA | Rene O’Leary,
MA | Amanda Wiggins, PhD | Wendy Rice, MPH,
MA | Joan Bottorff PhD | Lorraine Greaves, PhD
“Smoking on the margins: A comprehensive
analysis of a municipal outdoor smoke-free policy.”
BMC Public Health 16(1), 852
Matt Proud, BSN, RN, CEN | Patricia K. Howard,
“Does persistent pain following a motor vehicle
crash impact functional status in older adults?”
Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 38(4),

April Kapu, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, FAANP | Carmel
McComiskey, DNP, RN, CRNP, FAANP | Lacey
Buckler, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, NE-BC | Jennifer
Matt Proud, BSN, RN, CEN | Patricia K. Howard,
Derkazarian, DNP, RN, ANP-BC | Tammy Goda,
DNP, RN, ANP-BC | Maria Lofgren, DNP, RN, ARNP,
“Why do patient return to the emergency
NNP-BC, CPNP | Colleen McIlvennan, DNP, RN,
department?” Advanced Emergency Nursing
ANP-BC | Julie Raaum, DNP, RN, ARNP, FNPJournal, 38(2), 83-88
BC, AAHIVMS | Patricia Selig, PhD, RN, FNP-BC,
FNAP | Corinna Sicoutris, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC,
Yvonne Rice, DNP, APRN | Cynthia Talley, MD |
FAANP, FCCM | Barbara Todd, DNP, RN, CRNP,
Lisa Fryman, DNP, RN, NEA-BC “Implementation
FAANP | Vicki Turner, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN
and Evaluation of a Team Simulation Training
| Elizabeth Card, MSN, RN, APN, FNP-BC, CPAN,
Program.” Journal of Trauma Nursing, 23(6) 337-342
CCRP | Nancy Wells, DNSc, RN, FAAN
“Advanced practice providers’ perceptions of
patient workload: Results of a multi-institutional
survey.” Journal of Nursing Administration,
Volume 46(10) 521-529

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Lisa V. Wright, MHA, RRT-NPS, AE-C | Jeffrey
Bennett, MD | Craig Carter, DO | Landon Jones,
MD | Susan Robbins, MD | Suzanne Springate,
DNP, RN, NE-BC | Charles Lush, MBA | Daniel
Cotter “Bronchiolitis Optimal Care: An Enterprise
Effort to Reduce Variation in Bronchiolitis
Management Across the Care Continuum.”
Respiratory Care Journal; 61(10) 43
Ediz Tasan, MD | Michael Jesinger, MD | Richard
Charnigo, PhD | Sage Kramer, BS | Sooyeon Kim,
BS | Linda Clements, MSN | Alison Bailey, MD |
Charles Campbell, MD “Early Prognosticators for
Induction of Therapeutic Hypothermia Following
Cardiac Arrest.” Therapeutic Hypothermia and
Temperature Management 6(3)

Rebecca Beech, BSN, RN, CCRN | Donna Ricketts,
DNP, RN “The effect of cultural competency
seminar for nurse educators.” Kentucky League of
Nursing Conference
Lacey Buckler, DNP, RN “Heart Failure and
Cardiomyopathies.” American College of
Cardiology Session Panelist
Alicia Carpenter, MSN, RN-BC | Kay Roberts,
RN | Sean McTigue, MD “Suspected Origins of
Bacteremia in Center for Disease Control (CDC)
National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)
defined Central Line Associated Bloodstream
Infections (CLABSI) at a Tertiary Care Academic
Medical Center.” Association for Professionals in
Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Annual
Graig Casada, MSN, RN “University of Kentucky
HealthCare: Our transformational journey
promoting inclusivity and equality.” American
Assembly for Men in Nursing 41st Annual

* Stephanie Devore, BSN, RN | Douglas Oyler,
PharmD | Sarah Parli, PharmD | Andrew Bernard,
MD “Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment for
Trauma: Operationalizing the TQIP Directive.”
Society of Trauma Nurses 2016 Annual Conference
Whitney Easley, BSN | Jordan Crutchfield, BSN |
Beth Macleod, BSN “Quantitative Blood Loss in the
Post-Partum Period.” UHC/AACN Nurse Residency
Program Conference
Erika Erlandson, MD | Julia Blackburn, DNP, RN,
NE-BC | Lynne Jensen, PhD, APRN | Jimmi HattonKolpek, PharmD “Using Simulation to Improve
Transitions of Care.” All Together Better Health VIII

Chizimuzo Okoli, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN | Ann
Pederson, PhD “Smoking on the margins: An equity
analysis of a municipal outdoor smoke-free policy in
Canada.” National Conference on Tobacco or Health
Chizimuzo Okoli, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN |
Ann Pederson, PhD “An equity lens on the
implementation and enforcement of a smoke-free
policy in parks and beaches in Vancouver, Canada.”
National Conference on Tobacco or Health
Margaret Plymale, MSN, RN | Ranjan Ragulojan,
BSc, Daniel Davenport, PhD, MBA | J. Scott Roth,
MD “Ventral and Incisional Hernia: The Cost of
Comorbidities and Complications.” Society of
American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Lindsey Fay, MS | Kevin Real, PhD | Kathy Isaacs,
PhD, RN | Aric Schadler, MS | Allison Carll-White,
PhD “Building a Culture of Health Evidence-Based
Perspectives on Care.” Kentucky Conference on
Health Communications

Yvonne Rice, DNP, APRN | Cynthia Talley, MD | Lisa
Fryman, DNP, RN, NEA-BC “Implementation and
Evaluation of a Team Simulation Training Program.”
Society of Trauma Nurses 2016 Annual Conference

Penny Gilbert, MSN, MBA, BSM, RN, NE-BC, CPHQ |
Colleen Swartz, DNP, MBA, RN “Post-Acute Care – Is
it the Quasar of Healthcare.” American Organization
of Nurse Executives

Preetham Talari, MD | Lisa Thornsberry, MSN,
RN, CNML “An ITIM (Interprofessional Teamwork
Innovation Model) of Necessity.” Vizient Clinical
Connections Summit

Patricia K. Howard, PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC,
FAEN, FAAN “Stress and resilience of trauma care.”
Southeastern Seaboard Symposium
Julie Hudson, RN, MS, CNOR, NE-BC | Jon Shouldis,
MBA | Phillip Chang, MD “Surgeon Onboarding
Program.” Vizient Clinical Connections Summit
Julie Hudson, RN, MS, CNOR, NE-BC “Vendor
Management.” Vizient Clinical Connections Summit
Munawar Khalid, MD | Rajagopalan Navin. MD |
Grigorian Alla, MD | Dennis Donna, BSN, RN, CCTC
| Guglin Maya, MD “Successful Liver Transplantation
from a Donor on a Continuous-Flow Left Ventricular
Assist Device for 9 Months: A Case Report.” Ky.
Chapter: American College of Cardiology
Chizimuzo Okoli, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN | Dia Mason,
Peggy El-Mallakh, PhD, RN | Heather Robertson,
MPA “Developing a tailored tobacco treatment
program for individuals with schizophrenia: A mixedmethods study.” 2016 APNA Annual Conference
Chizimuzo Okoli, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN “The impact
of substance use (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs)
on cognition and recovery.” Annual Conference for
CETCLEVELAND Coaches and Trainers
Chizimuzo Okoli, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN | Milan
Khara, MBChB, CCFP, Dip. ABAM “An examination
of the practice of tailoring smoking cessation
pharmacotherapy in a tobacco treatment program
within mental health and addictions settings.”
United Kingdom Nicotine and Smoking Cessation
Chizimuzo Okoli, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN | Milan Khara,
MBChB, CCFP, Dip. ABAM “Treatment outcomes
from the Vancouver General Hospital Smoking
Cessation Clinic.” National Conference on Tobacco
or Health

Courtney Weekley, MSN, APRN, ANCS-BC,
RNC-OB | Mary Ann Tucker, RN | Whitney Ealey,
RN | Jordan Crutchfield, RN | Beth Macleod, RN
“Empowering Staff: From Project to Protocol to
Practice.” Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric
and Neonatal Nurses National Convention
Lisa V. Wright, MHA, RRT-NPS, AE-C | Jeffrey
Bennett, MD | Craig Carter, DO | Landon Jones, MD
| Susan Robbins, MD | Suzanne Springate, DNP,
RN, NE-BC | Charles Lush, MBA | Daniel Cotter
“Bronchiolitis Optimal Care: An Enterprise Effort
to Reduce Variation in Bronchiolitis Management
Across the Care Continuum.” American Association
for Respiratory Care Congress

Julia Blackburn, DNP, RN, NE-BC | Karen Mutsch,
DNP | Lynne Jensen, PhD, APRN | Erika Erlandson,
MD | Jimmi Hatton-Kolpek, PharmD “Improving
Interprofessional Communications Across
Transitions of Care for Patients with Stroke.” Doctors
of Nursing Practice Conference 2016
Karen Bowman, BSN, RN “Implementing
Postvention Huddles in Acute Psychiatric Care.”
2016 APNA Annual Conference
Kerrie Brewer, BSN, RN, CPAN | Megan Templeman,
BSN, RN “Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Using STOP
BANG to Help Prevent Post-Operative Complications.”
American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
Amanda Carney, BSN, RN, CCRN | Kerri Brewer,
BSN, RN, CPAN “Encouraging Courageous Care
through an Online Journal Club.” American
Association of Critical-Care Nurses National
Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition
Judi Dunn, DNP, RN “Impact of Multi-Media
Based Patient Education Program on Rate of

30-Day Readmission After Percutaneous Coronary
Intervention.” American Organization of Nurse
Lindsey Fay, MS | Kevin Real, PhD | Kathy Isaacs,
PhD, RN | Aric Schadler, MS | Allison Carll-White,
PhD “Communication and the Built Environment
in Two Hospital Designs: A Pre/Post Investigation.”
Kentucky Conference on Health Communications
Rebecca Garvin, MSN, MBA, RN-BC | Teresa Chase,
MSN, RN | Elizabeth Kijek, MSN, RN “Preceptor
Development: What’s Now and What’s Next.”
Association for Nursing Professional Development
Sarah Gabbard, DNP, RN “Quality Improvement:
Post Foley Removal Guideline Evaluation EvidenceBased Practice Application.” Kentucky Organization
of Nurse Leaders Annual Conference
Elizabeth Jacobs | Erika Erlandson, MD | Julia
Blackburn, DNP, RN, NE-BC | Jimmi HattonKolpek, PharmD “Assessing the Effect of Stroke on
Medication Regimen Complexity.” American Society
of Health System Pharmacists
Sooksai Kaewbua, BSN “Healthy Heart, Healthy
Brain Program: An Innovative Game to Improve
Mental Health by Preventing Cardiovascular
Disease.” 2016 American Psychiatric Nurses
Association (APNA) Annual Conference
Shelly Marino, MHA, RN, C-NPT, NE-BC | Tina
McCoy, MSN, RN, C-NPT | Scottie Day, MD “Using
benchmarks to develop a quality improvement
project: Continuous monitoring of waveform
capnography in the intubated neonatal patient.”
American Academy of Pediatrics Expereince
National Conference and Exhibition
Brandy Mathews, DNP, MHA, RN, NE-BC “Testing
the Effectiveness of Simulation to Increase Nurse
Confidence in Caring for Patients with Drug and
Alcohol Issues.” Kentucky Organization of Nurse
Leaders Annual Conference
Brandy Mathews, DNP, MHA, RN, NE-BC “Testing
the Effectiveness of Simulation to Increase Nurse
Confidence in Caring for Patients with Drug and
Alcohol Issues.” Kentucky Nurses Association Annual
Tanna Mckinney, RN | Elizabeth Maybrier, BSN,
RN “Emergency Fall Review: A Multidisciplinary
Approach.” 2016 APNA Annual Conference
Chizimuzo Okoli, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN | Marc Woods,
BSN, RN | Heather Robertson, MPA “Intentions and
Barriers to Providing Tobacco Treatment among
Providers in a Psychiatric Hospital: An Application of
the Theory of Planned Behavior.” 2016 APNA Annual
Chizimuzo Okoli, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN | Vivek
Anand, MD “Personalizing smoking cessation
pharmacotherapy based on the Nicotine Metabolite
Ratio (NMR): A systematic review.” University of
Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational
Science Spring Conference

Spring 2017



* BSN Residents
Adult Care
Briana Pollum, BSN | Debra Schweitzer, BSN |
Ashleigh Vetter, BSN | Ruby Besa, BSN
“Making Time for Meds”
Leigh Anne Koonmen, BSN | Steven Kirby, BSN
| Jazzmine Ramey, BSN | Mallory Stephens, BSN
“Days Since Last Fall…”
Kayla Smock, BSN | Maureen Mallas, BSN |
Sarah Gayhart, BSN | Racheal Meyer, BSN
“Skin Care Education for New Hires”
Katrina Zimmer, BSN | Katrina Morrison,
BSN | Barrett Green, BSN | Cody Grant, BSN
“Comparing ICU Delirium Worksheets in
an ICU Setting”
Natalie Lewis, BSN | Hazel Camit, BSN
“Anxiety Reduction Strategies for Post-Lung
Transplant Patients”
Natasha Buhler, BSN | Sasha Rowe, BSN
“Promoting optimism in patients for
better health”
Shelby Floyd, BSN | Sam Thornton, BSN |
Kendall Barrett, BSN | Jessica Burns, BSN |
Emily Passafume, BSN “Chronic Pain Team”

Jamaica Mehr, BSN | Ashley Vallance, BSN |
Kali Whitson, BSN | Katherine Sandford, BSN
| Jessica Kneeland, BSN “Early identification of
PIV infiltrates phlebitis and improved education
for nurses”
Amber Bailey, BSN | Jenna Satterfield, BSN
| Morgan Ivey, BSN | Melissa Terhune, BSN
“Tracking I&O Adequately When Ordered per
Medicine and Oncology Capacity Command
Keegan Magee, BSN | Steven Anderson, BSN
| Kayla Gooding, BSN | Carisa Cochran, BSN |
Amanda Bobbett, BSN “Monitoring for Sepsis”
Michael Bailey, BSN | David Burnett, BSN
| Mckirahan, BSN | Charlene Helton, BSN |
Sarah Doerr, BSN “Pressure Ulcer Prevention:
The reduction of moisture associated skin
breakdown which may lead to ulceration”
Lauren LeGrand, BSN | Dusty Khoshreza, BSN
“Culture Buddies”
Kelsey Castiglioni, BSN | Alicia Kidd, BSN |
Kayla Albright, BSN | Teri Chrisco, BSN | Sydney
Pennington, BSN “Ticket to Ride”
Christie McBride, BSN | Jen Cash, BSN |
Ethan Virgin, BSN | Jared Hutchinson, BSN |
Megan Perkins, BSN | Victoria Roser, BSN “Daily
Communication of Patient Goals in MICU”

Damien Enzenbacher, BSN | Sarah Wilt, BSN
Jillian Butcher, BSN | Rachel Davis, BSN |
| Lauren Miller, BSN | Katie Wilhelm, BSN |
Allison Hanrahan, BSN | Kendall Helm, BSN |
Carissa Smith, BSN “Effectiveness of Permanent
Sean Hikes, BSN | Corinna Hughes, BSN | Mai
Stethoscopes for Assessing Patients in the
Cardiovascular and Vascular Intensive Care Units” Motoni, BSN | Madalyn Rohar, BSN | Bradley
Topping, BSN “Knowledge regarding the use
of temp-sensing Foley catheters”
Theresa Coate, BSN | Nicole Hendy, BSN
“Health care professional’s perception and
Katie Reeves, BSN | Britni Tatman, BSN |
understanding of adequate pain management
Travis Spivey, BSN | Maeve McGrath, BSN
in substance abuse”
“The Don’t Wait campaign”
Anca Cosoreanu, BSN | Kaci Downs, BSN |
Hannah Flaherty, BSN | Emily Jones, BSN |
Veronica O’Neal, BSN | AnneMarie Bobel, BSN |
Matthew Marchese, BSN | Casey Mingua, BSN
Allison Bass, BSN | Kellie Young, BSN “Effective
| Jennifer Young, BSN “No more sitting ducks:
pushing during the second stage of labor”
Goal driven interprofessional rounding”
Emergency Department
Kristin Nation, BSN | Allie Betulius, BSN |
Greg Dekker, BSN | Rachel Bauer, BSN | Hinal
Gandhi, BSN “ED Nurses: Agents that”
Christina Thompson, BSN | Becca Slaughter,
BSN | Amanda Clark, BSN | Bryn Brendamour,
BSN | Annie Garland, BSN | Brooklynn Tanner,
BSN | Caroline Dunn, BSN “The ‘Down and Dirty’
of SCM Downtown Charting for Nurses”
Good Samaritan Hospital
Stephanie Caluag, BSN | Kayla Cole, BSN |
Kathryn Sands, BSN | Nickole Faust, BSN |
Morgan Thornsberry, BSN “CLABSI Prevention”

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Tori Mortenson, BSN | Magan Carver, BSN
| Olivia McCracken, BSN | Jenna Sander,
BSN | Cassandra Burns, BSN “RN provider
Katherine Borders, BSN | Megan Wagoner,
BSN | Sylvan Ryder, BSN “Using the Scent
of Breastmilk as Pain Stress Management in
Neonates and Infants”
Kaitlyn Henderson, BSN | Brooke Mitchell, BSN
| Lauren Bales, BSN | Bailee Oliver, BSN | Paige
Crook, BSN | Emily Moore, BSN “Chlorhexidine
bath compliance in pediatric patients with
central lines”
Kelly Cottrell, BSN | Lizbeth Whipple, BSN |
Kim Fairbrother, BSN | Brianna Murphy, BSN
| Melanie Reber, BSN | Hali Whitt, BSN | Alex
Huffman, BSN | Kelly Thomas, BSN | Shelby
Leer, BSN | Kaitlynn Mullins, BSN “Oral Hygiene
Education in Pediatrics”
Laiken Kasfeldt, BSN | Ariana Kakar, BSN |
Ashley Harris, BSN | Mary Catherine Kirkwood,
BSN “Labs: Every Drop Counts”
Trisha Martin, BSN | Laura Price, BSN |
Lindsey Schenck, BSN “Staff Preparedness
of Malignant Hyperthermia”
Trauma - Surgical, Neurosciences, Medicine
Bronte Craig, BSN | Jacob Moore, BSN | Laura
Burnette, BSN | Christopher Bellis-Jones, BSN |
Ashley Gillstrap, BSN | Sylvana Paternite, BSN |
Inex Aquino, BSN | Kelsi Stull, BSN | Sarah Leslie,
BSN | Kyle Forbenner, BSN “Discord Between
Preceptors and Preceptees”
Liz Yoder, BSN | Coryn Taylor, BSN | Jennifer
Rosenthal, BSN | Caroline Ford, BSN | Suzanne
Cardosi, BSN | Alison Ruark, BSN “Color labeling
of maintenance intravenous lines”
Lindsey Ratermann, BSN | Sydney Carter, BSN |
Nate Elder, BSN | Kyle Chadwick, BSN
“End Tidal CO Who?”

Jessica Brown, BSN | Brittany Parrish, BSN
Natalie Wilkinson, BSN | Christiana
“Using Turn Teams for Pressure Ulcer Reduction”
Constantinou, BSN | Madison Crooks, BSN |
William “Andy” Smith, BSN | Lauren Moon, BSN |
Travis States, BSN | Sandra Oney, BSN | Holly
Rice, BSN | Molly Hinkel, BSN | Meagan Moulden, Molli Metzger, BSN | Jana Sammans, BSN “Falls”
BSN | Allison Johnston, BSN “Designate
appropriate areas for sterile procedures in NICU
and OB”
Megan Anderson, BSN | Mercedes Dehart, BSN
| Megan Gaines, BSN | Kristin Hinkle, BSN |
Rebekah Hollon, BSN | Kaitlyn Langenkamp,
BSN | Lindsey Malone, BSN | Jane Varakin, BSN
“Increasing Kangaroo Care Incidence Across All
Weight Categories in the NICU”

* Black Nurses Association
Dedicated to Support

The Lexington Chapter of the National
Black Nurses Association (LCNBNA)
continues to strive toward a society
where all people live long, healthy lives.
Vice President Arica Brandford, PhD(c), JD, MSN, RN, went to the BNA National
Conference in Memphis, Tennessee where she represented the local chapter as
well as collected data for her dissertation focused on the influence of discrimination
on African American registered nurses. In addition, Jennifer Hatcher, RN, PhD,
MPH, associate professor and director of diversity and inclusivity at the College and
president of LCNBNA, published a manuscript titled “Promoting Mammography
among African American Women in the Emergency Department: A Randomized
Controlled Trial” in the summer issue of the Journal of the National Black Nurses
While the NBNA celebrated its 45th anniversary, the local chapter experienced
an exciting year of growth and revitalization under its new leadership. LCNBNA
conducted a membership drive in which nurses of color in the region were contacted
via social media and written correspondence. The drive was augmented by a
summer picnic at Masterson Station Park, where interested nurses were introduced
to the mission of the local and national chapters to advocate for equity and justice in
health care and to be a leading voice and driving force for communities of color.
For the New Year, the LCNBNA proudly announces the 2017 Commitment to Serve.
We are dedicating ourselves to serving our communities in a variety of ways, and we
will announce a new service activity each month through social media at
Please email your contact information to lcnbna2011@gmail.com if you would
like to join us in one or more of our monthly service activities, to stay informed
of service activities, times, dates and locations or to suggest potential service
opportunities. We’d love for you to join us!

“The arc of the moral
universe is long, but it
bends toward justice.”
Top: Jennifer Hatcher, PhD, MPH, RN
Lexington Chapter President
Bottom: Arica Brandford, PhD Candidate, JD, MSN,
RN, Lexington Chapter, Vice President

—Martin Luther King Jr.

Spring 2017



* UK HealthCare and UK College of Nursing
26th Annual Nursing Research Papers Day

Seth Applegate

From left to right: Theresa
Coate, BSN, RN, and Samantha
Mancuso, DNP, RN, CCRN.

Dorothy Y. Brockopp
Nursing Research Award
The recipient of this year’s Dorothy Y. Brockopp Nursing Research Award
is Samantha Mancuso, DNP, RN, CCRN, part-time clinical instructor at
the College and staff nurse in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at UK
HealthCare® (UKHC). Dr. Mancuso’s research, “The Smart Heart Self-Care
First Program” involves a telehealth educational program that focuses on
psychological outcomes—depression and anxiety—and how the program,
in addition to the promotion of self-care through daily text message
delivery, impacts clinical outcomes such as heart failure-related self-care
scores, readmissions and mortality and patient outcomes such as followup depression, anxiety and quality of life. Her hope is to disseminate her

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research at a larger scale through tablets that have pre-downloaded heart
failure education as well as an application that delivers the text messages
with tips on medications, weight management, exercise, depression, followup care, fluid restriction and salt restriction. Eventually, she would like to
incorporate a symptom rating system to further increase communication
between patients and their providers.
Dr. Mancuso has worked with the UKHC Pulmonary Critical Care Nurse
Practitioner Team since February 2017 and currently teaches high acuity
clinicals in the College. She serves as a member of the Kentucky Coalition of
Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives, the American Nurses Association
and Sigma Theta Tau Delta Psi, the honor society for nursing. In 2014, Dr.
Mancuso received the University of Kentucky Saha Cardiovascular Nursing
Education and Research Award and later received the Paula Fritz Nurse
Patient Education Award in 2016.

* Pam Branson BSN
Resident Award
Theresa Coate, BSN, RN and Nicole
Hendy, BSN, RN are the recipients of the
2016 Pam Branson BSN Resident Award,
named in honor of Pam Branson, MSN, RN,
clinical nurse specialist, who served as an
employee of UKHC for more than 36 years
from 1978 to 2015. The award was designed
to reflect Branson’s commitment to quality
nursing practice by recognizing BSN
residents who have demonstrated exemplary
use of evidence-based decision making to
provide optimal patient outcomes.
Coate and Hendy are studying Intravenous
(IV) substance abuse disorders at Albert B.
Chandler Hospital and if nurses feel they
are providing adequate pain control to their
patients who have such disorders. Together
they found an alarming gap in nursing care
derived from the negative stigma associated
with substance abuse disorders: Nurses will
often the neglect the psychological aspect of
substance abuse. Their aim is to re-educate
providers on this psychological aspect of
the disorder, which will help them more
appropriately treat their patients, therefore,
positively impacting patient outcomes.

Nicole Hendy, BSN, RN

Podium Presentations
Bryan Boling, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN-CSC,
CEN | Melanie Hardin-Pierce, DNP, RN, APRN,
ACNP-BC | Lynne Jensen, PhD, APRN-BC |
Zaki-Udin Hassan, MBBS “Evaluation of a HighFidelity Simulation Training Program for New
Cardiothoracic ICU Nurses”
Veronica Fennelly, RN, CCRN “A Surveillance of
Bioburden on Reusable EKG Leads”
Sarah Gabbard, DNP, RN “Post Urinary Catheter
Removal Guideline Program Evaluation”
Francis Hardin-Fanning, PhD, RN | Cheryl Witt,
MSN, RN | Kelli Bonifer, BS | Nellie Buchanan, MS
| Stephanie Derifield, MS | Jodie Paver, MAT |
Debbie Shepherd, BS | Martha Yount, MS | Amy
Spicer “Theory of Planned Behavior and the Rural
Eating and Cooking Healthy (REACH) Project”
Ana Maria Linares, DNS, RN, IBCLC | Rebekah
Duchette, RN | Ana Maria Machado, MPH
“Childcare Breastfeeding Policies in
North-Central Kentucky”
Lisa Ramsburg, Ed.D, MSN, RN, CNE | Ashlee
Gallion, DNP, RN | Deanna Pope, DNP, RN, CNE |
Lynda Turner, Ed.D., MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CNE
“The Relationship between High-Fidelity Simulation
and Perceived Confidence Levels Among Senior
Nursing Students”

Traditional Poster
Theresa Coate, BSN, RN | Nicole Hendy, BSN, RN
“Health care Professionals Perception &
Understanding of Adequate Pain Control in
Substance Abuse Patients”
Shannon Haynes, MSN, RN, CNML, et. al.
“Strategies to Improve Communication for Surgery
Patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Nurse
Led Rounds”
Glenda Guiler-Dawson, RN | Stephanie Brown,
RN | Kim Alexander, RN “Comprehensive Joint
Replacement and Value-Based Purchasing:
Engaging Physicians to Change Documentation
Habits and Avoid Denials”
Francis Hardin-Fanning, PhD, RN | Robert
Wilson, MPH(c) | Angela Ballard Grubbs, DNP
| Amanda Wiggins, PhD “Inclement weather
policies at indoor pools impact safety and physical
activity levels”

Tricia Kellenbarger, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG
“Decreasing Patient Falls in a Transitional Unit”
Ifeanyi Madujibeya, BSN, RN | Teresa
Villaran, MSN, APRN-BC, CCRN “Ethical Issues
Confronting Nurses’ Participation in the Death with
Dignity Act”
Jennifer Opsata, RN, et. al. “Putting a STOP to
Patient Falls: Purposeful Hourly Rounding”
Courtney Weekley, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC,
RNC-OB | Mary Ann Tucker, MSN, RNC-OB, CCE
| Jordan Crutchfield, BSN, RN | Whitney Ealey,
BSN, RN | Beth Macleod, BSN, RN “Implementing
Quantitative Blood Loss Measurement: From
Project to Protocol to Practice”
Reagan Wilson | Jan Odom-Forren, PhD, RN,
CPAN, FAAN “Ambulatory Surgery Patients’
Willingness to Pay to Avoid Postoperative Nausea,
Vomiting and Pain”

Student Podium Presentations
Sooksai Kaewbua, BSN “Healthy Heart, Healthy
Brain (H3B): An Innovative Game to Improve Mental
Health By Preventing Cardiovascular Disease”
Adebola Adegboyega, BSN, RN | Jennifer
Hatcher, PhD, MPH, RN “Factors Affecting
Utilization of Pap Screening Among Sub-Saharan
African Immigrant Women”
Paula Halcomb, MSN, RN “Post Evaluation of a
Nurse-Driven Early Mobility Program”
Joy Coles, BSN, RN | Jessica Porter, RN, BSN,
CCRN “Promotion of a Healthy Work Environment:
The Cardiology Collaborative Initiative in the CVICU”

Student Poster Presentations
Joanna Cho, BSN “The Presence of PONV
Determined by Adherence to Prevention or Risk
Adapted Prevention Guidelines”
Samantha Mancuso, BSN, RN, CCRN | Melanie
Hardin-Pierce, PhD, RN | Chizimuzo Okoli, PhD,
MPH, MSN, RN | Krista Lewis, RN | Candice Falls,
APRN “The Smart Heart Self-Care First Program”
Shane Slone, DNP | Melanie Hardin-Pierce, PhD,
RN | Theresa Loan, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC “Effect of
Enteral Feeding Time in Septic Shock Patients”

Spring 2017



* UK HealthCare Nurse Promotions and
Transitions to Leadership Positions

June 2015 –
June 2016	

Marcia Alverson

Ashley Cross,

Cori Matsakis

Nina Barnes

Shannon Evans

Bari Lee Mattingly