Our grant P.I., Dr. Aletha Rowlands, and Program Manager, Kayla McCormick, have been accepted to present research posters at two conferences in 2019. They will be disseminating a poster titled Rounding with Teams: Evaluation of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. This research provides qualitative and quantitative results of evaluating interrpofesisonal teamwork and collaboration in the medical surgical units and the operating units in our hospital during team rounds. The poster compares and contrasts two different perspectives: our grant investigators' direct observations of the rounding teams' interprofessional skills, as well as the patients' perspectives of how thier teams worked together during thier care. This grant team is working on writing a manuscript for this research as well.
Aletha and Kayla will first present the poster at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing for Global Nursing Excellence's Creating Healthy Work Environments conference in New Orleans, Louisiana in February 2019. This conference will focus on 'Best practices for building healthy work places in clinical and academic settings,' which makes this conference the perfect place to disseminate our interprofessional research projects at since we have built an academic-service partnership with our School of Nursing, and the WVU Medicine hospital to reach our grant objectives.
Next, the team members will attend and present the same poster at Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Global Surgical Conference and Expo in Nashville, Tennessee in April. The theme of this conference is 'Harmonized Care, the Key to Safety'. Patient safety is a prominent motivator for this grant and interprofessional teamwork and harmonized care is key to increasing patient-centeredness, patient safety, and quality of care.
Aletha and Kayla are very excited to travel for these conferences and have the opportunity to disseminate the hard work the HRSA Team has put into this grant and its various projects.