2019 poster presentations

Clinicians share the results of Lean, quality improvement, EBP and research projects in oral and poster presentations and through publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Sharing presentations of improvement projects provides an avenue to share information and builds the connections to support success in either further developing the project or adopting or adapting results to a different area of operation.

Salem Health celebrated Professional Practice Day on May 7, 2019, during Nurses Week. Nurses presented 21 posters displaying best practices from nurses, interprofessionals and leaders from across the organization. On May 8, 2019, 8 poster authors also presented their projects orally to an audience of peers, leadership, and medical providers.

Click on a project title below to see presentation materials.


Reducing Readmission for Bariatric Surgery Patients

Author(s) and team members: Rajan Nair, MD; Lori Brown, BSN, RN, CNOR; Lisa Nair, BSN, RN, CBN; Michelle McGee, BSN, RN, CNOR



Conquering CAUTI: Evaluation and Implementation of an External Female Catheter to decrease Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections

Author(s) and team members: Patti Newton, BSN, RN, CCRN , CNRN, SCRN; Mindy Close, BSN, RN, CWOCN ; Becky Ramos, MSN, RN, ACNS BC, SCRN, Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist; Ashika Bhan, MPH, Infection Prevention Specialist


COPD rescue


Rescue Packs Reduce Readmission rates and ED Bounce Back for Chronic Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Author(s) and team members: Hebatalla Elmotayam, PharmD, MBA, Outpatient Pharmacist in Charge and Transitional Care Pharmacy Supervisor, Clinical Pharmacy Council Chair; Stephanie Cassidy, RPh , PharmD Clinical Pharmacist Neuro/Trauma Care Unit; Adam Dendauw, BSRC RRT, Respiratory Manager; Kelly Brinker, Financial Planning Supervisor; Danielle Bouldry, Financial Analyst Senior

DKA telemetry

Closing the Gap: Initiating DKA Protocol on Medical Telemetry

Author(s) and team members: Ellie Barnhart, MSN, RN, PCCN; Sandra Bunn, MSN, CNS-PP, ACNS-BC, CDE, BC-ADM; Michelle Grove, ANP-C, BC-ADM, CDE; Katie Hole, BSN, RN, MSCRN; Raven Layton, BSN, RN; Dinah Loa, MD, & Michael Polacek, MSn, RN-BC


teach back

Get Comfortable With Teach Back! Improving Education of Rehabilitation Patients

Author(s) and team members: Carol Hannibal, MSN, RN, PCCN, CRRN, RN-BC; Gina DiGiusto, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC

epidural bladder

Bladder Management of The Epiduralized Patient

Author(s) and team members: Katie Ahlstrom, BSN, RN, RNC, OB; Sierra Keller, BSN, RN, RNC OB; Pamela Haneberg, RN, RNC OB; Leah Amsberry, RN, RNC OB; Tracy Kennedy, RN, RNC OB; Erica Haner, BSN, RN, RNC-OB; Katelyn Delamarter, BSN, RN; Kelsie Galusha, MSN, RN; Jennifer Henkel, BSN, RN, RNC-OB; Aristotle Griego Marsh, CNM; Cheryl Lugenbill, MD



Initiating a New Trans catheter Aortic Valve Replacement Program

Author(s) and team members: Kara Toma, BSN, RN, CCRN; Chris Lebel, BSN, RN; Ann Alway, MS, RN, CNS , CNRN


MBU cert

A Simple Approach to Improving Certification Rates on the Mother-Baby Unit

Author(s) and team members: Hannah Pratt, BSN, RNC-MNN; Jillianne Horton, BSN, RNC-MNN; Shelley Weise BSN, RN; Christine Steiner, RN IBCLC





Professional Governance Reduces RN Turnover Rates

Author(s) and team members: Nancy Dunn, MS, RN


ED throughput

ED Throughput - Admit to Arrival to Inpatient Bed Process Improvement Project

Author(s) and team members: Jessica Veith, BSN, RN; Kimberly Wiebenga, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Zennia Ceniza, MA, RN, CCRN-K, ACNP-BC, NE-BC; Whitney D’Aboy, MBA, BSN, RN; Laura Morin, BSN, RN, CCRN; Tina Morris, MSN, RN, CCM, CMC, NE-BC; Swati Mehta, M.D.

ABCDEF Bundle: Using the Alphabet to Liberate Patients from the ICU

Author(s) and team members: Eric Timmons, BSN, RN, CCRN; Robin Mack, BSN, RN, CCRN; Heather M. Rideout, MBA, BSN, CCRN, CSC; Jennifer Rice, BSN, RN, CCRN; Ann Alway, MS, RN, CNS, CNRN


Accelerated Post-Operative Extubation Following Cardiovascular Surgery: A Lean Approach

Author(s) and team members: Ann Alway MS, RN, CNS, CNRN; Crystal Dryden, BSN, RN; Logan Priollaud, MD; Gregory Craft, MD; Juan Oyarzun, MD; Cheeri Barnhart, MSN, RN, NE-BC


Implementing Bedside Report on the Mother/Baby Unit

Author(s) and team members: Elisa Bledsoe, Kaizen Specialist; Jennifer Graham, RNC-MNN; Amy Molan BSN, RNC-MNN; Cassandra Moss BSN, RNC-MNN; Alice Scofield RNC-MNN, Shelley Weise BSN, RN


Minimizing Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) Usage to Enhance Patient Safety

Author(s) and team members: Sierra Schneider, DVM, BSN, RN, CCRN, Sepsis Coordinator; Matt Tanner, Pharm D, BCPS


A Guide for Fluid or Vasopressor Support Based upon Non-invasive Technology

Author(s) and team members: G. Sierra Schneider, DVM, RN, BSN, CCRN, Sepsis and ICU Coordinator


Reducing Oxygen Desaturation for Outpatients Receiving Conscious Sedation in the Interventional Radiology Unit

Author(s) and team members: Kari Velez, BSN, RN, PCCN; Brianna Revard, BS


Implementing a Postpartum Bladder Management Protocol

Author(s) and team members: Alycia Giddings, RN; Ging Gillen, RN; Hoa Huynh, RN;  Cheryl Lugenbill, MD; Kelly Marineau, BSN, RN; Cassandra Mattson-Boyechko, BSN, RN; Michelle Hirschkorn MSN, RNC, CNS