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August 10, 2021

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Mercy College Summer MSN Graduates Impact Care Throughout Health Systems

Mercy College’s summer Master of Science in Nursing graduates have developed evidence-based leadership projects that will positively impact the health systems that they work in. All of these projects are under consideration to be implemented throughout the health systems the graduates work in.

Elia Stanko, Director of Associate Health in Occupational Health at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, developed a project entitled “Violence Against Healthcare Workers” that focuses on a process of prevention and reporting of violence in the workplace.

Jeffrey Moomaw, Director of Nursing at Mercy Health - Allen Hospital has developed a Digital Based Discharge Planning Tool. This tool will better prepare patients to care for themselves after hospitalization, understand their disease process, and what they can do to improve their health and prevent readmissions.

Tina Allgood, Nursing Manager of the Stroke Unit at Mercy Health - Lorain Hospital created a Fall Reduction Protocol for the stroke unit. She also identified that minority populations experiencing strokes often do not receive care in time to receive recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) the gold standard treatment for ischemic stroke and created outreach to trusted members of communities to provide stroke education.

Amanda Selman, Nursing Manager of Surgical Services at Mercy Health - Fairfield Hospital developed a project entitled “Surgical Smoke: The Invisible Enemy in the OR” that focuses on ways of effectively reducing surgical smoke to ensure clean air for everyone in the operating room.

Cindy Myerholtz, Regional Educator-Newborn Intensive Care at ProMedica - Russell J. Ebeid Children’s Hospital, focused on a project entitled “Improving Perinatal Nurses’ Perceptions and Attitudes When Caring for Mothers with Substance Abuse” with outcome measures of decreasing nurse’s stress, increasing parent involvement and improving the nurse-patient relationship.

Deborah Karns, PhD, MSN, RN, Director MSN Program says, “I’m so proud of these students! They have exceeded expectations and their phenomenal work is making incredible contributions to improve associate care and patient care outcomes. The students identified leadership issues facing care providers and hospitals every day and have worked successfully to determine evidenced-based solutions. Their leadership development was supported by graduate nursing faculty throughout their MSN program and culminated with them being paired with preceptors who are part of an executive team and championed each student’s work through all facets of their projects.”


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