Celebrating Student Achievement
The South Carolina Public Health Institute sponsored the 2010 Outstanding Student Abstract Award at the South Carolina Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting held May 26-28, 2010. Public health students from across the state submitted abstract to the Contributed Papers session. Four abstracts were chosen for oral presentation, and six for poster presentation.
Shannon Bright Smith, MSN, RN, CGRN, ACNS-BC received the SCPHI Outstanding Student Abstract Award for her abstract entitled, “Improving Transition of Patients to Home with Home Health Services from Inpatient Acute Care Hospitals.” Ms. Smith is a Nurse Case Manager at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston who manages care of inpatient gastrointestinal patient population. Ms. Smith completed both undergraduate and graduate Nursing degrees at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing in 1995 and 2001, respectively. She attained certification in Gastroenterology in 2001 and Certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2007. Currently, Ms. Smith is a student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the University of South Carolina and will graduate August, 2010. Ms. Smith’s professional interests include disease management, health literacy, and hospital readmission prevention. We are pleased to highlight her work as we Focus on South Carolina.
Title. Improving Transition of Patients to Home with Home Health Services from Inpatient Acute Care Hospitals.
Purpose. The purpose of this study is to develop an algorithm that should be followed for smoother transition of patients from inpatient acute care hospitals to home with home health services.
Subjects. The subjects will be home health nurses and hospital nurses in South Carolina. This study will comply with the College of Nursing and the University of South Carolina Ethics Committee procedures. Investigators have completed Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative program and will comply accordingly.
Design. Using a Survey Design the study will describe current practices of transitioning patients home with home health services from an inpatient acute care setting.
Data collection activities and/or methodology. Researchers will conduct an internet-based study. Initial contact will be made with each agency’s representative by phone. Follow-up correspondence via email will be sent to the representative with a direct link to the internet survey to be forwarded to all nurses within the organization for completion.
Evaluation. The survey asks six (6) specific yes/no questions regarding current experience with transition of patients to home with home health from acute inpatient hospital care. Follow up to “if yes or if no” questions allow the respondent to write in detailed information regarding his/or personal experience. The survey will be available for forty five (45) days: February 15, 2010 through March 31, 2010.
Analysis. Descriptive statistics regarding communication of level of care, comparison of actual versus expected level of care, communication of patient report, documentation of level of care, documentation of wound care, and written care plans will be provided.
Results and/or conclusion. Results will be synthesized with existing evidence in the literature to build an algorithm to insure a smoother transition to home with home health services from inpatient acute care hospitals.