Frontier Nursing University (FNU) seeks to empower its students and graduates to make positive changes in the healthcare field. One of the many ways students do this is through participation in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).
To successfully complete Frontier’s DNP program, all students must complete a quality improvement project utilizing the IHI. In December 2018, fifteen students and five faculty attended the IHI National Forum in Orlando, Florida to showcase their presentations. Dr. Jane Houston facilitated Facebook Live presentations of each poster for those who could not attend the conference in person.
There were 17 Frontier poster presentations at the conference, and many received recognition from the British Medical Journal encouraging them to submit their Standards for QUality Improvement Reporting Excellence (SQUIRE) narratives for publication.
FNU students also had the opportunity to present their posters to the keynote speaker, Zubin Damania, who is known as ZDoggMD on YouTube, as well as Don Berwick, MD, MPP, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the IHI.
Tarnia Newton, Graduate of DNP Class 28, submitted her abstract for the conference to see if she would be selected to present her final project. Not only was she accepted into the conference in Orlando, but she was actually chosen as a finalist in IHI’s “Pitch Perfect” competition in Glasgow, Scotland.
“This competition gives you three minutes to present your DNP project in an informative but entertaining, TED Talk-type of presentation. I decided to submit an abstract, never thinking it would be accepted!” said Tarnia.
Although there were many applicants, Tarnia’s presentation was chosen, and it is one of only six being presented at the Glasgow Conference this week.
Tarnia is presenting her project, “Improving Diabetes Care in a Nurse-Practitioner Led Clinic” during the Glasgow conference March 26 – April 1. The presentations are judged by Dr. Don Berwick, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Fiona Godlee, who is editor-in-chief of the British Medical Journal will also be a judge.
While Tarnia’s main motivation for attending this conference is to make improvements in healthcare, she also wants the world to see how FNU students and graduates are adding great value to their field. She hopes that by attending the conference in Glasgow, she can represent FNU and it’s vision and values.
Tarnia said, “Frontier Nursing University has so many amazing projects, and the world needs to know about them!“
FNU is proud of Tarnia and the way she is representing and promoting FNU to both a national and international community of healthcare professionals!
To Tarnia, the most important part of the DNP project is dissemination. She wants to encourage fellow students to take advantage of every opportunity to disseminate their work through posters and podium presentations.
Any student currently in the DNP program, or MSN students who are interested in quality improvement should contact Tarnia, who is the FNU Chapter Faculty Liaison for the IHI Open School. She is available to help students plan ahead to create and disseminate their valuable projects so that FNU students can be the #1 presenters at IHI conferences!
The next IHI Conference takes place in Orlando in December. Click here for more information and start planning now to attend and/or submit an abstract!