As the year of 2017 came to a close, 19 Frontier Nursing University (FNU) students were busy crafting documents called “storyboards.” Each student worked meticulously to identify an area of healthcare that could use quality improvement, test improvement methods, gather data, and share a clear study of their results compiled into a one-page storyboard.
The Frontier students presented their storyboards to a group of interprofessional faculty in December at the 2017 The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) National Forum.
Below are just a few of the impressive projects submitted by Frontier students.
Student: Lana Bernat, CNM
Project: Improving effective care through CenteringPregnancy model fidelity in a military setting
Summary: Lana Bernat, CNM and her team sought to improve the CenteringPregnancy model in one military setting from meeting of the Essential Elements of the model 82% to 90%. They saw an increase to 95% model fidelity.
Student: Tracy Hicks, NP
Project: Effective Screening and Treatment of Depression in Adults living with HIV/AIDS at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
Summary: Tracy Hicks, NP and her team aimed to increase provider screening and treatment of depression at a special health resources facility in those living with HIV/AIDS from 59% to 100% in 90 days. The outcome was a 27% improvement in depression screening rate and a 29% increase in patients receiving appropriate care.
Student: Crystal Gulotta, MSN, CNM
Project: Increasing timely skin-to-skin care post cesarean to increase exclusive breastmilk feeding
Summary: Crystal Gulotta, MSN, CNM along with her team, sought to increase timeliness of skin-to-skin care for the post-cesarean dyad to increase exclusive breastmilk feeding (EBF) at discharge to 30% over a period of eight weeks. They measured that EBF at discharge increased to 50% and the new mothers’ confidence increased to 100%.
Student: Katherine Meine, CNM
Project: Pregnancy Unshackled: Increasing equity through implementation of perinatal depression screen and treatment for incarcerated women
Summary: Katherine Meine, CNM and her team aimed to screen 80% of pregnant and postpartum women that came into a county jail for Perinatal Depression. Their results saw 90% of women screened. Of those, 46% had positive screenings and 57% started treatment within the facility.
Congratulations to all 19 students whose storyboards are on display in the national forum for the year of 2018!