Nursing Research

Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) nurses have a long history of nursing research. Through clinical projects and organizational support of graduate and doctoral research and publications, the Center of Nursing Excellence (CNE) helps to drive evidence-based best practices for Miami Valley Hospital and the nursing profession. Research conducted at Miami Valley Hospital has been presented regionally, nationally and internationally, many winning first-place awards.

MVH nursing research continues to build on this long history. A pivotal three-year study conducted by the Center of Nursing Excellence staff compared outcomes of traditional orientation outcomes with a nurse internship program. This work was featured at the Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives (OONE) annual meeting, winning honorable mention. Ongoing participation in national research groups including the National Database for Nursing Quality Indicators study (NDNQI) and the Vermont Oxford Network keeps MVH research on target and current. The CNE’s collaborative relationships with the Greater Dayton Area Nurse Researchers Group, Zeta Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing at Wright State University and the Southern Ohio Northern Kentucky Research Collaborative keep MVH nurses close to the relentless expansion of the evidence base for professional nursing.

Full-Time Research Resource

With respect to our long history of MVH nursing research, a full-time position of nurse researcher position was created in the Center of Nursing Excellence in 2004. The position is held by Pat O'Malley, PhD, RN, CCRN, CNS, who has a successful 30+ nursing career at MVH. Pat is a skilled nurse researcher and a clinician at heart. With a large portfolio of published articles and research, Pat has helped mentor nurses in nursing research from undergraduate and graduate nursing programs including The Ohio State University, University of Dayton, Wright State University, Capitol, Indiana University East, Andrews, Urbana, University of Kentucky, University of Cincinnati, University of Akron and Xavier University. Pat also provides consultation for literature review and evaluation, policy and procedure evaluation. Pat also provides nursing education by teaching many classes in the Center of Nursing Excellence on such topics as hemodynamics, nursing ethics, critical thinking, moral distress, lateral violence, and statistics.

Nurse Researcher Facilitating Contribution to the Margin of Excellence

Ms. O'Malley serves as the expert data consultant and proposal development resource for internal research studies at MVH. MVH nursing research projects have focused on a variety of issues significant for nurses and patients. Significant projects over the past decade include opiate use at end of life, procedural pain (findings incorporated into national standards for procedural pain), prevention of ventilator acquired pneumonia (Blue Ribbon Award – Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology- APIC) , nursing outcomes associated with a Lift Team (Agency for Health Care Research & Quality (AHRQ) Innovators Award); Activity Progression Protocol to Reduce Length of Stay (Agency for Health Care Research & Quality (AHRQ) Innovators Award and recognition by Robert Woods Johnson Foundation) NICU Vermont Oxford Studies on safety & infection control, evaluation of robot technology in facilitation of patient care, and participation in two national studies - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing on nursing transitions to practice and the National Pain Prevalence Research in collaboration with the NDNQI. The future looks even brighter with projects focused on reducing symptom burden at end of life and after brain injury, the impact of early ambulation on length of stay and post operative complications in critical care patients, development of new evidence based data collection techniques for sexual assault nurse examiners, family presence during CPR, and the physiological benefits of massage in reduction of pain and stress.

Check out some of our nurse’s work through the years.  To see these research posters, you’ll need Adobe® Acrobat Reader®, which you can download for freeOff Site Icon

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