Patients, Hospital Benefit from Students’ Invaluable Research

Posted by on July 22, 2011

Tools that better assess, prevent bed sores presented at staff in-service 

Nursing students at Minnesota School of Business-Richfield collaborated with Fairview Southdale Hospital to improve patient safety and overall efficiency through better assessment and prevention of pressure ulcers, or bed sores.

The Leadership and Management students worked with Wounds-Ostomy-Continence (WOC) nurses, observing treatment protocol during patient rounds. The students created a poster summarizing their findings and educated hospital nurses during a WOC in-service.

“The project brought professional nursing education face-to-face with nurses in leadership roles that facilitated growth for both students and hospital staff, and provided delightful shared learning between students and nursing leaders,” said Vicki Haugen, RN at Fairview Southdale Hospital.

Fairview Southdale is one of seven hospitals in the Fairview Health Services network, a nonprofit, academic system that recognizes the patient’s emotional, spiritual and physical needs.

“This project was an essential part of my learning experience that helped serve the community through health care education,” said student Jenna Doyle.It helped me grow and feel more confident as a leader within my future career field.”

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