Undergraduate Nursing Students Provide Services to a Remote Hospital via Videoconference Technology

| April 12, 2013

Judi Godsey, assistant professor of Nursing at Xavier University, teaches research to undergraduate nursing students. For the past two years, she has been an academic advisor with the Nursing Research Council (NRC) of Fairfield Medical Center (FMC) (an acute care hospital in Lancaster, Ohio) via videoconferencing technology. Many graduate nursing students in rural areas attend Xavier classes via videoconference from Fairfield.

Godsey’s undergraduate nursing research students have also attended monthly NRC meetings via video conference throughout the semester from their Xavier classroom. The students' involvement increased this year by linking FMC’s research needs with the requirements for Godsey’s research class. Her students searched for current nursing research articles on topics identified by the NRC as needed at FMC.

Students will share their findings and practice recommendations with the entire FMC nursing staff and vice president of Nursing, Cynthia Pearsall, who will tune via videoconference in real time. The director of Xavier’s Nursing school, Susan Schmidt, and the associate dean, Dennis Long, will attend. Presentations and formal papers with recommendations will be shared with the NRC and serve as the foundation for two hospital-wide research studies being planned at FMC. Research topics presented will include:

• Do parents and their hospitalized children report improved sleep following modification of noise, light, and temperature compared to those who do not receive the intervention?
• Do patients at risk for pressure ulcers who receive nursing interventions of positioning strategies and pressure ulcer assessment tools, demonstrate reduced pressure ulcer formation compared to those who do not?
• Are patients who have been hospitalized for three days or longer less likely to develop pressure ulcers if scored with the Braden Scale and screened for other relevant risk factors compared to those scored with the Braden Scale alone?
• Among hospitalized obese patients, do standardized turning schedules and use of friction reducing devices decrease the incidence of pressure ulcers compared to those who do not?
• Do nursing interventions to reduce external stressors/stimuli among critical care patients result in an improved rest and sleep experience compared to those not receiving the intervention?
• Do patients in Medical Surgical/Intensive Care Units experience better sleep and rest with the implementation of reduced environmental stimuli and relaxation techniques than those who do not?
• Do elderly hospitalized patients who are repositioned every two hours experience less pressure ulcer development than those repositioned at intervals greater than two hours?
• Do hospitalized adults who receive sleep hygiene education and interventions before bed report a more restful sleep than those who do not receive?
• Do hospitalized adults who receive interventions such as turning, repositioning, assessment scales, and support surfaces develop less pressure ulcers than those who do not?