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Annual Nursing Research and Quality Day

Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes Day 2016

The Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes department held its 3rd Annual Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes on April 19. This year's theme: Transformation Through Innovation.

View the day's agenda for 2016
Meet the Speakers

We are excited to share we set a new record that featured 87 RN’s and APRN’s poster presentations among the 333 poster presentations included in Research and Education week.  Participants could earn and claim 8.5 continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours or 4 Continuing Medical Education Credits for attending one or more of the presentations offered.  

We appreciate your participation and contribution to the program this year as an active participant, poster presenter, speaker,expert panelist, planning committee member or administrative volunteer.  We’d like to share the overall program evaluations rated us at 90% very good to excellent for achieving personal learning goals. 

“ I met and connected with nurses who shared similar interests to mine” 

“ I loved the poster presentations and found a poster presenter I can collaborate with in the future”

“I want to tell nurses at my hospital about the napping study and excited to learn about ANA’s Fighting Fatigue recommendations to promote safety with nursing at my hospital”

Check out the photo album for the day.

Nurses question, discover, innovate and heal as they engage in lifelong learning and transform care.  Thank you for contributing to the day set aside to highlight nursing scholarship and for participating in Research and Education week 2016.  Because of your contribution and the contributions of our esteemed colleagues we can look forward to April 28th 2017 to convene the next Annual Nursing Research & Quality Outcomes program!  Mark your calendars now!  Thank you!

Overview of the 2016 Research Day

Committee Members

Committee Members

Nursing Research Team

CNE Committee Members:

  • Eileen P. Engh, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, CPN
  • Sharon Bostic, DNP, MBA, BSN, RN, CPN
  • Dorienda Britton, BA
  • Katherine Dubois, MSN, RN-BC – ANCC Nurse Planner
  • Suzanne Feetham, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Beth Harkness, BSN, RN, CPN
  • Ashleigh Harlow, BSN, RN, CCRN
  • Pamela S. Hinds, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Christine Jefferies, BSN, RN
  • Susan Keller, MS, HIT
  • Katherine Patterson Kelly, PhD, RN
  • Marlene Lee, MSN, RN
  • Janice Mason, DHA, MSN, RN, CPN
  • Brenda McNeely, MA, BSN, RN-BC
  • Justine Mize, MSN, RN, CCRN, CPN


  • Mia Waldron, MSN-Ed, RN-BC, CPN
  • Sarah Birch, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, AE-C
  • Lael Coleman, BA
  • O’Conner, Kate, BS
Keynote and General Session Recordings

Keynote and General Session Recordings

Keynote LectureSpeaker: Barbara B. Frink, PhD, RN, FAAN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Information Officer for Med Star Health

“Linking Clinical Research and Quality Outcomes: the Evolving Role of Health Information Technology“  Listen to session

Quality LectureSpeakers: Krista Cato, MHA, BSN, RN & Craig Futterman , MD , Children’s National PICU

“Out with Audits: Using Innovative Real Time Tools To Extract Data and Improve Clinical Care”  Listen to session

Closing Session: Nancy Crego, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing at Duke University

“Pediatric Sedation Research: Practice and Policy—Using the Data to Start the Conversation”  Listen to session

Amber Merritt, MSN, RN, CCRN, RN-BC; Annierose Abogadie, BSN, RN, CCRN, RN-BC

"Changing Our Paradigm - Increasing Audits and Providing Real-Time Feedback Utilizing A Web-Based Data Collection Tool To Decrease Hospital Acquired Conditions" Listen to session

Anne Watson, PhD, RN; Heather Walsh, MSN, RN, PCHS-NC, CNSE CPN

"Designing for High Reliability Insights from the Don't Hesitate Escalate Campaign"Listen to session

Nancy Crego, PhD, RN, CCRN

"Pediatric Sedation Research Practice and Policy Using the Data to Start the Conversation" Listen to session

Marie A. King, BSN, RN, CPN; May-Britt Sten, MSN, RN-BC; Nathan Dean, ND

"Something is Wrong I Am Worried" Listen to session

Jeff Hooper, Director, Biomedical Engineering, Children's National Health Systems

"The Future Using Data Collaboratively to Generate Solutions" Listen to session

Listen to all sessions

Meet the Speakers

Meet the Speakers

Barbara B. Frink, PhD, RN, FAAN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Information OfficerKeynote Speaker

Barbara B. Frink, PhD, RN, FAAN, is vice president and chief nursing information officer for MedStar Health and joined the system in December 2011. She is responsible for strategic and operational nursing leadership in the development, deployment, re-engineering, optimization and integration of clinical information systems to support clinicians and patient care, including leading nursing in the adoption of technology-enabled process change that maximizes patient safety, quality of care and operational efficiency. Key relationships include working in close partnership with colleagues and MedStar Health leadership and the organizational roles of chief information officer, chief nursing officer, chief medical officer, and chief medical information officer to ensure clinical multidisciplinary leadership of all clinical IT projects and maintenance of clinical IT systems. Frink is a lecturer and associate faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and formerly at the University of Pennsylvania School
Of Nursing.

Nancy Crego, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Duke UniversityNancy Crego, PhD, RN is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at Duke University. Her program of research focuses on quality and patient safety in particular the influence of different types of sedation providers on adverse events during pediatric sedation. Her research also examines the current state of nursing sedation regulation in the United States and provides evidence to support changes in current regulatory practices. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has recognized her work; awarding her the 2013 Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award. She is most recently the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Research Award from the Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.
She teaches in the undergraduate pediatric nursing course and lectures on topics including leadership, quality and transition to professional practice. She uses high fidelity simulation, multi-patient simulations and video to improve nursing student performance in acute care, leadership skills and critical thinking. Dr. Crego’s areas of clinical practice include psychiatric nursing, adult trauma, adult critical care, pediatric intensive care, pediatric critical care transport and pediatric cardiac intensive care; she is a certified pediatric critical care nurse. Her areas of interest include nursing education and competence, pediatric sedation, patient safety, health services research, quality, leadership, health policy and systems engineering. She has held several nursing leadership roles including: clinical nurse specialist and nurse manager.

  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, Nursing, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • MSN, Barry University, Nursing Administration, School of Nursing
  • BSN, Barry University, School of Nursing

Dr. FuttermanCraig Futterman, MD is a pediatric Cardiac Intensivist working in both the Cardiac ICU and the Pediatric ICU here at Children's National. He has been practicing pediatric critical care for 28 years. He is also an expert in Information Technology and has spearheaded the effort to develop the quality dashboards.  Dr Futterman’s special interests include using technology and the concept of big data to  improve the outcomes of critically ill children and to develop predictive technology to warn the providers of a critical event before it happens.

Krista Cato, MHA, BSN, RN Clinical Program Coordinator Krista Cato, MHA, BSN, RN, Clinical Program Coordinator, is an experienced pediatric critical care nurse leader with over ten years of experience in clinical care, program management, and nursing leadership. Krista holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration. In her leadership role at Children’s National Health System, Krista has provided strategic direction for a unit with upwards of 160 staff members. Most recently, Krista has served in a critical role as nurse manager for Children’s National organizational Ebola Response team.
In her current role as Clinical Program Manager, Krista work’s collaboratively across all disciplines to provide expertise, instruct, and direct preparedness efforts in areas such as infectious disease management, emergency response, global/public health to help advance pertinent issues in child health locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Krista has served, as a nurse lead in the development and sustainability of health outreach programs; most significantly the Pediatric Heart program in Kampala, Uganda.  Krista is also an accomplished public speaker and a published author. Her clinical research interests include: Quality Improvement, Global Health Nursing, Development of Sustainable Programs, Emerging Infectious Disease, Nurses role in Emergency Response and Humanitarian Relief, and building resilience.

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