UChicago Medicine Nursing Takes International Stage at July Conference

Katherine Pakieser-Reed, PhD, RN, and Sally Black, MSN, MBA, RN, OCN, NEA-BC

Katherine Pakieser-Reed, PhD, RN, and Sally Black, MSN, MBA, RN, OCN, NEA-BC

In July, two University of Chicago Medicine nurses traveled to Hong Kong to present at the 25th International Nursing Research Congress sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau International. The conference brought together more than 800 researchers, clinicians, leaders and students who shared their findings related to nursing research and evidence-based practice.

Katherine Pakieser-Reed, PhD, RN, and Sally Black, MSN, MBA, RN, OCN, NEA-BC, were among the presenters, representing Nursing at UChicago Medicine. Pakieser-Reed and Black presented on the “Activation Planning: Preparing a Workforce for Expansion into a New Healthcare Facility.” This paper, also coauthored with Emily Lowder, PhD, RN, NE-BC, reported on the staff training for our Center for Care and Discovery. The attendees at the session, representing diverse countries, were particularly interested in how staff became familiar with their units.

Separately, Pakieser-Reed also presented “Successful Institution-wide Sustained Reduction in Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLASBI) Using a Multidisciplinary Approach.” This research was conducted with Sylvia Garcia-Houchins, RN, MBA, CIC, and Megan Miller, MD and explored the relationship between multiple interventions and the long-term impact on successfully reducing and sustaining a reduced CLABSI rate.

Nursing Edition asked Pakieser-Reed and Black to weigh in on their trip to Asia and what it was like to represent UChicago Medicine Nursing on an international stage.

Here’s what they said:

Sally Black, Director, Nursing Technology and Innovation

Going to Hong Kong was a special chance to meet, hear discussions from and network with leading nurse researchers from around the world. It was also a unique opportunity to focus on global health issues such as the United Nation’s Millennium Goals (i.e. promoting gender equality, empowering women, reducing child mortality, combating HIV and AIDS, etc.), which I often do not focus on in my everyday work at UCM.

It was gratifying to see that UCM is a very well-respected organization around the world and it made me very proud to represent it.

What I found particularly interesting to see was that even though we are from different places in the world, those of us in nursing have common challenges, concerns and struggles which were being researched. Everyone was delving into topics such as bullying, technology and how it fits into innovative care, quality of care and outcomes, patient safety and nurse and patient satisfaction.

Meanwhile, it was pretty amazing to see how people – from all cultures – know English and presented in English. I can imagine how difficult that would be if English wasn’t my first language.

Katherine Pakieser-Reed, Director, Center for Nursing Professional Practice and Research

The opportunity to share this experience with a colleague made it even more special – we both now have a unique international perspective about nursing in the world that we are bringing back to UCM. And we both have a shared awareness of how important it is for us (UCM) to be at international conferences. We are on the cutting edge of many nursing practices and people are eager to learn from us.

Like Sally, I was profoundly proud to be a representative of UCM Nursing – in attending the other presentations, visiting the poster sessions and talking with other nurses. It made me aware of how much expertise we have in nursing at UCM and the positive patient outcomes that we achieve. And after our presentations, it was a privilege to answer questions about our nursing practices and processes.

Beyond that, being in Hong Kong made me aware of how American I am from a diversity perspective and how I see the world through that “lens.” I had to literally step back and watch how people approach simple daily tasks – ordering food, waiting in line, crossing the street – to learn by observation how to navigate daily activities. And, upon reflection, how this must be similar to our patients’ experiences when they enter our medical center environment.

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