In This Issue - Special Edition
Providence Oregon Nurses Win Outstanding Research Study Poster Award
by Donna Talain, RNC-OB, BSN, MBA
Three Oregon nurses took home the Outstanding Research Study Poster Award at AWHONN Convention this year. Congratulations to (pictured L to R) Cindy Kenyon BSN, RNC, Sofia Costas BSN, RNC, and Sherry Hutton BSN, RN from Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, OR for their study titled Ibuprofen Does Not Increase Blood Presssure in Preeclampsia. As promised, we're spotlighting them this quarter. While I didn't have a chance to talk to them directly, I had them answer a few questions about this whole amazing experience and here are their answers in their own words.
ORAWHONN: What made you decide to study this subject?
Sherry & Sofia: We were seeing an inconsistent practice among providers and did not observe any big difference on those who still got ibuprofen. We also worried about narcotic use in our patient population since there were few other options for pain control.
ORAWHONN: What was it like to win the award?
Sherry & Sofia: Surreal. We worked hard to gather the data and were very excited to have been accepted to present our poster. Winning the best Research Award was surreal.
ORAWHONN: What advice would you have for other nurses considering a research project or poster presentation?
Sherry & Sofia: Go for it, take a chance. It might seem a bit intimidating at first, but there is a lot we can do to improve the care of our patients.
ORAWHONN: How long have you been a member of AWHONN?
Sofia: I've been a member since it was NAACOG before being AWHONN, 1990.
Sherry: I was an AWHONN member for many years then let it lapse, rejoined this year (2019) and is I'm excited to be a member again.
Cindy: I have been an AWHONN member since 2019.
ORAWHONN: What do you enjoy most about AWHONN?
Sofia: The camaraderie, learning from each other, and resources.
Sherry: All of the great evidence-based information/resources available that we can use to help provide excellent care to our families. Amazing conventions/conferences -- it is nice to see what other organizations are doing across the country.
Cindy: The power of networking and learning new things. I appreciate knowing more about the advances in best practice!
ORAWHONN: Describe your most memorable experience at work.
Sofia: Advocating for a mom to get into treatment and then seeing her a few years later being successful and raising her daughter. Motherhood is a very important and crucial time in a women’s life. We greatly impact women’s lives in the short time they are in our care. I always aim to make it positive.
Sherry: Caring for a family in postpartum: Mother had many complications from her delivery, her newborn was also having issues and the spouse was needing support and assistance. Advocating and providing support to them to assure their special needs were met, working with them to alter their care so that it was doable for them. Seeing the famliy weeks later when they came back to visit me and to let me know how much I impacted their lives was so rewarding. We are truly blessed by all the famlies whom we come in contact with and can make a difference.
Cindy: There are so many over my 20 years at Providence! I would have to say that in general, it is amazing to make a forever impact on others and participate in a life-changing event that made a difference. I remember taking care of a long-term antepartum patient and I would visit with the family every day I worked, regardless if I was assigned as her primary nurse or not. This was a small thing, but it made such a big difference for my family. Examples like this are important to keeping my tank full and my nurse heart beating.
ORAWHONN: What’s your favorite tip for your fellow women’s health, obstetric, or neonatal nurses?
Sofia: Love what you do. If not find another profession, life is too short.
Sherry: Take a chance, do what you love and have fun. You've go this.
Cindy: Try something new. Love what you do. Make sure what you are doing is fun because then it doesn't even feel like work.
ORAWHONN: Anything else you’d like to add?
Sherry & Sofia: Think big and go for it! Great things were made possible by people like you and me. It just took someone to think of the idea, grab some passion and make a difference!
Interested in growing your career, knowledge, and expertise? Get your feet wet with poster presentations at our Oregon AWHONN Fall Conference. It's not too late to submit your research study, innovative idea, or practice solution. Visit oregonawhonn.org/posters to learn more.
Know someone who deserves to be in the spotlight? Nominate her/him for our next newsletter in September. She/He could be entered to win a fabulous prize at the end of the year.
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Becky Moore, BSN, RN, Oregon Section Chair
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