USF Nursing undergraduate, Michelle Russell, to Present Research Abstract at IMSH Conference
University of South Florida College of Nursing undergraduate student, Michelle Russell, will present her first research abstract at the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s (SSIH) 13th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) Jan. 26 through Jan. 30, 2012 at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Russell’s abstract on Simulation-Based Evaluation of Interprofessional Education Competencies has been accepted for presentation as a poster. Read her full presentation citation here.College of Nursing student, Michelle Russell
“I feel so honored and blessed to have this opportunity to present my project at IMSH conference,” Russell said. “It is a wonderful feeling to know my hard work and dedication has paid off. For me, professionally, this is going to open up so many doors for my future and is only the start of what is to come throughout the rest of my educational journey. I have high hopes that my project can promote more interprofessional education and improve patients’ care and outcome.”
This is Russell’s first research study, and her first poster presentation. Russell is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Nursing at USF, and expects to graduate in Aug. 2013.
“I know that not every abstract gets accepted, so to know mine did really makes me feel honored, especially since I am an undergraduate and this is my first research project,” Russell said. “It really makes me realize that even at this point in my life, I can reach out to others and do big things that not everyone has the opportunity to do. I feel that as an undergraduate student, this project is preparing me for the future and is allowing me to think ‘out of the box’, and gain insight early on in my education career.”
Russell’s abstract was an independent research study, which focused on the qualitative method involving third-year medical students and nurse practitioner students. The purpose of this study was to examine the students’ experience in a complex high fidelity patient simulation, and analyze their written feedback. According to Russell, the center of the research was mainly focused on interprofessional collaboration among clinicians and how that affects patient outcomes.
“Students participated in a complex patient simulated scenario together and afterwards wrote concept papers about their team collaboration and interdisciplinary skills,” Russell said. “Core themes were then identified with the use of Atlas-Ti software to analyze the complexity of interprofessional collaboration among individuals on different medical tracks, and different backgrounds of experience, and overall how that affects patient outcome.”
Russell has been mentored in this project by Cheryl H. Zambroski, PhD, RN, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, and Rita F. D’Aoust, PhD, ACNP, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP, FNAP, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Interprofessional Initiatives at USF College of Nursing. “Working with both of them has been a wonderful opportunity,” Russell said. “They have both supported me throughout this whole research study, and have allowed me to grow as a person.”
In the near future, Russell wants to pursue a critical care residency program, and work as a critical care nurse. She would also like to work as a nurse practitioner, and further her education by earning a PhD or DNP. Her goal is to ultimately focus on research, which, she said, is the foundation for patient care and evidence based practice.
“I don’t want to sound cliché’ when I say, ‘I want to make a difference in people’s lives’ because that is the truth- I want to make a big difference,” Russell said. “Research allows for this big difference because you can reach individuals on a broad spectrum and even internationally.”
To learn about the (SSH) 13th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) visit SSIH’s website.