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Writing Journal Articles: Tips for your Success Series Video 3: Submission, Responding to Reviews, and Other Tips

Video Author: Marilyn Oermann
Published on: 12.12.2018

This is the final video in our writing for publication series. In this video you will get some additional tips on writing your manuscript and will learn about peer review and responding to reviewers’ comments. Other topics include authorship criteria, copyright, open access, and avoiding “predatory journals.”

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Creator: Gode, Autumn MS, APRN-CNS; Kozub, Elizabeth MS, APRN-CNS, CCNS, CNRN, CCRN; Joerger, Kyla BSN, RN-BC; Lynch, Cassandra BSN, NE-BC, OCN; Roche, Maren BSN, RN; Kirven, Justin MD
Duration: 2:15
Delirium affects approximately 1 in 4 patients during their hospitalization and is associated with numerous complications. An evidence-based practice project was implemented to reduce the development of delirium through sleep promotion on 2 inpatient units. A dedicated time was selected, and key strategies were identified to promote sleep with minimal interruptions. Delirium decreased by 33% and 45% on the 2 units over 1 year. Overall, patient satisfaction for quietness at night survey responses also increased (P = .0005; CI, 0.05 to 0.67) with ongoing sustainment. Learn about this project in this video and article.
Creator: Mancheril, Benjamin PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP; Kram, Bridgette PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP; Schultheis, Jennifer PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP; Kram, Shawn PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP; Trammel, Morgan PharmD, BCCCP; Liu, Beiyu PhD, MS; Jordan, Weston MS; Cox, Christopher E. MD, MPH
Duration: 4:00
Consensus guidelines for pain, agitation, and delirium (PAD) in mechanically ventilated patients recommend maintaining a light level of sedation. Consistent attainment of target PAD assessments in these patients is often challenging. This was a single-center, prospective study. In the intervention group, a pharmacist provided weekly feedback to nurses on their success in achieving target PAD assessments compared with a historical cohort without feedback. Overall, 478 patients and 205 nurses were included. Weekly feedback to nurses on PAD assessments did not impact the achievement of PAD goals..
Creator: Patty, Christopher M. DNP, RN, CPPS; Sandidge-Renteria, Alisha MSN, FNP-C, RN-CMSRN; Orique, Sabrina PhD, RN, AOCNS; Dixon, Craig MSN, FNP-C, RN; Camarena, Emma DNP, CNS, RN, ACCNS-AG; Newsom, Rose MSN, RN, NE-BC; Schneider, Alicia MSN, AGCNS-BC, RN-BC, C
Duration: 3:49
The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of nonventilator hospital–acquired pneumonia NV-HAP in our community hospital and to identify patient and nursing care factors associated with its development. A retrospective study identified possible NV-HAP cases and then validated cases using CDC criteria. The incidence of NV-HAP was 0.64 cases per 1000 patient-days. Patient factors most strongly associated with NV-HAP were age and the presence of underlying disease. Head-of-bed elevation reduced by 26% the odds of developing NV-HAP. Dr. Patty explains the study in the video - learn more in the article.
Creator: Graham, Kimberly DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC; Ogbuji, Grace BSN, RN; Williams, Zainab BSN, RN; Crain, Maria BSN, RN, BMTCN; Rolin, Barbara MSN, RN-BC; Juala, Jeremy BSN, RN, CMSRN; Larbi, Ida BSN, RN, OCN; Bernard, Noreen EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN; Oster, Cynthia A. P
Duration: 2:40
On inpatient units, patients experience lack of sleep due to noise and multiple interruptions at night. A pilot intervention to support the initiative, “Don't wake the patient for routine care unless the patient's condition or care specifically requires it,” was implemented on 3 units in 3 hospitals. Nurses implemented the project using a purposeful strategy of sleep masks, earplugs, noise detectors, and bundling care. The experiences across the 3 hospital units were positive for providers, patients, and patients' families.
Creator: Stichler, Jaynelle F. DNSc, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN; Pelletier, Luc R. MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Duration: 2:17
Person-centered care has become a widely used philosophical framework and yet has varying definitions and characteristics. Learn about the new Patient Empowerment, Engagement, and Activation Survey that can be used to evaluate patients' perspectives of care quality (empowerment and engagement) and readiness for discharge (activation).
Creator: Allen, Alicia MSN, RN, BC; Frederick, Logan MS, RHIA; Hovey, Susan L. PhD, RN
Duration: 3:18
A community hospital recognized patients with multiple chronic conditions had higher rates of inpatient stays and emergency department visits. Patients with multiple chronic conditions enrolled in a supportive care program. Palliative care nurses were assigned to patients enrolled in the program. There was a significant decrease in hospital utilization and inpatient stays following the implementation of the supportive care program. Learn more about this program and how to implement it in your own setting by watching the video and be sure to read the article.
Creator: Tschannen, Dana PhD, RN; Alexander, Catherine DNP, MPH, RN; Tovar, Elizabeth G. PhD, APRN; Ghosh, Bidisha MS; Zellefrow, Cindy DNP, MSEd, RN, LSN, PHNA-BC, EBP-C; Milner, Kerry A. DNSc, RN
Duration: 4:35
Frontline nurse engagement in quality improvement (QI) improves nurse-sensitive outcomes. The purpose of this study was to develop and psychometrically evaluate the Nursing Quality Improvement in Practice (N-QuIP) tool to measure nurses' competency, engagement, and barriers/facilitators to QI engagement. Item development was guided by an expert panel and literature review. Factor analysis and reliability indices were assessed through 681 surveys completed by nurses at one medical center. Preliminary data suggest that the N-QuIP is a valid and reliable tool for assessing nurse QI competence and engagement. Watch the video and read the article.
Creator: Gonzalez, Yovan DNP, RN, FNP-BC; Kozachik, Sharon L. PhD, RN, FAAN; Finnell, Deborah S. DNS, RN, CARN-AP, FAAN
Duration: 3:20
Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) for substance use has an impact on morbidity and mortality and on health care cost. In this project, nurses in ambulatory care completed an online self-paced program focusing on alcohol and drug use screening, motivational interviewing, and referral to specialty treatment. Postintervention knowledge scores increased. Facilitator and barrier themes included time, education, resources, receptivity, and interprofessional collaboration. The SBIRT online program was feasible for nurses to complete during work hours and resulted in increased SBIRT-related knowledge.
Creator: Vessey, Judith A. PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN; Williams, Lucinda DNP, RN, PNP, NE-BC
Duration: 6:36
Bullying and lateral violence are pervasive in the nursing workforce and have profound consequences for nurses, their patients, and the overall health care organization. An iterative, multimodal QI initiative was crafted on the basis of the evidence and principles of transformational, adult learning. Six units were designed to foster learning specific to bullying and lateral violence and their prevention. Each unit consisted of formal lecture content, practice exercises, and reflection. This initiative is appropriate for adoption by other nursing units.
Creator: Wolak, Eric DNP, RN, NEA-BC; Jones, Cheryl PhD, RN, FAAN; Leeman, Jennifer DrPH; Madigan, Catherine DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Duration: 3:02
Inefficient emergency department to inpatient handoff processes can contribute to delayed care. Lean methodology was used to evaluate flow and identify opportunities for improvement. Two tools were developed to standardize handoff. Emergency department length of stay and admission wait times were not significantly improved following intervention implementation. However, patient transfer time decreased significantly from 30.5 to 21.7 minutes. The length of time to give/receive report also decreased. Watch the video and then follow up by reading the article.
Creator: Johnson, Hannah DPT, PT, GCS
Duration: 3:02
Six Sigma was used in a nursing home to improve the functional maintenance program charting/auditing. With the existing staff, capability was increased by 17 residents ($200 000 revenue) and 90% to 100% charting congruence was achieved. Learn more about implementing QI in nursing homes in this video and article.
Creator: Dermody, Gordana PhD, RN, CNL; Odom-Maryon, Tamara PhD; Zimmerman, Jennifer BSN, RN; Glass, Courtney BSc, MDiet
Duration: 3:53
Physical inactivity during hospitalization commonly results in functional decline. The purpose of this study was to determine whether a volunteer-assisted mobility program was feasible to improve the ambulation of hospitalized patients. Hospitalized patients (N = 490) were approached, with 39.2% (n = 192) agreeing to ambulate an average of 109.7 m. The findings suggest that a volunteer-assisted interdisciplinary program is a feasible way to promote the ambulation of some patients. The lead author explains the study in this video, then read the article for more details and how you can implement this in your own setting.
Creator: Soncrant, Christina MPH; Neily, Julia RN, MS, MPH; Bulat, Tatjana MD, CMD; Mills, Peter D. PhD, MS
Duration: 8:08
Injurious falls continue to challenge health care. Learn about this study that analyzed root cause analysis reports on falls and coded injury type, fall type, location, and root causes. There were 154 reported fall RCAs during the study period. Most (83%, n = 128) falls resulted in major injury: hip fractures (43%, n = 66), other fractures (25%, n = 38), and head injury (16%, n = 24). Most falls were unwitnessed (75%, n = 116). Patients who fell were not wearing hip or head protection. These interventions may help prevent future injurious falls. After you watch this informative video, read the full article.
Creator: McClain, Jesse V. IV DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, MSCN, SCRN; Chance, Elisha A. BSAS, CCRC
Duration: 2:45
An advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) led a transitional care clinic for stroke survivors. The goal was to improve transitions from hospital to home. Patients seen in the clinic had a lower 30-day readmission rate (1.5%) compared to non clinic patients (13.4%), p = .003). The 90-day readmission proportion was also higher in nonclinic patients (12.8%) vs those seen in the clinic (4.4%), p = .058. The results suggest the APRN-led clinic may impact hospital readmissions in stroke/transient ischemic attack survivors.
Creator: Hagle, Mary PhD, RN-BC, FAAN; Dwyer, Darcy DNP, RN, ACNS-BC; Gettrust, Lynn DNP, RN, ACNS-BC; Lusk, Dana DNP, RN, CHPN, AHN-BC; Peterson, Kristen BSN, RN; Tennies, Sherry MSN-Ed, RN-BC, CWOCN
Duration: 2:57
The I3 (Inquiry, Improvement, and Innovation) Model was developed to guide EBP and QI projects, research studies, and innovation. The model provides an algorithm with steps and decision points for nurses to follow based on a question from a clinical issue or problem. The model is used for guiding projects in the health care system.
Creator: Loftin, Edwin DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE; Andrews, Diane PhD, RN; Mikitarian, George DHA, FACHE; LaManna, Jacqueline PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, BC-ADM, CDE
Duration: 2:14
The purpose of this QI project was to achieve zero preventable harm to patients during transitions in care from the emergency department to medical/surgical areas. Once the initial design was complete, small tests of change were deployed until zero harm was achieved. This is a replicable project so after watching the video be sure to read the article.
Creator: Oh, Jong Hee MS, RN, CNL, CRNI, VA-BC; Shelly, Mark MD; Nersinger, Sharon MS, RN, NEA-BC; Cai, Xueya PhD; Olsan, Tobie PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNL, FNAP
Duration: 4:40
A community hospital policy of routinely replacing peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs) needed updating to clinically indicated replacement. Guided by Lean principles, a clinical nurse leader led a QI small test of change on a 38-bed medical unit. Nurses managed 469 inpatients, receiving 1033 PIVCs. Routine PIVC replacement declined from 34% to 3% (P < .001). PIVC dwell time ranged from 4 to 20 days and did not increase phlebitis (P = .41) or catheter-related bloodstream infections. Clinically-indicated PIVC replacement reduced unnecessary catheter insertions, maintained patient safety, and improved efficiency. Learn about this project in the video and article.
Creator: Mundle, William RN, MN, CMSN(C); Howell-Belle, Carnett RN, MN; Jeffs, Lianne PhD, RN, FAAN
Duration: 4:10
Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) rates in our unit were higher when compared with the overall hospital rates. An interprofessional working group developed and implemented a QI bundled approach to reduce CAUTIs. There was a 79% reduction in average CAUTI rates following the bundle implementation along with reduced variability in rates.
Creator: Hart, Danielle RN (EC); Hopman, Wilma M. MA; Hammond, Sharlene BN, RN; Redfearn, Damian P.
Duration: 3:12
Atrial fibrillation (AF) care can be episodic and heavily reliant on hospital resources, particularly the emergency department (ED). A nurse practitioner developed a new program to improve AF care after an ED visit, which included contacting patients by telephone. Telephone contact was highly effective: 37 of 90 patients with AF presented to the ED prior to telephone contact and 7 of 90 patients did so post–telephone contact (P < .001). Telephone practice led by an NP provides an opportunity to improve assessment and management of patient care. Learn more about this intervention in this video and read the full article.
Creator: McNeill, Margaret M. PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, CCRN-K, CCNS, TCRN, CPAN, NE-BC, NHDP-BC, FAAN; Archer, Susan DNP, RN, APRN-CNS, CCRN; Remsburg, Dana MSN, RN, CCRN; Storer, Jill BSN, RN; Rudman, Heather BSN, RN
Duration: 5:07
Using a rapid response team (RRT) and quality champion (QC) nurses at a community hospital provides benefits not entirely captured by analysis of mortality data. The purpose of this study was to determine the perceived benefits of the RRT at our facility and behaviors and activities observed during actual RRT responses. This was a mixed-method study including qualitative (interviews, focus groups, and surveys) and quantitative (retrospective chart reviews) data collection. Benefits of the RRT-QC registered nurse were extensive. Observations showed support, education, and teamwork in an effort to improve outcomes and support clinicians.