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Nursing Endowment Fund

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The Alumnae Association of the School of Nursing Endowment Fund supports clinical, educational and research opportunities in nursing, and helps the Hospital's Archives preserve and celebrate nursing's history at SickKids. The establishment of the Alumnae Association of the School of Nursing Endowment Fund Award, made possible through the fund, provides opportunities to enhance nursing at SickKids by providing grants to help realize projects that will continue to improve care.

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Scoring Criteria

1. Demonstrates clear direction for the project

2. Project aligns with SickKids Mission/Values/Strategic Directions

3. Will project improve nursing practice or patient care?

4. Demonstrates characteristics and abilities/evidence of originality, leadership, innovation, interprofessional collaboration, child and family-centred care


Increasing Resiliency to Nursing in Paediatric Oncology and Palliative Care on 8A, 2016

After observing what appeared to be the burnout and exhaustion from staff on 8A, the team, made up of Tenecia Hiller, Amanda Li, Cristina Emanuale, Briar O’Neil, Bryanne Cassidy, Ann Chang, and led by Carolyn Wilson, suggested undertaking a Quality Improvement project to offer support for their peers and increase resiliency and work life. The project will use structured methods to shape a program aimed at improving nurse resiliency, including access to professional support to build resiliency and learn healthy coping mechanisms. 

Achy Penguin: Usability Testing of a Smartphone-based Tool to Improve Nursing Pain Assessment and Management in Children Aged 4-7 Years, 2016

Pain is common in hospitalized children yet it is frequently under assessed and under treated. Valid and reliable pain assessment is the first step in effective management. However, assessing pain in young children four to seven years old is a particular clinical challenge. There are validated tools to assess pain intensity in this group, but these tools do not capture information on pain location or provide patients with pain self management strategies. The project team team made up of Carley Ouellette, Jennifer Stinson, Chitra Lalloo, Fiona Campbell and Ted Gerstle, is focused on ‘Achy Penguin’, a smartphone-based tool designed to improve pain assessment and management among children four to seven years old. This innovative tool uses animal-based body maps to help children self-report pain location (by placing dots on a simple body map) and pain intensity (by choosing from a series of four faces illustrating different pain amounts). The app provides interactive self-management strategies, including deep breathing, relaxation, and distraction. The Endowment Fund will support usability testing of this innovative app with patients.

Good 2 Go Transition Program, 2015

Geraldine Cullen-Dean, Khush Amaria, Megan Henze, Margaret Schwan

Teens with chronic health conditions can experience negative health outcomes when they leave SickKids and start their health care as an adult. The Good 2 Go Transition Program provides support and education to health-care providers about preparing their patients for this transition. Over the next year (2015/2016), the team will be testing a newly developed toolkit designed to help nurses teach teens with chronic health conditions about transition when they provide care during their hospitalization. The toolkit has tools and resources to help nurses discuss transitions with the teens in an entertaining way, including talking about differences in the adult health care system and learning about their illness—all key learning objectives for youth in transition. This project will include a step-by-step approach to integrating the use of the toolkit and evaluating its effect on nurses’ confidence and knowledge in supporting teens in their transition.

Preventation and Management of Paediatric PIV-related Harm, 2015

Darlene Murray, Rita Damignani, Hana Saab, Judy Hawes

Paediatric peripheral intravenous (PIV) catheters are the most commonly used intravenous device in hospital patients. While they are low-risk, they can be associated with complications, and the impact of (PIV) catheter-related injuries can range from skin irritation to serious and permanent limb injury. In recognition of these potential complications, the Prevention and Management of Paediatric PIV-related Harm project team set out to improve outcomes for patients. The goal of the quality improvement initiative is to reduce the rate and severity of PIV catheter-related harm. In an effort to accomplish this goal, a team of clinical, quality improvement and evaluation experts are developing a toolkit for staff, patients and caregivers regarding PIV care.The toolkit includes prevention strategies as well as clinical practice changes focused on the standardized assessment of PIV-related injuries and an evidence-based algorithm to standardize the management of PIV extravasations.

Autism Toolkit, 2014

Michele Durrant, Michelle Peralta, Dr. Barbara Muskat, Dr. Arlette Lefebvre

The hospital environment can be noisy, complex, frustrating and unpredictable for a child with autism at all points of the hospital experience - emergency visit, inpatient experience and clinic appointment. Nurses can be instrumental in pre-planning for the hospital experience by identifying and implementing strategies to facilitate the visit. Critical are the nurses' ability to identify the child's unique needs early, even prior to entering the hospital to understand factors that influence the hospital experience for that particular child and to develop the skill of implementing strategies that address the needs of the child with autism. 

Family Presence at Nursing Handover: Tool Development Project, 2013

Krista Keilty & Karen Sappleton

Nursing handover is routine at shift change and functions to ensure the incoming nurse has information from the outgoing nurse to take over care for a patient. At SickKids, nursing handover occurs at the nursing station. In keeping with a commitment to lead in the advancement of child and family-centred care (C&FCC), where children and families are full partners in their care, it is proposed that SickKids explore ways to enable the presence of children and families at nursing handover. Moving nursing handover to the bedside will require planning such that children and families participate in a meaningful way, while nurses share information that is germane in a timely and efficient way. The first step in moving to 'family presence at nursing handover' is to develop a handover tool (checklist and open-ended questions) to standardize the information shared at nursing handover. This tool will be developed with the input of SickKids nurses and patients (through observations, interviews and focus groups) and trialled in a series of well-designed pilot projects overseen by The Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Child & Family-Centred Care.