STTI, Gamma Iota Chapter - Spring 2021 Virtual Poster Summit

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STTI, Gamma Iota Chapter
Spring 2021 Virtual Poster Summit
April 26-30, 2021


Welcome to the Spring 2021 poster presentation virtual event. Coming Soon: poster summary information and links to get more details and view the poster. If the voice over doesn't play you may need to download the poster, put it in presenter mode to view and hear the presentation. For any additional questions, please contact Emily Nishiyama ( or Martha Bramlett (

Purpose: The mission and vision of STTI is to support the nurse’s efforts to improve the health of the world’s people. The Gamma Iota chapter would like to recognize scholars in nursing whose work demonstrates a substantial impact on the profession of nursing and the people it serves.

Eligibility: All UNC Charlotte & Pfeiffer University nursing students are eligible to submit an abstract for their poster to be presented.

Criteria: An online registration form, a short bio and headshot photo of every student, and an abstract must be submitted for acceptance. Abstracts must include a title, student names, professor/faculty name, program name and a 250-word limit description including the purpose, background, methods, results, conclusion, and keywords.

Submission Requirements: All poster requirements are due by April 14th, 2021. This includes all of the following components: online registration form, bios, headshot photos, abstracts, completed voice-over posters. The online registration form link is listed below. Only one student needs to register and submit all requirements for their group. Students will be notified via email of acceptance.

Poster Guidelines:

  • All exhibits must be registered.
  • For poster layout, use a PowerPoint template provided by your faculty member and/or faculty advisor. Save document in PDF format.
  • All submission requirements must be met by the designated deadline.
  • All posters must contain a voice-over component presenting ideas of the poster to their virtual audience. The presenter(s) may choose the voice-over platform they are most comfortable in using.

For voice-over and technology FAQs, visit the following link: Technology Support

Follow this link to complete registration: REGISTER HERE


Poster ID #01
Assessment of Burnout with Implementation of a Brief Mindfulness Intervention in Palliative Care Clinicians
AuthorsRachel Snyder, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN
Faculty NameDr. Katie Shue-McGuffin, DNP, MSN, FNP-C

PurposeThe objective of this quality improvement project was to better understand burnout levels in palliative nurse practitioners and nurses in a large inpatient, academic hospital system and to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of implementing mindfulness meditation to reduce burnout levels. 

The Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) was used to assess burnout pre and post implementation of a brief, self-guided mindfulness intervention via smartphone application. The intervention was performed individually, remotely, and asynchronously with volunteers. A total of 12 palliative care nurse practitioners and nurses volunteered from an inpatient palliative care group within a large healthcare system in North Carolina. Microsoft Excel and StataCorp v.16 were used to help organize and analyze data. Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed-ranks test was performed, and exact probabilities were reported due to sample size < 200.

BackgroundWhile work in palliative and hospice care can be a rewarding experience in helping those suffering with complicated and terminal illnesses, it can also expose those involved to significant work stress, potentially leading to burnout. These clinicians are especially vulnerable to frequent exposure to traumatic situations due to the high density of complicated patients under their care, placing them at risk for burnout.

Poster ID #02
Effects of E-Cigarette Education in Adolescents and Young Adults in Primary Care
AuthorsAmy Carriker

PurposeThe purpose of this project is to educate teens and young adults about the harmful effects of e-cigarettes to reduce e-cigarette use among current users.

BackgroundOne in five high school and 1 in 20 middle school students currently use e-cigarettes. U.S. Surgeon General declared an epidemic among in 2019.

Poster ID #03
Improving the Interprofessional Teams’ Knowledge, Confidence, and Self-Efficacy in the Care of Adult Brain Tumor Patients
Authors: Meg McDonnell

PurposeThe purpose of this educational project was to determine whether interprofessional team members who participate in a structured educational session demonstrate an increase in knowledge, confidence and self-efficacy the care of adult brain tumor (ABT) patients. The aim was to evaluate baseline ABT knowledge of neuroscience registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice providers (APPs) and to identify barriers associated with specialized educational programs.

Poster ID #04
The Efficacy of an Educational Intervention on Latinas' Cervical Cancer Screening Knowledge
AuthorsAmber Rose Harper
Faculty NameDr. Florence Okoro and Dr. Katie Shue-McGuffin

BackgroundLatinas’ lack of knowledge regarding cervical cancer screening (CCS) guidelines has an impact on CCS adherence and health outcomes related to cervical cancer. Studies have demonstrated that small media, culturally relevant educational interventions are highly effective in improving Latinas’ knowledge of CCS (Moran et al., 2016; Thompson et al., 2019; Warner et al., 2018). The purpose of this scholarly project was to implement and evaluate the efficacy of a small media educational intervention on Latinas’ knowledge of CCS and human papillomavirus (HPV) and evaluate the participants’ satisfaction with the intervention. A convenience sample of 50 Hispanic female patients between the ages of 21-65 was obtained from a community health center in the Southeast region of the United States.

Poster ID #05
: Breaking Down Barriers to Early Goals-of-Care Discussions with Terminally Ill Cancer Patients
AuthorsVictoria Poillucci
Faculty NameDr. Kelly Powers

PurposeThe purpose of this quality improvement project was to evaluate the effect of education on oncology providers’ self-efficacy for Goals-of-Care Discussions, and to explore barriers and opportunities to promote completion of earlier Goals-of-Care Discussions.

Poster ID #06
How Do the Homeless Newly Diagnosed with Cancer Receive Safe and Cost-Effective Healthcare During Year One Following Diagnosis?
AuthorsAmy B. Edinger
Faculty NameDr. Stephanie Woods

PurposeCancer is one of the most common causes of mortality in homeless adults.  When a homeless person is hospitalized, they typically return to the streets, making recovery difficult.  Conducting a needs assessment survey of homeless patients who are newly diagnosed with cancer was the first step towards evaluating how they can receive safe and cost-effective healthcare.  Collection of information was from three perspectives: the patient, the oncology provider, and costs.

Poster ID #07
Factors Impacting Safety in Nursing in Adult Intensive Care Units: An Integrative Review of the Literature
AuthorsAshley Stevenson, Lisa Dovoedo, Jenifer Simone, Emily Volk
Faculty Name: Dr. Allison Burfield

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to review recent literature on safety in nursing and adult intensive care units to identify interconnected themes.

BackgroundGaps in literature related to recent challenges encountered in intensive care units (ICUs) during the COVID-19 pandemic and a focused interest in the promotion of positive outcomes led us to explore what factors impact safety in nursing in adult ICUs.

Poster ID #08
Effectiveness of a Health Literacy Program in Medication Adherence in African American Adults: An Integrative Review
AuthorsTrey Barrett, Jordan Capps, Shannon Izer, and Juli Petchul

PurposeTo identify, evaluate, and synthesize the evidence on the effects of health literacy programs and medication adherence in African Americans; as well as raise awareness of medication regimens and current disease processes in African Americans.

BackgroundIn 2021, a systematic review was conducted on the effects of health literacy programs and medication adherence in African American adults. It has been shown that Chronic Health Diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, which affect the African American population due to low health literacy and medication adherence. There is little evidence supporting  health literacy programs to improve medication adherence in African Americans, there is a need for updated review.

Poster ID #09
: Healthcare in Nicaragua
Authors: Taylor Thompson

PurposeThe purpose of the literature review is to earn a greater understanding of the different healthcare sectors in Nicaragua, access and barriers to care, and the amount of healthcare spending. Access to care in Nicaragua is greatly affected by poverty, income, location, and costs. In most cases, citizens in Nicaragua seek informal care or no care due to long distances or lack of insurance.

Poster ID #10
The Evaluation of Educational Intervention on Food Label Literacy Among Parents of Children in an Outpatient Pediatric Clinic
AuthorsIfunanya Okocha
Faculty NameDr. Florence Okoro and Dr. Katie McGuffin

PurposeChildhood obesity has been on the rise for decades with negative impact on health, psychology of the people and significant economic cost to the society. This project evaluates the effect of an educational intervention to improve parents’ nutrition label literacy as parents make healthy food choices for their children.

Poster ID #11
: Improving Reporting Culture through Daily Safety Huddle
Authors: Margaret (Peggy) MacKay

PurposeThe purpose of this quality improvement project was to improve error reporting and SOPS 1.0TM scores relative to reporting through a Safety Huddle Intervention.

Poster ID #12
: Safe Opioid Prescribing in Primary Care through Implementation of Evidence-Based Guidelines
Authors: Michelle (Mimi) Starnes

PurposeThe purpose of this project was to create an electronic medical record (EMR) template and urine drug test (UDT) alert to increase the providers’ adherence to the CDC opioid guidelines in a small, hospital-owned, family practice clinic.

Poster ID #13
: Improving Provider Compliance with Outpatient Heart Failure Prescribing
AuthorsLeslie Beth Sossman
Faculty NameDr. Charlene Whitaker-Brown

PurposeDetermine the prescribing behaviors of advanced practice providers (APPs) and physicians before and after implementation of a provider reminder tool that offers decision support in outpatient prescribing.

Poster ID #14
Improving Nursing Recognition and Management of Postoperative Delirium in the Acute Care Setting
AuthorsLatasia Belin
Faculty NameDr. Katie Shue-McGuffin

PurposeThe purpose of this project was to evaluate the effect of structured delirium education on nursing knowledge, recognition, and management of delirium.

BackgroundPostoperative delirium is a common cognitive complication characterized by an abrupt disturbance in cognition after surgery. Patients with this complication can experience increased healthcare costs, increased length of stay, and lasting cognitive impairment. Although nurses play a critical role in recognizing delirium, it remains under-recognized and poorly managed, emphasizing the need for improved delirium recognition and management strategies.