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March 14, 2003

Nurse Project Receives International Honor

A University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics team of nurses recently won a significant honor from one of the profession's largest organizations.

The award is one of only five granted by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. The organization has invited the award recipients to provide oral presentations about their research projects at its 37th Biennial Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Nov. 1-2.

The UI Hospitals and Clinics team won the prestigious award for its research abstract, "Sedation Management for the Mechanically Ventilated Patient." The researchers successfully implemented guidelines that changed sedation practices for adult patients whose breathing is supported by mechanical ventilators. As a result, patients were able to be removed from the ventilator earlier, leave the hospital sooner, and reduce the costs associated with their care.

Joseph Greiner, a registered nurse, helped lead the effort and will present the results at the clinical sessions in Toronto. "We could not have achieved this honor without the efforts of the hardworking nurses in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) who care for these critically ill patients," Greiner said. "I am honored to represent them, the Intensive and Specialty Services Division, all of our colleagues in the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care, and everyone at UI Hospitals and Clinics."

Greiner also credited Linda Q. Everett, Ph.D., associate director and chief nursing officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics, Ellen Cram, Ph.D., associate director of Intensive and Specialty Services, Marita G. Titler, Ph.D., director of Research Quality and Outcomes Management, and registered nurses Laura Cullen, Lynn Comried, Cheryl Bombei and Jane Greiner for their efforts and their support for the project.

The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is to provide leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research to enhance the health of all people. The group supports the learning and professional development of its members, who strive to improve nursing care worldwide. It is one of the world’s largest professional organizations for nurses, with more than 300,000 inducted members in 90 nations.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

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