Nursing Student Wins Quality Award
Doctorate of Nursing Practice
Evidenced-based care is foremost for Nurse Practitioner Kelly McGee, a member of the first class of the new DNP (Doctorate of Nursing Practice) program graduating this May. Her recent award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHCRQ) proves it!
“Nurse practitioners and physician assistants can translate AHRQ research reports into user friendly information resources adaptable for peers in retail clinics. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Evidenced Based Care Challenge was an opportunity for my team to do that,” she says.
Kelly’s team - QR Medica -- created a beta-version Web site that featured evidence-based content on otitis media – middle ear infections -- for both health care providers and patients. The web site offers information in several formats, including text, images, and videos, and allows users to access the resource anytime. In addition, the use of QR codes enables smart phone users to navigate directly to the web site. Future versions of the Web site will include content of other key conditions commonly treated in the convenience care setting.
“What I enjoyed about the team project was really participating as a team and watching the project unfold. The team consisted of two nurse practitioners, one pharmacist, one IT specialist, and three nursing students from local nursing schools.”
“The evidence report/technology document was 426 pages. I reviewed and organized information from this report that would assist the retail clinician in diagnosing and treating otitis media. Otterbein prepared me to be able to analyze and concisely pull together the relevant information from the AHRQ report,” she said.
Kelly credits Otterbein for her success. “My Otterbein education was a tremendous help when it came to doing the meta-analysis of the evidence report/technology assessment on the Management of Acute Otitis Media: Update.”
“I am a good multitasker. I believe that is the nurse in me. I can juggle many things, I think it all works well for me because I truly love education, and that enables me to deliver the highest standard of care to my patients,” she added.
“I am in the first DNP cohort, 2013. It has been very challenging and rewarding. I have learned a tremendous amount during my DNP course work that will enable me to apply information gathered from the research and apply it to my practice setting.”