Patient Care Research Symposium

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration
Room IA1010
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


The annual Patient Care Research Symposium is sponsored by the EBP/Research Council. The program will feature posters and presentations on St. Jude research and evidence-based practice/quality improvement projects, as well as basic and advanced educational sessions about the research process. It is intended for nurses and allied health professionals at all levels who have an interest in research.


Online registration is open. Registration closes at midnight on April 26. Onsite registration will not be available.

Conference Objectives

  • Provide an educational forum for introductory and advanced research topics
  • Highlight recent research studies and improvement projects performed by nurses and allied health care providers
  • Foster the value of research in clinical practice​


Time Event
7:45 - 8:30 a.m. Registration & Light Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Key Note Address: Robin E. Mutz, MPPM, BSN, RNC, NEA-BC – SVP & Chief Nursing Executive, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Break & Poster Viewing
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. General Session: Statistics Overview – Breya Walker, MS
Advanced Session: Clinical- and Research-Focused Doctoral Preparation – Dawn Corneau-Dia, MSW, LCSW, Sarah Daniels, Samantha Ransone, PhD, RN, Angela Snyder
Abstract Presentations: Putting Evidence into Practice: Child Life PRAP Tool – Brittany O’Shea, HMBA, CCLS & Shawn Brasher; Practical Applications in Improvement Science: Delirium Screening – Marshay James, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC, CNE, CPEN
10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Break & Poster Viewing
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. General Session: Informed Consent & The Research Participant Advocate Role – Wendy Hayes & Rachel Barber
Advanced Session: The Journey to Journal Publication – Belinda Mandrell, PhD, RN, CPNP
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 1:50 p.m. Research Participation: The Patient's Perspective
1:50 - 2:00 p.m. Poster Awards
2:00 - 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. General Session: Interprofessional Simulation Training: The Latest Research – Tom LeMaster, MSN, Med, RN, CHSE, FSSH
Advanced Session: Research Methods for the Busy Clinician – Jami Gattuso, MSN, RN, CPON, Susan Ogg, MSN, RN, Donna Hancock, MSN, RN
Abstract Presentations: A Pilot of Pre-Shift Safety Huddles to Improve Quality, Patient Safety, and Staff Communication – Christopher Spencer, BSN, RN, CPN & Margie Kjellin, MSN, CPHON, CCRN; Promoting A Culture of Safety through Standardized Patient Identification Practices in a Central American Hospital – Courtney Sullivan, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC, CPHON
3:15 - 4:00 p.m. Optional St. Jude Campus Tour

Accreditation Statement

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.