Patient Care Services Research Symposium

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration
Room IA1010
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


The annual Patient Care Services 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 opens December 15, 2016 and closes February 24, 2017. 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 Location
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration & Light Breakfast Marlo Thomas Center
8:30 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. Opening Address:
Pam Dotson, MBA, RN, NEA-BC 
SVP-Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer
Marlo Thomas Center Auditorium
8:40 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Enhancing Pediatric Care through Research, EBP, and QI
Cheryl Rodgers, PhD, RN, CPNP, CPON
Marlo Thomas Center Auditorium
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Break and Poster Viewing Marlo Thomas Center
10:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Concurrent Sessions  
General Compassion Fatigue Research and Resources
 Angela Snyder, DNP, PNP-BC, CHPPN
Marlo Thomas Center
General Abstract Presentations:
Avoiding the Bite: Implementation of the St. Jude Advanced Warning Score (sJAWS) System
Sherry Johnson, MSN, RN, CPON, NE-BC; Wendy Hayes, BSN, RN, CPHON;  Regina Wilkes, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNL; & Asya Agulnik, MD, MPH
Buzzy Pain Relief Device:  Quality Improvement Project and Implementation
Katherine Bailey & Brittany O’Shea
Marlo Thomas Center
Advanced The Journey to Journal Publication From Start to Finish
Belinda Mandrell, PhD, RN, CPNP
Marlo Thomas Center
10:40 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. Break and Poster Viewing Marlo Thomas Center
11:10 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Concurrent Sessions  
General Panel: Parents’ Experiences with Research Participation
Panelists To Be Announced; Facilitator: Jim Mobley, MA
Marlo Thomas Center
General Abstract Presentations:
Pilot of the Transition Planning Checklist in the St. Jude Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic: A Quality Improvement Project
Karen Clark, PA-C & Margery Johnson, MSW, LCSW
Enhancing Safety Through Correct Identification of Patients in Central America
Courtney Sullivan, MSN, RN, CPHON, CPNP-AC
Marlo Thomas Center
Advanced Navigating the Research Process from Start to Finish
Susan Ogg, MSN, RN, CCRP
Marlo Thomas Center
11:50 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Poster Voting Marlo Thomas Center
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Afternoon Key Note Address:
Research Ethics

Robert J. Levine, M.D.
Marlo Thomas Center Auditorium
2:05 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions  
General Literature Search Strategies
Julie Edrington, MSLS
Marlo Thomas Center
General Collaborative Research: QOLA Kids Program
Justin Baker, MD & Melody Cunningham, MD
Marlo Thomas Center
Advanced Qualitative Research
Jami Gattuso, MSN, RN, CPON
Marlo Thomas Center
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Conference Closing and Poster Awards
Laura Connerley, DPT, PT
Marlo Thomas Center
3:00 p.m. Submit Evaluations Marlo Thomas Center

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.

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