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Research and Technology

Nurses practicing at Rush Copley are catalysts for change and are responsible for unlocking the power of innovation within the nursing community. Nursing research shapes our practice and ultimately affects the care our patients receive. Transforming patient care at the bedside leads to enhanced patient outcomes and empowerment of our nurses.

Research and Scholarly Activities at a Glance

International Watson Caritas Comparative Database (IWCCD) Study

The purposes of this study are: 1) to apply the Watson Caritas Patient Score (WCPS) in a group of acute care institutions using a common professional practice model; 2) to build an accurate and reliable national comparative database; 3) to use the data for ongoing performance improvement and clinical investigations; 4) to improve the validity and reliability of the WCPS; 5) build a user-generated reporting tool and evaluate its utility to the end user and 6) to appraise the value of the database.  To carry out this project Rush Copley is partnering with the Watson Caring Science Institute.

The Anticoagulated Head Injured Trauma Patient:
Rapid Identification and Expedited Imaging for this Time Sensitive Patient

Purpose of this project was to design, develop and implement a process that rapidly identified, prioritized and expedited the imaging for the anticoagulated patient with a suspected traumatic brain injury.

IDPH Hemorrhage Project

Purpose is to decrease the incidence of maternal morbidity and mortality related to Hemorrhage in pregnancy and post partum patients. The New Project includes Quantified Blood Loss (QBL) for all patients every delivery until 2 hours post delivery, active management of the second stage of labor, protocol for patients refusing blood products and massive transfusion policy and protocol for Obstetrics.

ILPQC Hypertension Initiative

Purpose is to decrease the incidence of maternal morbidity and mortality related to Hypertension in pregnancy and post partum. Interventions include, education on proper blood pressure assessment by staff, treatment of severe range blood pressure within 30-60 minutes, policy for management of severe range blood pressure, and discharge education to patients with preeclampsia and follow-up appointment.

Improving Outcomes by Delaying Baby’s First Bath

Purpose to improve outcomes for newborns by delaying the bath, which includes: Hypothermia, Hypoglycemia, Bonding, Skin to Skin, Breastfeeding and parents satisfaction. The outcomes showed a 10% decrease in the incidence of Hypoglycemia among newborns, a 3 % decrease in Hypothermia and a 99% satisfaction rate among parents related to the process.

Magnet-Aspiring Hospital Nurses Perceived Value of Certification

The purpose of this study is to assess the perceived value of specialty certification among all registered nurses and the barriers to certification for non-certified nurses at Rush Copley.  The Perceived Value of Certification (PVCT)© instrument with additional demographic questions will be distributed via SurveyMonkey© and data will be analyzed by the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI).

Leadership Framework Development for Novice Nurse Leaders

Described as a 4-phased mixed-method study using descriptive statistics and grounded theory approach to formulate a leadership framework for novice nurses seeking the management/leadership route within the profession of nursing.  The American Organization Nurse Executives (AONE) Competencies captured in a model developed by the Healthcare Leadership Alliance in 2004 was utilized to make conceptual distinctions and organize ideas for the development of the structured framework for novice nurse leaders.

Hospital Based Educators’ Perception of Ability to Teach Critical Thinking

Accepted for Publication
Improve the hospital educators' perception of their ability to teach critical thinking.  Participants attended a one-day workshop on Critical Thinking/Clinical Reasoning by Keith Rischer and were surveyed on their perception to teach critical thinking at the conclusion of the workshop.  Outcomes showed an increase of the educators' perceived ability to teach critical thinking.

Implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program in a Community Hospital Setting

Accepted for Publication
A safe patient handling program was initiated using a multidisciplinary committee.  Staff coaches were put into place to support a transition to a minimal lift environment.  In the first year, patient handling injuries were reduced by 43% and lost time and associated expense was reduced 37%.  The second year goals include developing a model to support sustainable staff training and orientation, adding additional tools to support a minimal lift environment, and creating a protocol for floor recovery after a patient fall.

Disease-Specific Care: Spine Surgery Program Development

Accepted for Publication
A framework for the development of a spine surgery program was described to help guide organizations seeking disease-specific certification. In developing a comprehensive program it is critical to define the program’s mission and vision, identify key stakeholders, implement clinical practice guidelines, and evaluate program outcomes.  

Implementation of an Integrated Neuroscience Unit

Accepted for Publication
Neuroscience care must be patient-specific during the course of frequent acuity changes, and one way to achieve this is through a neuroscience-focused unit. This article describes the evolution of a neuroscience unit (NSU), layout, implementation strategies, education and competency, staffing and acuity, team approach and results. 

Multifaceted Comparison of Two Cryotherpy Devices Used After Total Knee Arthroplasty

Accepted for Publication
This study demonstrates the noninferiority of an ice/gel pack cryotherapy compression wrap compared to a circulating cold water cryotherapy device. This study also demonstrates that an institution can switch from the more expensive circulating cold water therapy device to a less expense ice/gel pack cryotherapy compression wrap at a substantial institutional savings without compromising patient satisfaction or outcomes.

The Effect of Nursing Quality Improvement and Mobile Health Interventions on Infant Sleep Practices: A Randomized Control Trial.

Author: Moon, R., Hauck, F., Colson, E.; et al.
Year: 2017
Journal: JAMA
In a 4-group cluster randomized clinical trial with 1263 families, mothers who received a mobile health intervention with regular text or email messages and videos reported statistically significant higher rates of placing their infants supine to sleep compared with mothers who received control interventions, room sharing without bed sharing, no soft bedding use, and any pacifier use. Rush Copley Medical Center was a participating hospital within the study.


Technology is changing the health care environment at warp speed and nurses at Rush Copley are leading the way. Nurses play a major role in the planning, implementation and evaluation of technological advancements throughout the health continuum.

Implemented advancements include:

  • the daVinci® XI Surgical System
  • a Stroke Robot to assist with audiovisual communications connecting patients to stroke neurologists at Rush University
  • Nurse Simulation Lab
  • Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) software
  • Lift Equipment to decrease patient handling injuries
  • Nurse Call System to support patient centered care delivery
  • Bar Code Medication Administration
  • Positive Patient Identification System (SOFT) for blood administration