SJR State nursing student presents at ARN’s 41st Annual Educational Conference

Veronica Charltray “The New Trend of Healthcare Reimbursement Systems: CompleteCare,” an abstract prepared by Veronica Charltray, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) student at the St. Johns River State College Orange Park campus, was selected for a poster presentation at the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) 41st Annual Educational Conference. Over 230 abstracts were submitted this year, and Charltray’s was one of 140 selected to be presented at the “Beyond Survival: Practice, Policy and Partnerships” conference held recently in New Orleans, LA.

According to ARN, “Poster presenters are evaluated using criteria that ensures that each poster will help support the purpose of the ARN Educational Conference, to provide attendees with opportunities for lifelong learning and promoting excellence in the provision of rehabilitation nursing care.”

Associate Dean of Nursing and SJR State’s BSN Director Billie Blake, Ed.D, MSN, BSN, RN, CNE, said, “Ms. Charltray’s poster presentation is a reflection of an important component of the role of the professional nurse through integrating evidence-based practice into contemporary healthcare delivery and by sharing the knowledge gained through presentations to others.”

Charltray, who is in her final semester at SJR State and was also one of four recipients awarded a $1,200 continuing education scholarship in 2013 from the Florida State Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (FSARN), said, “The diversity of nurses and their dedication and efforts to develop multiple projects based on evidence practices may have a tremendous impact on the quality, delivery, and cost of care.”

Charltray explained that nurses who viewed her poster at the conference appreciated how easy it was to read and understand because of the simplicity and layout. Charltray’s clutter-free abstract and background color “helped readers focus on the information,” she said. Additionally, the poster was useful for helping “the role of nurses as team navigators generate new knowledge in transition of care across settings,” Charltray stated.

Charltray’s poster, sponsored by Brooks Rehabilitation, explained that “the CompleteCare program was initiated in order to create multiple care innovations where the outcomes and quality of care are no longer defined as what happens in one setting, but rather what happens over time. This collaborative effort through the CompleteCare initiative allows nurses to create a complete overview of care during the transition process in multiple settings that focuses on improving care delivery, quality, experience, and functional level, which may be linked to lower the costs of healthcare.”

The objective listed on the poster stated that “a three-year demonstration pilot project was conducted” by Brooks Rehabilitation “to determine whether a transition of care process by nurses as Care Navigator Team from pre-admission through the ‘episode of care’ helped reduce the use of emergency departments and hospital readmissions, enhanced patient, family, and caregiver engagement and satisfaction, and decreased the cost of care.”

Charltray said, “I remember the nurses from California, Texas, and North Carolina took pictures of my poster as a guide for when they are ready to present their own posters in the future. Some nurses sent the pictures to their nurse managers.”

Charltray was honored to have participated in ARN’s 41st Annual Educational Conference and has already begun working on her submission for next year. “Through the guidance and support of Dr. Blake, my capstone project on SBAR (situation-background-assessment-recommendation) could be a great idea to present for both poster and paper, as a case study presentation, where I would have to stand at the podium and speak in front of my fellow nurses,” she said. “If my abstract is not accepted for the national, I will try for the local conference, which will be held in Orlando this summer.”

Billie Blake, Ed.D, MSN, BSN, RN, CNE, SJR State’s associate dean of nursing and director of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is pictured with SJR State BSN student Veronica Chaltray. Chaltray created an abstract that was selected out of 230 submissions for a poster presentation at the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses 41st Annual Educational Conference held in New Orleans, LA.