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    • Navigating ASD: Fostering Mental Health in Adolescents with ASD: Tailored Workshops for Emotional Regulation and Social Flourishing

      Coccia, Makayla; Noah, Amanda (2023-12-11)
      This project is a mock proposal to create a workshop that aims to allow children with ASD to improve emotional regulation during social interactions and well-being. The goal is to hold workshops that enhance participants’ emotional regulation, coping skills, and stress management, in order to enhance quality of life. This creates support, improves inclusivity, and develops social skills for those with ASD. Limited attention spans and sensory sensitivities are taken into account by incorporating engaging activities and a sensory-friendly environment. The workshop requires research to create curriculum, implementation, and collecting data on progress. Comparing before and after data results is beneficial to show the positive impact of these tailored emotional regulation programs on children with ASD.
    • Assessing Patients' Experiences in Radiology: Enhancing Comfort for Claustrophobic MRI Patients

      Vittorini, Jessica; DeLeon, Patrice (2023-12-11)
      Claustrophobia is a common fear experienced by individuals undergoing MRI scans, which can significantly impact their comfort and overall experience. During this senior project, various methods for alleviating claustrophobia in MRI patients were explored. The importance of addressing this issue to improve patient satisfaction, reduce scan disruptions, and enhance diagnostic accuracy was highlighted. These included pre-scan interventions such as patient education, communication, and counseling to manage anxiety levels effectively. The use of relaxation techniques like deep breathing exercises, meditation, or listening to calming music sounds during the procedure was also discussed. Healthcare workers can enhance the overall experience for their patients while ensuring high-quality imaging results.
    • Inculcate The Ultimate Kronos Group: Obtaining Insight

      Allen-Randazzo, Betty; Everitt, Amy (2023-12-11)
      This poster focused on the importance of the Ultimate Kronos System. This system is designed for employees to be a helpful tool used to check timecards, create schedules, request vacation, and more. For Mass General Brigham, the system wasn't easy to transfer over. The transition required going floor to floor around the hospital answering questions concerning UKG. In addition to being a guide for scheduling staff. UKG plays a major role in the staffing office. It's used on a daily basis as shown in the graph provided.
    • Ultimate Kronos Group System: New Hire Aid

      Valera, Yismeiry; Everitt, Amy (2023-12-11)
      This project focused on the New Ultimate Kronos Group (UKG) system. This healthcare employee based digital program gives employees access to personal functions such as self-scheduling, timecard punches, time off requests, shift swaps, and shift pick-ups. Through the UKG tool staff members can do things on their own time and correct discrepancy between their personal schedule and information. This poster contains information on the importance of high performing digital tools such as UKG to ensure employee engagement and performance. UKG will facilitate employees providing better care to the public. Included in the poster is an overview of the implementation process with some of the recurring issues staff members had. A survey was also conducted to measure the efficacy of the implementation materials and to receive any suggestions.
    • Resource Guide for Healthcare Professionals: Credentialing Providers and Information Verification

      Newell, Genevieve; Everitt, Amy (2023-12-11)
      Allergy & Asthma Specialists is a healthcare facility focused on providing treatment for individuals with allergies, asthma, or immunologic diseases. Credentialing and insurance verification is a complicated and timely process for healthcare facilities. The purpose of this project was to create a resource guide to assist current and future employees through the process of credentialing. Information was collected from 10 notable sources, detailing the significant steps during the credentialing process. The data indicated noteworthy steps of collecting provider information, updating a CAQH profile, verifying information, and completing status updates. This project resulted in the development of a resource guide to help employees through the complex process of credentialing.
    • Financial Monitoring and Independent Assistance at Bridgewell

      Uchendu, Jennifer; Noah, Amanda (2023-12-11)
      The core of Bridgewell's mission is to empower people with disabilities and other life challenges. This organization envisions a world in which everyone can accomplish goals, participate in communities, and lead satisfying lives, irrespective of their unique circumstances. Bridgewell, which is well-known for its creative and dynamic approach, offers a wide range of support services, such as day programs that encourage independence, residential care, and clinical and behavioral health treatments. By being involved in the community, the organization creates partnerships and promotes social inclusion. This project aims to improve residents’ financial independence through one-on-one financial monitoring; in order to achieve a success rate in accomplishing goals, encouraging efficient budgeting, and advancing long-term financial self-sufficiency.
    • Northeast Arc Journeys Day Program: Behavioral Supports and Reinforcements

      Narkevicius, Lukas; Everitt, Amy (2023-12-11)
      The objective of this Behavioral supports program was to reinforce good and desirable behaviors for individuals in the Northeast Arc Journey's Day Program. With the assistance and participation from staff at the program, tickets were awarded to individuals displaying appropriate behavior in hopes of seeing the good behavior replicate itself without the need for constant reinforcement. Feedback from staff, administration and individuals would alter any minor changes to the prizes awarded or to what behaviors were deemed appropriate to award. Feedback from staff was deeply considered, accepted, and eventually implemented when applicable. Data collected for this project represents both quantitative and qualitative values.
    • Patient Scheduling And Organization: Effectiveness Of MyChart Messages For Scheduling Follow Up Appointments

      Geysen, Jillian; Everitt, Amy (2023-12-11)
      Scheduling follow up appointments at Woburn Pediatrics is important to providing quality care for patients. This project focused on the effectiveness of "MyChart" messages. This process consisted of checking who was due for follow-up appointments and when, and then sending them a "MyChart" message that it is time to reschedule. The effectiveness of MyChart messages is dependent on how many people viewed and called the office to reschedule an appointment. After reviewing all of the MyChart messages I determined that out of the 350 messages, 284 appointments were scheduled. MyChart messages help dramatically with the scheduling process at Woburn Pediatrics.
    • Youth Outcomes in Various School Settings: Big Brothers Big Sisters Analysis of 2022 Matching

      Hall, Naomi; Everitt, Amy (2023-12-11)
      This study compares a public and private school within the Greater Boston area; The Thomas Edison and Sacred Heart Stem schools. Information was gathered through a database company called Salesforce. Within youth inquiries it shows evaluations recorded by volunteers, guardians, and youth who participate in this mentoring program. A randomized name generator was used to select the names of students of the Thomas Edison School because more matches were created at this school within 2022. Information on Salesforce is limited since everything is self-administered but after analyzing the results of strength and relationship evaluations (SOR) and guardian and youth (SEL) evaluations it was determined that there is an overall positive correlation of improvement in youth within six months.
    • Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution: Student Academic Meetings

      Lumumba, Teka; Everitt, Amy (2023-12-11)
      Crip Camp is a documentary that shows us a painful world that segregates disabled people from the non-disabled. The film poses a series of specific pains that disabled people experience and how they deal with it on an everyday basis. It showed how particularly painful experiences helped to impact a powerful movement for disability rights. The event I created to show the film "Crip Camp" was meant to educate students on campus about persons with disabilities.
    • Recovery Centers of America: Tracking Compliances

      Edugie, Efehi; Everitt, Amy (2023-12-11)
      Tracking COWS, CIWA, and Nursing Flow Sheets each shift and providing regular staff training are crucial steps towards providing high-quality care and improving recovery outcomes at the Recovery Centers of America in Danvers. By accurately tracking patient information and providing regular training to healthcare staff on the use of tracking tools, the healthcare team can work collaboratively to ensure that patients receive timely, appropriate care. This improved tracking and staff training can help ensure that patients receive the highest level of care possible and can lead to positive recovery outcomes. The Recovery Centers of America in Danvers are committed to serving their patients with the utmost care and compassion, and these steps contribute to achieving this goal.
    • eHana Database in the Operations Department

      Clement, Joana Ruth Daina; Everitt, Amy (2023-12-11)
      Electronic health records systems are essential to keep patients' and clients' information safe and secure from identity thieves and scammers. It is necessary to know the steps to navigate into the eHana (electronic health records) system to serve people better. The operations department at Bridgewell uses eHana to manage and upload files and documents from clients they serve. This project investigated how to navigate into eHana to help secure sensitive information for staff, faculty, and clients. It also considered how effective it is to use electronic health records, what can be included in the database, and how it works with the eHana database.
    • Health Advocacy and Promotion: Creating Changes in Fitness Programs that Target Accessibility

      Elkourum, Sofia; Everitt, Amy (2023-12-11)
      Accessibility is a general term used to describe one's ability to be able to perform. This project aimed to outline the issues that people with brain trauma experience and how that creates hardships for the individual. Activities were highlighted that we may not consider to be a privilege, but rather showcase that even simple tasks, like reading the time, can make their workout sessions extremely difficult. Before this internship project, cognitive and physical abilities were only documented, but resolutions were assumed. Now, there will be a section in patient charts that will include accommodations for participants who need more accessibility aid, not just during fitness sessions but for the entirety of their time at the facility.
    • Improving Motor Skills & Attention Span with Legos: Lego Group

      Asis, Carolina; Everitt, Amy (2023-12-11)
      The objective of this project was to improve autistic individuals’ motor skills and attention span with Lego activities. A group of 9 individuals were placed into 3 groups in order to gather data regarding their attention spans, to determine if any assistance was needed, and if they were able to follow the instructions of the building manuals. Each table had several sets of Legos and instruction manuals on how to build them, most of the sets were fairly simple so it would not be too challenging for some of the individuals. By the end of my project I found that the individuals’ attention spans had increased and the individuals needed little to no help building sets or reading through the instruction manual.
    • The Necessity For Disability In Social Work Education

      Mirick, Rebecca; Jarvis, Alexa (2023-05-01)
      Although over a quarter of the United States population has one or more disabilities, past studies and reviews of the social work curriculum indicate that students do not receive a well-rounded education on the topic. Building upon previous studies, this research study aimed to further understand social workers’ education around disability in their social work programs. Social work students and graduates (N=78) completed an anonymous online survey exploring this topic. Social workers strongly believe that this is an important topic for social work education. While most learned about mental health disabilities, fewer than half reported learning about other types of disabilities (e.g., cognitive/intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, hearing disabilities, visual impairments, invisible disabilities). Only one-third believed they had learned how to recognize ableism in practice. These findings suggest that while some programs include substantial disability content, other programs have substantial work to do in this area. Implications from this study urge social work programs to enhance visibility about disability in both the curriculum and the community. Most social work students understand the importance of disability education and wish it was covered more in the classrooms. The voices of disabled students indicate that disability is something that warrants more presence and celebration in social work programs. Another important implication is that the level of disability education a social work student receives is dependent on the program they attend, so disability is a topic that is being covered in some courses and programs. This demonstrates the need for consistency amongst accredited social work programs to ensure students are equally prepared to work with disabled clients.
    • The Need For Empathetic Care In The Healthcare System Is Essential To Build Patient-Physician Relationships: A Systematic Review Of Literature

      Everitt, Amy; Williams, Layla (2023-05-01)
      Patient happiness is a crucial aspect of healthcare that is frequently undervalued and oversimplified. Each patient has unique requirements that must be met. It is important that healthcare professionals respect patients' concerns and feelings about their care and treatment. Respect is a critical element of a high-performance healthcare team. It contributes to the development of a positive environment where patients feel respected as people, and staff can thrive in their care. In a setting where respect is valued, people perform better, are more creative, and show strong resilience. What one patient experiences or understands, another patient can feel very differently. It is necessary for healthcare providers to view their patients as more than just a source of earnings. Healthcare professionals must approach each patient with an awareness of their uniqueness and the goal of establishing a working relationship; this makes the experience for both the patient and the healthcare provider much more pleasant. To achieve a shared objective, a provider-patient relationship needs to be characterized by open communication and mutual trust. Furthermore, there is a lack of awareness of the value of compassionate care throughout the healthcare system, which would benefit both patients and healthcare professionals. Therefore, the goal of this study is to investigate the boundaries of appropriate empathy and communication between a healthcare provider and their patient. The findings of this study will help us understand patient experiences when there is increased empathetic communication between patients and healthcare professionals.
    • An Exploratory Analysis of the Lived Experiences of the Glass Sibling

      Simmons, Lamont; Ritchie, Abigail (2023-05-01)
      Glass siblings are siblings of individuals with disabilities or chronic physical or mental illnesses. While the literature is replete with information on individuals with disabilities, there is limited research about the lived experiences of glass siblings. This qualitative research study seeks to understand the experiences of individuals with siblings with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Three themes emerged from the study, including (a) Carrying Guilt, Anxiety, and Empathy, (b) Social Support is Essential, and (c) Doing What Needs to be Done. The overall findings implicate social work professional efforts that validate the glass siblings’ experiences, increase connections to adequate support, and mobilize resources that reduces stress related to caregiving.
    • The Nurses’ Thought on Physical Restraints in the Healthcare Setting

      Gawrys, Carol; Parada, Jennifer (2023-05-01)
      Background: In healthcare, patient safety is highly prioritized. Health care providers may care for patients who are mentally altered due to a medical condition. When a situation escalates and the safety of the patient or staff is at risk, it's up to the judgment of the nurse if physical restraints are needed. The purpose of this paper is to explore how the nurse thinks when physical restraints are indicated. Method: A systematic review of literature took place for the research of this paper. The databases used were PubMed and CINAHL. The time frame is 2017 to 2023 in order to stay up to date with the views on the subject. Keywords would be "United States of America," "Nursing Practice/Care," "Adult," "Physical Restraints," and "cognitive impaired." The adult population found in the non-psychiatric setting is the focus of this paper. Analysis: Articles mentioned how physical restraints should not be the first option. Nurses are trained to use other techniques in order to diffuse a situation. In emergency situations, the physical restraints can be placed without a medical doctor order, but must get order within the hour. When the patient is in restraints, they should still have access to care like drinking, toileting, and comfort. Conclusion: Physical restraints should be the last resort when it comes to keeping the patient/staff safe. When physical restraints are in effect, the nurse should follow hospital guidelines on physical restraints. The restraints should be immediately removed when it is no longer needed.
    • Early Detection And Preventative Methods Of Deep Vein Thrombosis In Postoperative Patients From A Total Joint Arthroplasty: A Review Of Nursing Literature

      Gawrys, Carol; Maggiacomo, Emily (2023-05-01)
      Deep Vein Thrombosis is a serious complication following any extensive surgery such as a total joint arthroplasty (TJA) where the entire joint is replaced. An analysis of existing literature was evaluated to identify the most effective course of action in regard to medication, intervention, patient assessment, and effective education of both the patient and the care team. Through this review, it was determined that to provide the most comprehensive care aimed toward preventing DVT occurrence, it would be beneficial to determine which medication not only works the best but makes the most sense for the patient in regard to finances and side effects. Furthermore, ensuring that there are clear guidelines or policies provided by the institution for assessments of the patient both preoperative and postoperative to determine risk and or occurrence of signs and symptoms indicative of a developing thrombus. Such assessment would entail a comprehensive head-to-toe assessment, imaging, and blood tests to identify a baseline prior to surgery that can be compared to any results following. Finally, it was ascertained that providing the client with education and evaluating their understanding of their risk and concerning signs is crucial to the early detection of such a disorder. Equipping the care team with this knowledge and tools, it should help in the decrease of occurrence and or severity of DVT following a TJA due to early action and identification.
    • Treatments for Adolescents Affected by Eating Disorders: A Systematic Review of Literature

      Frost, Marion; Lessieur, Kaleigh (2023-05-01)
      A systematic literature review (analysis) for treatment options for patients diagnosed with eating disorders or predisposed to risk behaviors. Eating disorders are a mental health concern that affects many adolescents, who are more at risk due to certain behaviors such as body dissatisfaction or distortion, circadian rhythm disorders, or other diagnoses of mental/physical health such as obesity, poor nutrition, anxiety, depression, for example. This review is for the purpose of awareness of evidence-based practice in treatment and how care of patients in treatment plans can be improved in order to provide the best quality.