Recent Submissions

  • Developing a Powerpoint that Educates Incoming Staff and Interns about the Cath Lab Department: Highlighting the Significance and Impacts of TAVR Procedures on Patients

    Taylor, Jalani; Shilo, Amanda; Sweeney, Michele (2022-08-15)
    The Stamford Hospital Cath Lab department is an area where cardiac procedures such as TAVR and angiograms are performed. The laboratory consists of multiple healthcare specialists that all play a key role in these various procedures. For this poster the main tasks involve educating incoming staff and interns in the cath lab department about transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures, along with emphasizing the significance of it. To add on, the interns and staff must also be informed about the complexity of these procedures in order to improve their knowledge and skills in this department. Aside from that, the methods that will be implemented is collecting pieces of data on patients regarding this procedure while forming it into bar graphs. Overall, the main goal will be to have incoming staff and interns be aware of how TAVR procedures is such a critical aspect to this department and how it impacts the healthcare community.
  • Individual Treatment Plan: Thirty Day Check in and Discharge of Cardiac Rehab Patients

    O'Mera, Molly; Sweeney, Michele (2022-08-15)
    This undergraduate internship was to show the importance of participating in a cardiac rehabilitation program after heart surgery and the importance of living a heart healthy life. The cardiac rehabilitation program at Anna Jaques Hospital (MA) includes an initial, holistic assessment and patient goal setting followed by scheduled re-assessments and a physician’s approved discharge. The intern’s project demonstrated their ability to conduct scheduled re-assessments and discharges of select patients. Facilitated by the student intern, the patients demonstrated growth in the following areas upon their discharge: exercise workloads, frequency of exercise, healthy nutrition choices, reduced stress levels. Patient two was not able to reach their ITP discharge nutritional goal.
  • Rock Painting: A Suitable Community Project For People With Developmental And Intellectual Disabilities

    Lamour, Walky; Everitt, Amy; Sweeney, Michele (2022-08-15)
    Rock painting is a suitable project for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. It is designed to develop fine motor skills, social skills, and to unlock artistic potential, which create opportunities to serve their community by engaging themselves in decorating public spaces. Rock painting projects involve teaching and leisure activities. Participants were taught how to hold and use multi-purpose acrylic paints and paint brushes, and were also taught the art of community as part of ensuring their integration. Activities involved going outside to pick rocks and outdoor exploration. Also included was the art of engaging in creativity like mixing paints and drawing. The people involved in the program took part in hiding and finding rocks, and decorating a place in their community with the painted rocks.
  • Impact of Controlled Exercise Programs on Balance and Coordination: A Case Study of Stroke Survivors

    Stefanski, Anastasia; Everitt, Amy (2022-08-15)
    The purpose of this project was to monitor and record the progress of coordination and balance by using a controlled exercise program in stroke survivors. All participants had predetermined goals of improving coordination and balance, which helps improve ambulation and other functionality. The exercise routines of each participant were designed carefully by professionals in the field of exercise science using proven techniques focusing on the upper body, lower body, core strengthening, and transition to standing and walking. Implementing consistent exercise programs to improve balance and coordination over ten weeks also resulted in transferable functionality in the participants' daily lives, including increased independence for daily living activities and enjoyment.
  • Striving For Quality & Accurate Data Collection

    Betek, Emmanuel; Sweeney, Michele (2022-08-15)
    Service providers rely on precise and valuable data to deliver effective, person-centered care to acquired brain injury individuals. The purpose of this internship was to educate staff and improve their daily reporting of individuals’ data. Individual data collection was not always recorded because of challenges staff faced. Challenges included newly hired staff that were not trained and passwords that had expired. The role of the student intern was to problem solve and develop solutions that would increase data intake. Solutions included educating staff and providing a meaningful rationale for accurate data collection. Due to the student intern’s interventions, all staff improved the quality and quantity of data collected.
  • Medical Document Renovation: Utilizing the eHana System to Improve Client Record Content

    Kallo, Kadiatou; DeLeon, Patrice (2022-08-15)
    The implementation of technology to aid in healthcare processes such as data storage aims to provide ease of medical documentation through improved data accessibility. Using the eHana system, health outcomes were improved. This project involved examining the efficacy of transitioning from paper medical records to the eHana system for a safer, faster way to access patient records and provide treatment. The results showed that during the transition, more than 40 clients’ medical records were transferred to a securer, more convenient electronic space weekly.
  • Hospital Employee Satisfaction: Best Practices in Staffing Ineffectiveness Prevention

    Busane, Bertille; DeLeon, Patrice (2022-08-15)
    This project investigated the issues that prevented staffing effectiveness at Tewksbury Hospital. Project objectives included identifying staffing issues and uncover strategies to improve their overall effectiveness. Interviews were conducted on 18 staff members of various ethnic backgrounds and from multiple departments within the hospital. The interview consisted of eight questions regarding staff satisfaction with their jobs and their overall work environment. Results showed that most staff members are not completely satisfied with their jobs (including their compensation and workload). Hospital leadership seeks to utilize the results of the survey to improve staffing effectiveness. Some suggestions from the interview included revising staff compensation, providing physical and mental health support for staff, and encouraged flexibility and understanding of staff needs.
  • Sensory Overload in a Workout Environment: Managing Sensory Overload After a Traumatic Brain Injury

    Barrows, Amber; Everitt, Amy (2022-08-15)
    This case study analyzed a participant over a ten week period in an exercise environment dealing with sensory overload after a Traumatic Brain injury. The project was designed to learn what triggers the participant and makes them feel overstimulated, and to learn how to minimize those triggers and better manage their overstimulation while working out. Working closely with the participants twice a week for 10 weeks, a behavioral log was created to keep track of the environment around him and any triggers that could have caused the participant to feel overstimulated. The results have shown that loud noises and sudden movements have been a main trigger, along with being over instructed during his workout routine.