Fellow Dr. Underdahl Presented at Wyvern Conference

Fellow Dr. Underdahl Presented at Wyvern Conference

Dr. Louise Underdahl, Research Fellow at the Center for Healthcare Research within the UOPX School of Advanced Studies, recently attended the Wyvern Publishing Group's peer-reviewed 2015 Multidisciplinary Academic Conference in Orlando, Florida. 

The University of Phoenix hosted Wyvern's first conference at their new state-of-the-art Orlando campus facility and provided a collegial atmosphere for the 24 presentations.  Since there was no segmentation by discipline, all attendees were able to hear all presentations and engaged in spirited interactive discussions after each session. Topics encompassed business and leadership, trends in education, and health care administration.  Attendees included University of Phoenix faculty and students, who traveled from Brazil, California, Texas, New York, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida.  A networking social hour took place on Monday evening and facilitated further collaboration.

Dr. LaRee Moody and Dr. Underdahl collaboratively presented their case study of Associate Degree Nurses' attainment of work-based competencies, which stimulated considerable discussion.  Here is the abstract of the paper:

The U.S. Department of Labor delineated five essential workplace competencies for success in high performance jobs.  Competencies include the use of resources, information, interpersonal skills, systems, and technology.  For greater than 25 years the Institute of Medicine and major nursing organizations have maintained associate degree nurses lack workplace readiness skills necessary for safe and effective health care delivery.  Hospitals are complex work environments that require teamwork, resource utilization, collaboration, and advanced knowledge in technology.  The lack of workplace readiness skills in associate degree nurses is associated with poor patient outcomes and high nurse turnover rates.  The purpose of this qualitative explanatory case study was to develop an understanding of how new graduate nurses from associate degree programs develop basic workplace competencies.  Twelve associate degree new graduate nurses from a large hospital in North Florida participated in the study.  Data collection included semi-structured interviews, observation, and field notes.  Analysis of the data was accomplished by breaking down, sorting, and reassembling the data.  Findings indicated ADNs could not identify the five basic workplace competencies necessary for the health care environment and did not develop workplace competencies within the first year of employment.  The overall conclusion is practical workplace competencies are necessary in the academic curriculum to promote patient safety, increase patient outcomes, and retain nurses.  Recommendations for practice include incorporating workplace competencies into the ADN curriculum and educational experiences to enhance the transition from education to practice.

 The Wyvern website will be updated soon with photographs and the Proceedings, which contain abstracts from each presentation.  The next Wyvern conference is scheduled for March 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia.  Wyvern plans to host conferences in various geographical locations in the future.  

For additional information, please contact Brett A. Gordon, PhD, Managing Editor and Conference Chair: Brett.Gordon@wyvernpublishinggroup.com