Every Drop Counts: Positive Reinforcement in Increasing Hand Hygiene

Hand hygiene compliance has shown to be low in both the healthcare and public setting. This study evaluates the rates of hand hygiene compliance of a regular hand sanitizer dispenser to one with a positive reinforcement visual usage count. Each machine was individually observed for cafeteria visitor's hand hygiene usage or refusal.


The Effect of Live Music as an Intervention on Antepartum Patients

This project examines the effect of playing live, violin music at the bedside of high-risk pregnant patients staying in the Perinatal Special Care Unit at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns. Before and after the music session, blood pressure, heart rate and mean arterial pressure were measured.


Effects of Strength-Based Development on Resilience in Undergraduate Nursing Students

This study focuses on the effects of strength-based interventions on the resilience of sophomore nursing majors at Point Loma Nazarene University. Main emerging themes include positive peer to peer interaction, stress reduction, and fighting burnout.


The Significance of Comprehensive Sex Education in Relation to Sexual Health at a Private Christian University

STIs are increasing in the U.S., particularly among college-age students. One potential factor is the amount of variance among sex education curriculum in the U.S. To combat knowledge gaps and increase awareness related to safe sexual activity among college students, a sex education seminar was offered at PLNU.


A Comprehensive Review of Maternal Mortality Rates in the United States and Other Developed Nations

Maternal mortality rates are a reflection of the overall health and quality of healthcare within a country. While the majority of developed countries have seen a decrease in maternal mortality rates over the past few decades, the United States has seen an increase in rates.


Evidence-Based Diabetes Prevention Program for Latino Pre-Diabetics in City Heights

This project developed a program for Latino individuals in the City Heights area focused on preventing adult onset diabetes. A review of the literature demonstrated that multiple barriers put this population at risk. These barriers include low socioeconomic status, food culture, fatalism, low health literacy, family history of diabetes, language barriers, low food availability, lack of transportation, putting family needs over their own, and fear of the healthcare system due to immigrant status.


Helping Babies Breathe: Neonatal Resuscitative Teaching to Midwives in Ghana, West Africa

The American Academy of Pediatrics designed Helping Babies Breathe (HBB), an educational program for low-resource areas. This project implemented a modified HBB program to teach neonatal resuscitation skills to four midwives in rural Ghana. The midwives averaged pre-test scores of (a) 39.2%, (b) 37.5% and post test scores of (a) 71.4%, (b) 83.7%. This train-the-trainer framework has resulted in one midwife continuing the teaching to hospitals in the region.


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