DECEMBER 12, 2013 – Seniors in the health care management & policy major at the School of Nursing & Health Studies presented posters yesterday detailing the projects they had completed at sites in the D.C. area.
The students developed the projects during the fall semester as part of their senior internship course, taught by Patricia Cloonan, PhD, chair of the Department of Health Systems Administration.
“We were delighted to see the results of the students’ work this semester and to welcome many of their preceptors to the poster session,” she says. “The internship course and related project are a capstone and allow our students to apply the knowledge they’ve gained in the classroom in a real-world setting.”
Princess Polidore (NHS’14), one of the student presenters, detailed her work at La Clinica del Pueblo, a federally qualified health center that provides free, culturally appropriate health services in the Latino community.
“It gave me a hands-on experience to get a behind the scenes look at administration,” says Polidore, who worked on a performance improvement tool for physicians.
Classmate Chelsea Redman (NHS’14) conducted a multipart project focusing on administrative operations at HOYA Clinic, a student-led organization in the old District of Columbia General Hospital that provides free care to the city’s homeless and uninsured.
“It was a rewarding experience,” she says. “I was able to work with multiple hospital departments and learned the importance of clear, concise communications.”
Quality of Care
Alexis Reineke (NHS’14), who recently earned her yellow belt through Lean Six Sigma, highlighted her project on improving venous thromboembolism (VTE) core measure compliance at a local hospital.
“I loved it,” she says. “I was very blessed with my internship experience. I attended board and managerial meetings. I got to tour different units. It was great from a networking experience.”
Through his internship at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Christopher Kennedy (NHS’14) looked at best practices and documentation related to hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.
“I find it a very interesting topic and very applicable to everything I learned in the major,” he says. “It was good to dive in on my own and work on this individually to logically think through the steps to come up with this.”
William Johnson (NHS’14) notes that the internship at MedStar Georgetown was his first professional experience in a clinical setting. He worked on a clinical visit compliance project.
“Everyone was really helpful,” he says. “You learn about this [material] for three years. It was great to see how things actually work as opposed to reading about them or seeing a PowerPoint slide.”
By Bill Cessato