Nurses Share Stroke Education Insights at International Conference

Representing UF Health nursing excellence, Meghan Bailey, MSN, RN, CCRN, nurse specialist for the adult Critical Care Units and Nicolle Davis, PhD, RN, SCRN, ASC-BC, FAHA, UF Health stroke program coordinator, appeared at the International Stroke Conference held in Dallas, Texas, earlier in February. The pair of nurses served as representatives for their demonstration project, which aims to improve stroke care in the hospital through online stroke curriculum.

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According to the pair, nurses play a key role in caring for stroke patients. However, the more knowledge related to delivering stroke care a nurse has at their disposal, the better patient outcomes that result. Their project focuses on this need for improved stroke education by creating a stroke curriculum educational series to transform the availability of cutting-edge stroke knowledge at UF Health Shands.

Their work integrates a virtual escape room to help clinicians navigate stroke care situations they might encounter at the bedside. Once their research has concluded, Bailey and Davis hope that all nurses at the UF Health system will be able to benefit from this new resource.

“Nurses are the backbone of healthcare and I want to be able to provide them with the best tools to feel competent and confident in treating stroke patients,” Davis said “With this research project, we aim to learn from their knowledge acquisition with taking our stroke curriculum educational series and improve upon how we deliver education to our nursing force.”