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Nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas to Present at Conference in Thailand
09/24/2012

DALLAS — Marina Reeves, B.S.N., RNC-LRN, a direct-care nurse in Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas’ newborn nursery, has been chosen to present at the 8th Biennial Joanna Briggs International Colloquium conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on Nov. 12-14.

Marina Reeves
Marina Reeves

The three-day event, "Channeling the Rivers of Knowledge to Improve Global Policy and Practice," brings together nursing experts and policy makers from around the world to improve health care by using evidence-based practices. Notable keynote speakers include Mr. Korn Chatikavanij, former finance minister of Thailand, and Dr. Karin Hannes from Cochrane Qualitative Review Methods Group of Belgium.

“I am honored and excited to present at this year’s conference,” Reeves said. “This event provides a forum for nurses, researchers, educators and healthcare leaders to share our unique skills and knowledge.”

In Thailand, she will present findings from her project, which moved newborn baby care evaluations traditionally delivered in the nursery — such as baby weight, baths and lab draws — into the mother’s room. The project was part of her work for Texas Christian University’s Evidence-Based Practice Fellowship program, which she graduates from this month.

“Our newborn nursery team is committed to creating strong mother-baby connections from birth,” Reeves said. “By performing these newborn assessments at the bedside, mothers do not miss vital information about their baby. They can feel comfortable knowing their baby is within reach, which also helps with successful breastfeeding and mother-baby bonding.”

Reeves has been chosen to present at the 8th Biennial Joanna Briggs International Colloquium conference.
Reeves has been chosen to present at the 8th Biennial Joanna Briggs International Colloquium conference.
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Reeves and her fellow nurses used education and role modeling to increase the number of newborn evaluations performed in mothers’ rooms from 10 to 65 percent. This dramatic change not only improved maternal confidence and baby bonding, but also had an unexpected positive impact on patient satisfaction scores around nurse courtesy, breastfeeding help and discharge instructions.

A leader inside and outside the hospital, Reeves is a Magnet champion for the newborn nursery unit. She is also an active member of the hospital’s research and outreach committees and North Texas Association of Neonatal Nurses.

“Marina is truly an inspiration, and I am extremely proud she’s part of our professional team,” said Cole Edmonson, D.N.P., R.N., FACHE, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at Texas Health Dallas. “Her evidence-based project is innovative and encourages lifelong learning for patients and their loved ones.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 866-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Dallas.

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