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    Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Policies of National Nursing Organizations
    (2023-07-24) Jolley, Chandra; Peck, Jessica; Louise Herrington School of Nursing; Baylor University.; Baylor University. Louise Herrington School of Nursing
    Systemic racism is a recognized public health issue that continues to plague populations of color. Current evidence-based research relating to implicit bias in healthcare highlights how providers contribute to this problem directly and indirectly. Efforts are ongoing to define implicit bias (IB), identify affected populations, and create study designs with scientific rigor to evaluate provider understanding of IB and its effect on patient care. However, IB hinders the healthcare system and leads to inequalities, adverse health outcomes, and disparities for patients of color. Isolated efforts have taken place to educate nurses and provide approaches to address inequalities and the systemic elements that engender unhealthy patient outcomes. This article reviews national nursing organization policy efforts to address systemic racism and implicit bias while providing an inclusive platform to examine the issue and create diverse and equitable strategies to promote optimal health outcomes.
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    Using Evidence-Based Practice to Improve Interprofessional Communication During Emergent Birth Center Transfers
    (2023-07-24) McCullough, Alisha; Peck, Jessica; Louise Herrington School of Nursing; Baylor University.; Baylor University. Louise Herrington School of Nursing
    The purpose of this project was to implement an emergent birth center transfer communication tool and mock drill exercises to improve communication and collaboration among birth center Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs), local emergency medical services (EMS), and receiving hospital staff during emergent perinatal birth center transfers. The objectives of this project were to: 1. Improve interprofessional communication and collaboration. 2. Consistently transport emergent transfer patients to MCM, a level II facility where CNMs have admitting privileges. 3. Consistently use emergent birth center transfer form for each patient admission and transport. 4. Increase paramedic knowledge of perinatal emergencies and midwifery scope of practice.