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Nurses Showcase Evidence-Based Projects


Recently, three teams of registered nurses (RNs) from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's new Graduate Nurse Residency presented evidence-based practice project findings to the Nursing Practice Council on the following topics:

Foley Catheter Securement


  • Sophie Barrett, RN
  • Emma Hillmann, RN
  • Judith Hoffman Squire, RN
  • Nicole Lorenz, RN
  • Kyle Schwichtenberg, RN

Use of Abdominal Binders to Manage Orthostatic Hypotension


  • Maggie Bartholomew, RN
  • Lauren Petrich, RN
  • Jeannie Sikich, RN
  • Nicole Syverson, RN

G-Tube Stoma Care


  • Michael Frigo, RN
  • Rose Kacher, RN
  • Lindsay Kloppenburg, RN
  • Samantha Lieven, RN
  • Nerissa Tran, RN

About Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's New Graduate Nurse Residency Program


Our New Graduate Nurse Residency Program is a robust, planned, comprehensive infrastructure for newly graduated registered nurses to expand their knowledge, skills and attitudes. The program recently was recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs with the highest level of distinction.


It encompasses organizational orientation, practice-based experience and supplemental activities to promote nursing professional development. In the process, residents move from entry-level competence toward proficiency and expertise within the defined standards of practice for rehabilitation patient care. 

All RNs who have graduated from an accredited school of nursing (bachelor’s degree or master’s degree), have less than 12 months of experience, and have been working at the hospital for at least three months (having successfully completed their initial transition into practice experience on their designated unit) are eligible.

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