From theory to practice: using tools gained from research for improved patient care

More and more nurses at UT Southwestern Medical Center are getting involved in research to enhance their clinical skills, helping them stay on the leading edge of high-quality patient care.

Two such examples of dedication in action include DaiWai Olson, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, and Neurological Surgery, and Amanda Dirickson, ANP-C, SCRN, Senior Clinical Provider, and Stroke Outreach Coordinator. They were both recently in Boston to participate in the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) 49th Annual Educational Meeting in March.

DaiWai Olson on stage
DaiWai Olson, Ph.D., R.N.
Amanda Dirickson at podium
Amanda Dirickson, ANP-C, SCRN

Dr. Olson took part in an interactive session titled “What’s Wrong with My Patient? Deciphering the Assessment Dilemma Through Interactive Anatomy and Case Studies” and, as Editor of the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, he also met with AANN members seeking advice on writing articles for publication.

Dirickson gave a podium presentation based on a study she is conducting as a PI called HER-Stroke (Helping to Educate Women about the Risk of Stroke). Her talk title was "Changing Women’s Stroke Education through a Quality Improvement Study."