ANCC Magnet Conference Presentations Interrupted by Hurricane Matthew

Rachel Catinella (left) and Katie Mann (right) presented on “A Wake-up Call for Nurses: Mitigating Sleep-related Risks in the Workplace” at the ANCC Magnet Conference in Orlando, Florida, until the event was called off early due to Hurricane Matthew.

Selected from among more than 2,000 poster entries, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s study, “A Wake-up Call for Nurses: Mitigating Sleep-related Risk in the Workplace,” was one of only 150 studies presented at this year’s American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Conference held in Orlando, Florida, originally scheduled from October 5-7, 2016.

Representing the group who performed the study were Katie Mann, Neurosciences Program Manager, and Rachel Catinella, Neurosciences Clinical Nurse Specialist. The research project focused on a comprehensive approach to improve patient safety and reduce nursing fatigue through an evidence-based sleep hygiene intervention.

“With close to 10,000 nurses attending the conference, it was a great opportunity to share our learnings, and in turn, learn from others about what new advances nurses are involved with throughout the country,” said Mann.

However; the conference became even more exciting than planned when Hurricane Matthew was forecast to hit Orlando, and evacuation orders were placed for the area. Conference organizers canceled the rest of the meeting at 12:30 p.m. on October 6, and Mann and Catinella searched for hours for a flight home in the middle of the storm. Fortunately, they and the other Mercy Health colleagues attending the conference were able to make it home safely.

Mercy Health applauds our nursing colleagues for being selected to present their study at the ANCC Magnet Conference, and for staying calm in the face of a hurricane.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s nurses paused from the ANCC Magnet Conference from October 5-6, 2016, to pose for a photo. Nearly 10,000 nurses attended this year’s conference before it was cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew.

To learn more about their research into nursing fatigue, email Leanna Krukowski at or attend the presentation at the Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Research & Evidence Based Practice Symposium on November 21, 2016.

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