Mari Sarian, recipient of the CANNT 2011 poster award (3rd place).
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Medical publishing (Achievements and awards)
Registered nurses (Achievements and awards)
Author: Sarian, Mari
Pub Date: 01/01/2012
Publication: Name: CANNT Journal Publisher: Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses & Technologists Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses & Technologists ISSN: 1498-5136
Issue: Date: Jan-March, 2012 Source Volume: 22 Source Issue: 1
Product: Product Code: 8043110 Nurses, Registered NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Persons: Named Person: Sarian, Mari
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Canada Geographic Code: 1CANA Canada
Accession Number: 283970459
Full Text: It was such a pleasure to win this poster presentation award, a nice way to thank all those who contributed to our project. Our poster was created in order to showcase a tool that was created to help peritoneal dialysis patients maintain an optimal fluid balance. The tool, "How do I choose a dialysis bag?" began as a Master's course requirement at the University of Ottawa. I undertook the project under the guidance of Professor Dr. Jacqueline Ellis who encouraged her students to develop projects based on real clinical issues. The issue of patients failing to choose the right dialysis bag was highlighted by the peritoneal dialysis clinic nurse, Nathalie Perreault. Afterwards, all members of the multidisciplinary team at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal contributed to the creation of the tool. Management provided the financial Support necessary to contract the services of a professional medical illustrator, Mrs. Linda van Inwegen. The entire process, however tedious, became a source of professional and personal satisfaction; what began as a course requirement has become a clinical tool that is utilized regularly by our patients. My colleagues, Diane Brault and Nathalie Perreault, and I thank CANNT for giving us the opportunity to share this tool with nurses in the nephrology community across Canada.

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By Mari Sarian, RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Hemodialysis, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, QC
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