April2010

Nurses and Hospital Week: Why do you celebrate?

Giving thanks, recognizing our staff, and acknowledging the contributions that nurses make every day is a big part of the reason we celebrate Nurses Week every year. Another equally important reason is to remind the public of nursing’s contributions to the health and well-being of the nation. Why do you celebrate? Please[…]

  1. Sue O'Connor: I was blown away by the wonderful events of Nurses Week. The dinner, the awards, the terrific speaker, the Nurse…

  2. Denise Schmitt: This is one of my favorite weeks of the year! I love the fact that we can celebrate nursing and…

  3. Carol Fickinger: Don't forget you can be the first to fill out the Nursing Satisfaction Survey at the PNC booth during the…

“The RN Satisfaction Survey: No Magic Mirrors Needed” by Cathaleen Ley, PhD, APRN, BC

Mirror, mirror on the wall… a little honest self-reflection is good for all of us. It helps us to see where we are excelling and where we may need to improve. Here at AAMC, we are able to do just that during the upcoming R.N. Satisfaction Survey. We take the[…]

“Now that’s HOT!” by Deb Keane, R.N.

Ever have one of those days when you feel as if you have worked like a dog…and nobody even noticed? Well, the hard work you do is appreciated. And now, your coworkers, patients, and visitors have a way to show their thanks. Last May, AAMC launched the Honor Our Team (HOT)[…]

  1. Margaret Wyatt: I think the HOT cards are great. Having an organized way of recognizing a "job well done" makes it easier…

  2. Linda: I think the hot cards are a good idea; I have completed several to acknowledge personnel outside of my unit…

  3. carol b: These are a great and quick way to recognize our co-workers for the great work they do every day. Continue…

  4. Cathaleen Ley: The development and use of the Hot Cards are yet another example of how the PNC contributes to making AAMC…

  5. Christine: The HOT cards are displayed every month and are a great way to recognize employees and teamwork that happens daily…

Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Week–April 18-24

AAMC is fortunate enough to have two certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses, Irene Repka, RN, BS, CWOCN and Michelle Perkins, RN, BS, CWON. WOC nurses are lifesavers for patients with wounds, ostomy and continence conditions. Their advanced education equips these nurses to treat special conditions and provide counseling, teaching and emotional[…]

  1. Anita M. Smith, RN, Nurse Manager Wound/Diabetes Center: Thank you Dr. Chappell for your kind words. You are absolutely correct. Their wound/ostomy assistance is valued not only to…

  2. James Chappell, MD: We here at AAMC are extraordinarily lucky to have Irene and Michelle available to us for our wound/ostomy patients. I…

“Summer Nursing Conventions, Near and Far” by Amy Titmus, MSN, RNC

From May 15-20, the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) is coming to Washington D.C. for the very first time. NTI is sponsored by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). This year’s theme is Act with Intention. Designed by President Beth Hammer,  encouraging us to ask[…]

  1. Sue O'Connor: Oncology Nursing Society will be in San Diego, Ca in May.

“Do No Harm” by Charlotte Wallace, RN

I’m sure, like me, you have walked into a restaurant’s bathroom and upon opening the door, heard the hiss of their well-intended air freshener. As pleasant as smelling strawberries is compared to the base scent, have you ever stopped to think what it is you are inhaling into your lungs? I can[…]

  1. Juli Butler: Charlotte, Thank you for the informative article. It is so important for us to be aware of how AAMC is…

  2. Charlotte Wallace: Just wanted to remind everyone not to get "green-washed"! Just because it says "natural" or "green" doesn't mean it is…

  3. Kara Flaherty: Great article Charlotte!

  4. Kerry Blume, RN: Way to go Charlotte! : )

KidWalk 2010

Date:  May 8, 2010 Location:  Navy Marine Corps Stadium Time:  Walk begins at 8:00 a.m. KidWalk is a 5K for families, adults, youth groups, community organizations, companies, and caring individuals to benefit six Annapolis charities: the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, the Light House Homeless Shelter,[…]