August2010

I’m a GYN Nurse Practitioner. I had ovarian cancer. I missed the signs.

I have worked in OB/GYN for many years. I had experience with patients who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer and knew the symptoms well. However, the signs and symptoms are very vague, easy to ignore, and likely to be mistaken for other less serious illnesses. I missed them. And I, like[…]

Outside the Doors: Responding to Medical Emergencies in our Community

I was driving home on Route 50, on the last leg of a three hour car ride. My little boy and I were singing “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt” at the top of our lungs and I was thinking I could really use a coffee, when the cars in front of[…]

  1. Tom S.: My wife and I witnessed this accident happen right in front of us and stopped because she is in a…

  2. Kathleen Kelm: I was commuting across the Golden Gate Bridge to my job as a surgery clinic head nurse. My husband's quick…

  3. Denise: On a boat trip from St. Michaels back to Kent Island my family and I happened upon a young man…

The DAISY Award: Recognizing extraordinary nurses at AAMC

          What Is The DAISY Award? The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. It was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died of complications of the auto-immune[…]

  1. lil Bnachero: Keep those nominations coming!! In just 24 hours we have received 8 wonderful stories about the kind and compassionate care…

Quitting smoking: Is it ever too late?

Joanne H. Ebner, RN, BSN, COHN-S is a Cancer Prevention Nurse at AAMC. Her article, focusing on the importance of smoking cessation, even after a cancer diagnosis, was published in the July edition of the Oncology Nursing Society’s (ONS) newsletter, Prevention/Early Detection. As nurses, telling clients to quit smoking can be challenging. The[…]

How are Advance Directives like Dark Chocolate?

They are complex, intense, and often bittersweet. Although we use them in administering patient care every day, advance directives are often confusing to both the healthcare provider and the patient.  Research is going on right here at AAMC to help improve the way we give care to patients with advance[…]

  1. Barbara Dash: I would like to participate.

  2. Valerie Kinzer: I would be happy to participate

Back to School Project to Benefit Kids in our Community

The AAMC Commitment to Community Initiative is seeking school supplies to help local Anne Arundel County Elementary school students and Light House Shelter recipients with needed supplies for the upcoming academic year. A variety of supplies are needed, including: book bag (not rolling) highlighters pencil box rulers (in and cm)[…]

  1. Misa Ewing: AAMC staff contribute so much in our community in so many ways.... There are a variety of to deliver service…

What’s new with our Nursing Strategic Plan?

Commitment to the Community Co-leads: E. Misa Ewing, Emily Groves. Committee: Joan Sadler, Debbie Sears, Deshirle (Dee) Rowel, Dana Garver, Michael Owens, Diane Frank, Virginia Mooney, Vicky Tallerico, Meg Hutchings, Mary Ellen Tuma, Sabita Persaud Planning tour of new Light House Shelter this month. Partnering with Junior League of Annapolis[…]

Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week- August 1-7, 2010

        Did you know that if most new mothers would exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months of life, nearly 1,000 lives—as well as billions of dollars—could be saved each year? According to a recent study published in Pediatrics, current breastfeeding rates are suboptimal. And[…]

  1. Misa Ewing: Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants ROCK!! They provide services not only in our mom/baby and nicu population but also…

  2. Chona Hamrock RNC: Thank you to our wonderful team of AAMC Lactation Consultants! We appreciate your compassion, patience, dedication, and help. Our moms…