March2011

AAMC staff and HELPS International – changing the lives of children and families in South America

This February, Lynn Buckingham, R.N., John Avallone, M.D., Walter Scott, S.T., and I arrived in Rio Hondo, Guatemala to spend five days providing surgical care to a needy population. This is now our third medical relief trip with HELPS International, a non-profit organization working in Central America to alleviate poverty[…]

  1. Cheryl Walker, RN: I know how these nurses feel. It is truly satisfying to help those who have no access to health care…

Patient- and family-centered care made a difference to my family—an AAMC nurse’s story

It’s hard to believe that 29 years ago when I was hired to work in the ICU at AAMC, we only permitted family members to visit for 15 minutes, four times per day. Labor & Delivery was light years ahead of us. They permitted the woman giving birth to have[…]

  1. Holly Greever: Sandy. This is a lovely story. I am proud to work where we consider all of the needs of the…

  2. Carrie Jackson: Wonderful story, Sandy! Labor & Delivery has always seen the value in patient family centered care. Seeing Brian Boyle's motivational…

  3. Deb Keane: What a wonderful testimony to the culture change we have made here at AAMC regarding out patient family centered care…

  4. Debbie Whitehead: Congratulations Sandy. It's great that you were able to be a part of the birth of your granddaughter with your…

  5. katie boston: Sandy What a great story. This truly validates the effort that everyone has put into this initiative. Stories like this…

Picker Institute awards Always Events grant to AAMC

Patient- and family-centered care is a priority for us here at AAMC–and people are taking notice. This week, Picker Institute, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving patient-centered care, announced that it had awarded a matching grant to AAMC. The grant is being administered under Picker Institute’s Always Events /Always Experiences[…]

  1. Tori Bayless: Congratulations to all on receiving this grant. It will help in accelrating our efforts in PFCC. The other 19 organizations…

Lights, camera… action! AAMC’s Nurses Week 2011 Video Challenge

Ready for some fun? Our second annual Nurses Week Video Challenge is underway. This year, the theme is patient- and family-centered care! Lead your unit or department to create a video showcasing the ways that AAMC nurses demonstrate patient- and family-centered care. Now for the challenge. You must include each[…]

The 3 W’s of Recycling at AAMC

When, where, and what? WHEN: Starting Wednesday, March 30. WHERE: Single stream recycling cans will be placed throughout the hospital. You’ll find them in nourishment rooms and common areas such as waiting rooms, cafeterias and cafes.  WHAT can be recycled?: Non-confidential papers, including phone books, magazines, newspapers Non-broken glass, including[…]

  1. Vince Ferrari: I'm very happy to see this happening in the hospital. Unfortunately, however, this program does not seem to extend to…

  2. Emily: yeah!! Thanks E.A.R.T.H. committee members for helping make this happen! Way overdue, and like everyone else - very happy recycling…

  3. Megan Tyler: I am so excited we are bringing recycling to the unit level! I bring home my plastic and glass drink…

  4. Maria Moody: This is awesome! I'm so happy because I was really getting tired of feeling guilty for throwing this stuff away…

  5. Deb Keane: I think this is just a marvelous way to give back and I am so glad to be working at…

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Social media @ work, what’s okay?

More than two-thirds of online Americans visit social networking sites like Twitter, blogs, and wikis. About 175 million of us log into Facebook every day. As nurses who use this technology, it’s okay to post work stories or vent about a hectic day as long as we don’t talk about[…]

  1. Jean Phillips: I appreciate this information being posted, and, agree with Carol Lacher. I cannot imagine anyone doing intentional malicious posts, but,…

  2. Carol Lacher: Great news for many of us that us email, blog, and twitter everyday as my mother used the pencil and…