June2011

Nursing Strategic updates – a year in review

Let’s celebrate the accomplishments of our staff and the Nursing Strategic initiatives! Look at all we’ve achieved over the last year… Care Delivery Model Developed house-wide process for advisor intake, with 19 advisors total Created Visiting and Wayfinding Taskforces Formally converted Visiting Taskforce to Patient- and Family- Advisory Committee Implemented[…]

Reaching out to our colleagues in Joplin – how can you help?

Cate Loch, an AAMC family member for many years, now resides in Joplin, Mo.–and has reached out to AAMC to ask for our help.  She is working with the City of Joplin to collect gently used scrubs for the medical, dental and veterinarian staff who have lost their homes.  As you may recall,[…]

  1. Charlote Wallace on behalf of Cate Loch: AAMC has sent 2 huge boxes packed with scrubs that were left over from the Nursing Grand Rounds Scrub Swap.…

  2. Charlote Wallace on behalf of Cate Loch: Count of staff members who have lost their homes is now around 450. Received this posting on "Scrubs for Joplin"…

  3. Charlotte Wallace: From AAMC, official Facebook page from Cate Cassel Loch: I met a young lady today wearing a hospital I.D. They…

AAMC Nurses, what do we own?

What do you own that is important to you—a home, a car, the latest electronic device, or maybe a pet? Now think even bigger. If you are a nurse at AAMC, you own patient care outcomes. While nurses do practice within a multidisciplinary context, there are specific outcomes on which[…]

What’s the average age of a Registered Nurse?

47. It is estimated that by 2012, nurses in their 50’s will account for almost one quarter of the RN population. “The Aging Workforce: Retaining the Older Nurse and Promoting Healthy Lifestyles” was one of the breakout sessions during the Nurses Strategic Retreat (see Knowledge, caring, and hula hooping – the[…]

  1. carol Namo: this is an excellent summary of this topic. I am hoping to get lots of feedback, suggestions, and comments from…

126 days and counting – OBS is a “no fall” zone!

As of today, the Observation Unit has gone 126 days without a patient fall. How did we do it? Here are some of our strategies: Whiteboard: Evidence Based Practice has shown that using a display board reflecting the number of days since the last fall is effective in fall prevention on nursing units. In February, just[…]

  1. Lil Banchero: This is an awesome accomplishment. This doesn't happen by itself but from team work and making patient safety the number…

AAMC Nurses present at Oncology conference

Joanne Ebner, BSN, RN, COHN-S is a Cancer Prevention nurse at AAMC. She was recently named the Coordinator of the Prevention and Early Detection Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). She attended the ONS national conference in Boston and displayed a poster highlighting the SIGs work. Joanne’s article, “Quitting Smoking:[…]

Jan and Geri awarded scholarships from American Cancer Society

Jan Clemons, RN (inpatient Oncology) and Geri Raber, RN (outpatient Radiation Oncology) are oncology graduate students at the University of Maryland. With support and recommendation from nursing leadership at AAMC, they have each have been awarded an American Cancer Society Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Nursing Practice for $20,000 over the next[…]

  1. Lil Banchero: Congratulations to you both. This is a wonderful recogniztion and well deserved. When I had a family member critcally ill…

  2. Joanne: Jan & Geri - What fantastic news! Congratulations to you both. You are so deserving of this honor! Best wishes,…

  3. carol Namo: Jan & Geri, Wow!!! Congratulations. I can't think of any two people more deserving. Your knowledge, experience, and wonderful way…

    • Jan Clemons: Carol, You are such a great cheering section. Every day I am so thankful for your smiles and support. Thanks…

    • Geri: Thanks, Carol! It is an honor to work with nurses like you. I always know our cancer patients are well…

  4. Janet Ruffin: Congratulations to both of you for well deserved Scholarships. We are so very fortunate to have both of you here…

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3 things you need to know about environmental health at AAMC

Nursing is a healing profession, dedicated to optimizing wellness. Prevention is essential to this mission, yet ironically, toxins in healthcare facilities may contribute to disease. In October 2003, the ANA Board of Directors adopted this precautionary principle: “If it is within one’s power, there is an ethical imperative to prevent,[…]

  1. Charlotte Wallace: Lynn, great suggestion! Motion sensors are used in a few areas, like bathrooms in the Wayson Pavilion. But yes, we…

  2. Charlotte Wallace: Charlotte, I would love to meet with you to explore further. I will reach out to you via email today.…

  3. Charlotte Darvich,RN: Many of us who work in the prep team are concerned about the air quality in the small room in…

  4. Lynn Dorsey: Has the hospital thought about using timed/motion sensor lights? It would be great if everyone remembered to turn off the…

“Ask Ann” – a dietician’s take on the Mediterranean Diet

Ann Caldwell is a Registered Dietician at AAMC. At last week’s Nursing Strategic Retreat, she led a discussion on adopting a healthier diet by way of Mediterranean-style cooking. See her presentation, “Living the Mediterranean Way,” on the Energize section of theLink employee home web page. The Mediterranean diet is a[…]

  1. Denise: Will you consider posting a sample weekly menu (breakfast--lunch--dinner)? To give an idea of how to begin the implementation of…

    • Monica: Denise, I can’t speak for Ann, but here is a great recipe using lentils–beans are a big part of the…

    • Ann Caldwell: One of the best resources for recipes and menus is http://www.oldwayspt.org The site has links to menus, recipes, 101 ways…

  2. Chad Dillard: Any ideas from people about how they are eating more veggies?

    • Ann Caldwell: I have had two nurses stop me to say they enjoyed the presentation and are "working on" making changes. I…