October2011

“Why become certified in your specialty?” AAMC nurses share.

Are you passionate about nursing? Becoming certified in your specialty is an excellent way to feed that passion. The journey to certification enhances ones professional development and provides an opportunity for professional growth. Nurses who certify in their specialty obtain objective validation of their expertise. Did you know that more[…]

  1. Patty Schiro: I recently became CNOR certified after 23 years of operating room nursing. During the process of preparing, I kept saying…

Recycle those old and broken electronics for free

What: An electronic-waste (e-waste) recycling event! Bring old or unwanted electronics to be recycled.  Why: To celebrate America Recycles Day and AAMC’s being the first Maryland Hospital to have a LEED certified acute care tower! We are not just certified, we are LEED Gold Certified! Who: Open to the community[…]

  1. Charlotte Wallace: Unfortunately the E-waste event can not accept your CFL light bulbs. So where can you disopose of them? - Anne…

Kristina Andersen, RN, takes home Mae Muhr Award for S.M.A.R.T. poster

Kristina Andersen, RN, took home the Mae Muhr Award (which comes with $500) for her S.M.A.R.T. Discharge Protocol poster submission at the MNA Conference. Great job, Tina! S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for Signs, Medications, Appointments, Results, and Talk With Me.  The S.M.A.R.T. discharge protocol includes a worksheet designed to prompt patients and families[…]

  1. Linda Tabisz, RN: Way to go Tina. I told you that it was excellent! And you did a great job discussing the concept…

  2. Sherri Morgan-Johnson: Congratulations Tina! You've done exemplary work on this initiative. The SMART tool will not only improve safety for our patients,…

  3. Joyce Becker: Tina, Congradulations on your award. I know you have the energy to show us the way to improve this process.…

  4. Holly Greever: Congrats Tina! This is a wonderful initiative to improve safety and patient/family involvement. You make us proud!

  5. Deb Keane: Congrats Tina! What an ingenious idea and a great way to show quality of care.

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I am an L&D nurse. I love to “look it up.” I value evidence-based practice.

Read Nickie’s take on evidence-based practice (EBP) – why she is committed to it, how she integrates it in her practice, and an invitation to attend the EBP Fair. EBP allows me to provide the highest quality nursing care to my patients and their families. I value EBP because it[…]

I am an Endoscopy nurse. I am an educator. I value evidence-based practice.

Steve and the Endoscopy team are finding ways to provide safer patient care, as well as reduce recovery time! Learn more at the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Fair on Nov 18, details below.  Evidence-based nursing practice in the Endoscopy Unit happens every day. Our nurses promote health and improve quality patient[…]

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EBP, networking, fist pumps and dancing? Must be Magnet Conference.

Thirty AAMC nurses were among the 7,768 attendees who attended the ANCC National Magnet Conference in Baltimore on October 4-6, “Honoring the Past, Creating the Future.” Attendees were treated to exhibits featuring past decades of nursing (with opportunities to dress in the style of their favorite decade), book signings, virtual[…]

  1. Deb Keane: Nurses and vendors and posters – Oh My! The 2011 ANCC Magnet Conference held in Baltimore, MD, was amazing. What…

Is Baby Phat gonna show you up? Will Sticky Whiskers leave you in the dust?

           Energize Movement Challenge: Oct. 24 – Nov. 30 Baby Phat. Critical Phosphorus. ESP Divas. Ladies of the Night. Team FitER. Muffin Tops. Sticky Whiskers? No, these aren’t hot new music groups appearing on YouTube or MTV, they’re challenging teams made up of AAHS employees as[…]

Alec Upgrade a SUCCESS

Thanks to all who were involved in the Alec R10 upgrade last week. “Clinicians did an outstanding job in managing care and IS and Smart Alecs—docs, nurses, and all clinical support—provided incredible support,” said Chief Nursing Officer Sherry Perkins. The Alec upgrade will position us to expand on our Vision[…]