December2011

Help make it a warmer winter for Light House residents

We are collecting new and gently used winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens for the Light House Shelter. Drop off your items to any of the following locations: ER Garage A Entrance Clatanoff Garage C Entrance Health Sciences Pavilion Garage E Entrance Thank you in advance for helping to[…]

  1. Kathy Kelm: Have you seen the mittens and hats on the rack in the Observation Unit? It is crammed with hand made…

Patient thanks Vernice Adams, PCT, for “kindness and endless attention”

Below, a patient writes in to recognize one of our longstanding staff members. Way to go, Vernice! I am most pleased to recommend to you and your nursing leadership the outstanding professional performance of Ms. Vernice Adams, a tech on the Medical Surgical Unit on the 6th floor. Recently, I was[…]

  1. Heidi: I have known Vernice for 20+ years... she is one of a kind, a truely a special lady. I feel…

  2. Danette Readling, RN 5 North/Flex Unit: Vernice is one of the best PCT'S I have ever worked with! She always goes the extra mile.

  3. edgar: No doubt about it. Vernice is extremely over beyond personnel of our floor. I reccommend her to be one of…

  4. Christine: We are so fortunate to have Vernice on MSU. She is a dedicated, kind and professinal employee-she also has a…

Vascular Access Team asks, “Where’s the bulls-eye?”

With resources from our Bedside Scientist Grant, the Vascular Access Team conducted a trial using the Vasonova VPS (Vascular Positioning System). In theory, the system allows for correct positioning of a PICC line during insertion, eliminating the need for a chest x-ray.  The system uses Doppler and ECG readings to track[…]

Bedside Shift Report kicks off on MSU

Monday morning at 0700, the Medical/Surgical Unit nursing staff pioneered a major practice change at AAMC. After months of planning, coordinating and meeting, bedside shift report has begun on MSU! A few stats – Average length of time for one patient: 4-5 minutes. Average clock-out time for night shift: 7:30 a.m.[…]

  1. Eve Sage: Congratulations and thank you to Christine and the MSU staff for all your hard work implementing bedside reporting. Good Luck

  2. Holly Greever: Awesome job! Thank you MSU for taking the lead on these excellent patient safety and quality initiatives! Holly

  3. Sandy Fox: You guys are awesome! Great Job! Sandy

Letter of thanks to Joint & Spine “angels”

A patient expresses his gratitude for the excellent care he received during a recent stay… I want to thank the staff in the Joint Spine Center. The care and service during my surgery and recovery were second to none. I want to especially acknowledge and thank Tabatha Reckard, RN, and Shardae[…]

  1. Eve Sage: JSC is extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful team of nurses and PCT's. Their teamwork, and acts of kindness…

Why become a Nurse Mentor?

Can you believe the Nursing Mentorship program has been going strong for almost five years now? Since its inception, 145 nursing new grads have had the opportunity to benefit from the expertise and wisdom of a specially selected Nurse Mentor. The Nursing Mentorship program provides our nursing graduates with an[…]