March2012

Investing in our own — welcome to AAMC’s newest PCT Program cohort

Please join us in welcoming the newest participants of AAMC’s Patient Care Technician (PCT) Program! This innovative program was developed to support the professional development of our staff by training current employees or volunteers (who are usually not clinically experienced) for an eventual role as a PCT II. Our current[…]

  1. Christa: Looking forward to advancing in my career and learning new skills!

  2. Cheryl Briggs: Welcome Christa! Looking forward to having your advances skills in the NICU! We miss your smiling face and great attitude.

  3. lil Banchero: Welcome Brianna Cawthorne to Flex unit.

  4. Monise: I am very excited and looking forward to becoming a Patient Tech and working on the Special Care Unit!!!!

  5. Christine: Welcome Jannifer and April to MSU, Monise to SCU-we are looking forward to working with all three of you!

Hugs and handshakes for our returning troops

We all live a busy life with not much time to breathe. But recently, my family and I had the opportunity to do something that really touched my heart – we participated in Operation Welcome Home. Hundreds of our Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers and Marines return from overseas every week through[…]

  1. Janet Henery, RN: Thanks, Linda for sharing your story with us. I appreciate the information as well....what an incredible but simple and meaningful…

  2. Linda Tabisz: I also have participated in the Operation Welcome Home program and agree that it is a heart-warming experience. Although the…

Stephanie’s story: from NICU nurse to NICU mommy. Support these little ones by joining our March for Babies team.

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and they are often very sick. Team AAMC NICU is walking for March for Babies, sponsored by the March of Dimes, because we want to do something about this.  Our team knows the problem of premature birth firsthand – we are on[…]

  1. Stephanie Harmon: Stephanie, I am so excited that your sweet little Zoe is our ambassador representing the AAMC NICU for the March…

  2. Charlotte: Welcome to the world sweet Zoe! Congratulations Stephanie!!

  3. Cheryl Briggs: Stephanie: Thanks for sharing your story and Zoe's picture. Team AAMC NICU is growing strong for the March for Babies!

  4. Shawna Deavers: Thanks for sharing Stephanie! Love the picture. I was lucky to be working here throughout Zoe's journey, truly amazing. My…

  5. Carol Lacher: Dear Stephanie, Thank your for taking the time with an outstanding message to many of our AAMC community members and…

MAGNET MONDAY: Wagging tails and Magnet logos — help us pick a winner!

“We’ve often said that we would not let the ‘tail wag the dog,’” Sherry Perkins, AAMC’s COO and CNO, said last week in her message to nursing. “We will not focus on Magnet for Magnet’s sake. We will use structure and leadership and practice and science to create better results.[…]

  1. Holly Greever: Kathy, Thank you for such wonderful input. Part of our communications plan is to make sure our nurses and other…

  2. Kathy Kelm: I like the graphics of both. I wonder about the wording, however. Implied is the concept of magnetic attraction to…

“Climbing Ladders? At my age?” An AAMC nurse shares her Clinical Ladder story

Two years ago, my family bought me my first laptop for Christmas, hoping to bring me out of the dark ages. It wasn’t easy, but somewhere in between then and now, I learned how to do more than just shop at Amazon. Here is my Clinical Ladder story… I reviewed[…]

  1. Marianne McKiernan: This story should inspire all!

  2. Joyce Becker: Kim, Congrats on your advancement up the ladder, the power point was great, loved the photos, once you go digital…

  3. Irma Holland: Outstanding! Kim this article not only showcases the great personal and professional work you have done, but you also demonstrate…

  4. Geri: Great work, Kim! A very impressive use of illustrations for your power point and a wonderful way to show off…

  5. Denise: Most impressive. Congrtulations on a job well done!

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“Having surgery at AAMC was a real pleasure.” Read this and see why.

A letter from a young mother, sent to AAMC president and chief executive officer, Tori Bayless. A clear example of a time when a patient was at their worst and how our staff turned that around — just by doing what they do each day. Bravo to this team.    Dear Ms. Bayless, First of all, I[…]

  1. Carla Gore: Hey Cricket! Ditto what everyone else said! You're the best!

  2. Cricket: YOU GUYS!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH- something definitely comes over me when I walk through that curtain. I think it's…

  3. Adele Greenis: Steph-Nursing is certainly your vocation in life and it shows in everything you do for your patients. Many patients praise…

  4. Kirstin Montgomery: Steph, You are such a compassionate nurse and your bedside manner is so admirable. You are what bedside nursing is…

  5. tina andersen: You rock Steph!!! You are such an asset to the JSC team and you always make us proud!! Thanks for…

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MAGNET MONDAY: Familiar faces in a new role. Introducing AAMC’s Magnet Coordinators, Holly Greever & Rita Linnenkamp.

Nursing excellence is the result of hard work and commitment on the part of each nurse, leader, and hospital employee. Put simply: AAMC = Nursing Excellence Nursing Excellence = Magnet Designation AAMC= Magnet Designation Yes, we are officially on the road to Magnet! We’re going to keep doin’ what we[…]

  1. Evelyn Rochlin: Thanks Holly and Rita, It's a big job and I can't think of anyone better to lead us. Best Wishes!…

  2. Eve Sage: Holly & Rita, Thank you for your dedication and excellent nursing spirit to help guide us during our AAMC magnet…

Congrats to last quarter’s DAISY nominees! Nominate a nurse for this quarter here.

The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by bedside nurses every day. Congratulation to all AAMC’s DAISY nominees! And thank you to all the staff who submitted nominations to recognize your peers for the care they give at the[…]

  1. Mary Cohn: Dennis - you are an awesome nurse and I am glad you got this deserving recognition!

  2. Christine: Dennis-we are very proud of you and delighted to have you as part of our team on MSU

  3. lynn dorsey: Congratulations to All nominees and especially to Kathy! I've known Jackie Jackson for years and she also is a wonderful…

Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 4-10. Check out these events…

AAMC Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 4–10, 2012. Please join in AAMC’s Patient Safety Week activities, which focus on our commitment to Patient and Family Centered Care. To view and print a schedule of the weeks’ activities, click here.   Monday, March 5 Lunch and Learn: “Patient and Family Involvement[…]

We’ve been busy: the latest Nursing Strategic Plan updates

What’s been happening with our Nursing Strategic Planning initiatives? As we focus on care for our caregivers, C.O.P.E. was established in January and, since then, has intervened five times to support our staff after critical events. The Care Delivery Model initiative led us to partner with our community in ways[…]