April2012

Grow a Nurse — a scholarship from nurses, for nurses

Most of us know someone who is going back to nursing school. Maybe there’s a PCT on your unit who recently enrolled in a nursing program. Or maybe your friend, who has an Associate’s degree in nursing, has decided to go back to school to earn a BSN.  Balancing work,[…]

  1. Brandy Brown: This was an easy process thanks to the Foundation's webpage. It was also the most logical donation - Nurses giving…

Support ESP’s Relay for Life raffle

The Relay for Life is coming up on Friday, May 18 at 5pm at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. Many AAMC staff are participating in the event itself or have purchased luminaries in honor of loved ones – and here’s one more way you can support this cause. Head over[…]

  1. Maria Reinitz: I wanted to take this time to thank everyone at the ESP center, Ann Barnes and all others who contributed…

MAGNET MONDAY: RN Satisfaction (what’s 2-2-2 got to do with it?)

The 2-2-2 Quality Improvement Principle uses simple criteria (two quality indicators, two patient satisfaction indicators, and two work environment/staff satisfaction indicators) to help us clearly define what we are doing, why we’re doing it and what we expect to accomplish in the process. Read more about it here: Simplifying Quality[…]

Donate Life – Sign up to become an organ donor on April 25

April marked the beginning of Donate Life month and AAMC’s Organ Donor Council will be sponsoring one more day of education, along with plenty of prizes and giveaways. Visit them on: Wednesday, April 25 Garden Cafe from 11:30am-1:30pm Southport Eatery from 11:30am-1:30pm and 4:30-6pm In 2011, AAMC helped prepare three[…]

Get your patient to surgery on time – some do’s and don’ts

Rushing to get your patient to the OR on time? Here are a few tips to help you plan ahead, compiled by OR nurse Cheryl Walker, RN, BSN, CNOR. “When our patients are totally prepared for their surgical experience, it prevents unnecessary anxieties and possible post operative complications,” she explains. Consider[…]

  1. Anne Patterson: Ultimately, informed consent is the sole responsiblility of the proceduralist performing the procedure. The doctor explains procedure (informed consent)to patient.…

  2. KP Verow Mclaughlin: I and many of the RN's I have encountered have some concerns/reservations about the encouragement to; "Do have the patient…

    • Cheryl Walker, RN: After obtaining an order for consent for surgery or procedure. It is the surgeon or proceduralist's responsibility to explain the…

  3. Beth Schmidt: Thanks for the tip sheet! Always looking for ways to be timely. Don't forget antibiotics that need to be ordered…

Whew, it’s not too late! DAISY deadline extended.

The DAISY Foundation and award was established to recognize extraordinary bedside nurses, honoring the compassion, knowledge and care that they provide their patients every day. The DAISY Award nomination deadline has been extended to Tuesday, April 24. Click here to access the online nomination form, hardcopies are available on your unit. Although[…]

Clinical Ladder MythBusters

Have you been thinking about joining AAMC’s Clinical Ladder but wondering if you have all the facts straight? Are you familiar with the requirements? Do you know where to go for help? Let’s take a minute to set the record straight about some myths you might have heard about the Ladder. Myth – You[…]

  1. Melanie Lee: I am amazed everyday at the wonderful work nurses are doing for their unit and the hospital! As a clinical…