June2012

Celebrating Patient Satisfaction with poetry (you’ve got to read this!)

This month, the Medical Surgical Unit (MSU) was delighted to receive the “Greatest Strides in Service Excellence” banner. MSU’s patient satisfaction scores increased 22% from the second to third quarter – they have actually exceeded their goals in this category! To celebrate, Stephanie Barlow, RN, a member of the MSU Patient Satisfaction[…]

  1. Cathaleen Ley: Very creative and funny!

Why is the Cath Lab eating banana splits? To honor a special little boy.

I want to share a story with you about a 21 month old boy with Down Syndrome. He was born with a severe heart defect and has had multiple heart surgeries. Unfortunately, he is at the point in his care where there is little his medical team can do for him.[…]

  1. Angie Libertini: I also did this with my family! The look on my son's face was priceless when I showed him we…

  2. Cathaleen Ley: Thank you for sharing this heart warming story.

  3. cora shird: What a way to go guy. You bring joy to my heart as a teamplayer may god bless it one…

  4. Deb Keane: I always knew the Cardiac Cath lab had a BIG heart! What a wonderful (and tasty) way to show you…

Patient declares ED, OBS & Cath Lab have “best nursing staff I have run across”

As he made his way through the ED, OBS and Cath Lab, this patient experienced excellent care that moved him to write a letter. That’s pretty impressive on its own merit, but this patient has also worked in the medical field for 45 years and believes we have the best nursing team[…]

  1. Kim, RN: Way to go OBS!! I know we have an awesome unit, but it's nice when patients take the time to…

And the essay contest winners are…

Congratulations to Kim Arnold and Catherine Riordan, who tied for first place in the Nursing Assistants Week essay contest. Read their winning essays here (you may want to have a tissue handy): –All My Teammates  by Kim Arnold (JSU) –I Made a Vow by Catherine Riordan (ED) We had a[…]

  1. Marianne McKiernan: great stories! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Cricket: Go Kim Go!!!!!! Love u girl.

Sherry Perkins named winner of Spectrum’s Advancing and Leading the Profession award

Of course, as nurses at AAMC, we already knew our COO/CNO Sherry Perkins, PhD, RN, was advancing and leading our profession, but now she has the award to prove it! On June 12, Sherry was honored with the Nurse.com Nursing Spectrum’s Nursing Excellence in Advancing and Leading the Profession award.[…]

  1. Marianne McKiernan: Thanks for paving a clear road for nurses to do what they love! Your award was well-deserved. We are priviledged…

  2. Cindy Mueller: Sherry, It is a priveledge and a blessing to work under your leadership here at Anne Arundel Medical Center. You…

  3. Danette Readling: Thank you Sherry for being such a dynamic, visionary leader who has created such positive changes here at AAMC. Your…

  4. Jan Clemons: Sherry Sherry! Saw your marvelous picture and award yesterday in the Nursing Spectrum. So well deserved! Hope you know the…

  5. Sally Grimm: Congratulations Sherry-well deserved!

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MAGNET MONDAY: Committing to positive leadership, personal change and dance — must be the NSP Retreat.

Always with a nod to the nautical, the theme was Lead Your Ship: Steering us in the Right Direction. Participants were treated to a day filled with opportunities to learn more about positive leadership. Sherry Perkins, COO/CNO and Tori Bayless, CEO, started the day off with a bit of inspiration[…]

  1. Chad Dillard: The infusion of exercise, stretches, and healthy food options are all great reminders that Energize has turned 1 year old!…

Happy Nursing Assistant Week! Vote for your favorite essay here.

  To celebrate National Nursing Assistants Week (June 14-21), AAMC’s Certified Nursing Assistants were invited to participate in an essay contest: Nursing Assistants Week and essay contest — details here! We’ve received some truly wonderful and heart-warming responses, here are the top four. Please take a few moments to read[…]

  1. Cheryl Briggs: I think you are all winners-not only for all the great things you do everyday, but also for taking the…

ESP nurses Cyndi and Maria training in disaster preparedness.

On June 2, the Volunteer Center of Anne Arundel County held Volunteer Center Mobilization Training. Fifteen volunteers, including AAMC’s own Cyndi Vaughn, RN, and Maria Reinitz, RN, attended this exciting event. They received training in disaster preparedness, as well as the function of Mobilization Centers in managing spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers. They even simulated[…]