April2014

Nurses “painting” at work every day? But WHAT are they painting? Find out here.

Similar to the paint colors in a palette, nursing outcome data paint a picture of each unit’s nursing practice environment.   Nursing outcomes can be divided into three broad areas, what we call the “big 3” – clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction related to nursing care, and RN satisfaction. Think of each[…]

  1. Carol Lacher: Thanks Cathaleen, I really enjoyed the story and overview when you described the big three nursing measures that are defining…

Please don’t pass the peanut butter. Food Allergy Awareness Week is May 12.

Food Allergy Awareness Week, coming up on May 12, 2014, presents an opportunity to bring to light the scope, challenges and concerns this diagnosis delivers. Approximately 15 million Americans are food-allergic, of which six million are children.  Food allergies cause up to 200,000 ED visits per year. Education, support and[…]

Magnet© Monday: 5 tips for navigating AAMC’s Magnet® document

Have you had a chance to read the evidence of our excellence — AAMC’s 2014 Magnet© designation document? It may seem overwhelming at first. Yes, it is a huge document, but don’t be deterred! We’ve developed a few helpful hints to make navigating the website easier. 1. Read the welcome page.[…]

May 19 Journal Club: Monitoring sedation in patients receiving opiods for pain management

What’s one quick and easy way to improve your knowledge of current research and determine practical ways to apply it to your nursing practice? Attend AAMC’s Journal Clubs! Monitoring Sedation in Patients Receiving Opioids for Pain Management Monday, May 19, 2014 12-1 pm 2nd floor conference room, South Tower Presented by Jeannette Quigley, MS, CRNP Excessive sedation[…]

Thank you to AAMC’s Patient Care Secretaries, Customer Service Representatives, and Escorts!

Caring for patients takes a team of dedicated staff. On behalf of all AAMC Nurses, we want to send out a big  thank you to all our Patient Care Secretaries, Customer Service Representatives, and Escorts. We couldn’t do it without you! A luncheon was held on Monday, April 21 to thank the men and[…]

  1. Brandy Brown: Way to go Octavia and Alvin! You help make everyday a good day!!!!

130 attend Professional Development Day! If you missed it, find resources here.

Over 130 staff attended AAMC’s second annual Professional Development Day. Presentations focused on knowledge and skills our nurses could use to both shine in their current role or as they are advance to the next level. COO/CNO Sherry Perkins kicked off the day with a discussion of the IOM’s Future[…]

Keep your family safe — get rid of old prescriptions in your medicine cabinet. Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 26

We’ve all seen the effects of old medications stockpiled in cabinets: Toddlers ingesting what they thought was candy Tween and teens attempting suicide Heroin users who started on prescription narcotics but found heroin to be cheaper on the streets National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient,[…]

AAMC’s first Collaborative Skills Day — were you there?

Skills day is a yearly opportunity for nursing staff and patient care technicians (PCT) to update their skills. In the past, each unit did this separately. This year, nurses and PCTs from various units reported to our state-of-the-art SAIL Center for a collaborative learning experience. Participating units included: HVU, NCU,[…]

  1. carol Namo: I enjoyed our collaborative skills day. It seemed to go alot quicker and it was fun!

  2. Jan Clemons: Great job to all the educators, especially to Lisa Kirchner, for making this organized Skills Day work for everyone! And…

Preserve, protect and play! Join us at AAMC’s Earth Day Fair.

The first possibility of rural cleanliness lies in water supply. -Florence Nightingale Water is an essential ingredient for life. Come learn how to preserve, protect and play on our local watershed.  Join us for AAMC’s annual Earth Day Fair on Tuesday, April 22 from 10am-2pm in the lower level, South Tower[…]

Reserve your table at the Professional Fair by April 21

The Professional Fair is coming up soon! Showcase the work you’re doing on your councils, committees, initiatives, and units, network with colleagues, win fabulous prizes. The Fair will be held during Nurses Week, Monday, May 5, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Contact Elise Morris at mmorris@aahs.org by April 21 to reserve your[…]