Reflections on Roll Out: Hospira pumps are live!
On Tuesday morning, November 16, AAMC’s Acute Care Pavilion began converting to our new Hospira pumps. While planning for this conversion, I couldn’t help but have flashbacks to Alec go-live, almost a year ago. In fact, the yellow Smart Alec vests were starting looking more and more comfortable.
I gathered my Unit Educator and the MSU and SCU Charge Nurses on Monday morning. We huddled and planned for Tuesday. Deirdre Robinson, Educator MSU, Mary Ann Julian, Charge Nurse, MSU and Rebecca Howe, Charge Nurse, SCU and I planned for the conversion. We discussed vulnerabilities, potential barriers, concerns, meal breaks, and schedules and came up with a solid plan for the next day.
On Tuesday we got the call. They are here. The pump people are here. Nervous anxiety. Are we ready?
My teams on both units, nurses and PCT’s sprung into action. Ann Marie Pessagno, Senior Director, ACP and Clint Welch, Manager of Vascular Access arrived on the unit and the games began.
We were so prepared. In fact, Clint and his team are now legendary in our halls. One might have thought they had done pump rollouts a couple of times before, or even once before. But no–this was their first time, and they blew us all away.
I was amazed at the collaboration, teamwork and enthusiasm. I wonder if staff were thinking, “We are pros”, “We can do this”, “Any huge project, send it our way, we can handle it.”
All pumps were converted, all tubing’s changed, all meds given and all PCA’s were converted with ease. We even had a generous pizza break in the middle of the day.
The Hospira staff commented over and over again at how fabulous the AAMC staff are. Not only on the sixth floor, not only in the ACP, but every single place they went. They commented on how easy we made it and how professional, respectful and enthusiastic we are. But we hear that a lot.
That is culture, that is each and every one of us participating in the culture at AAMC. We should stop and think about how many facilities, the Hospira representatives visit, how many pump conversions they are involved in–probably a fair number. And they say ours is the best. Ours is the most professional. The easiest nurses to teach. The most enthusiastic group. That, as the Visa folks say, is priceless.
April. The new Tower? We will be ready, yellow vests or not!
-Christine Frost, MSN, RN