Hackerman-Patz House & Security team make family’s stay “just like home”

This letter, written by a patient’s family member, was sent to David Michaels, Manager, Hackerman-Patz House (HPH). We join them in thanking the HPH team for continuing to go above and beyond each day. This family gives a special shout-out to the Security team, who often assist HPH guests after[…]

Deanna Leone, RN, finds a creative way to say thanks to the Obs Quality Council

As my term as the Observation Unit Quality Council Chair is coming to an end, I wanted to thank all the staff that has made our Quality Council one of the best at AAMC. I wanted to find something unique that expressed how much their involvement in the Council, no[…]

  1. Tina Andersen: Deanna- What a great way to show appreciation for your team!

The Cath Lab saves Christmas

On Christmas Eve, the Cath Lab stepped up to get a patient home for the holidays. Below, a poem from the multitalented William Maxted, MD, expressing his thanks. Way to go, Cath Lab and team! ‘Twas the day before Christmas. The hour was late. My pager went off, as if by[…]

  1. Mary Etta Barbour: This is just wonderful....just wonderful.

  2. Tish Robinson: This is what medicine should be all about - the best interests of the patient. So proud of Dr Maxted,…

  3. jazmin manlapaz: It is a great poem and a beautiful outcome ! We know Dr.Maxted can do poetry + his medical profession.

  4. chamrock: Wow! Dr. Maxted has just been reviewed by poet Grace Cavalieri, who reviews poetry books for the Washington Independent Review…

  5. Grace Cavalieri: Absolutely a wonderful poem... HEART AND SOUL AND LAUGHTER= the perfect poem

Read Jen Smell’s scholarship story, then submit your own application here!

The AAMC Foundation will award twelve $5,000 scholarships this year! Applications are now being accepted at Deadline to submit is February 14, 2014. Here’s how Jennifer Smell MSN, RN, CCRN, Clinical Manager, Pediatrics benefitted from a scholarship. The scholarship money I received went straight back to help pay off[…]

  1. Charlotte Wallace: Congratulations, Jen, on completing your Masters in Nursing! Yet another way that you are such a great role model for…

  2. Barb Buckley: Congratulations Jen! Obtaining your Masters in Nursing is quite an accomplishment. You should be proud to have achieved this goal.…

DAISY winner Anna Hill, RN, is a light in family’s time of need

Congratulations to Anna Hill, RN, AAMC’s most recent DAISY Award recipient. The DAISY Award was established to recognize extraordinary bedside nurses — honoring the compassion, knowledge and care that they provide to their patients every day. As per AAMC tradition, Anna was surprised by a crowd of colleagues and friends who secretly assembled[…]

  1. Brandy Brown: Congrats again Anna! It is an awesome honor, and you are an inspiration to us all!

  2. carol Namo: Congatulations Anna. We are so proud of you and love working with you. You deserve this award.

  3. Kristy Eklund: We are so lucky to have you on our unit Anna! Congratulations!

  4. Jessalyn Barbour: Congrats Anna! We are so proud of you!

Celebrating gratitude. Corbi Haas, RN, a “model of exemplary service.”

As we head into the holiday season, we celebrate gratitude! Starting with this lovely letter sent in by a patient to thank his nurse, Corbi, who he describes as a role model. Way to go, Corbi! You inspire us all. I recently experienced a day as a patient at the[…]

  1. carol Namo: Corbi, congratulations. You certainly do fit the description of this letter. The times we have had working together in the…

  2. lil Banchero: Corbi, A wonderful letter! You always go above and beyond everyday for every patient. Thank You

BLS, ACLS, PALS & NRP classes are free to AAMC employees

Effective immediately, BLS, ACLS, PALS & NRP classes are free to AAMC employees! Registration instructions for both the instructor-led class and the HealthStream class with simulation manikin are below.  To register for an instructor-led class: Go to AAMC’s home page: Click on Living Healthier→ then Classes & Events →[…]

  1. Irma Holland: They register the same way as before. The only difference is that AAHS employees will be able to access a…

  2. Carol Jedrzejek: How do non-nursing employees register for these classes (since they are now free to all AAMC employees?)

Letters to Santa, Jingles the Elf and big patient smiles on Peds

For our littlest patients, being in the hospital over the holidays isn’t exactly the most fun. Luckily, the staff in AAMC’s Pediatric Department are never short on creative ideas to make their patient’s smile – check out this special surprise waiting for patients and families. Peds has its own holiday[…]

  1. RK: So cute! I bet the kids love looking for Jingles every day!

It’s that time again! Nursing Excellence Awards 2014 — nominate here

Do you know a wonderful nurse, technician, patient care secretary, or customer service representative? Nominate a colleague online or submit paper nominations to to your director by Friday, February 14, 2014. Contact Jenn Romero at with questions. Paper forms will be available on your unit. Click on the links below to[…]