“Nursing Initiatives Connect Staff and Community” by Christine Frost, M.S.N., R.N.
On June 12, AAMC nurses, physicians, and ancillary staff gathered for a multidisciplinary retreat, celebrating the second year of our Nursing Strategic Plan. Lively group discussions focused on moving forward with our current strategic plan, a Magnet overview and gap analysis, and the announcement of two new strategic initiatives: Commitment to the Community and Cultural Diversity & Workplace Advocacy.
Commitment to the Community will be lead by Misa Ewing, M.S.N., M.B.A., R.N., senior director of Women’s and Children’s Services, and Emily Groves, B.S.N., R.N., C.M.S.R.N., staff nurse on MSU. This initiative will focus on how we, as an organization, can give back to our community through our time and talents.
AAMC has entered into a partnership with the Lighthouse Shelter, a homeless prevention support center located just a few miles away on West Street in downtown Annapolis. For over two decades, this organization has been a beacon of hope for our community’s residents and their families.
Harry Cole, the Executive Director of the Lighthouse Shelter, expressed his delight in this partnership during the NSP Retreat. He spoke of the unmet needs in our community and the knowledge and caring that we, as nurses and AAMC employees, can provide to a population in need.
This initiative will provide the opportunity for our staff to reach out, to give of themselves, thus enriching their lives and the lives of others. Staff have the incredible opportunity to help build a stronger future for our neighbors and their families.
Cultural Diversity and Workplace Advocacy will be lead by Sherri Morgan-Johnson, M.H.S.A., R.N., director of Care Management, and Jackie Jackson, R.N., staff nurse on PCU. This initiative will bring our organization, employees and patients to an awareness and understanding of the diverse environment in which we live and work.
AAMC employs and serves people of many cultures, races and ethnicities. As an organization who seeks to embrace diversity and change, we will focus time and attention on acknowledging both differences and similarities amongst employees and patients. Through this initiative, we will take an introspective look at our current practice and make the changes necessary to provide culturally competent care to each and every one of our patients.