In her first day on the job, new Renown Health Board of Directors member Joanne Olsen, PhD, RN, CPHQ, CPSO, met with nursing leaders to discuss her appointment, her commitment to quality issues and to catch her up on initiatives from nursing at Renown such as Pathway to Excellence.
In the video above, taken during her Q&A with leaders, Olsen spoke about the board's willingness to have a nurse at the leadership table – and how that decision is a reflection on the great work nurses at Renown do every day.
Olsen, who is currently the Nursing Administrator of Research at Mayo Clinic's Arizona facility, is the first nurse to be named to the Renown board. Studies have found that nurse leaders in the boardroom have more influence in reducing medical errors, increasing quality of care, promoting wellness, expanding preventative care, improving health care efficiency and reducing costs.
Madelon Lawson instrumental in getting CPR in Schools bill passed
Madelon Lawson, BSN, RN, Renown's Education Accreditation Coordinator and American Heart Association Training Center Coordinator, played an active part in helping get AB 414, recently named CPR in Schools, signed into law during this year's legislative session.
Effective July 1, CPR in Schools requires, dependent on recourses, a course of study in health to include instruction in hands-only CPR and the use of an AED for certain grade levels in Nevada schools.
"This was the coolest experience," Lawson said. "With so many people, I thought our voice couldn't make a difference but it did. I'm very excited to be a part of this."
The goal behind the bill, which was passed during National CPR week, is to improve the survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest victims outside a hospital setting.
"I was so excited when I learned it was signed by Governor Sandoval," Lawson said. "I joined the cause in February after hearing Christopher Roller from the American Heart Association speak about the bill in the legislature."
Lawson is now part of a task force for Northern Nevada to plan how to implement the new law. The task force is focusing on how to use the time and resources the schools already have in place, like physical education or health classes, to teach hands-only CPR.
"We aren't trying to add to the curriculum of the schools," she said. "We want to put the time the students already have for health and PE classes to good use."
Two NICU nurses become S.T.A.B.L.E. instructors
Two Renown NICU nurses, Elena Linn, RN-BSN, RNC-NIC, (in photo at right) and Laura Smith, RNC-NIC, recently completed S.T.A.B.L.E. training in Salt Lake City to become instructors to teach classes to both Renown and rural-area hospital nurses. S.T.A.B.L.E. stands for sugar, temperature, airway, blood pressure, lab work and emotional support.
S.T.A.B.L.E. training is a class that all NICU, post-partum and labor and delivery nurses at Renown take that deals with the stabilization of the neonate after the initial delivery room resuscitation.
"We do the ABCs first in the delivery room and then this class helps with what to do next," Linn said. "It covers both what to do if a baby that is pre-term but it also covers the term infant that appears healthy but then decompensates six or 12 hours later."
During the two-day conference Linn and Smith learned about the training from S.T.A.B.L.E. founder Kris Karlsen. Being able to teach fellow nurses at Renown allows for an open, comfortable environment since the class is being taught by colleagues.
"Every time nurses take the class every two years, they get something new out of it," Linn said. "I've heard really positive feedback from our staff and it's a class that our staff really enjoys taking."
S.T.A.B.L.E. training is something nurses at Renown use in their daily practices with every baby. It also allows for the instructors to teach nurses at outlying hospitals in surrounding areas that don't have NICUs but that deliver babies.
"It's a really good program for them to have as well so we teach outreach programs for the staff as those hospitals as well," she said.
Nursing of Achievement winner Elsie Huerta RN
Elise Huerta, an RN in the Pediatric ICU, was honored to learn she won an award in the Maternal/Child category at the annual Nurses of Achievement ceremony.
She was one of several nominees from the pediatric unit. Honoring the specialty is meaningful to all the nominees from this area because PICU is something special and because they are such a small, close-knit unit.
"There are such a small amount of PICU nurses that only we know what we do every day and we can really relate to each other," Huerta said. "It was very special and to have my husband there too. To have him be a part of that was amazing."
The thing Huerta loves most about her job is making a difference in the lives of her patients as well as in the lives their families.
"Even if a patient or the family doesn't tell you thank you, once the patient makes a big step during the recovery process, you know that you were a big part in that - that is the most rewarding," she said.
Transformational Health Care Update: Better Communication = Better Service Jennifer Richards, PhD, RN, CNRN
The work done by an amazing interdisciplinary team during RPIW #68: Medication Transport, will result in better communication between nursing and pharmacy and ultimately better service for our patients. Some of the team's accomplishments include:
Standardization of the process for routine medications sent through the tube system- now they will arrive every hour on the hour to the designated tube system on the unit
Standardization of the process for medications delivered by the pharmacy technician- upon arrival to the unit the tech will look for the nurse responsible for patient care to deliver requested medication. If they are unable to locate nurse in immediate area the tech will leave "Med Delivery Note" on room specific nurse server identifying the location of the medications
Standardization of the process for steps to follow if a medication is missing including instructions to look in the patient drawer, refrigerator (especially for IV antibiotics like Rocephin or Vancomycin) and designated tube station or locked drawer before sending a missing medication request.
Congratulations to the team for their hard work and great ideas! If you are interested in participating as a team member in an upcoming RPIW, please contact the Transformational Health Care Department at 775-982-7850.
This month's DAISY winners make a genuine difference
From left, Carie Wright and Danielle Stempeck shared the latest DAISY award at Renown Regional Medical Center.
Monica Reynolds, RN the latest DAISY award at Renown South Meadows.
Three more DAISY winners were announced in June, all nominated for the award by patients.
Two nurses from Labor and Delivery were honored at Renown Regional: Carie Wright, RN, and Danielle Stempeck, RN. A patient having a complicated first pregnancy praised the work of Carie and Danielle during her difficult time. "They met every single one of my needs and saw to it that my questions were answered," the patient wrote. "They also had a good sense of humor which was needed during all that transpired. They even came and saw us after (my baby) was born, just to say ‘hi' and see how we were."
The DAISY winner at Renown South Meadows is Monica Reynolds, RN, Medical Telemetry. The patient that nominated her had visited the hospital several times, and Monica was there to tend to the patient each time. The patient attended the ceremony for Monica, and said that she was very knowledgeable about her work and was able to explain what was happening with clarity that was much appreciated. The patient also noticed that Monica would help out with others in need, even if she wasn't assigned to a particular patient.
From left, Jean Hixon and Debbie Hawley, at the recent Baby Expo, answered questions and provided information about the children's services Renown offers.
Several Renown nurses volunteered and staffed booths at the fourth-annual Baby Expo held at the Atlantis the end of June. The nurses staffed several Renown booths including labor and delivery/baby and family suites, childbirth education, lactation, children's services including ER, PICU, NICU and patient floor, children's specialty care and Kohl's Save Your Skull.
The nurses provided information about the different children's services at Renown, answered questions of those in attendance and gave away Renown goodies.
The Klamath Falls team brought 14 employees from their hospital in June to learn how Renown Nursing operates. Their team could not say enough of how impressed they were by Renown’s team, process and commitment to excellence.
Nursing News July 2013
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