Registered Nurse Gail Alder has been a member of the NICU transport team at Renown since she started in 1978 and has been through it all – traveling over the mountain pass in the snow with a snow plow leading the way, coordinating a formal team and experiencing all the adrenaline, excitement and fulfillment that comes with the job.
“It’s my passion,” Gail explains. “I love helping and taking care of babies. Being able to do it in any environment whether it’s in the hospital environment, a rural environment, in a plane or in an ambulance, to be able to help these babies survive is just amazing.”
The NICU transport team was founded in the early 1970s and covers a 300-mile radius where the team, either by air or ambulance, travels to pick up sick babies and bring them in for care.
Watch as Gail and other members of the NICU transport team take part in a recent training at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. These trainings ensure the entire team is as prepared as possible for their life-saving calls.
Renown Regional Medical Center registered nurses had reason to celebrate at the recent National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in San Diego, Calif., as they walked away with two great awards.
Nurses in the Sierra ICU were awarded the Silver Beacon Award, becoming the first ICU in Nevada to win a Beacon Award for providing excellent care through improved outcomes while working in a positive and supportive work environment. In addition, Amy McCombs, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNML, the former Director of Critical Care/Telemetry was honored with the Circle of Excellence award, which recognizes outstanding nurses nationwide for achieving excellent outcomes in the area of acutely and critically ill patients and their families.
“Being nominated for and receiving the AACN Circle of Excellence Award is truly an honor,” says Amy, the Director Infection Control and Prevention. “The team I worked with as the Director of Critical Care was constantly striving to further improve patient care and outcomes, and I took pride in myself in being their mentor, and continually supported them through the process. When I look back at where the division was five years ago and where is it at today, it is nothing short of amazing and an example of the division’s true commitment to nursing excellence and collaboration.”
“It is a huge honor to be recognized as the only ICU in the Nevada to be awarded the Beacon Award,” explains Derek Drake, MSN, RN, CNML, CNL, former Manager of Nursing, Sierra ICU and current Director of Nursing of Emergency and Trauma Services. “The Beacon Award is awarded to units that exemplify exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction. For nurses and other staff, a Beacon Award signals a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders resulting in higher morale and lower turnover. This award is the result of the interdisciplinary team’s continual commitment and dedication to care provided for patients in Sierra ICU. We will continue to strive for excellence by seeking to earn the Beacon Gold Award next application cycle.”
About the Beacon Award
The Beacon Award’s three levels of designation recognize significant milestones along a unit’s journey. For patients and families, the Beacon Award signifies exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction. For nurses, a Beacon Award signals a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale and lower turnover.
About the Circle of Excellence Award
The Circle of Excellence Award is presented to nurses who achieve excellent outcomes in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families. Criteria used to evaluate Circle of Excellence award candidates include relentless promotion of patient-driven excellence; communication skills; true collaboration; effective decision making; meaningful recognition of others; ability to transform thinking, structures and processes; and ability to address challenges and remove barriers to excellent patient care and achieve visible results through leadership.
We are proud to recognize Renown Regional Medical Center Registered Nurse Rosa Cortez, Infusion Center, as the latest winner of the DAISY award, which recognizes nurses for making a genuine difference for patients.
“I was a recent patient at Renown Infusion Center. I was greeted by Rosa and taken back to the station where I would have my injection. Rosa explained every step of the process and answered all of my questions related to the injection and possible side effects. All during the process, she constantly came back to check on me, which seemed like every 10 minutes and brought me something to eat and drink. She anticipated all my needs and went above and beyond to take care of me. I have been volunteering at Renown South Meadows for the last four years and I know what a caring nurse looks like and Rosa is it. Thank you.”
Through their everyday duties, nurses are constantly having an impact on the lives of their patients and families. The Clinical Ladder program, a two-tier program aimed at allowing nurses to lead and direct change, can help nurses make an even further difference in the lives of their patients through such things as conducting in-service classes for fellow nurses and projects that allow nurses to implement projects that improve processes and patient care.
Mary Jeppson, RN, Children’s Specialty Care, is currently working on her Clinical Ladder III project titled Maximizing Resources for Synagis. “By being a part of the Clinical Ladder program, I feel like I make an even further difference in the patients’ lives and in the lives of their families,” says Mary. “It allows me to streamline processes. Being a part of the Clinical Ladder makes me even more proud of be a nurse.”
Jenn Mahan, MSN, RN, CNML, Director of Clinical Documentation Improvement, who also serves as the nursing director representative of the Clinical Ladder program, explains that it’s important for nurses to be involved in the Clinical Ladder program because it helps incorporate evidenced-based practice into nursing and onto the units. “It’s great because it’s nurses driving and directing change,” Jenn adds. “It also helps build retention and develops informal leaders on the floors.”
There are two Clinical Ladder programs, II and III. Requirements for nurses to participate in the Clinical Ladder II program include being a full or part time Registered Nurse, earning 20 points on the qualification points worksheet for items such as mentoring or committee participation, and developing and leading two in-service classes of differing topics.
Nurses who have completed the Clinical Ladder II program can then pursue the Clinical Ladder III program. Additional requirements include earning 25 points on the qualification points work sheet, manager approval to participate before you begin and a written proposal for a project that supports at least one of Renown’s fundamentals. Candidates have one year from their annual review date to complete each of the program requirements.
Candidates who successfully complete the Clinical Ladder program are eligible for a bonus. If you are interested in joining the Clinical Ladder program, speak with your leader.
Renown Health’s IT Department hosted a Medical Device Fair earlier this month at Renown Regional Medical Center.
In an effort to capture the feedback of even more of our largest target audience, we invite you to watch the videos demonstrating the mobile device technology that will impact nursing workflow.
These devices will enhance mobile documentation at the bedside, allowing you to document vitals and scan medications on a user-friendly hand-held device. Other potential benefits of these devices include the potential for secure texting from clinician to clinician and possible replacement of spectralink phones.
Please take a few moments to review each of the four vendors by watching the videos on Inside Renown. Once you have had a chance to review them, please complete the Medical Device Fair Survey. The deadline to complete the survey is Tuesday, June 23.
Thank you for providing your feedback!
The Cherie Elvin Memorial Fund was created by the Elvin family as a legacy to honor their mother, Cherie, who died at the 2011 Reno Air Races. Throughout her life, Cherie cared for her family in so many different ways.
The care the family received from trauma nurses and the community has inspired the Elvins to use this fund to award a $2,500 scholarship to help one registered nurse offset the cost to receive the required training to become a trauma nurse. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
Application deadline was July 15, 2015.
Have a year of experience as a Registered Nurse and interested in working in the operating room at Renown Health? Renown offers a registered nurse training program that gives nurses the tools and training they need to become an operating room registered nurse.
Watch as Surgical Services registered nurses from Renown Regional and Renown South Meadows share their passion for the work they do every day for patients in the operating room. From being a patient advocate to helping with healing, these nurses take pride in what they do.
Three departments at Renown Regional Medical Center have new nursing managers. Meet some of our newest nursing leaders.
Crystal Heyer, RN, previously the nursing supervisor on the Cardiac Critical Care (CIC) unit, is now the nursing manager of CIC. Crystal has worked at Renown for nine years, including six in critical care.
“I am most looking forward to spending many years with my new CIC family as we strive to create an atmosphere of family and caring – caring for our patients and about the people we work beside.”
Kelli McDonnell, RN, previously the nursing night supervisor on Orthopedics, is now the nursing manager on the General Surgical Unit. Kelli has worked at Renown for three years.
“I am excited to take this leadership role with the General Surgical Unit, and I look forward to building relationships and collaborating with the physicians and staff in order to inspire excellent nursing care.”
Jana Elliott, BSN, RN, previously the nursing supervisor in the Sierra ICU, is now the nursing manager in the Sierra ICU. Jana has worked at Renown for almost four years.
“I am looking forward to working with staff and colleagues to improve our systems and processes in order to provide optimal outcomes for all of our patients. I want to make a positive difference in our standards of care, retention rates, patient satisfaction and employee satisfaction. I truly believe we have the best nurses in the best hospital and I am so excited and honored to be in this role.”
Congratulations to two of our nurse leaders, Taralynn Bassham, BSN, RN, Supervisor, CIC Telemetry, and Daphne Engebritson, BSN, RN, Manager of Nursing Operations, both at Renown Regional Medical Center for earning their Bachelor of Science in nursing in May. Taralynn graduated from the Orvis School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Reno while Daphne graduated from Nevada State College.
“I am very excited to be getting my bachelor’s degree,” Taralynn explains “it has been a very rewarding experience for me. Evidence supports that nurses with bachelor’s degrees have better patient outcomes and decreased patient mortality rates. Going back to school for my BSN was important to me not only for my patients, but to also inspire the nurses I work with to continue their education.”
“I’ve been a nurse for a long time and have always wanted to finish my BSN,” Daphne says. “Because of my family life it has been a challenge for me. Now there are so many options for continuing education on your own time and at your own pace. With the availability of online classes and the support and encouragement I have received from my team, I was finally able to achieve this long-term goal. Next up is my master’s degree! Lifelong learning is necessary for personal as well as professional growth – it opens the world to you and makes you a more well rounded person.”
Take part in our Certification Contest and encourage your fellow nurses to sign up for a certification! The rules are simple: the staff member who encourages the most nurses to sign up for a certification will be rewarded with a $50 Starbucks gift card and a $100 Soak gift card. The manager who encourages the most nurses to sign up for a certification will earn a $100 gift card.
The contest ends on July 1. Good luck!
Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Pathway to Excellence video contest – Neuroscience and the General Surgical Unit! Their video for standard #3 (Systems Are in Place to Address Patient Care and Practice) received the most votes from fellow nurses at Renown during the viewing during Nurses Week 2015.
The winning teams will receive a lunch party. Thank you to all the units for their video submissions. Click below to watch their winning video!
Renown Home Care is going live with the EPIC electronic medical record on July 1. Before the upgrade, the team was using a system called Patron. Moving to one platform will improve patient safety with access to pertinent medical information throughout the continuum of care and gain operational efficiencies.
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