The first week of May was a week of celebration and recognition at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y. Amid their busy work schedules, RNs attended lectures, participated in evidence-based practice poster sessions, honored Joseph Clark, NP, at a dedication ceremony, and recognized the facilitys May 2009 DAISY winner.
As exemplified by the evidence-based research practice posters, nurses at Westchester also are trying to improve patient care and outcomes. The recruitment and retention committee members solicited, organized, and presented clinical posters during the week so nurses and staff throughout the facility could see what their colleagues were doing.
There were 43 clinically relevant and detailed posters presented during the week. Some of the topics included Erin OBrien, RN, PICU, left, learns more about stroke from Kathryn DAquila, RN, who presented a poster on the topic during Nurses Week.
Moderation Sedation by Maureen Cooney, RN
Organ and Tissue Donation: Clarifying the Process, by Kathryn DAquila, RN
Stroke: Time is Brain by DAquila and Kathleen Finnerty, RN
Guide to Low-Level Disinfection of Equipment and Prevention of Catheter-Associated UTIs by Mary Donahoe, RN
Titration of Standard Adult IV Drip Orders in CPOE by Joanne Murphy, RN
APNs We Are Trained, We Are Ready, One Solution To The Health Care Crisis by Barbara Krajewski, RN
Nursing Residency Program by Peggy Jordano-Smith, RN
Prevention and Management of Metabolic Syndrome for Patients on Antipsychotic Medications by Sharon Kowalchuk, RNDuring Nurses Week, Anna Sers, RN, mental health consultant/liaison, presented Why Zebras Dont Get Ulcers, a program for RNs on practical ways to get life stresses under control.
Preventing Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections by Donahoe
Surviving Sepsis by Joan Madalone, RN
Prevention of Central Venous Catheter Blood Stream Infections by Peggy Jordano-Smith, RN
Who What Where Why What and How of Publishing by Anna Sers, RN
Hip and Knee Joint Replacement by Krajewski
Pressure Ulcer Prevention Bundle by Margaret Murphy, RN
Management of Pain Sedation and Delirium by Madalone
The Balancing Act: Managing Pain and Presenting Opioid Reliable Complicity by Maureen Cooney, RN