In May, four orthopedic nurses from White Plains (N.Y.) Hospital Centers orthopedic 4I unit, attended the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses 29th Annual Congress in Tampa, Fla. Attendees included Betty Leung, RN, MSN, ONC, nurse manager; Sally Tortora, RN, ONC, clinical Level IV; Ava Ramirez-dela Cruz, RN-BC, clinical Level IV; and Patricia Evbuomwan, RN, BSN.
The congress addressed concerns such as hourly rounding to maintain and ensure patient safety and increase patient satisfaction, identification of multi-modal pain management in the acute post-operative patient with opioid tolerance, and a standardized pre-operative teaching program to help patients achieve positive post-operative outcomes.Sally Tortora, RN
During the congress, two clinical posters representing White Plains practices were presented. Leung and Janet Greco, RN, BSN, OCN, clinical nurse specialist, created the poster Hourly Rounding: A Proactive Approach to Increasing Patient and Staff Satisfaction, which won third place for content and presentation.
A second poster, The ORTHO-IPEP: A Team Centered Model for Improving Patient Outcomes Following Joint Replacement Surgery, was put together by Tortora; Leung; Carol Smullen, RN, ONC, joint replacement coordinator; Anila George, MS, PT, physical therapy supervisor; and Wendy Busch, MS, PT, administrative manager of PM&R.