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Greater Chicago 2011 Patient Care Resolutions

Nurses share what their personal and institutional patient care plans are for 2011, and how those goals will affect patient care.

From obtaining new certifications to taking the time to listen to and interact with those under their care, nurses focus on the bedside to take their practice to a whole new level.

For more nurses’ resolutions, visit and click on the Regions tab to read 2011 care plans from nurses across the nation.

Elizabeth Foran, RN, BSN, 3NEWS med/surg unit, Loyola University Health System, Maywood, Ill.

My New Year’s resolution for 2011 is to adopt the Magis Model of Care on my unit. This approach to care makes patients and their families partners in treatment with the goal of improving their physical and spiritual comforts, speeding healing and enhancing outcomes.

Elizabeth Foran, RN

The model also increases the time I will spend at the bedside, ensuring my patients and their families receive as much one-on-one attention and hands-on care as needed. A few ways that I resolve to implement this model of care is by making hourly rounds for pain, positioning and toileting.

I will do this by asking probing questions to determine levels of pain and other symptoms. I also will ask my patients for their goal of the day. This will ensure both of us are in alignment and working toward the same objective.

Karen Morrison, RN, 4SE unit, University of Chicago Medical Center

Outside of being a mother, nursing is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, of all jobs.

Karen Morrison, RN

Just as a mother instills in her child the gift of knowledge, nurses must ensure that when patients are discharged, they know how to maintain optimal health. My resolution is to prioritize the many hats nurses wear so I have more time at the bedside to effectively teach.

Nurses often find themselves rushing through shifts, trying to prioritize their time so they can end their shifts feeling they’ve done everything to provide the best care.

We shouldn’t wait for patients to ask questions; we must assess their needs and provide helpful information. This may provoke more questions and take more time, but it also might save a life.

Spending more time teaching my patients might mean I occasionally stay late, but I’ll end my shift with a smile in my heart, knowing I’ve done everything possible to provide the best patient care.

Ruth Djordjevich, RN

Ruth Djordjevich, RN, 2nd floor nurse manager, Lexington Health Care of Orland Park (Ill.)

I would love to see that each resident receives the respect and dignity he or she deserves.

For 2011, one of my main goals is to truly be an advocate for each of my residents by ensuring their emotional and physical needs are met and to see that the nonverbal patients are being heard and the verbal patients are not ignored. Working in a long-term care facility, usually the residents’ health is first.

In 2011, I’d like to make sure that not only we, as nurses, are taking care of “health” issues, but also spending time with our residents to have conversations.

Susie Grajek, RN

In some cases, we are their only family. My personal goal will be to wholeheartedly give my all to each resident I come into contact with and to truly make a difference.

Susie Grajek, RN, American Home Health, Aurora, Ill.

I have been working in home care with families and their young children for about eight years. I have never really had trouble being a collaborative worker, though this past year has been more challenging.

My patient is from a different culture and is a private person who does not like to share information from the physicians or other therapist. My resolution is to get patients to trust me even more so I can provide the best care possible without so many gaps in the care delivery system.

Heather Fix, RN

With the support of, and much thanks to, my supervisor and ancillary therapists, we will make progress for a better future for this child and his family. I also welcome even further challenges.

Heather Fix, RN, BSN, ASN, critical care department, La Porte (Ind.) Hospital

I started my nursing career in critical care at La Porte Hospital in May 2007, and I expect to “settle in” my skin as a nurse in 2011. I feel less like a new nurse now and have gained confidence.

I plan to continue my education at the master’s level as well as pursue CCRN certification.

I also want to continue developing and honing my communication and assessment skills. Above all, I want to be able to look back on any shift and know I’ve treated my co-workers, patients and their families with integrity and respect. I enjoy caring for critically ill patients and working with their families to keep them as informed as possible.

Healthcare can be confusing for many people. I love being the glue that connects patients and families with every aspect of care — from spiritual, pharmaceutical, physical and respiratory therapy.

I want to put all those pieces together to reinforce their overall experience.

Edna Baker, RN

Edna Baker, RN, med-surg/oncology unit, Centegra Health System, Crystal Lake, Ill.

As a bedside nurse, I am always learning, always looking for ways to improve my skills, efficiency, knowledge and overall quality of patient care. However, more than the skills and techniques, I am striving for a different focus in 2011.

My desire is to go deeper than the surface with my patients. I will still bring warm blankets, hot tea and medications.

However, I also want to hear their stories and be present with them. I will have full days at the bedside, and there will always be more tasks to accomplish. I envision looking back on 2011 and remembering more than a frenzy of transfusing blood, starting IVs, irrigating catheters and changing dressings.

I would like to remember the patients themselves. Who is this 95-year-old who keeps climbing out of bed?

Where has this woman traveled who now battles leukemia? And what about this young man who barely lived through his second suicide attempt? My resolution is to learn to know one patient during each shift that I work and be present with each patient for whom I care.

My patients will benefit by having a chance to share, and I will gain more than I can imagine.

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