White Plains (N.Y.) Hospital Center celebrated Medical Surgical Nurses Week Nov. 2 to 4 with the theme NASA (Nursing Attaining Stellar Achievements).
A learning needs assessment was conducted before the event. Based on the survey results, an agenda was created to meet staff specified learning needs. Topics such as leadership potential, palliative care, psych patients in med/surg and trach care, were presented by New York nurses.The 4E preceptors, from left, are Megon Sinclair, Lyda Keo, Hoang Phan, Mary Ann Durso, Monika Chmielewski, Karyl Cabagnot, Andrea Calvo, Gina Salvo, Cindy Paradiso, Megan Haefner and Susana Dealmeida.
To help staff become more culturally competent, staff members volunteered to share their beliefs and participate in an open panel discussion. Megan Haefner, ANM, 4E, served as discussion facilitator about diversity presentations on the following ethnicities: Cambodian, Jewish, Indian, Filipino, Mexican, West Indian and Italian. Staff said the presentations gave them a better understanding of how cultural practices are different in some ways and similar in others.The 4I unit council includes, from left, Sally Tortora, Marie Merveille Medina, Marie Osline Francois, Suzanne Baffer and Marilou Luciano.
Med/surg nurses also were rewarded and recognized for their achievements in 2010. The new nationally certified medical nursing staff received nursing jackets embroidered with their names and certifications. Unit council members received heart-shaped pins for their dedication to their groups, and med/surg preceptors were given tote bags for their dedication to educating new staff nurses.
Leigh Anne McMahon, RN, vice president of nursing, presented an award to the nurses whose abstracts were accepted to national organizations and quality symposiums. Special recognition also went out to Janet Greco, CNS, who was a Nursing Spectrum Nursing Excellence Award Nominee 2010. Special teamwork pins were presented to the nurse technicians.Unit 5Fs newly certified nurses include, from left, Margaret Brock (presenting awards), Toyoko Yasui, Maura Harrington, Michelle Finer and Lisa Richards.
The special awards for 2010 focused on recognizing nurses who best exemplify the Professional Practice Model in their everyday clinical practice, and embody caring, empathy, respect, accountability, advocacy and trust. The recipients of the special awards included: Commitment to the Community Award Sue Morano and Kelley Ahearn; Professional Development Lisa Richards, Kerry Breglia, Michelle Finer, Beth Bernstein, Greco, Morano and Ahearn, med/surg and oncology; Doly Philip, med/surg and orthopedics; Patricia Thompson, med/surg and pediatrics; and Meg Warren, certified perianesthesia nurse and professional development.Rachel Thomson presents awards to the 5E preceptors, from left, Kim Miller, Kristen Hoffman, Katie Feola and Laurie Ryan.
Unit 5F received its second plaque because 50 percent of its eligible staff members are certified and 91 percent of its eligible staff members are on the clinical ladder. Evidence-Based Practice and Interdisciplinary Teamwork was awarded to Marie Berkery for infection control guidelines for pediatric placement on admission.
The Evidence-Based Practice Award was presented to Meg Warren, Debbie Franzten and Greco for their research on the Hourly Rounding Initiative Education.
The Interdisciplinary Teamwork award was presented to Melissa Hayes for her work as the co-chair on the night council.5I unit council members include, from left, Marie Berkery, Patricia Thompson, Vanessa Pesce, Vivene Newman and Reema Joseph.
The Nursing Informatics Council Award was given to Lyda Keo, Rachel Thomson, Clarissa Tojos and Ava Ramirez Dela Cruz. The final award, Quality Outcomes, was presented to Tina Pillai for the most improved vaccine compliance with CORE measure data.