The Department of Nursing, School of Continuing Education for Nurses of NewYork-Presbyterian, The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, sponsored its first annual Wound and Vascular Symposium March 23 at the Hilton Pearl River (N.Y.). The all-day program, called The Multidisciplinary Team Approach for Wound Healing and Fistula Management at the Bedside, provided attendees with up-to-date information and best practices on collaboratively caring for patients who need wound management.
The 19 speakers represented social work, medicine, nursing, nutrition, vascular surgery/wound ostomy care nursing and hyperbaric medicine and were from a number of healthcare facilities, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, NewYork-Presbyterian and Emory University in Atlanta.Keynote speaker Dorothy Doughty, RN, left, and conference organizer Denise Robinson, RN.
We reviewed a repertoire of healthcare professionals from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the surrounding facilities and came up with an excellent selection of multidisciplinary speakers, said conference organizer Denise Robinson, RN, MPH, CHWOCN, WOC program manager at the NewYork-Presbyterians Milstein campus.
Each 15-minute presentation gave attendees a glimpse of the best techniques in caring for and managing patients with wounds, ostomies, pressure ulcers and fistulas, while emphasizing the team approach.
Keynote speaker Dorothy Doughty, RN, MN, CWOCN, FAAN, closed the conference with the presentation Critical Factors in Effective Wound Management: A Commitment to Evidence-Based Practice Plus a Team Approach. Doughty is program director of the Emory University Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Education Program in Atlanta.A sample of the table exhibits that displayed research done by NewYork-Presbyterian staff.
Considered a guru of wound ostomy care, Doughty gave attendees advice. Treat your patients skin like newborn skin, she said. That goes a long way toward preserving the integrity.
Posters exhibiting research projects by NYP staff were on display in the ballroom hallway. In between sessions, attendees were picked to answer trivia questions that ranged from who founded the American Red Cross to how long it takes for red blood cells to circle the whole body.
During breaks, special recognition awards were given to staff and speakers who represent NewYork-Presbyterians vision and values statement: Vinni Schek, RN, MPH, 2011 Leadership and Service Excellence Award; Debra OHehir, RN, MSN, MBA, 2011 Exemplary Teamwork Award; Georgia J. Persky, RN, MBA, DNSc, 2011 Outstanding Executive Leadership Award; Rejeev Dayal, MD, and Daniel H. Broady, MD, 2011 Commitment and Service Award; and Tomoaki Kato, MD, FACS, 2011 Innovation in Medical Care Award Cutting Edge Solutions. Linda Saal, RN-BC, MA; Rosemary Sullivan, RN, MA; and Wilhelmina Manzano, RN, MA, NEA-BC, were recognized for their support of the symposium and Doughty was presented with the 2011 Exemplary Advancement in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Care Award.
Sponsored in collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterians wound, ostomy and continence program, more than 347 people attended the inaugural conference, Robinson said, including attendees from Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.
Having done wound and vascular symposiums in the past, my team and I thought it was something that the Manhattan community of nurses along with NewYork-Presbyterian clinical staff could benefit from, Robinson said. We decided that we wanted to present a Multidisciplinary Team Approach for Wound Healing and Fistula Management at the Bedside because of our daily challenges. We understood that we need a team approach to meet the unique needs of the client population that we serve.