The Teaching finalists for the Nursing Spectrum 2011 Nursing Excellence awards program are as follows:
Carey Heck, RN, MSN, MS, ACNP-CS, CCRN, CNRN
Clinical Specialist, Neuroscience Critical Care
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia
Nominated by: Marie Wilson
Carey Heck has presented various proposals for policy development to many multidisciplinary committees to improve the care of the neuroscience patient, such as Temperature Modulation in the Neuroscience Patient (developed collaboratively with a neuro-intensivist and presently under hospital review). She coordinated and taught a 16-hour CNRN Review Course in which all nine participants in the class passed the certification exam. The neuroscience program at this institution experienced tremendous growth during 2010, which presented many logistical challenges as to how to best prepare for the influx of 80 new nurses. Heck developed an orientation curriculum to better prepare those new to neuroscience, as well as those who were transitioning from an intermediate care unit to the intensive care environment.Catherine Jones, RN
She collaborated with a local police department to create a trauma prevention program emphasizing bicycle safety, helmet usage and car safety.
Catherine Jones, RN, MSN, APN-C, PMHMP-BC
Clinical Director, Behavioral Health Services
Kennedy Health System, Cherry Hill, N.J.
Nominated by: Constance Martell
Catherine Jones acts as a clinical adviser, liaison and resource to members of the healthcare team within the organization. She revised the process for the Patient Safety Rounds. These revisions improved the accuracy and efficiency of documentation of the rounds. Jones not only developed the curriculum, but also provided the education to staff on all shifts. Education, including use of simulation, was initiated by Jones to provide a consistent practice on all behavioral health units. All staff must complete the personal belongings simulation by searching a sample suitcase and purse that contain unsafe items. She has had a lead role in forming a Tier 1 Alert (a psychiatric emergency response team), which is used throughout the hospital inpatient system. Her nominator wrote: Jones understands the role of education to improve performance, quality and outcomes. Clinical staff appreciates [her] guidance and expertise.Judith A. DiPerri, RN
Judith A. DiPerri, RN, MSN, CWOCN
Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia
Nominated by: Palaka Patel
Judith DiPerri guides the care of the patient in relation to their skin and wounds. She provides instrumental education to nursing staff, patients and their families. DiPerri teaches in the RN Residency program, focusing on pressure ulcer staging, providing the new nurses with a more solid foundation and the confidence needed to successfully stage their patients wounds. She has provided nurses with 4-hour education on staging, prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers. Nursing assistants attended her 3 1/2-hour training class on pressure ulcers. She is a member of the Hospital Education Council and Products Committee. Her project Collaboration at Its Finest: Markedly Reducing Pressure Ulcers Below National Standards was accepted for the University of Pennsylvanias seventh annual Patient Safety Conference in 2010. Her presentation Using a Team Approach to Decrease Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers was accepted for the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators Conference 2011.Susan Lynch, RN
Susan Lynch, RN, MSN, CNOR, CNE
Riddle Hospital, Media, Pa.
Nominated by: Louise L. Hummel
Susan Lynch has received praise from surgeons, anesthesiologists and others for the professionalism, competence and expertise of the nursing staff. She is an advocate for continuous learning and a champion of certification. She is part of a team that is organizing and expanding certification review courses within surgical services and the hospital. Lynch, along with two colleagues, implemented research within their unit that resulted in a change in practice in the surgical arena. Their study on normothermia was based on a clinical issue raised by a staff nurse. The findings of this research study were published in the AORN Journal in November 2010. Her nominator writes: This clinical nurse educator embodies the spirit and passion of Florence Nightingale in the 21st century. [She] is a proponent for continuous learning and uses every opportunity to advance nursing practice and patient care.Roseanne M. DeFrancisco, RN
Roseanne M. DeFrancisco, RN, MSN
Clinical Outcomes Manager
South Jersey Healthcare, Elmer, N.J.
Nominated by: Kay Fogg
Roseanne DeFrancisco is in charge of the systemwide Nursing Research Council and is responsible for mentoring the chairs of the unit-based practice councils. She is directly involved in hospital and systemwide initiatives, including the Sepsis Campaign to reduce mortality from sepsis, prevention of central line-associated bacteremia and the CAUTI initiative to prevent nosocomial urinary tract infections related to urinary catheters. She also is involved in pressure ulcer prevention, emergency preparedness, development of the vertical evacuation train-the-trainer program, dysrhythmia identification education and cardiac arrest drills with the med/surg staff. She is active in the systemwide Pneumonia Task Force, Prevention of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia Task Force, the system Bariatric Team and the Congestive Heart Failure Task Force. Her nominator writes: She is an excellent educator because she is accessible, visible and approachable to all staff members.