MEET PATTY HOUSTON
Bariatric program coordinator, Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, Del.
Houston, RN, MPH, M.Ed, gave a presentation on IV access for bariatric surgery patients at the recent Infusion Nurses Society’s Fall National Academy of Infusion Therapy and One-Day Program in Los Angeles.
Houston’s presentation, “Infusion implications for patients having bariatric surgery,” discussed the difficulty in obtaining IV access on patients with excess weight. Her lecture focused on different techniques, including ultrasound, for specialized nurses to find the vein and place the IV in the appropriate location.Kelly Flocco, RN
St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading, Pa.: Beau Perry, CRNA, has been named the lead CRNA at the medical center. Perry joined the St. Joseph anesthesia department in 2007.
Eleanor Colongello, RN, a nurse at St. Joseph Family and Womens Care, received a GEM award in recognition of going above and beyond her duties.
The award process, also known as Giving Excellence Meaning, includes nominations from colleagues.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia: Jefferson MICU nurse Tom Sullivan, RN, BSN, was honored with a DAISY Award on Feb. 28. He was nominated by unit nurse manager, Jim Hazlett, RN, BSN, for his care of an elderly female patient and her family. Kelly Flocco, RN, med/surg staff nurse at Jeffersons Methodist Hospital, was honored in January with a DAISY Award.
A patients daughter nominated Flocco for her exemplary care, warm smile and gentle touch.
Jefferson oncology staff nurse Kelly Harman, RN, BSN, OCN, was recognized Jan. 24 with a DAISY Award.
Harman was nominated by Anne Delengowksi, RN, MSN, AOCN, the units CNS, for collecting more than $1,000 from peers to buy airline tickets for a patients children to visit her from Puerto Rico at Thanksgiving.
Jefferson ED nurses Adrienne Marks, RN, and Maren Lundby, RN, accompanied three physicians in late January on a healthcare mission trip to Sierra Leone.
Inglis Foundation, Philadelphia: The foundation, which provides programs and services to benefit people with physical disabilities and their caregivers, has promoted Marjorie Y. Harding, RN, BSN, MBA, to co-executive director and director of nursing.
A native of Jamaica, Harding came to the U.S. in the 1980s and earned an ADN from Delaware County Community College, Media, Pa., and a BSN from Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia.
Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, Pa.: RNs have been active in presenting posters at conferences throughout the country. At the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses conference in Kansas City, Mo., presenters were Bonnie Wasilowsky, Open to the Public: Meeting the Nursing Challenge of a Diverse America; Jill Hinnershitz and Holly Tavianini, Driving for Results: Building a Strong AANN Chapter to Assure Relevance in Neuroscience Nursing; Kristen Gaumer, On Old Olympic Towering Tops a Finn and German Viewed Some Hops; and Lorraine Valeriano, Posterior Reversible Encephlopathic Syndrome: Treating the Puzzling Syndrome of PAS. At the NICHE conference, Diana Pabon Hurtzig presented Patient and Family Centered Care Within Our Older Adult Population, and Nancy DiRico and Bonnie Kosman presented From Uh-Oh to Oh-Yeah!: A Nurse Driven Urinary Catheter Removal Protocol.
Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, Philadelphia: Michael Beshel, RN, BSN, MBA, MHA, NE-BC, CNO and vice president at Mercy Philadelphia, graduated from the Johnson & Johnson-Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives, an intensive three-week management education program conducted at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Beshel was one of 33 senior nurse executives selected to participate in the program.