Friday, May 18, 2012

Honoring MGH nurses


TAKING THE CAKE: Ives Erickson, left, and new graduate Sabianca Delva, RN, use a vintage Army saber to cut a cake in honor of the 111th anniversary of the Army Nurse Corps.

The May 3 kick-off to the 2012 Nurse Recognition Week at the MGH was marked by laughter, applause and a standing ovation, and the celebration continued on a high note through May 9 as nurses participated in special presentations, poster sessions and receptions. The week also was a time for all MGHers to express gratitude to nursing staff members for their commitment to providing the best possible care to patients and families.

At the start of her annual address May 3 in the O'Keeffe Auditorium, Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN, senior vice president for Patient Care and chief nurse, and the nursing leadership team entertained the crowd with a humorous videotaped rendition of Lady Gaga’s music video, “Bad Romance.” Ives Erickson said they chose the song because it reflects the tough spirit of MGH nurses. While the video was a lighthearted start to the presentation, Ives Erickson was all business when she called upon the audience to think about what the future can and should be for patients and for care providers. “We need to continue to embrace our values, action and the science of nursing – and challenge the status quo,” she said. She went on to thank MGH nurses for all they do for patients, families and one another on a daily basis.

Throughout the week, the hallway outside the O’Keeffe Auditorium was lined with research posters, which complemented the May 9 Yvonne L. Munn Nursing Research Awards presentation. Recipients of the 18th annual awards are Constance Cruz, RN, MSN, for “Decreasing Falls on Inpatient Psychiatry through a Tailored Fall Risk Assessment, Plan of Care and Efficient Patient Care Workflow,” and Cynthia Finn, RN, for “Comparison of Temporal Artery to Pulmonary Artery Thermistor Temperatures in Hyperthermic Patients.” Kim Francis, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, was named this year’s postdoctoral fellow.

The week also featured a number of speakers, including former Yvonne L. Munn award recipients Paula Restrepo, RN, BSN, Deborah Jameson, RN, MS, and Diane Carroll, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN, who presented “An Evidence-Based Practice Project on the Use of Non-Invasive Mechanical Modalities for Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit,” and Tara Tehan, RN, MSN, MBA, Mary Guanci, RN, MSN, CNRN, and Donna Perry, RN, PhD, who shared a study, “The Impact of Death and Dying in the Intensive Care Unit on New Graduate Nurses.” Other lectures included “Caring for the Caregiver: Recognizing Compassion Fatigue and Developing Self-Care Skills,” by oncology social worker Mary Susan Convery, MSW, LICSW, and “Taking the ‘T’ to Cultural Competence: Is the Red, Orange, Blue or Green Line Your Best Practice?” by Deborah Washington, RN, director of the Patient Care Services Diversity Program.

In addition, the MGH hosted Ellen-Marie Whelan, PhD, NP, RN, senior advisor for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center, who presented “Shaping the Future of Health Care through Innovation.” She made a point of thanking MGH nurses for playing a leadership role in care redesign. “You are a hotbed of innovation,” she told the audience. 

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