Nursing Stories

Advancing Professional Practice

Modifying the Ascension Seton Infant Skin Risk Assessment Tool

debbie vanceDebbie Vance, MSN, RN, headed a study to determine the best ways to reduce pressure ulcers and skin breakdown in hospitals. Her review included data on 87 babies with skin wounds.

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Clinical Specialty Transition Fellowship Program

Seton’s new Clinical Specialty Transition Fellowship helps nurses develop their careers by offering specialty pathways. The six-month program features online and classroom instruction, simulation and one-on-one preceptor support.

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Quality & Safety

Transitioning from IMC to MICU

After analyzing productivity reports, nurse leaders at UMCB successfully transitioned the previous Intermediate Care Unit into a Medical Intensive Care Unit. Since the implementation of the new MICU, our team has met productivity targets and enhanced patient care.

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Decreasing Use of Sedatives for Ventilated Patients

Prolonged use of sedatives can make a recovery more difficult for patients using a ventilator. A new Sedation Lightening Protocol for ventilated patients has resulted in numerous benefits, including greater patient involvement in their plan of care.

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Lowering CLABSI Rates in the ICU

Our SMCA nurses reduced central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) through a safety initiative launched in response to increasing rates of infection. This lowered the CLABSI rate in the Intermediate Care Unit from 5.87 to 0.

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Top Performer Award Winners

SEBD was given the Professional Research Consultant’s “Top Performer Award” in 2016. The team at SEBD also significantly improved their scores in “Patient Perception of Care” by the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHP).

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Improving Patient Care Through SRTs

Through a new initiative called the Staffing Response Team, SMCW has improved staff efficiency, teamwork and patient support.

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New Methods to Manage Patient Pain

Katie Jimenez, a clinical manager at SSRH and a nurse for nearly two decades, leads the Non-Pharmaceutical Approach to Pain (NPAP) program, which uses a holistic approach to healing with techniques like guided meditation, aromatherapy and music therapy.

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Using Hammocks to Prevent NICU Pressure Ulcers

Tammy Bass from DCMC has been dedicated to alleviating pressure ulcers in babies and infants. Her most recent idea to use hammocks instead of a flat resting surface to minimize pressure points has since been recognized as one of six innovations to move forward by Launchpad Ascension.

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The Nurses Behind the Comprehensive Care Clinic

The Children’s Comprehensive Care Clinic, our primary care clinic dedicated to serving children with complex medical needs now provides medical, psychosocial and behavioral services to over 500 children.

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Connection to Mission

Special Care for a Homeless Man

Beverly Pearson at Ascension Seton Southwest volunteered to delouse a homeless gentleman who came under our care, going above and beyond to track down needed products and ensure the man received the treatment he needed.

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Saving Lives on the Way to Work

Allison Jones, a PACU nurse at Ascension Seton Northwest, put her skills to use outside of the hospital when she witnessed a serious car crash and saved 16 lives in one day, all on her way to work.

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Honoring Nurses in a Critical Position

The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses has been awarded to three members of our outstanding team for their dedication to our mission and values.

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Earning Two Awards on Her First Day Back from Retirement

After re-entering the nursing field from retirement, Aarti Saxena, ICU RN, was nominated for two Daisy Awards by two unrelated patients on her first day on the job. By connecting personally with each patient, Saxena has made a monumental difference in the lives of those she serves.

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