Nursing Stories

INSPIRE

Finding Joy in a Time of Sadness

Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin nurses united together earlier this year to help one family create lasting memories and turn a time of deep sadness into one covered with joy and togetherness.

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Closing One Door, but Opening Another

At approximately 4:50 p.m. on May 21, the loudspeaker boomed at the empty University Medical Center Brackenridge proclaiming: “Our final patient leaving Brackenridge has now been received into Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center. Congratulations and thank you all for your incredible teamwork enabling a safe and successful transition into our new teaching hospital!”

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Former Nursing Congress Chair Earns DAISY Award®

Ruby has been a dedicated and loyal nurse at Ascension Seton Southwest for 17 years, beginning her career as an LVN and moving up the ranks as an RN, charge nurse, nurse educator, house supervisor and now clinical manager of the emergency department and progressive care unit.

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Seton’s 2017 Nurse of Year Earns DAISY Award®

Nicole has been a nurse at Ascension Seton Southwest for 12 years, beginning her career as a staff RN and expanding her role to supervisor and now clinical manager for the operating room, endoscopy, processing, post-anesthesia care unit and day surgery.

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Inspired to Serve

Ascension Seton nurses are not only clinical experts, they are compassionate caregivers who believe in Seton’s mission of serving the poor and vulnerable. This commitment plays out every day in Ascension Seton hospitals, outpatient clinics and even in communities across the region.

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Generous Spirit Earns Providence Nurse DAISY Award®

Kathleen Anderson, a nurse in the radiology department at Providence was nominated for a DAISY Award® by the wife of patient who was in the hospital for a biopsy. The patient was extremely anxious and distressed about his upcoming procedure. Sensing her patient’s fear, Kathleen stepped in to help.

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ENGAGE

United to Achieve Excellence in Patient Care: SEBD Receives Fourth Pathway to Excellence Redesignation

Pathway to Excellence is a goal that many hospitals aspire to, but far fewer achieve. Ascension Seton Edgar B. Davis is one of only 159 hospitals in the nation (and only 51 in Texas) to earn this coveted designation, not just once, but four times!

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Transforming Lives with the Ascension Seton Highland Lakes Care-a-Van

The loving staff at the Ascension Seton Kids Care-a-Van, operated by Ascension Seton Highland Lakes, has cared for countless infants, children and teens since the mobile health clinic first hit the road in 2003. Every week, the Care-a-Van travels to schools in five communities providing children aged 0-18 with easy access to medical care.

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Ascension Seton Shoal Creek Nurse Experiences Life Among Austin’s Homeless Population

Nancy Miller, BSN, RN works on the Psychiatric Adult Unit at Ascension Seton Shoal Creek Hospital. Many of the patients treated on this specialized unit are homeless and over the years Nancy has become a passionate advocate for Austin’s homeless population.

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Empowering Patients through Education and Support

Ascension Seton Medical Center Williamson has been on a journey to become the first hospital in Central Texas to earn the coveted Baby Friendly designation Baby Friendly USA, Inc. the accrediting agency in the United States.

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SPS Nurse Pays it Forward at Ascension Medical Mission at Home

Part of the Ascension Seton family for more than 15 years, Carmen Flores, RN, Ascension Seton Premiere Staffing staff nurse, jumped at the opportunity to serve in her first Medical Missions at Home on January 29, 2017 in Kyle, Texas.

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Uniting to Improve Nurse Retention at Providence Healthcare Network

Faced with a nursing turnover rate higher the national average, Providence’s staffing committee sprung into action. With support from Providence’s CNO, Chris Courtney, the hospital launched a Nursing Retention Committee in March 2017.

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Twelve Years and Counting: Ascension Seton Highland Lakes Earn Fourth Pathways to Excellence Designation

Pathway to Excellence is a goal that many hospitals aspire to, but far fewer achieve. Ascension Seton Highland Lakes (SHL) is one of only 159 hospitals in the nation (and only 51 in Texas) to earn this coveted designation, not just once, but four times!

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TRANSFORM

Empowering Patients Using Evidence-Based Practice

Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin (SMCA) labor and delivery nurse, Emily Cowart, BSN, RN, led the initiative to implement the use of nitrous oxide as an alternative form of pain management during labor.

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Ascension Seton Northwest Hospital Decreases Wait Time in Emergency Department

In January 2017, leadership at Ascension Seton Northwest realized that it was not optimizing the use of space in its busy emergency department. Leadership decided to make a change after running a table top exercise with their Studer coach.

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New Burn Care Program Opens Close to Home

After more than a year of extensive planning and training, Dell Ascension Seton at the University of Texas at Austin launched a new service line in 2017 to care for patients with burn injuries. Nurses at all levels of the organization were deeply involved in the planning and rollout of this new program.

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Ascension Seton Medical Center Hays Nurses Unite for Safer Patient Care

Ascension Seton Medical Center Hays established an interdisciplinary team that investigated several CLASBI incidents utilizing the AIM4 Excellence model for improvement and created a series of evidence-based prevention strategies.

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A New Model of Care at DCMC

In September 2016, Dell Children’s established a large multi-disciplinary work group to collaborate and develop a comprehensive, integrated approach to the treatment of functional abdominal pain.

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Multi-disciplinary Teamwork Transforms Care at Dell Children’s Hospital

In response to the increase in HAPI, the hospital formed a new multi-disciplinary wound and skin care committee in December 2016 to examine past cases and research evidence-based practices that could be implemented at Dell Children’s.

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EMPOWER

Empowering Nurses to Deliver the Highest Quality of Care

Melissa Emmons, BSN, RN, a nurse in Ascension Seton Northwest’s Post-Anesthesiology Care Unit (PACU) was nominated for a DAISY Award® for providing consistently high-quality care to her patients.

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Ascension Seton Shoal Creek Nurses Take Action to Improve Care for Patients with Autism

In 2017, Ascension Seton Shoal Creek (SSC) began to see an uptick in the admissions of children ages 6-17, with autism. When the children arrive at the hospital, many become overwhelmed by excess sensory stimuli and act out aggressively or even violently because of the abrupt change in their environment.

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Ascension Seton Williamson Nurse Wins Nurse Endowment Scholarship

Maribel Abarro, BSN, RN, CVRN, joined Ascension Seton Medical Center Williamson as a staff nurse five years ago. Although she drives by two other hospitals on her way to work each morning, she chose to work at Ascension Seton because of its mission of helping the poor and vulnerable.

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Years of Experience Benefit Ascension Seton Community Health Clinic

When many of us are still fast asleep, Gayle Truax, BSN, RN is wide awake calling a hospital or clinic to confirm her assignment for the day. Gayle currently works for Ascension Seton Premiere Staffing but started her career at Ascension Seton as a phlebotomist and unit clerk.

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