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A Tradition of Excellence Nursing at Children's Memorial Hospital
n (14c) 1: the quality of being excellent 2: an excellent or valuable quality: virtue 3: excellency "The nurses of Children's Memorial Hospital have set a standard for excellence."
excellence Table of Contents
Thoughts from the Chief Nurse Executive 3
2004 - 2005 Highlights 4-5 Professional Practice 6
Community Outreach 7
Professional Development 8 Autonomy 9
Leadership Development 10
Interdisciplinary Relationships 11
Quality Improvement 13
Children's Memorial Hospital 3 When Children's Memorial Hospital was founded in 1882, nurses cared for children in an eight-bed cottage which served as the first
hospital facility. At the time, it was the first pediatric hospital in Chicago and one of very few in the nation.
Needless to say, much has changed since then. Medical technology, research, education and patient care have evolved at lightning speed. Our facilities at Children's Memorial have expanded exponentially both in the main hospital and outpatient locations. In 2005 we cared for more than 102,000 children with the demand for our services continuing to grow. In fact, by 2012, we will open the doors to an entirely new hospital to serve more children.
As our capabilities and facilities evolve, we, the nurses of Children's Memorial Hospital, are charged with the awesome responsibility of upholding a 124-year tradition of nursing excellence. It isn't easy. The nursing profession today faces many challenges - a serious nursing shortage, increasing acuity and complexity of patients, shorter hospital stays, decreasing rates of reimbursement for the care provided, and an increasing demand for acute care services. Despite these realities, Children's Memorial nurses work together to improve their practice environments and to identify process and outcome improvements within their specific
clinical setting. Each day throughout the organization, nurses come together to solve problems and create solutions that will improve patient care quality.
In 2001 we became the first hospital in Illinois and the first freestanding pediatric hospital in the nation to receive Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In 2005 we also became the first
children's hospital to receive recertification. In addition, Working Mother magazine named Children's Memorial Hospital as one of the nation's "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" in its annual roundup of family-friendly companies.
Such a consistent level of recognition says to families who entrust us with their children's care, that the tradition of excellence at Children's Memorial is stronger than ever. We are more than 1,100 nurses strong - in terms of both numbers and in our commitment to children and to the profession of nursing.
Michelle Stephenson, RN, MSN Chief Nurse Executive Fred Love Krehbiel Chair in Nursing Excellence
A Tradition of Excellence Thoughts from the Chief Nurse Executive
Michelle Stephenson, chief nurse executive, with members of the 7 West team
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Tradition of Excellence In 2001 Children's Memorial Hospital became the first hospital in Illinois and the nation's first freestanding pediatric hospital to achieve Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The recognition was reaffirmed in 2005 when Children's Memorial became the first children's hospital to achieve Magnet redesignation.
Nursing Research Research grants from $12,000 to $25,000 are available for nurses to impact evidence-based nursing practice by engaging in research through the Shaw Research Grants in Nursing and the Allied Health Professions. The program provides $85,000 per year to support nursing research.
Professional Development Since January 2004, 173 RNs have been promoted through the ADVANCE Program (Advancement, Development, and Validation of Achievement in Nursing Clinical Excellence). The program recognizes advanced and expert behaviors of the nurse in five areas: clinician, teacher, clinical inquiry, professional development and leadership. This model of recognition serves as the framework for the newly instituted Ladder of Excellence for Allied Professionals (LEAP) Program that will recognize the professional achievements of allied health professionals at Children's Memorial Hospital.
Specialty Certification in Cancer Care Achievement as a Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse(CPON) demonstrates a dedication to the subspecialty and establishes a standard of excellence in knowledge and practice. Children's Memorial Hospital has 24 CPON nurses within the divisions of Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation. In 2005, the Oncology Clinic was recognized for having greater than 50 percent of its nurses certified as CPONs by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. Nurse Epidemiologists The Department of Infection Prevention and Control now has a dedicated team of three nurse epidemiologists assigned to various departments throughout the organization. Nurse epidemiologists serve as primary infection prevention and control contacts for specific areas and provide ongoing and consistent help with process improvement initiatives, compliance monitoring and staff policy education.
Advanced Practice Nurses There are nearly 100 advanced practice nurses (APNs) at Children's Memorial Hospital. APNs collaborate with physicians in the provision and coordination of patient care within all but three clinical subspecialty areas. Low Turnover The turnover rate is the lowest ever at 9.7 percent while hospitals within the region report turnover rates of 14 percent or higher.
Low Vacancy In 2003, nursing leadership implemented a proactive hiring policy based on a unit's turnover rate history. As a result Children's Memorial has maintained a 2.7 percent over-hire status throughout the hospital since September 2004. The program provides for a smooth transition of staff and has greatly decreased the need for temporary agency staffing.
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A Great Place to Work In 2005 Children's Memorial Hospital received two acknowledgments of efforts to improve life/work balance for employees. Children's Memorial was ranked ninth on Chicago magazine's Top 25 Places to Work in Chicago and was named to Working Mother magazine 2005 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, based on family-friendly policies, benefits and advancement opportunities for women.
Employee Satisfaction Bedside nurses demonstrate high satisfaction significantly above the national norm. On a scale of 1 to 7 with 7 equal to "I love working here," 83 percent gave Children's Memorial a score of 6 or 7. A whopping 95 percent of advanced practice nurses gave scores of 6 or 7. Employee survey data places Children's Memorial in the 96th percentile among 341 hospitals and the 100th percentile among 44 children's hospitals nationwide.
Recruiting the Very Best In 2005, 1,896 nurses applied for nursing positions at Children's Memorial, of which 241 (18 percent) were hired. Forty percent reported being drawn to Children's Memorial by reputation or were referred by a current employee. Improving Vascular Access In June 2004 the Vascular Access Team was formed to improve a child's experience when having an IV started. This team of six dedicated, skilled nurses has greatly improved patient and family satisfaction with IV insertions through use of distraction techniques, comfort holds and local analgesics.
Transforming Care Children's Memorial was invited by the Institute of Health Care Improvement to participate as one of 13 hospitals across the U.S. in a program called Transforming Care at the Bedside, funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The two-year project promotes change on medical and surgical units that will improve care and enhance patient and staff satisfaction. Through the program, nurses on the transplant unit (6 West) have instituted an afternoon quiet time and installed a sound decibel monitor to alert staff when the unit noise level is excessive. Both initiatives have improved patient and family satisfaction scores.
Service to Families The new Family Ambassador Program, administered by the Department of Nursing, provides a staff member on each unit to offer hospitality and support with a focus on meeting the personal needs of parents and/or primary caregivers. The goal is to enhance care and service throughout the families' inpatient stay.
Nursing Endowment In recognition of the hospital's superb nursing care and its commitment to nursing research, education and advocacy, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Krehbiel, Jr. provided a $1.5 million gift to endow the Fred Love Krehbiel Chair in Nursing Excellence, held by Michelle Stephenson, chief nurse executive.
Educating Tomorrow's Nurses Children's Memorial maintains 22 formal clinical contracts with regional schools of nursing. During academic year 2005, Children's Memorial provided clinical learning experiences for 465 undergraduate and graduate nursing students. For many, this represents their only opportunity to learn pediatric nursing care.
Photos page 4 and 5 (left to right): Stephanie Fabiyi, Maria Chiappetta, Brenda Oakson, Aneta Cenda, Theresa Burke, Paula Petrie, Shirley Goodman
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As of January 2006, 24 nurses at Children's Memorial had earned specialty certification as Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurses (CPON). Janice Nuuhiwa, RN, MSN, APN/CNS, CPON - named 2005 CPON of the Year by the Oncology Nursing Certification
Corporation - spearheads the drive to obtain pediatric oncology certification for all registered nurses working in oncology and stem cell transplantation. Says Janice, "I am proud of the work that I do here, and grateful to Children's Memorial for the resources, time and opportunity to lead, in my staff development specialist role."
CPON certification is based on current professional practice, demonstrating the up-to-date knowledge that is crucial in today's climate of rapid changes in technology, treatment and research. CPON nurses have both the knowledge and experience to effectively deliver specialized care tailored to the unique needs of children undergoing complex cancer treatments. "Investing in the professional development of frontline nursing staff has a direct impact on the quality of patient care," states Janice. "The CPON certification program is one example of how Children's Memorial links professional development in practice and high quality, safe patient care."
According to the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, half of all CPONs in Illinois work at Children's Memorial, and are represented across the spectrum of cancer care: on the patient floor, in the outpatient setting and the ambulatory stem cell unit, in the long-term follow-up program, and among the leaders of the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation.
Janice Nuuhiwa, RN, MSN, APN/CNS, CPON
Staff Development Specialist | Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation
With more than 1,100 nurses focusing on more than 70 subspecialties, Children's Memorial offers a breadth and depth of expertise in the care of medically complex children. Connie Hill, RN, MSN, has become a champion of community outreach on behalf of children with special health care needs, leading the formation of the Consortium for Children with Complex Medical Needs.
"Children with special health care needs comprise 12.8 percent of all children under the age of 18 in the U.S.," Connie states. "These children and their families often encounter uncoordinated care and other significant barriers while seeking multiple health care resources." Established in June 2004, the consortium represents a partnership between Children's Memorial Hospital and community leaders, bringing together a diverse body of child health leaders and advocates. These include LaRabida Children's Hospital, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, COACH Care Center, Illinois Department of Public Aid, Illinois Division of Specialized Care for Children, Loyola University Medical Center, Mosaic Living Center, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, as well as various Children's Memorial departments.
"I am honored to be a part of this community partnership," Connie says. "Together, we are taking great strides toward accomplishing our goals, which include assuring a medical home for all children with special health care needs by 2010, building alliances to facilitate increased access to care and services, raising awareness through advocacy and lobbying, and assuring youth with special health care needs receive transitional services needed to facilitate a productive adult life."
Connie Hill, RN, MSN
Team Leader | Allergy/Pulmonary Transitional Care Unit
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Most nurses don't spend seven years working in accounting and financial analysis, but that is precisely what Tara Call, RN, BSN, did prior to deciding to pursue a career in nursing. Tara now works as a nurse on 5 West, where she cares for children with heart problems and those recovering from general surgical procedures. She draws upon her extensive client service background for organizational skills, time management, interpersonal skills and communication.
"Communicating across the spectrum is a part of my job," Tara says. "That includes communicating with other clinicians and - as importantly - with parents. It's important to really listen to parents' observations regarding their child's care and to be able to communicate back to them regarding expectations."
Comparing her nursing internship experience at Children's Memorial to that of peers at other hospitals, Tara points to Children's Memorial's uniquely positive and supportive environment, where questions are encouraged and emphasis is placed on the learning process.
"My co-workers are always willing to help out and give pointers," she says, "and it has always felt like they want to make sure you feel ready!"
Tara cites educational opportunities, such as Pediatric Advanced Life Support and classroom extension topics with experts, as being critical to skill reinforcement. "I'm proud of the progress I've made over the course of the year," Tara states. "I still have a lot to learn, but I feel so much more competent than I did one year ago!"
Tara Call, RN, BSN
Staff Nurse | 5 West
Tara Call shown in center, front with nurse interns (left to right): Terri Williams, Meghan Murphy and Jessica Buckholz
In the back of the ambulance, 45 minutes away from Children's Memorial Hospital, a very sick child's condition suddenly deteriorates. Craig LaRusso, RN, BSN, MA, and his two teammates reach for their emergency equipment, quickly divide their responsibilities and respond. As a member of the Children's Service Board Transport Team, Craig's responsibilities often include making rapid assessments of a critically ill child or neonate, determining a course of action, and intervening quickly and often independently. An hour or two may be all Craig LaRusso has with a sick child and his or her family.
"For the parents, these are often intense moments filled with nervous questions, sweating palms and quivering lips," says Craig, a nurse for 23 years and a member of the transport team for eight. "For a brief time I become part of their story," LaRusso says of the children he transports.
Craig has experienced outcomes at both ends of the spectrum, and has learned to live with the emotional impact of his experiences with families. He also had to learn to live with not always having an answer to the question "why?" He cites times when a "stable" and "uneventful" transport had a very sad ending, and times when a very "unstable" and "eventful" transport ended with a child going home with his or her family. He has joined families both in celebration and in grief.
"Whatever ending is given to each story, I find great reward and satisfaction in what we do," Craig says of his work. "I am immensely proud of my teammates who work alongside me to deliver the best care they can."
Craig LaRusso, RN, BSN, MA
Transport Nurse | Children's Service Board Transport Program
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As the mother of six children ranging in age from 4 to 22, Eileen Romano, RN, BSN, MBA, had always been interested in pursuing a graduate degree, but struggled with the question of how to do that while maintaining work/life balance. She was able to realize her goal and move into a new role as a permanent charge nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). How did she do it? With the benefit of flexible
work hours (three 12-hour days, most on weekends) and Children's Memorial's MBA program which met one night a week, and via the Internet and small groups.
"I can't say enough about Children's Memorial. They've helped me be more available to my family and keep a full-time job," Eileen says, who has been with Children's Memorial for seven years. "This is a place full of opportunity. I love where I am and know that my MBA and new leadership training makes me suited for other management roles. I feel there will always be a place for me here."
Eileen's responsibilities in her new leadership role include coordinating the functioning of the unit, moving patients in and out, staffing of shifts, and supporting bedside nursing. In addition, Eileen was asked to participate in the leadership practicum, a frontline nursing initiative that develops leadership skills, emphasizing understanding one's own power, motivating others, teamwork, and achieving organizational results - all skills, Eileen points out - that are very applicable to her new role.
"Hospital leadership here invests a lot to foster future leaders," Eileen states. "I'd say to anyone interested in advancing his or her career that Children's Memorial is a great place to do it!"
Eileen Romano, RN, BSN, MBA
Charge Nurse | Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
There was a time that Linda Pettigrew, RN, BSN, felt burned out and questioned whether or not she should stay in the profession. But that changed when she came to Children's Memorial's Inpatient Psychiatry Unit where she enjoys the support, respect, collegiality of a milieu of professionals.
"The people with whom I work make even the most trying days rewarding," says Lynda. "I'm grateful for having the confidence to lead, which has been instilled in me by the institution. Without that confidence I may have given up on the art of nursing when my craft was just beginning."
As a relief charge nurse, Lynda coordinates and participates in morning patient report and weekly multidisciplinary rounds. Patients and families are encouraged to communicate openly, without fear of being judged. They are taught appropriate coping skills, behavior management and medication compliance in a structured environment where praise and reward - as well as consistency - are paramount. Lynda's goal is to see children leave the unit with renewed hope in themselves and their future. Lynda cites many advantages of working in collaboration with a multidisciplinary care team that includes pediatricians, nurses, psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, teachers, recreational therapists and milieu therapists. "Every member of the team plays an integral role to the overall care and success of the patient and family," Lynda points out. "We always collaborate with other team members to provide the best care possible. We never feel alone in making decisions or caring for patients. We never feel unsafe as the team always watches out for each other.
"This is the most 'nurse friendly' hospital I have ever worked for," she says.
Lynda Pettigrew, RN, BSN
Relief Charge Nurse | Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Lynda Pettigrew with team members (left to right): nurses Bridget Cain and Jim Dougherty; Dr. D. Richard Martini; recreational therapist Lynn Bunnell; Dr. Tom Cummins and social worker Alexa Jones
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Rosa Sivaja knows a thing or two about mentoring for success. In her seven years with Children's Memorial, Rosa has hired many nurses new to management roles, whom she chose for fit, and then helped them succeed in their leadership roles via a combination of "supporting, listening, and knowing when to help as well as when to back off," as she puts it.
Rosa was one of the founding coaches for the Center for Frontline Nursing Leadership, which began in 2004 when nursing leadership partnered with the Health Care Advisory Board to support nurses in their independent decision making, assertiveness, project management, and leadership in patient care activities. In a three-month semester, 45 projects were completed, focusing on patient satisfaction, pain control, delays for procedures and tests, interdisciplinary communication, employee satisfaction and parent education - to name a few.
"Nurses involved in this program learned to identify challenges and opportunities on their units and to take ownership by developing plans to improve personal and organizational performance," Rosa says. "In addition, coaches became more aware of issues facing frontline nurses and leaders in other units. The program provided opportunities to improve collegial relationships amongst leaders throughout the organization." "Children's Memorial is a wonderful place for professional growth, and development," Rosa states. "A lot of time and money is invested across the board in such programs as frontline nursing leadership. While we know rewarding opportunities for leadership are numerous and attainable, for frontline nurses, that organizational investment of time and resources is essential."
Rosa Sivaja, RN, BSN
Director | Ambulatory Services
"It's not a very popular job!" Julie Novak jokes about her role as Quality Council representative on her unit, but her team's good-natured laughter in the background tempers the stern picture she paints of herself conducting chart audits, clipboard in hand. Julie has made quality improvement understandable on her unit, motivating excellent results from her team. "Quality improvement is equated with patient safety, which is our number one goal," Julie states. "Nearly everything we do ultimately falls into that category."
A nine-year veteran of 6 West, Julie achieved "expert" level within the nursing ADVANCE program last year. She says her experience as a Quality Council representative, along with involvement in such programs as the Center for Frontline Nursing Leadership, has given her perspective on the patient safety reasons behind quality improvement initiatives.
Julie has leveraged her experience to spearhead process and safety improvement projects at the unit level. She also has paid particular attention to the importance of education documentation and compliance, noting that increasing compliance with documentation is really about "giving nurses credit for what we know they do every day."
"We need to make all the great education that nurses do here visible - show it off more," Julie says of her routine chart audits for education documentation. The truth is in the numbers, and Julie's team has been consistently reaching benchmark goals on the unit.
Julie attributes such successes to the "ton" of available resources and to the supportive atmosphere. "Children's Memorial does a fantastic job," she says. "We can accomplish so much working as a team."
Julie Novak, RN, BSN
Quality Council Representative | 6 West
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Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification (PALS) Lindsey Ace Melissa Alford Lisa Angotti Adriane Anile Desiree Archdale Susan Armstrong Norma Baca Rebecca Baker Sue Baley Purvi Baman Jaime Banas Laura Bangart Angela Barbetta Swati Bavisi Julie Beauden Katie Bequette Marian Betley Katie Blank Brian Blied Beverly Bootzin Carrie Brne Katie Brown Paul Brune Jessica Buckholz Elizabeth Buhle Lori Butler Tara Call Liz Cera Erin Clutinger Jennifer Collins Alexis Conciatori Yannia Crespo Faith Crozier Janette Cruz Sharon Cueller Kely Cullerton Christine Davis Helen Davis Elizabeth Deligiannis Miranda DeLoof Catherine Dezort Cindy Dietz Marie Dombai Megan Domenico Cathy Donegan Stephanie Drazer John Drew Meredith Duden Danielle Duff Jill Ehrenzeller Kerrie Ann Ellingsen Julie Espelage Stephanie Fabiyi Jessica Farhat Megan Feldmeier Karen Filpi Breanne Fisher Jen Flowers Melissa Freckman Laura Fredrickson Genny Frey
Achieved from September 2003 through August 2005
Crystal Fricano Denise Galiano Christina Galiardo Bianca Garner Stephanie Gibas Sophie Giess Connie Girgenti Marcy Gonzalez Dawn Gow Raquel Goytia DeBrea Griffith Steve Guldberg Eva Guzman Amy Harms Janet Heston Grace Hider Elizabeth Hill Mary Ann Holland Victoria Holmes Mary Houska Jessica Housman Kate Howell Tracy Ibgui Alaina Indriolo Anne Ioder Carrie Iseman Elizabeth Ivantic Lois Jacobs Megan Jardina Elizabeth Jeffords Melissa Jennings Mary Johnson Lori Jones Sarah Josken Olga Jovanovic Maricel Jubac Michelle Kachnik Yasmin Kapadia Cara Kaufman Nicole Kays Ann Keely Coon Kristin Kelly Krista Kloth Gretchen Koeman Karina Danner Koptik Margaret Krellner Ashlie Krueger Leanne Kuhlmann Stephanie Kukis Tracy Leach Michelle Leasure Kelli LeClaire Rebecca Lee Kristen Leeke Teresa LeVally Karyn Levine Sara Lindstrom Melissa Long Taquita Love Bianca Lucio Michele Ludwig Allison Lutz Pam Lynch Mary Mahoney Huong Mai Katie Main Carrie Mapes Jennifer Marsicek Christine Martinez Maria Martinez Tobin Mathew Lisa Mathey Megan Matthew Patricia McBriarty Sam McCoy Kathy McGuire Mike McKee Jamie McKenna Sam McMlintock Erin McNulty Lindsey McRae Kathryn Meade Megan Meagher Sarah Meehan Clarisa Mendez-Poeliniz Haley Menor Megan Meredith Laura Merryman Holly Michalowski Kara Milewski Elizabeth Miller Susan Moelter Sarah Monaco Megan Monahan Hillary Moon Meghan Murphy Rachael Murray Laura Muskett Patricia Navarro Kelly Nelson Christina Ng Thuy Nguyen Jeffery Niebres Emilee Niemier Natalie Norem Tracy Norman Amy Ochs Molly Olenick Katie Olsen Kirsten Opat Cynthia Paidipati Mary Palacz Candice Panergalin Hina Parikh Sue Park Anne Pater Jerusha Pedersen Jennifer Peiffer Lynda Pettigrew Sari Pohlman Ingra Powell Frank Prendergast Kristen Preze Michelle Ree Karechia Reid Tiffany Reif Heather Reisner Bernadette Remo Nursing Achievements
F A C T : 78 percent of 1,100 direct care RNs at Children's Memorial have BSN or higher degrees.
F A C T : Children's Memorial has seven doctoral prepared nurses on staff.
F A C T : Children's Memorial employs more than 400 RNs with specialty certifications.
F A C T : Children's Memorial has a model structure for Informed Decision Shared Governance: Practice, Quality, Education, Clinical Advancement, Leadership, Research and Advanced Practice.
F A C T : Children's Memorial has a large, centralized Clinical & Organizational Development Department with unit-based clinical educators dedicated to meeting staff's continuing education needs.
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Jennifer Rencich Jennifer Ricci Peggy Richard Janet Richards April Rodriguez Karen Roette Jackie Rosa Jim Rowe Stephanie Rummell Mona Salles Alison Sanchez Ryan Sanchez Cynthia Savoy Kathy Schacther Melanie Schaefer Annie Schlegel Kristin Schmitt Camille Schnobrich Stan Schroeder Patti Schweisthal Thor Sell Jenny Senft Julie Servatius Jennifer Sheplock Tiffany Shipp Tracey Simon Kimani Singleton Teon Smith Heather Somers Megan Sorenson Carlos Soria Kim Spencer Jaime Stack Christy Stanton Denise Stehman Jen Stevens Barb Straw Laurie Strotman Rosaleen Sweeney Brenda Tagler Sophia Taylor Michelle Tellefson Dana Thielk Erin Toohey Erin Trapp Karen Trebels Liz Van Hall Sandra Van Leeuwen Suzanna Van Someren Joy Vanderway Sneha Velani Darylene Velasco Shelly Villalobos Joy Villanueva Stephanie Walan Sally Wall Emily Walsingham Jennifer Watts Amy Way Annie Wherley Anna Wiak Terri Williams Ursula Winkiewicz Patricia Wirth May Yang Laurie Yuenger Lori Zelinski
Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor Certification Jen Labbe Erin Madden Maureen McCarthy-Kowls Ann Oliver Anna Thallemer Sheila Watson
Neonatal Resuscitation Provider Certification (NRPC) Magnolia Alston Desiree Archdale Catherine Arend Anna Arens Kathryn Austin Beth Baca Margaret Barilich Molly Beecroff Katie Bequette Kelly Beyreis Sandy Brisben Paul-Michael Brune Elizabeth Buhle Megan Chynoweth Alison Clemmer Amanda Cole Nicole Contreras Elizabeth Cyranek Dhey Delute Marie Dombai Beth Donovan Anne Marie Drahos Stacy Druckman Karen Dubicki Julie Espelage Stephanie Fabiyi Jessica Farhat Jennifer Flowers Crystal Fricano Sara Friedsam Christina Galiardo Stephanie Gibas Jessica Gubbins Steve Guldberg Karyn Hanken Susan Harrison Mary Jane Hendrix Elizabeth Hill Nealie Hill Robin Hoff-Chandler Sue Hoffman Julie Horvorka Mary Houska Jessica Housman Sarah Josken Carol Juranek Lisa Kiebles Adrian Koehler
Jen Labbe Nicole Leannais Kathy Leigh Annie Loder Pamela Lynch Christina MacRitchie Erin Madden Sarah Martin Maria Martinez Megan Matiask Barb Mayher Maxine McIntosh Amanda Michelini Kara Milewski Annette Mills Kahleen M. Monahan Meghan Monahan Rachael Murray Laura Muskett Dawn Narens Christina Ng Emilee Niemier Kristin Nilles Tara O'Brien Katie O'Connor Bonnie Ohlson Gina Ojeda Annie Oliver Jacob Ortiz Monica Pakla Maria Pasquale Neha Patel Michelle Ree Jennifer Rencich Janet Richards Katie Richter Nancy Roemer Donna Sarussi Emily Schieber Anne Schlegel Patricia Schweisthal Rebecca Selness Melissa Semp Jane Serwa Kathy Shachter Jennifer Siemaszko Valerie Smith Mark Sobieszczyk Brenda Tagler Annie Thompson Joy Vanderway Sneha Velani Heather Vruggink Brynn Vukelich Lindsay Ward Mary Ward Sheila Watson Amy Way Annie Wherley Ursula Winkiewicz Jennifer Winter Jordan Woltersom Laurie Yuenger Dana Zgonina Trauma Nursing Core Certificaton (TNCC) Sandy Alicea Peggy Balind Erica Barrow Molly Beecroft Sandy Brisbon Hannah Burgess Courtney Busking Lynn Chacko Maria Chiappetta Michelle Clayton Georgina Corona Tara Crowson Barb Cunningham Heidi Depa Gina Field Jessica Fischer Laura Fosler Amy Haug Robin Hoff-Chandler Lee Hoffman Lee Hoffman Kim Hunt Mary Beth Iafelice Cynthia Inzauro-Moir Kim Johnson Nancy Kellenbert Melanie LaPierre Mary Beth Lydon Jill Marks Maria Martinez Holly McCrory Cheri McEssy Marilyn McFall Cathy McNabb Sarah Monaco Hillary Moon Kelly Murphy-Schober Christine Oswald Summer Overman Chris Pytel Annie Quinn Pat Reamer Colleen Reimann Tara Seider Jane Serwa Sharon Shaler Suzanna Stevens Donielle Talbert Steve Urban Carol Van Prooyen Joy Vanderway Pat Vasquez Sheila Watson Joyce Weishaar F A C T : 95 percent of nurses at Children's Memorial are certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
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Rebecca Selness Jane Serwa Jaime Stack Donielle Talbert Inga Uremovich Joy Vanderway Pat Vazquez Gina Vicini Lindsay Ward Christy Weingardt Gretchen Wendt Judy Zackey Lori Zelinski Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Danielle Barnoski Kelly Beyreis Gene Brooks Michelle Clayton Erin Clutinger Yannira Crespo Barb Cunningham Heidi Depa Catie Dezort Sarah Edmeier Emily Elliot Stacy Fetzer Kelly Finkbeiner Jessica Fischer Stephanie Galli Lisa Gomes Amy Haug Radek Hoffman Susan Hoffman Carrie Iseman Nancy Kellenberg Margaret Lear Tommy Leung Darlene Lew Cheryl Ma Sarah Martin Maria Martinez Maria Martinez Cathy McNabb Sarah Monaco Paul Mulchrone Casey O'Brien Anne Oliver Madonna Orr Christine Oswald Julie Porucznik Chistine Pytel Jim Rowe Meg Santoro Kelly Murphy Schober Tara Seider Anna Sharp Katherine Sheridan Kelci Steen Laura Stein Lisa Stevens Beth Young Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation Instructor Certification Susan O'Malley
Pre-transport/ Post-resuscitation Stabilization Certification (STABLE Program) Anna Arens Rebecca Baker Angela Barbetta Molly Beecroft Lauren Catanese Joanna Czajkowska Loreli DeFina Elizabeth Dreier Lauren Garza Susan Hoffman Nancy Kellenberg Julie Kiss Erika Kramer Stephane Kuklis Tracy Leach Michelle Leasure Mandy Michelini Kristen Mitchell Christina Ng Tara O'Brien Katie O'Connor Maxine Ogbaa Mary Phillip Angela Pritchard Cariann Rice Christie Mae Ritchie Joanna Roche Liz Rossi Emily Schieber Christy Ulaszek Susan VerKuilen Heather Vruggink Brynn Vukelich Stacy Wallace Amanda Weirich Gretchen Wendt Lynnette Williamson Dana Zgonina
NURSING CLINICAL ADVANCEMENT PROMOTIONS (ADVANCED) Janette Alducin Sandra Alicea Lisa Angotti June Bachta Michelle Barr Rosanne Barreo-Baquiran Robyn Batalden Molly Beecroft Leah Berman Erin Burke Lora Byrne Jennifer Collins Aileen Compernolle Tara Crowson Sharon Cueller Leslie Dolezal Stacy Drake Dawn Dubsky Sarah Edmeier Kerri Ann Ellingsen Kathleen Feightner Stacy Fetzer Lauren Flenner Jennifer Flynn Tiffany Frieders Sherry Fritts Greg Gildner Carol Glennon Lisa Gomez Toni Greenslade Debrea Griffith Jessica Gubbins Margaret Haase Nealie Hill Barb Hisey Carrie Howard Kim Hunt Mimi Hussussian Mary Iafelice Diana Iovinelli Jillian Ives Rebecca Jansky Kathy Judkins Janet Kaitis Jill Kalebic Nancy Kellenberg Jeanine King Cynthia Koch Lisa Krick Melanie LaPierre Winnie Lau Kathleen Laughlin Darlene Lew Michelle Ludwig Whitney Mamingo Kristen Marchall Jill Martino Megan Matthew Colleen McKenna Ann Mead Megan Meredith Sue Metzner Megan Monahan Kathleen Moran Natalie Moreau Dehilah Muniz Nancy Naranjo-Garcia Monica Newmark Natalie Norem Melanie O'Sullivan Cindy O'Boyle Casey O'Brien Bonnie Ohlsen Ann Oliver Madonna Orr
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Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course Certification (ENPC) Elizabeth Allan Peggy Balind Erica Barrow Molly Beecroft Kelly Beyreis Mindy Bichinella Amie Bockstahler Julie Bolos Bo Buhle Janie Carter Michelle Clayton Christine Clune Oralia Contreras Tara Crowson Catie Dezort Mary Dones Jill Ehrenzeller Sarah Fedewa Megan Feldmeier Stacy Fetzer Jessica Fischer Laura Fosler Crystal Fricano Tiffany Frieders Carolyn Gilmore Jill Goessl Mary Gomez Jessica Gubbins Susan Harrison Robin Hoff-Chandler Kim Hunt Cynthia Inzuro-Moir Patrick Kelley Cynthia Koch Michelle Ludwig Grace Mack Erin Madden Katie Maloney Michelle Marino Maria Martinez Holly McCrory Marissa McNally Sarah Monaco Hillary Moon Casey O'Brien Madonna Orr Christine Oswald Jennifer Peiffer Danielle Pietraszewski Chris Pytel Kim Quisling Colleen Reimann Elisa Rivero Juan Sanchez Nanette Savignac Annie Schlegel Tara Seider
Mary Palacz Anne Pater Chris Penar Emily Peterson Lynda Pettigrew Jamie Petto Mary Phillip Nicole Plankis Kim Reimer Lisa Rog Rebekah Royce Andrea Ryan Linda Saavedra Sara Sanders Martina Sarlas Nanette Savignac Virginia Scheffler Katie Schofield Sarah Schrupp Heidi Schumacher Emily Schutte Krista Schwuchow Elizabeth Scott Laura Siebert Sarah Slifka Michelle Snorewicz Katie Spitler Kelci Steen Jennifer Stevens Nicole Stewart Lisa Tieman Donielle Tolbert Karen Trebels Nicole Underhill Inga Uremovich Gina Vicini Marialisa Vila Stacy Wallace Winnie Wan Jessica Weese Christy Weingardt Megan Wetter Cindy Yi
NURSING CLINICAL ADVANCEMENT PROMOTIONS (EXPERT) Terry Alameda Marjorie Baworowsky Kathy Bradley Courtney Busking Carrie Carmichael Debbie Craft Kelly Finerty Janelle Flikkema Sally Hageman Terri Halverson Mary Hammes Victoria Hodits Suzy Jaromin Carol Juranek
Monica Kahl Carolyn Kielbasa Craig LaRusso Julie Lawless Christine Lutz Sarah Marshall Jan McGoldrick Therese Milder Lana Millian Julie Novak Susan O'Malley Danielle Pietraszewski Katie Stone Candice Viverito Stacy Wallace
2004 Nurse Exemplars Nurse Preceptor Pat Buschnyj, RN Expert Clinical Nurse Susan Gamerman, RN Nurse Researcher Vicki DeNardo, RN Nurse Leader Janice Nuuhiwa, RN Family Educator Julia Stepenske, RN Family Advocate Heather Devaris, RN Nurse Consultant Kelly Lankin, RN APN Exemplar Stacy VandenBranden, RN
2005 Nurse Exemplars Nurse Preceptor Inga Uremovich, RN Expert Clinical Nurse Margie Aeschliman, RN Nurse Researcher Janice Beatty, RN Family Educator Susan Hoadley, RN Nurse Consultant Kathy Bradley, RN Nurse Collaborator Barbara Rubenstein, LPN II Nurse Leader Marilyn Wilhelm, RN Family Advocate Craig LaRusso, RN APN Exemplar Elizabeth Preze, RN
2005 Julia Porter Award Toby Aronsohn, RN, BSN Amy Talsky, RN, MS, CPNP
Educational Degrees & National Certifications
Kelly Finkleiner, RN, MSN, completed post masters study in Primary and Critical Care Pediatrics at Rush University, May 2003.
Janice Taczy, RN, BSN, successfully passed certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse from NAPNAP, May 2003.
Gretchen Wendt, RN, BSN, became nationally certified as a National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) Child Passenger Safety Instructor, May 2003.
Margie Wisniewski, RN, completed the Parish Nursing Program at Lewis University and was commissioned as a Parish Nurse, November 6, 2003. Margie noted that the program was a wonderful opportunity from which she emerged with a new sense of spiritual and professional commitment to the communities in which we practice and live.
Kathleen Sandrik, RN, BSN, completed a Masters of Science/ PNP program at University of Illinois, December 2003.
Angela Harriel, RN, completed the BSN program at Lewis University.
Maureen Haugen, RN, CPNP; Kelly Finerty, RN, BSN; Terri Gleason, RN, BSN; Shannon Jackson, RN, BSN; Emily Schutte, RN, BSN; and Karina Danner Koptik, RN, MSN, successfully passed certification as Pediatric Oncology Nurses (CPON).
Tresa Zielinski, RN, MSN, CPNP, is the recipient of the Young Alumni Award from Villanova University. The award goes to one alumnus a year for outstanding professional and personal achievements.
Kim Stark, RN, BSN, and Jane Muscarello, RN, BSN, are recipients of the 2004 Roberta Scofield Awards. The award provided monetary support for Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse (CPON) certification/recertification.
Karen Richey RN, BSN; Tom Schubnell RN, MSN; Debbie Read-Fuimaono RN, BSN; Olga Jovanovic RN, BSN; Jeanette Brockman RN, BSN; Brian Stahulak RN, BSN; Laura Meuer, RN, BSN; and Arnold Butiu RN, BSN, received MBAs from National Louis University, November 2004.
Stephanie O'Brien, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPON, received her Nursing Doctorate (ND) degree from Rush University, August 2005.
Linda Van Roeyen, RN, BSN, and Pamela Bolyanatz, RN, BSN, received an MSN and Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from DePaul University in June 2004 and became FNP board certified in 2004.
Marcia Grear RN, BSN, received an MS in Nursing from North Park University in 2004.
Lynn Heald, RN, BSN; Carrie Gabrys, RN, BSN; Brynn Dechert, RN, BSN; and Stephanie Gallo, RN, BSN, received an MSN and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certificate from Loyola in December 2004 and became PNP board certified in 2005.
Lora Byrne, RN; Natalie Moreau, RN; Eileen Romano, RN; Kim Taaca, RN; and Joyce Weishaar, RN, received MBAs from National Louis University, December 2005.
Elizabeth Tippett, RN, received an MSN in the Nurse Manager/ Administration tract from University of Iowa, May 2005.
Eric Gasper, RN, received a BSN from Phoenix Online University, Phoenix, AZ, January 2005.
Dawn Dubsky, RN; Lisa Villa, RN; Angela Harriel, RN; Lisa Keys, RN; and Wing Lau, RN, successfully passed the American Board of Transplant Certification Exam and became Certified Clinical Transplant Nurses (CCTN), January 2005.
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Julia O'Malley Stepenske, RN, BSN, was awarded the 2004 Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse of the Year Award from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, October 2004.
Janice Nuuhiwa, RN, MSN, CPON, was awarded the 2005 Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse of the Year Award from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, September 2005.
Christine Szychlinski, APN, MS, CPNP, received the Mariel C. Furlong Award for Making a Difference, May 2005. Award recognizes those who have made life easier for patients and families.
Elisabeth Weber, RN, MA (Nursing Administration)
Weber, E. (2003). "Entrepreneurship," Chapter 3 in the 2nd edition of the Emergency Nurses Association publication, Advanced Practice Nursing: Current Practice Issues in Emerency Care, pp.13-18.
Diana Halfer, RN, MSN (Clinical & Organizational Development)
Halfer, D. (December 22, 2003). "Bridging the gap: Welcoming the millennials to the nursing profession," Advance for Nurses, 1(12):33-34, 39.
Teri Crawley-Coha, RN, MSN, APN, CWOCN (Pediatric Surgery)
Crawley-Coha, T. (2004). "Cecostomy for antegrade continence enemas in children," The Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, 31(1), pp. 23-29. Continuing education exam, pp. 30-31.
Crawley-Coha, T. (July/August 2004). "A practical guide for the management of pediatric gastrostomy tubes," The Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, p. 193.
Nancy Bourbon, RN, and Monica Heenan, RN, MPA (Ambulatory Services)
Bourbon, N. and Heenan, M. (Fall 2004). "FOCUS on Moving Practices from Good to Better: Telephone Triage," Children's Hospitals Today, Volume 12, p.13.
Karen Carroll, RN, PhD (Nursing Informatics)
Carroll, K. (2004). "Mentoring: A human becoming perspective," Nursing Science Quarterly 17(4): 318-22.
Vicki Andreoni, RN, MSN, CPNP (Pain Service) Obrecht, J. and Andreoni, V. (2005). "Pain Management," in Potts, N. and Mandleco, B. Caring for Children and Their Families (2nd ed), New York: Delmar. Birmingham, P., Wheeler, M., Suresh, S., Dsida, R., Rae, B., Obrecht, J., Andreoni, V., Hall, S. and Cote, C. (2003). "Patient-controlled epidural analgesia in children: Can they do it?" Anesthesia and Analgesia, 96, 686-91.
Marilynn Berendt, RN, MEd and Sherri D'Agostino, RN, MSN, CPON (Home Health) Berendt, M. and D'Agostino, S. (2005). "Alterations in Nutrition," in Core Curriculum for Oncology Nursing (4th Ed.), Chapter 14, 277-317.
Cindy Budek, RN, MSN, CPNP (Pulmonary) Noah, Z. and Budek, C. (2005). "Technology Dependent Children," in Green, T., Franklin, W., Tanz, R. (eds): Pediatrics: Just the Facts. NY, McGraw-Hill, 34: 156-160. Noah, Z. and Budek, C. (2004). "Chronic Severe Respiratory Insufficiency," in Behrman, R., Kliegman, R. and Jenson, H. (eds): Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 17th ed. Philadelphia, Saunders, 412: 1472-1474.
Rebekah Maloney, RN; Jane Muscarello, RN; Margie Aeschliman, RN; Heather Van Laten, RN; Sherry Fritts, RN; Tammy Navigato, RN; Jennifer Schmoldt, RN; and Janelle Flikkema, RN, received certification as Pediatric Oncology Nurses (CPON), December 2004.
Alyssa Kwiatkowski, RN, BSN, received certification in Perioperative Nursing by successfully passing the CNOR exam, December 2004.
Nancy Bourbon, RN received a BSN from Lewis University in December 2004.
Josie Johnson, RN, BSN and Julia O'Malley Stepenske, RN, BSN, CPON, have been featured in the newly published book, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives: The Stories of Nurses, by Carolyn Smeltzer and Frances Vlasses (2003). Sarah Martin, RN, MSN, PCCNP, PNP, has been appointed to the editorial board for The Journal of Pediatric Health Care. Appointed as organizational liason for UNOS - United Network for Organ Sharing. Appointed to the Awards & Scholarship Review Panel of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), September 2004. Sarah also serves on the Editorial Board for Journal of Pediatric Health Care, AACN Clinical Issues, and Critical Care Nurse.
Tresa Zielinski, RN, MSN, CPNP, has been elected President- Elect for the Illinois Chicago Chapter of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners (NAPNAP) 2005-2006.
Christine Szychlinski, APN, MS, CPNP, has been elected Treasurer for the Illinois Chicago Chapter of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners (NAPNAP) 2005-2006.
Andrea Kline, RN, MS, PCCNP, CCRN, and Elizabeth Preze, RN, MSN, NP, have been appointed as co-chairs of the Acute Care PNP Special Interest Group of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners (NAPNAP) 2006-2007.
Michelle Stephenson, RN, MSN, was invested as the first Fred Love Krehbiel Chair in Nursing Excellence, January 2005. The $1.5 million endowment was made by Mr. and Mrs. John H. Krehbiel, Jr. in recognition of the hospital's superb nursing care and its commitment to nursing research, education and child advocacy.
Lauren Sorce, RN, CPNP, and Andrea Kline, RN, CPNP, have been inducted as Fellows into the American College of Critical Care Medicine, September 2005.
Harriet Hawkins, RN, CCRN, was inducted as a Fellow in the Academy of Emergency Nursing, September 2005.
Sherrie Rodgers, RN, MSN, CPNP, was appointed to the UNOS Thoracic Review Board, April 2005.
Elisabeth Weber, RN, MA, CEN, was elected treasurer for the Illinois Council of the Emergency Nurses Association to serve until 2006.
Teri Crawley-Coha, RN, MSN, CWOCN, received the 2005 Clinical Manuscript Award from the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurses Society for her article, "Antegrade Colonic Enema (ACE) procedure," at the 31st Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, June 2005.
Laura Schlenker, RN, BSN, CPON, received the 2005 Printed Patient Education Award from the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses.
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Joanne Cullina, RN, MSN, APN (Adult CF Center) Jankelowitz, L., Reid, K., Wolfe, L., Cullina, J., Zee, P., Jain, M. (2005). "Cystic Fibrosis Patients have Delayed Sleep Onset but Normal Sleep Latency and Efficiency," Chest, 127: 1593-9. Jain, M., Ramirez, D., Seshadri, R., Cullina, J., Powers, C., Schulert, G., Bar-Meir, M., Sullivan, C., McColley, S., Hauser, A. (2004). "Type III Secretion Phenotypes of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Strains Change During Infection of Individuals With Cystic Fibrosis," Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 42: 5229-37.
Elaine Graf, RN, PhD, PNP (Clinical & Organizational Development) Holloway, J., Hancock, B., Graf, E., Anton, S., Herrmann, S. and Anderson-Shaw, L. (2005). "Magnet hospital recognition: The Illinois experience," Chart, Journal of Illinois Nursing, 102(3), 8-10.
Andrea Kline, RN, MS, PCCNP, CCRN (PICU)
Kline, A.M. (2004). "Gateway to critcal complications," Advance for Nurses, 2(12), 28-9.
Kline, A.M. and Martin, S.A. (2004). "Hazards in neonatal and pediatric thermometry," Safe Practices in Patient Care, 1(2), 2-4.
Kline, A.M. (Apr-June, 2005). "Pediatric catheter-related bloodstream infections: Latest strategies to decrease risk," AACN Clinical Issues, 16(2) 185-98; quiz 272-274.
Sarah Martin, RN, MS, PNP-PC/AC, PCCNP (Surgical Services)
Martin, S.A. and Kline, A.M. (2004). "Can there be a standard for temperature measurement in the pediatric intensive care unit?" AACN Clinical Issues, 15(2), 254-266.
Martin, S.A. (2004). GI Module. Web-based online course. Indiana University. Pediatric Critical Care Course. FISPE Grant.
Martin, S.A., and Morfin, M. (2003). "Cardiovascular Emergencies," in D. Thomas, L. Bernardo, and B. Herman (Eds.): Core Curriculum for Pediatric Emergency Nursing (pp. 193-210). Sudbury, MA.: Jones and Bartlett Publishers. Martin, S.A. Karp, T., and LaCovey, D.C. (2003). "Neonatal Resuscitation," in D. Thomas, L. Bernardo, and B. Herman (Eds.): Core Curriculum for Pediatric Emergency Nursing (pp. 163-168). Sudbury, MA.: Jones and Bartlett Publishers. Martin, S.A. and LaCovey, D.C. (2003). "Pediatric Resuscitation," in D. Thomas, L. Bernardo, and B. Herman (Eds.): Core Curriculum for Pediatric Emergency Nursing (pp. 169-176). Sudbury, MA.: Jones and Bartlett Publishers. Martin, S.A. and Morfin, M. (2003). "Shock," in D. Thomas, L. Bernardo, and B. Herman (Eds.): Core Curriculum for Pediatric Emergency Nursing (pp. 497-502). Sudbury, MA.: Jones and Bartlett Publishers. Lauren Sorce, RN, MSN, CPNP (PICU) Curley, M., Hibberd, P., Fineman, L., Wypij, D., Shih, M., Thompson, J., Grant, M., Barr, F., Cvijanovich, N., Sorce, L., Luckett, P., Matthay, M. and Arnold, J. (2005). "Effect of prone positioning on clinical outcomes in children with acute lung injury: A randomized controlled trial," Journal of the American Medical Association, 294(2), 229-237.
Rebecca Steinmann, RN, MSN (Emergency Department)
Steinmann, R. (2005). "Do you delay antibiotics? Patients may be put at risk," ED Nursing, 8(9).
Lisa Kohr, RN, MSN, CPNP (Cardiology) Neiderhauser, V. and Kohr, L. (2005). "Research endeavors among pediatric nurse practitioners (REAP) study," Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 19, 80-89.
Lorri Nielsen, RN, MSN, CPNP (Cardiology)
Nielsen, L. (April 15, 2005). "Advanced practice nursing: The role of the acute care pediatric nurse practitioner," www.healthcareersusa.com.
Stacy VandenBranden, RN, MSN, CPNP (Pulmonary)
VandenBranden, S. (June 13, 2005). "Family partnerships: Nurses can empower parents of children with a chronic illness to be partners on the healthcare team," Advance for Nurses, pp. 32-33.
Elisabeth Weber, RN, MA, presented a poster, "A survey of triage nurses before and after the implementation of a five category, two tiered comprehensive triage system," at the Emergency Nurses Association Annual Scientific Assembly, Philadelphia, PA, September 2003. A paper, "Pre-event planning: expecting the family surge wave and integrating pediatric response into HEICS," at the Chicago Department of Public Health, Pediatric Preparedness Conference, November 2004. Two papers, "Emergency preparedness 2004" and "Hospital Disaster Preparedness," as invited speaker for a Public Health Course at Robert Morris College, Chicago, IL, November 2004. A paper, "Five category triage: the future of emergency Department Nursing in the USA," at the Ohio Emergency Nurses Association Conference, Columbus, OH, April 2005. A paper, "Entrepreneurship for the ED nurse," at the Illinois State Council, Emergency Nurses Association Meeting, Arlington Heights, August 2005.
Diana Halfer, RN, MSN, presented a paper, "Mentoring the multigenerational workforce," at the 19th Annual Pediatric Nursing Conference, Chicago, IL, September 2003. A paper, "Graduate nurse perceptions of work environment and job satisfaction," at the Seventh Annual Magnet Conference, Houston, TX, October 2003. A poster, "Creating effective nursing school/hospital partnerships to boost recruitment results," at the Seventh Annual Magnet Conference, Houston, TX, October 2003. A paper, "New Graduate Nurse Perceptions of the Work Environment and Job Satisfaction," at the Midwest Nursing Research Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 2005.
Diana Halfer, RN, MSN and Elaine Graf, PhD, RN, presented a poster, "Mentoring nurse researchers at a Magnet hospital," Eighth Annual Magnet Conference, Sacramento, CA, October 2004.
Elaine Graf, RN, PhD, PNP, presented a paper, "First things first: The process of achieving and maintaining Magnet status," at the 2nd Annual Magnet Conference sponsored by Michigan Nurse's Association and Michigan Organization of Nurse Executives, Lansing, MI, May 2003. A keynote address, "Touchstones of care: pediatric nursing values, a century in review," at the 10th Annual Pediatric Nursing Conference, Akron, OH, October 2003. A poster, "Development and validation of a fall risk assessment scale for pediatric patients," at the Seventh Annual Magnet Conference, Houston, TX, October 2003. A poster, "Identifying predictor variables associated with pediatric in-patient fall risk assessments," at the USF/VA 5th Annual Evidence-Based Falls Conference, Clearwater, FL, March 2004.
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Sherri Rodgers, RN, MSN, CPNP, presented a paper, "Patient and family issues: critical factors for success," at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, Orlando, FL, November 2003. A paper, "Carving out your niche: expanding the boundaries of advanced practice nursing," at the American Heart Association Conference, November 2004.
Teri Crawley-Coha, RN, MSN, CWOCN, presented a paper, "The ins and outs of feeding tubes," at the Mid-Atlantic Wound, Ostomy and Continence Annual Conference, Tyson Corner, VA, October 2003. A paper, "Assessment and management of pediatric wounds," at the National Association of School Nurses Regional Symposium, Chicago, IL, August 2004.
Catherine Schulz, RN, presented a paper, "Utilizing educational resources: Case Presentation," at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Anaheim, CA, October 2003. Julia O'Malley-Stepenske, RN, BSN, presented a paper, "My so-called life: surviving the cancer experience" at the 27th Annual Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses Conference, Philadelphia, PA, October 2003. Maureen Haugen, RN, MSN, CPNP, and Karen Smith, RN, MSN, CPNP, presented a paper, "The immune system: No minor role in mini-transplants," at the 27th Annual Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses Conference, Philadelphia, PA, October 2003.
Barbara Lockart, RN, MSN, CPNP; Janice Nuuhiwa, RN, MSN; Jacqui Toia, RN, ND, CPNP; and Jean Schwab, LCSW, presented a paper, "Back to school: facilitating a school re-entry program," at the 27th Annual Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses Conference, Philadelphia, PA, October 2003.
Andrea Kline, RN, MSN, PCCNP, presented a paper, "I can't catch my breath: current trends and therapeutic management of pediatric asthma," at the 19th Annual Pediatric Nursing Conference, Chicago, IL, September 2003.
Joyce Weishaar, RN, MSN, CCNS, presented a paper, "Managing seizures and status epilepticus in pediatric patients," at the 19th Annual Pediatric Nursing Conference, Chicago, IL, September 2003.
Lauren Sorce, RN, MSN, CPNP, presented a paper, "Complications of sedation, analgesia, and neuromuscular blocking agents," at the 19th Annual Pediatric Nursing Conference, Chicago, IL, September 2003.
Cindy Budek, RN, MSN, CPNP, and Andrea Kline, RN, MSN, PCCNP, presented a paper, "Clinical strategies for transitioning children home on ventilators: invasive and noninvasive modalities," at the 19th Annual Pediatric Nursing Conference, Chicago, IL, September 2003.
Peggy Gutman, RN, BSN, COHN-S, presented a paper, "Planning for mass disaster: resources, process and practice," at the 28th Annual Conference of the Illinois Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Northbrook, IL, October 2003. Sherri Ewing, RN, MSN, and Paul Ocon, RN, MPA, presented a poster, "Catching up on REMs: resource allocation, effective bed allocation systems and maximized capacity," at the NACHRI Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, October 2003.
Monica Heenan, RN, MPA, and Colleen Gorman, RN, MSN, presented a paper, "Improving patient access," at the NACHRI Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, October 2003.
Karen Carroll, RN, PhD, presented a poster, "The dream of seamless computerized nursing documentation: critical factors for success," at the NACHRI Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, October 2003. Vicki DeNardo, RN, BSN, and Terri Halverson, RN, BSN, presented a poster, "A surveillance study: catheter related bloodstream infection in the stem cell transplant population," at the Society of Pediatric Nurses 14th Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April 2004. A paper, "A surveillance study: trending catheter-related bloodstream infections in the stem cell transplant population," at the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nursing 28th annual conference in Kansas City, MO, on October 9, 2004.
Harriet Hawkins, RN, CCRN, presented a paper, "Beyond ENPC and PALS: Are you really prepared?" at the 29th Annual Spring Symposium of Emergency Nurses Association, Oakbrook, IL, June 2003. A paper, "Pediatric emergencies," at the Pediatric Emergencies Conference sponsored by the Central New Jersey Maternal & Child Health Consortium, Somerville, NJ, September 2003. A paper, "Pediatric emergencies: are you prepared?" at the 19th Annual Pediatric Nursing Conference, Chicago, IL, September 2003. A paper, "Pediatric assessment tools and resuscitation tips," at the Pediatric Symposium and Intubation Obstacle Course, Lockport, IL, October 2003. A paper, "How to conduct a PALS instructor course," at the 2004 Emergency Care Conference, Indianapolis, IN, March 2004.
Maria Chiappetta, RN, BSN, presented a poster, "The use of intrathecal baclofen to relieve spasticity: A case study," at the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 2004.
Linda Rankin, RN, BS, MJ, presented a paper as part of a case review panel, "Ethical issues in ECLS," at the 20th Annual CNMC Symposium: ECMO & Advanced Therapies for Respiratory Failure Conference, Keystone, CO, February 2004.
Terry Alameda, RNC, BSN, and Linda Rankin, RN, BS, MJ, presented a poster, "Coordination of current staffing approaches relevant to recruitment, education and retention: an institutional review of extracorporeal life support centers," at the 14th Annual Extracorporeal Life Support Worldwide Conference, Chicago, IL, September 2003.
John Ruckauf, RN, MS, CPNP, presented a paper, "Neurological injury and common medical diagnoses in the pediatric setting" at Pediatric Rehabilition Nursing: Creating a Pathway towards Healthy Adulthood for Children and Adolescents with Disabilities, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, November 2004.
Ingrid Richards, RN, BSN, presented a paper, "Intravesical bladder stimulation," during a medical international exchange program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2004.
Ingrid Richards, RN, BSN, and Janet Heston, RN, MSN, presented a paper, "A 13-year study on transrectal electrotherapy for neuropathic bowel dysfunction," at the 10th International Pediatric Nursing Research Symposium, Montreal, Canada, November 2004.
Kathy Owen, RN, BSN, presented a poster, "Nurses perceptions of information technology on their practice," Phase One: The Impact of Medication Bar Coding on Staff Efficiency at the Summer Institute of Nursing Informatics, Baltimore, MD, July 2005.
Kerry Zebold, RN, MSN, CPNP, presented a paper, "New trends in the management of vesicoureteral reflux," at the American Association of Pediatric Urology Nurses Specialty Group Conference, San Francisco, CA, October 2004. Presented a paper, "Surgical considerations for the repair of vesicoureteral reflux," and participated in panel discussion, "The U.S. experience with treatment modalities for vesicoureteral reflux," at the European Society of Pediatric Urology Conference, Upsala, Sweden, June 2005.
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Joanne Cullina, RN, MSN, APN, presented a paper, "Transition: 1999-Present: we've come a long way," and moderated a session on "Transition" at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, November 2004.
Susan Gamerman, RN, BSN, presented a paper, "Hemophilia treatment and trends," at the 29th Annual Meeting of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses, Portland, OR, September 2005.
Kim Thormann, RN, MA, CPNP, presented a paper, "New and emerging therapies in chronic pain versus host disease," at the 29th Annual Meeting of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses, Portland, OR, September 2005.
Sarah Martin, RN, MS, PNP-PC/AC, PCCNP, Andrea Kline, RN, MS, PCCNP, CCRN, and Lorri Nielsen, RN, MSN CPNP, presented a paper, "Taking a closer look: the critically ill child," at the AACN National Teaching Institute, Orlando, FL, May 2004.
Sarah Martin, RN, MS, PNP-PC/AC, PCCNP, presented a paper, "Write on! a publishing primer," 31st Annual Midwest Conference Northwest Chicago Area AACN Chapter, Arlington Heights, IL, March 2005. A paper presentation, "A case of acute withdrawal in a critically ill child," Northwest Chicago AACN Chapter, Park Ridge, IL, April 2004. A paper presentation, "Thirty years of critical care nursing," 30th Annual Midwest Conference Northwest Chicago AACN Chapter, Arlington Heights, IL, March 2003.
Vicki Andreoni, RN, MSN, CPNP, presented a paper, "Pediatric pain management: sickle cell disease," Rush University, Pain Management Course, Chicago, Illinois, June 2005. A paper, "Helping the Hurt: Principles of Pediatric Pain Management," Keynote speaker, LeBonheur Children's Hospital Pain Management Conference, October 2004. A paper, "The art and science of pediatric pain management," Sherman Hospital Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds, Elgin, Illinois, May 2004.
Rebecca Steinmann, RN, MSN, presented two papers, "Pearls and perils of pediatric trauma" and "Challenges in caring for the obese patient" at the Nursing: Understanding Today and Preparing for Tomorrow Conference, Cleveland, OH, April 2004. A paper, "Shock," Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Critical Care Seminar, Rush University, Chicago, IL, January 2005. A paper, "Sudden cardiac death in children and young adults," 31st Annual Illinois State Council ENA Spring Symposium, Oak Brook, IL, April 2005. A paper, "Obstetric, gynecologic & genitourinary emergencies," CEN Review, Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL, April 2005.
Diana Halfer, RN, MSN Clinical & Organizational Development Received a $50,000 grant from the Walter W. and Jean Young Shaw Foundation for the Clinical Education Center. The grant will be used to purchase equipment for the new skills laboratory.
Meghan Kostyk, RN, MSN, CPNP Arai Middle School Health Clinic Received a $10,000 Champion's Youth Nutrition and Fitness grant from General Mills to implement a Nutrition and Obesity Program, called Healthy Teens, within a school-based health care clinic. The program serves 120 African-American and Hispanic obese teenagers who will receive five personal clinical visits, assistance with training for the Chicago Junior Triathlon, assistance with cooking classes, and access to fresh fruit and vegetables through the Farmer's Basket program. The teens keep health logs and receive follow-up visits to the clinics for two years.
Prince Grant Awards 2004-2005
Scholar Ed Zhilin, RN 3 West Ed used the award to attend the Nursing 2004 Symposium Conference for Clinical Excellence held in Las Vegas, Nevada. He attended workshops on wound care products, new insulin and delivery systems, and lectures on pain management strategies. After the conference, he prepared an in-service on new approaches to insulin administration for the 3 West nursing staff.
Lynn Heald, RN, BS Special ID Lynn used the award to attend a nursing outreach program in Belize run through Loyola University's International Nursing Program. Belize is located directly below Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula. During this two-week program, she traveled to various villages performing physical examinations, administering immunizations and teaching health enrichment classes. This program afforded Lynn the opportunity to gain insight into the culture of Belize families and learn more about the use of herbal medicines. Knowledge gained through this cultural experience has helped her to better serve Hispanic families within the clinic.
Linda Norman, RN 6 West Linda used the award to develop and publish a discharge teaching booklet for parents of children with intestinal failure, better known as short gut syndrome. This is a population of children and families that require lengthy hospitalizations. The booklet provides a tool to help families prepare for a successful transition from hospital to home and can be individualized for each child. Susan Schulze, RN 9 West Susan used her award to develop a holistic nursing respite program to decrease nursing stress. Guest lecturers were invited to discuss self-care techniques to decrease personal stress such as use of aromatherapy, music, Tai-Chi, yoga, and meditation. The award provided funding to redesign the unit break room to provide an environment where nurses can relax and take a time-out from the stress of the unit. Successes from this program are being used as a prototype for the redesign of nurse break areas throughout the hospital.
Mary Beth Iafelice, BSN, RN PICU Mary Beth used the award to enroll in an advanced sign language (ASL) education class and to develop a sign language information and reference packet for families who have a child with a tracheostomy or an inability to speak. Mary Beth developed a new teaching protocol and provided in-services to staff on community resources available to families and basic signing skills.
Linda Downs, ADN, RN Pediatric Otolaryngology Linda used her award to fund the development of a new tracheostomy teaching video in English and Spanish that will provide an updated visual learning tool to introduce families to the complex care of a child with a tracheostomy. This updated video will help nurses provide consistency in the education and teaching offered to families.
F A C T : Children's Memorial clinical advancement model recognizes achievement and annually awards commitment to organizational service.
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Nola Schmidt, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor Valparaiso University "The Effect of Guided Imagery on Pain in Children."
Michelle Arrizola, RN, BSN Dina Iovinelli, RN, BSN NICU Laura Bernaix, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Breastfeeding Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Parents and Nurses in the NICU Setting: A Descriptive Study."
Clarissa Medina-Poeliniz, BSN, RN Teresa Alameda, BSN, RN Cheryl Cameron, PhD, RN Shirley LaBahn, BSN, RN Paige Banian, BSN, RN Lisa Melker, BSN, RN Neonatal Intensive Care Unit "A Comparison of Neonatal Pain Assessment Tools in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit." Kathy Abbott, RN, MPM Rheumatology & Immunology "Quality of Life in Patients with Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM): Genetic and Clinical Factors that Affect Outcome."
Research: External Grants Diana Halfer, RN, MSN Clinical & Organizational Development Received a three-year, $640,000 Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration grant for a study, "Retaining graduates through a pediatric RN internship." The purpose of this grant is to fully implement and evaluate a pediatric RN internship program designed to prepare new graduate nurses for a rewarding career in the care of children and their families.
Barbara Fleming, RN, MSN NICU Received a $5,893 grant from Nellcor/Tyco Healthcare, Inc. for a study, "Evaluation of Pulse Oximetry Sensors in Neonates." The purpose of the grant is to compare sensor longevity and skin integrity with two different oximetry probes.
Jennifer Howard, RN, BSN COD "Safe Communities."
Kelly Schober, RN, BSN PICU "AAP Imaging Guidelines for Urinary Tract Infections in Young Children...Who Follows Them?"
Brynn Dechert-Crooks, RN, CPNP Cardiology "Impact of Adult Patients with Congenital Heart Disease on Nursing Care in a Pediatric Setting."
Nicole Underhill, BSN, RN, and Wing Wan, BSN, RN 4 West Nicole and Wing used their award to attend the Children's Oncology Group nursing workshop and scientific meeting in Los Angeles, CA, for the purpose of gaining a better understanding of the use of roadmaps for identifying chemotherapy protocols within clinical trials. They then assisted in the rollout of a new practice change for oncology nurses, to review protocol roadmaps prior to administering chemotherapy. This practice change supported the department's goal to improve patient safety related to chemotherapy administration.
Deborah Brown, BSN, RN 3 West Deborah used her award to attend and present a poster at the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses Conference, "Caring for a Lifetime," in Washington DC, April 2004. Deborah has been instrumental in establishing a special interest group for pediatric neurosurgical nurses within this professional nursing association. In addition to presenting at the conference, Deborah co-led the pediatric special session discussion groups and continues to encourage pediatric nurses to join professional practice associations.
Kathy Owen, BSN, RN Nursing Informatics Specialist Kathy used her award to fund a research study to measure the efficiency of bar-coding and nurses' perceptions of the impact technology has on the clinical practice environment. This research has added to the growing literature focused on the exploration of the explosion of clinical technology. Kathy presented the findings of the study at a national nursing informatics conference in 2005.
Susan Horner, RNC, MS, and Elizabeth Laubenstein, RN, BSN NICU Susan and Elizabeth used this award to develop a NICU parent support program entitled Making Memories for NICU Families. During the bimonthly program, families were given the opportunity to experience parent-to-parent support while celebrating their infant's arrival and NICU journey through the creation of a NICU memory scrapbook. The project was piloted by members of the NICU Development Care Committee and found to be a great "ice breaking" activity for NICU families. Outcomes of the project have been presented at national NICU conferences in 2005.
Mary Lynn Rae-Zahradnik, BSN, RN, CPON Clinical Educator, 4 West Mary Lynn used this award to bring the new Association of Pediatric Oncology Nursing National Chemotherapy Certification Program to the oncology nursing staff. The grant provided for the development of seminar material and education/certification of 98 oncology nurses. Chemotherapy certification demonstrates to families the advanced chemotherapy knowledge and skill achievements of the staff caring for their children.
Research: Internal Shaw Grants 2004-2005
Elaine Graf, RN, PhD, PNP Clinical & Organizational Development "Determining the Reliability and Validity of the General Risk Assessment for Pediatric In-Patient Falls Scale (GRAF-PIF)."
Janice Beatty, RN, BSN Diane Calamaras, RN, MSN Sue Gamerman, RN, BSN Janice Nuuhiwa, RN, MSN, CPON Hematology, Oncology, Stem Cell Transplantation With Special Thanks The patients, families and staff of Children's Memorial Hospital are grateful to our friends supporting family-centered nursing programs:
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Krehbiel, Jr.
McCormick Tribune Foundation
Prince Charitable Trusts
The Walden W. and Jean Young Shaw Foundation
The Woman's Board of Children's Memorial Hospital
Children's Memorial Hospital seeks philanthropic support to strengthen its programs and services.
For information or funding opportunities that help children and families, please contact the Children's Memorial Foundation at 773.880.4237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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