News and Events Archive
March was Women's History Month
In Association with the Employee Assistance Program, SUNY Downstate recognizes 2 Nurses as Extraordinary Women of Downstate for 2011
Lorraine A. Blake-Reid MA, RNC Director of Nursing Informatics in collaboration with Information Services, Pharmacy, and Nursing administration implemented the hospitalwide SUNY Healthbridge electronic medication administration record. Ms. Reid has served the Downstate community for thirty one years as an educator and nursing administrator. She is the recipient of the UUP Excellence award for outstanding service and dedication.
Nelcia Trim MA, RN, Assistant Director of Nursing of the Kidney Transplant unit has served the Downstate community for twenty five years. She is the recipient of the Nurse of Distinction Award for outstanding service and dedication and the November 2010 Employee of the month award for outstanding contributions to patient advocacy and commitment to the Downstate community.
Find out who else was honored by using the Employee Assistance Program Women's History Month Calendar »
International Year of the Nurse, December 10, 2010
SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Department of Nursing celebrated he International Year of the Nurse. This program is endorsed by the United Nations Millennium Development program. This program recognizes the contributions of nurses around the world and fosters nurses' initiatives in the promotion of World Health. Left to Right: Maxine Alleyne BSN, RNII – Emergency Department, Cheryl Vincent BSN, RNIII – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Patricia Harrison MA, RNIII – Cardiac Catherization Unit, Faith Coley BSN, RNII – Cardiac Catherization Unit & Mercedes Brown BSN, RN – Nurse Recruiter.
University Hospital Consortium/Association American Association of College of Nursing Nurse Residency Program, December 10, 2010
SUNY Downstate Medical Center in collaboration with the College of Nursing recognized the contributions of staff nurses and faculty who participated in the University Hospital of Consortium Nurse Residency program. Twenty one staff nurses hired at Downstate Medical Center participated in the program. The goal of the program is to ensure safe transition of new graduate Registered Nurses into the clinical setting. A formal curriculum serves as the framework for the one year residency program. All state university hospitals and sixty four health care organizations in the United States participate in the program. Left to Right: Residency Program Coordinators: Luzviminda Casapao MA, EdM, RN – Director of the Accelerated BS Program, College of Nursing, Stephen Marrone EdD, RN-BC, CTN-A – Deputy Nursing Director, Institute of Continuous Learning & Donareen Denny MS, RN, CCRN – Assistant Director of Nursing, Institute of Continuous Learning.
Graduates of the Nurse Residency Program
Tolani Aiyeku BSN, RN – NS 33, Diana Baffoe, BSN, RN – NS 24, Whalynn Dominique BSN, RN – NS 62, Kiev gimpel-Tetra BSN, RN – NS 72, Vanessa Graves BSN, RN – Cardiac Cath Lab, Edward Levine BSN, RN – Emergency Dept., Johanna Ponce BSN, RN – NS 61, Stacey Bent RN – NS 81, Kathryn Finley BSN, RN – NS 42, Saonjie Hamilton – NS 31, Hannah Herzog RN – NS 35, Joanna Jimenez Mejia BSN, RN – Emergency Dept., Linden Kelly RN – Emergency Dept., Andre Mihnuk RN – NS 62, Charlene McBurnie BSN, RN – NS 35, Nichole Morain RN – NS 35, Pamela Reid-Gordon RN – NS 62, Felicia Shavers RN – NS 31
Philanthropic Event Raises funds for DMC Children's Hospital
The Nursing staff participated in a walkathon to support the care of children at DMC. Through the efforts, they raised over $1000.00. Ms. Tanisha Anderson, RN and Ms. J. Thomas, RN presented the gift to Dr. Fisher, chairman of the Pediatric department.
Recipient of the HCPro 2009 Nursing Clinical Practice Image Award
Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses received the HCPro 2009 Nursing Clinical Practice Image Award for their performance improvement project in the reduction of central line associated blood stream infections. An impressive 45% of ICU nursing staff are members of professional organizations and over 25% are certified in neonatal nursing.
Congratulations! Medical Intensive Care Unit team achieves 100% compliance in preventing patients with ventilated associated pneumonia third year in a row!
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit, Cardio Thoracic Intensive care unit achieved 100% compliance in preventing patients with ventilated associated pneumonia for one year!
Parkside Dialysis Services
Ms. Kathy Deconcilio, Senior Associate Administrator for Ambulatory and Dialysis services, Department of Nursing Services and the Hospital Dialysis Services celebrated the Dialysis Technicians achievement of certification by the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology. They are: Josette Abraham, Charline Austin, Marie Bertrand, Sally Bull, Patricia Carnegie, Dormena Evans, Arnold Jean, Ruthine Joseph, Dianne McFarlane, Javier Monsalve, Mark Morgan, Jonathan Nedd, Margaret Price, Christian Peyton, Marie Pierre-Louis, Terrance Prince, Eunice Stanley, Argie Watson and Suzanna Williams.
All Parkside Dialysis technicians are certified in their specialty.
Frontline Nurse Leadership Project:
Sharmine Alleyne BSN, RN
Cardiac Catherization Lab
Project: Improving Patient Safety & Throughput by Educating Nurses
The purpose of the project was to improve patient safety by decreasing the time patients remained in the cardiac tract post procedure. Patients would remain in the cardiac tract for two to three hours after post procedure. Strategies implemented were educational sessions for nurses on the new trends in caring for patients with C clamps and TR Band post cardiac catherization in the Cath lab, PIRR and CCU units. Post tests revealed 100% improvement in nurses academic and clinical knowledge in caring for patient with internal and external devices. The results also showed a significant increase in patient satisfaction because there was no waiting time after the procedure.
Center for Frontline Nursing Leadership Initiative 2008
Every Nurse is a Leader!
The Center for Frontline Nursing Leadership is a comprehensive leadership development program for nurse's at the front lines of patient care. The objective of the program is to help nurses enhance their skills to:
- Prevent and manage conflict.
- Tackle recurring problems on the clinical unit.
- Prioritize their time more effectively.
- Build teamwork on their clinical unit.
- Act as a leader and role model for others.
Advisory Board Academies Teleconference features Frontline Nursing Leadership Academy participant's project on reduction of door-to-balloon time for patients with elevated ACS. Ms. Patricia Harrison, RN III (pictured on the left) was awarded in 2008 honorable mention for her project. She was a featured participant in the Advisory Board Academies' teleconference and shared with over 200 listeners how the project was implemented.
Paulina Marfo Boateng (right)
Ray Cupid, RN, BSN, MPA, CEN Associate Director of Nursing, presented his nursing research findings on Reducing Obesity in Hispanic kindergarten children using a modified version of the Sports, Play and Recreation for Kids Physical Education (SPARKS) program at the Pediatric Nursing Conference held July 2010 in Philadelphia.
Ms. Mary Janes Torres BSN, RNIII, & Ms. Maria Campbell BSN, RN, presented their research findings on prevalence of documentation on Black patients' overweight status and follow up in the Coronary Care unit at New York University, Nursing Research Day conference in July 2010.
Coronary Care Units Nurses project on Obesity Documentation
The documentation will be featured at the Poster Presentation at the 50th Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention & Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism Conference by Ms. Mary Jane Torres, RN III and Maria Campbell, RN.