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UHB Nurses Transforming Care at the Bedside

Downstate Medical Center, Department of Nursing Services is a participant of the Department of Defense Patient Safety program in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Team STEPPS program.

TeamSTEPPS = Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety

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On October 17, 2011, TeamSTEPPS was launched on Medical Surgical, Behavioral-Mental, Neurosurgery/Neuroscience, Stroke, Orthopedic and Rehabilitation clinical units. Teams EPPS® is an evidence-based teamwork system aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals. It includes a comprehensive set of ready-to-use materials and a training curriculum to successfully integrate teamwork principles into any health care system.

TeamSTEPPS provides higher quality, safer patient care by:

  • Producing highly effective medical teams that optimize the use of information, people, and resources to achieve the best clinical outcomes for patients.
  • Increasing team awareness and clarifying team roles and responsibilities.
  • Resolving conflicts and improving information sharing.
  • Eliminating barriers to quality and safety.

In 2012, other clinical units will roll out utilizing the TeamSTEPPS program.

Department of Nursing Services, In Collaboration with Information Services Launches Clinical Documentation & Physician Order Entry In SUNY Healthbridge 5.5

Nurses Can Make a Difference!

SUNY University Hospital of Brooklyn's strategic initiative to computerized all providers' orders and clinical documentation was launched on December 5, 2011. The hospital's commitment to meet ARRA's initiative for "meaningful use" will ensure that all healthcare providers have computerized clinical support which will facilitate timely clinical decisions in the management of safe patient care.

Nursing had a pivotal role in the design and configuration of the computerized system.

The initiation of this project for Nursing Services began four years ago. On June 22, 2011, with the support of Nursing leadership, thirty enthusiastic nurses met weekly with Allscript consultants and Nursing Informatics leadership to provide input on the clinical workflow, and make recommendations for the design and configuration of the admission profile, vital sign and intake and output flow sheets, nursing referrals and nursing protocols. We recognize these nurses for their invaluable input! They are:

Gloria Barton NS 71/73, Jennifer McDonald NS 62, Pauline Skeen NS 71/73, Ana Castaneros NS 71/73, Valerie McLawrence NS 32, Stephanie Store NS 35, Petal Cupid NS 73, Nicholin McMillan NS 71/73, Mary Jane Torres NS 33, Marie Raquel Cansino NS 26, Jacqueline Nugent NS 74, Jenny Uguru NS 42, Jacob Ducatel NS 52, Romaine P. Chapman NS 31, Cheryl Vincent NS 35, Portford Edwards NS 52, Jeffrey Petrolle NS 24, Lauren Hawke NS 24, Karin Pierre NS 52, Josephine Headley NS 41, Lyliane Prophete NS 33, Kerene Hibbert NS 72, Sylvia Sillo NS 74, Tracey Martin-Miller NS 63, Lima Simon NS 74

Nursing designed training sessions via classroom didactic and online tutorial supported over 397 staff nurses, 350 ancillary personnel and 136 agency nurses' knowledge in the utilization of the computerized system. Our dynamic EMAR/Clinical Documentation Nursing team visible on the floor with their "blue jackets" provided instruction prior to Go Live and clinical support around the clock after the Go Live implementation. We are proud of this team and congratulate them for their tremendous support in this hospital wide initiative. They are (left to right):

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Karla Service-NS 62, Brenda Jenkins ADN, Nursing Informatics, Tanisha Anderson-NS 32, Rhonda Hewitt-Stroke, Yafresi Suero-NS33, Janis Mcpherson Miller, Deputy Director, Tanisha Capers-NS 42, Lorraine Blake-Reid, Director, Nursing Informatics, Abdallahi Diop-NS 41, Patricia Cummings-NS 81, Curleen DeVignes ADN, Nursing Informatics, Michele Fisher ADN, Nursing Informatics, Joan Desouza-NS 62, Margaret Jackson, CNO

As the nursing staff adopts the computerized clinical documentation, we are very mindful that the overall goal is to ensure patient safety in the plan of care and comply with criteria established for "meaningful use." We look forward to "Knowledge Based Charting" implementation in 2012!

UHB Nurses Transform Care at the Bedside

UHB Nursing Innovations Team Presents at National AONE Center for Care Innovation and Transformation Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

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(Left to Right) Stephen R. Marrone, EdD, RN-BC, CTN-A, Margaret G. Jackson, MA, RN, Pauline Skeen, BSN, RN, Rhona Hewitt, BSN, RN, Jacqueline Harry, MSN, RN

The UHB Department of Nursing Services was selected to be a member hospital of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) 2011-2012 Center for Care Innovation and Transformation (CCIT) – one of only 7 New York hospitals to participate. Nursing Station 71/73 will serve as the CCIT Innovations Unit where best practices will be tested and successes disseminated throughout other UHB medical-surgical units, and nationally, as part of the AONE CCIT Robert Wood Johnson initiative.

Book Signing with Dr. Tim Porter-O'Grady

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Margaret Jackson MA, RN, Assistant Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer of UHB Department of Nursing services was elected as President Elect of Greater New York-Nassau, Suffolk, Chapter of the New York Organization of Nurse Executives (GNYNSONE). She will serve in the presidential position from 2011-2013. Ms. Jackson will lead the organization to design, influence and manage healthcare services in New York State. The organization is composed of over 300 nursing leaders from academia, long term care, home care, acute care and other service organizations who are dedicated to effecting change in public policy as it relates to healthcare access, cost, delivery and outcomes in New York State.

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Elizabeth Igboechi, MSN, RNC-OB, NEA-BC, Nursing Director, Women's and Children's Health Services presented at the Philips EPIS User Group Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. Downstate Medical Center's Women and Children's services received recognition as a finalist in the Mother-Baby Impact Award for their "Skin to Skin and Breastfeeding initiatives toward becoming a "Baby-Friendly" hospital.

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Bedside Care

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

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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

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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.

Awards Ceremony

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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)

Frontline Coaches

Nursing Research:

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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.

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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.

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