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
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):
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!