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Volume 6, Issue 1
An Emory Healthcare Nursing Publication
January/February 2014
Emory University Hospital receives Magnet® designation!
Dear Colleagues,
I am thrilled and proud that Emory University Hospital received Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). I was joined by many EUH nurse colleagues and friends in
the EUH auditorium on the morning of January 14 to receive their much-anticipated call, and I don’t
have to tell you that their announcement was met with much excitement and jubilation. This designation
is the culmination of countless hours of work and dedication on the part of our phenomenal team at
EUH. I am so proud of our nurses.
The Magnet Commissioner stated, “It was a great pleasure to read the report about all of the work you
are doing at EUH.” The appraisers were so impressed with the accomplishments of our nurses and, on the call, they took a few
minutes to outline some of our outstanding work. Here is what they noted, in particular, from the documentation.
SE8 – Describe and demonstrate how we facilitate new nurse grads into our practice
The ANCC complimented EUH’s multiple formal structures to integrate new grads.
The preceptor model for orientation, in particular, supports our new nurses in achieving excellence right from the start.
SE11 – Structures/processes to identify resources for outreach
We were complimented on Emory Healthcare being one of the founding partners in evidenced-based research for the
bedside nursing consortium.
Our annual day-long event with nationally recognized speakers discussing nursing research is a great opportunity for
nurse education.
EP4 – Including patients in the care delivery model
The ANCC was impressed with the inclusion of patient- and family-centered care in
our Synergy model and our involvement of patients in our processes.
Bedside Shift Reporting, intentional hourly rounding, PFAs and whiteboard were just a
few of the outstanding programs mentioned.
EP33 – Process used to allocate resources to improve quality of nursing and patient
Areas noted were staff designated to implement mobility teams on ICUs, unit nurse
educators and shift nurse managers on every unit.
Inside this Issue
EUHM Advanced Primary Stroke Center Updates
Research Updates—Research Shared Governance
Marilyn Margolis GHA Lifetime Achievement Award
Research Updates—Health Services Research
New Unit Director at ESJH
New 2014 GNA Application for Contact Hours
Unit 51 Achievement Awards
Outcomes Research
EHC Going Red for Women
New Location for Nursing Resources on Library Website
Praise from Our Patients
PLAN Update—Changes for 2014
New Root Cause Analysis Course
Go Red for Women Events Flyer
EJCH Accredited Chest Pain Center
Setting the Pace 2014
Free Biometric Screenings
Educational Events
SILVER Spring Festivals
Caring with Synergy
EUH Magnet® Designation (continued)
EP34 – Nurse leaders disseminate quality data
According to the appraisers, from the first interview to the last, all direct-care nurses knew the organizational priorities
and our plans and work to improve quality.
The ANCC was impressed with our use of bulletin boards to post quality data.
They were also impressed with our unit based nursing quality data and the Nursing Quality Index dashboard.
EP35 – Patient satisfaction scores
EUH’s patient satisfaction scores exceeded median benchmarks for all eight quarters in all four measures, something
very few hospitals have accomplished.
While we are so excited to have achieved this milestone, this is one step on our journey toward continued excellence – not our
final destination. As colleagues at our other facilities go through the Magnet process, I am confident that our nurses at EUH and
ESJH (who will have their redesignation site visit February 24-26, 2014) will prove to be exceptional resources and mentors.
Congratulations to our nurses at EUH, and thanks to all of our Emory nurses for the work you do each day.
Susan M. Grant, MS, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Chief Nurse Executive, Emory Healthcare
Associate Dean for Clinical Leadership, NHWSON
Caring with Synergy
If the answer to any of these questions is YES, regardless of the
This applies WHEN:
· Your project is a research project or an evidence based practice and/or performance improvement project.
· You’re doing a PhD dissertation or a DNP capstone.
· You’re doing your master’s thesis research or project.
· You’re getting post- RN licensure clinical hours.
The only exception to this rule is for those students who have their pre-RN licensure clinical hours scheduled through their school’s clinical placement coordinator or clinical faculty member.
Send ALL requests for projects, research, and post- RN licensure clinical
practicum clearance to [email protected] Depending on the nature of the request, you will be directed to the appropriate reviewers/schedulers. Although we will work hard to expedite your request, you
should allow up to six months to receive approval, depending on the type
of request and follow up needed.
Any questions about this procedure may be sent to:
[email protected] or
[email protected]
Caring with Synergy
Research Updates—Research Shared Governance
Susan E. Shapiro, PhD, RN, FAAN, System Director for Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice
On January 15th, the system wide Nursing Research Council (NRC) met for the first time in 5 months. The system NRC went into
hiatus last August to allow each entity to form its own internal support structure for their nursing research activities. As the table
below demonstrates, the research-related shared governance structure looks somewhat different at each entity, based on size
as well as local history and culture.
Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital: Jocelyn
Disher, Chair
Emory University Hospital: Pat Gilman,
Interim Chair
Emory University Hospital Midtown:
Chair to be determined (TBD)
Emory Orthopedic and Spine Hospital:
Deborah Wittig-Wells primary contact
Emory John’s Creek Hospital: TBD
Wesley Woods Hospital: TBD
The oldest continuous entity-based NRC in the system. They meet every other
month, review all nursing research prior to submission to the ESJH IRB (not the
Emory IRB), conduct an Empirical Outcomes Congress once every three or
four months, and serve as an advisory group to nurses developing their proposals.
Their first meeting was in August, 2013; they are in the process of approving a
charter and bylaws. They are currently meeting once a month to develop their
council. Several of their members have visited the ESJH NRC to see how they
Their first meeting was scheduled for January 21st. More information will follow.
Because of their small size, they do not have a separate NRC, but they do have
a very active program of nursing research that has been ongoing since 2010.
The functions of a NRC will be folded into other shared governance structures
EJCH is just beginning their journey into nursing research. They are still in the
process of developing their shared governance structure and have not yet decided whether or not to have a separate NRC.
WWH is undergoing a major corporate restructuring. Once that is completed,
they will determine their shared governance structure and the place of nursing
research within it.
Our initial call had representatives from almost all of the entities, although a few key players were unable to attend. During the
meeting, we discussed the need for a system level NRC and what the scope of work for such a shared governance council
would include. Our first priority will be to standardize the role of the NRC in reviewing and supporting nursing research
across the system, especially regarding application forms and processes and review forms. The second priority is to determine whether or not to hold a system wide Emory Healthcare Nursing Research Symposium in the spring, and what such a
symposium might look like. Other suggestions for the scope of work for the system NRC included: addressing common research
related challenges across the system; standardizing EBP processes and models and re-evaluating their fit with current practice/
evidence; providing review and support for multi-site research studies; organizing and overseeing research partnerships with
faculty at schools of nursing; promoting research agendas of national professional organizations; distributing calls for abstracts,
and proposals for external funding; communicating changes in policies and procedures, esp. as related to Emory’s office of Clinical Research and the Institutional Review Board; and developing and maintaining a section on the Emory Healthcare Nursing
website, much along the lines of the PLAN council’s section.
Members of the system NRC are forming work groups to address the priority issues first, and then we will move on to address
the other goals we outlined. Our plan is to have a quarterly system wide meeting to move this agenda forward and to capitalize
on all the great work happening across the system. If you want to get involved in research shared governance, your first
stop should be your entity NRC. Once you become active within your entity, and are familiar with how things work there, then,
if your time and interest leads you in this direction, your next step would be to become one of your entity’s representatives on the
system NRC. I have provided the name of the contact person for the local NRC where one exits; if you’re in an entity that has
TBD as a contact, please email your CNO for further guidance.
We will be updating you regularly throughout the year, so stay tuned. As always, please let me know if you have any questions
or if I can be of assistance as you launch your nursing research project. My e-mail address is [email protected]
Caring with Synergy
Research Updates—Health Services Research
Susan E. Shapiro, PhD, RN, FAAN, System Director for Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice
One of Nursing’s strategic priorities this year is to “partner with inter-professional colleagues in health services research.” This
raises a critical question: What is health services research (HSR)? We can’t be full partners in an enterprise we don’t understand!
According to Academy Health (, the professional organization of health services researchers, HSR is the
multi-disciplinary field of study that looks at how various aspects of healthcare – from individual behaviors all the way up to national policy and financing – affect the cost, quality, and access to care…and ultimately to our individual and collective health and well
being. In short, it’s a wide open field of inquiry that moves beyond individual clinical outcomes to include aspects of funding, population health, workforce planning, and other related health system issues. This may feel very far from your day-to-day work here at
Emory Healthcare, but it’s not…everything you do, every decision you make, every interaction you have with patients, other health
team members, and with each other and across departments has ripple effects that bear directly on the cost, quality, and outcomes of care.
One big area of HSR relates to workforce needs, including studies of nursing effectiveness, staffing ratios, scope of practice, etc.
Some of you may already be familiar with this kind of research; the work of Linda Aiken 1, 2 at University of Pennsylvania may be
some of the best know examples of this kind of work. While Dr. Aiken and her group focus on the role of the RN within acute care,
there is also a growing body of published studies describing the effectiveness of nurse practitioners in delivering primary care.3, 4
Closer to home, here are some examples of health services research studies some of our nurses are currently doing – or are planning. Monica Tennant, APRN, MSN, CCNS, is completing a study comparing the use of chlorhexadine (CHG) wipes for routine
catheter care to care using non-CHG impregnated wipes on the rate of CAUTI in ICUs at EUHM. Because she’s looking at a unitlevel outcome, and including some kind of cost analysis in her study, this is a great example of HSR. In another study – not yet
underway, but well into development – a group of critical care CNSs from both EUH and EUHM (along with a critical care physician) is investigating what happens to patients who have had a Code MET activation and were stabilized and remained on their
unit. Specifically, they’re interested in whether or not there’s any way to tell which of those patients could go on the have a second
event in the next 24 hours. You’ll note that these kinds of studies tend to ask questions about the kinds of services we provide
and how effective those services are.
If you have ideas about how we might study the ways we delivery nursing care, or how to systematically study the costs of care,
you are thinking in terms of health services research. Talk to your colleagues both within nursing and across disciplines – for example food and nutrition, or physical therapy, or pharmacy about your ideas, and if you want to give HSR a try, please contact me
at [email protected] or 404-686-7790.
Aiken, LH, Sloane,, DM, Cimiotti, JP, Clarke, SP, Flynn, L, Seago, JA, Spetz, J, & Smith, HL. (2010) Implications of the California
Nurse Staffing Mandate for Other States. Health Services Research, doi: 10.111/j.1475-6773.2010.01114.x
Kutney-Lee, A, Sloan, DM, & Aiken, LH (2013). An increase in the number of nurses with baccalaureate degrees is linked to lower rates of postsurgery mortality. Health Affairs, 32, 579-586. Doi: 10.1377.hlthaff.2012.0504
Schuttelaar, MLA, Vermeulen, KM, & Coenraads, PJ. ( 2011) Cost and cost-effectiveness analysis of treatment in children with
eczema by nurse practitioner vs. dermatologist: results of a randomized, controlled trial and review of international costs. British
Journal of Dermatology. 165, 600-611. Doi: 10.1111/j.13652133.2011.10470x
Brooten, D., Youngblut, JM, Deatrick, J., Naylor, M., York, R. (2003) Patient problems, advanced practice nurse (APN) interventions, time and contact among five patient groups. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 35, 73-79
New Application and Process in 2014 for
GNA Contact Hours
Contact hours can be offered for learning events, in-services, or staff
development activities. The new application forms and process instructions can be downloaded from the Nursing Education intranet site.
Complete the Continuing Nursing Education Application and submit to
the Nursing Education Department three weeks prior to the offering
date. Please use a new application for each educational offering. For
any questions, e-mail [email protected] or
[email protected]
Caring with Synergy
Spotlight on Clinical Research Nursing
Outcomes Research
Mohua Basu, MPH
Emory University, Dept of Surgery
Outcomes research assesses healthcare quality, clinical decision making, and the effectiveness of healthcare interventions. The
research in the transplant department involves monitoring and analyzing patient outcomes while aiming to improve patient quality
of care and outcomes. Below are examples of ongoing work in transplant related to outcomes and health services research.
Patient Navigation for Kidney Transplant Access Project
Funded by the Carlos and Marguerite Trust, Emory Transplant Center began a patient navigation intervention in January of 2013
to identify potential kidney patients at high-risk of not being placed on the waiting list and to assist kidney patient referrals
through the evaluation process in order to reduce racial and socioeconomic disparities in access to transplant. Dr. Rachel Patzer
and team created a risk assessment tool that uses medical and demographic indicators to estimate probability of wait listing for all
patients referred for kidney transplant. At the time of evaluation scheduling, all patients are now asked demographic and clinical
questions as part of standard clinic protocol. These data are stored in a Redcap database and are used by the risk prediction tool
to determine the patient’s risk score of falling out of the evaluation process. Patients with <40% risk of placement on the waiting
list are randomized to receive the standard of care of to receive the additional assistance of a patient navigator. Researchers will
evaluate the impact of the intervention to determine if the navigator significantly increases the proportion of referred patients who
complete evaluation and reduces time from evaluation to candidacy decision. Future steps include expanding the patient navigation program to liver patient referrals.
Readmissions and Hospitalization Research
Dr. Andrew Adams’ outcomes research focuses on post-transplant readmissions for both kidney and liver patients. His team studies patterns of individual resource utilization in the pre- and post-transplant period to allow for more informed decision making in
identifying and managing high-risk patients to improve outcomes. He has examined hospitalization preadmission data for the
year prior to and following transplantation with national USRDS data to track outcomes, including first hospital readmission, overall graft survival, and patient survival. In addition, he has assessed how patient clinical factors, such as time on dialysis and
comorbidities, may affect these outcomes.
Dr. Stuart Knechtle and his team have been examining liver transplant access and outcomes as well as cost and healthcare resource utilization within a cohort of local liver transplant patients. They have examined factors, such as body mass index (BMI) on
cost, using a dataset of cost and charges from EPSI. In addition they have examined healthcare costs of transplant for patients
admitted to the hospital previous to transplant, compared to patients who were in the hospital for transplant only. His team has
also examined the association between liver MELD score on cost of transplant (including index admission) and follow-up cost at
one year. Other outcomes of interest in addition to cost include graft failure and mortality.
Other research includes examining USRDS patient and claims data for renal transplant recipients with Medicare to assess patient
hospital admissions post-transplant, acute rejection episodes, and patient and graft survival. The group examined demographics
and clinical patient information, donor data, peritransplant data and their association with post-transplant readmissions (within
one year of transplant), acute kidney injury, infection, rejection, cardiovascular disease related admissions, and mortality.
Disparities in Kidney Transplant Referrals in the Southeast
Drs.Patzer and Pastan received an R24 grant for a project aiming to improve disparities in kidney transplant referrals. This project
is aimed to first determine the patient-, dialysis facility-, and neighborhood-level barriers to kidney transplantation in ESRD Network 6 by examining referral rates for each dialysis facility in Georgia. The team has worked with the Southeastern Kidney Council to develop a multilevel intervention to reduce racial disparities in access to transplant based on results of a community needs
assessment. The research team will begin a study to test the feasibility and effectiveness of this intervention to reduce disparities
in transplant access in Georgia. Facilities with the lowest transplant referral or racial disparities in referral rate will then be randomized to receive the multilevel intervention. To evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention, researchers will examine transplant referral from pre- to post-intervention among these poor performing facilities.
iChoose Kidney research
Dr.Patzer and her team developed and evaluated the feasibility of a novel, shared patient/provider decision support tool to communicate estimated risks of patient mortality for dialysis vs. kidney transplantation. The risk prediction tool was created based on
national data from ESRD patients and uses patient characteristics to show patients their personalized risk of mortality with dialysis vs. transplant. The tool is meant to help inform patients of treatment options through an iPad application called iChoose Kidney. In a feasibility study, Transplant-eligible ESRD patients received standard patient education about treatment options plus the
decision support tool. Researchers assessed patient knowledge, treatment preferences, and patient opinions prior to and immediately following delivery of the tool, and found that this tool was feasible for use in dialysis patients. The iChoose kidney shared
decision support tool is now available on the iTunes store for iPad and iPhone. Future directions include conducting a randomized trial to test the clinical efficacy of the tool in a high disparities dialysis population.
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Outcomes Research (cont’d)
Remote Monitoring of Transplant Patients (Transplant Hovering study)
Dr.Pastan, Dr.Adams, and Dr.Esper have been working on a study to determine the feasibility of using a home monitoring device platform (“patient hovering”) for renal transplant recipients within one year following transplant. Researchers will also assess whether the platform can identify events requiring clinical intervention at a higher rate than would normally be accomplished through standard medical care. Previous research shows that home monitoring may allow for earlier intervention in common scenarios that lead to poorer outcomes including organ rejection, infections, and hospital readmissions. Other outcomes of
interest include quality of life and patient satisfaction with use of this platform.
The Causal Impact of the National Living Donor Assistance Center on Living Organ Donation
Dr. Turgeon, Dr. Howard (Rollins School) and their collaborators Dr. Schnier (UC Merced) and Dr. Merion (U Michigan) have
been working on a research study to investigate the causal impact of the National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC) on
living donor kidney transplantation. Using UNOS data for all non-pediatric living organ kidney transplants made between 2003
and 2012 they construct a difference-in-difference model to investigate the causal impact of NLDAC. Their preliminary research
findings have discovered that the NLDAC program has resulted in a 12% increase in living organ donation among participating
The Impact of CMS Conditions of Participation (CoP) on Deceased Donor Transplantation
Dr. Turgeon and her collaborators at Georgia State University (Dr. Cox, Dr. Sadiraj and graduate student Marietou Ouayogode)
as well at the University of California, Merced (Dr. Schnier) have been researching the impacts of the CMP CoP on deceased
donor kidney transplantation. Their research has investigated the impact of the CMS CoP on patient waiting times, the characteristics of donors and patients selected for transplantation and the patient selection of transplant centers. In general this research has found a sizeable negative correlation between the CMS CoP and the outcome researched. This research complements an existing literature on the impacts of CMS CoP on transplantation but approaches the study from a behavioral economics perspective. This behavioral approach was recently discussed in a viewpoint published in the American Journal of Transplantation.
New Location for Nursing Resources on Woodruff Health Sciences Center
Library Website
Do you use PubMed, CINAHL, or other library resources for research and other information needs? These and other resources are available on the WHSC Library's updated website . To
easily access resources most relevant to the nursing profession just
click on Library Resources (circled in red on right) from the Nursing
Department Quick Links menu.
From there you will have access to a variety of library supported
resources under a number of categories including Point of Care,
Find Evidence, and Mobile Resources. Also available is the link to
the nursing blog, Evidence Matters (circled in red below), where you
can submit a question to the informationists as well as review questions submitted by others.
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PLAN Update—Changes for 2014
It’s a new year, an opportunity to start afresh and do things better. With the New Year
the PLAN council is pleased to announce some exciting changes and new opportunities
for 2014.
On January 1, 2014 the PLAN rolled out the new point system. The new points and/ or
requirements for each role / position are now illustrated within a pyramid. Please visit
the PLAN website to review the new illustrations and point requirements for the PLAN
roles and position. The biggest change with the new point system is that staff nurses
will now choose from an elective menu what they want to do to acquire points for each
role or position either for advancement or maintenance. Also, changes with the required portfolio documents:
The Portfolio submission date has been changed to the 10th of the month by midnight.
The 3 letters of recommendations will be replaced with 3 peer reviews.
No resume. Candidates’ qualifications must be acknowledged in their Letter of Intent.
No appeal due to no wait time for portfolio resubmission.
A minimum of 15 CEU per year will be required for all staff RNs.
Please contact your designated PLAN Champion or Council member for support / guidance with development of your portfolio.
The PLAN council encourages all staff nurses to attend the Project workshops that are scheduled throughout the year.
George Estrada RN, BSN
Chairperson - PLAN Council
New Root Cause Analysis Course
Refine your patient safety skills. Learn how to analyze an adverse event!
What is a Root Cause Analysis and how is it different from a debriefing?
How do I juggle “Just Culture” and accountability?
What should I include when writing a timeline?
What makes a good reliable action plan?
How do I design metrics to measure progress?
What were the root causes in the sinking of the Titanic?
If you would like to know the answers to these questions and more, sign up for RCA Tutorial: How to Conduct a Root Cause Analysis through the HLC course #6198 under Job Skills.
January 28 from 9am -11am (and quarterly thereafter)
Either auditorium on the main campuses (EUH or EUHM).
Open to all staff and students
Residents and others with no access to HLC email [email protected]
It is very important to register by location and report any cancellations. The second half of the session includes a interactive exercise to discover the root causes in the sinking of the Titanic. This will be a great opportunity to have fun practicing your new skills.
Presenter: Jennifer Flock RN, CPHRM is a Grady Nursing School graduate, Certified Professional Healthcare Risk Manager,
and current Patient Safety Coordinator for Emory Healthcare. Following Lean Certification, ATP completion at Intermountain Institute for Healthcare, and IHI Safety Officer training, she has facilitated RCAs, FMEAs and trained healthcare workers in these techniques for the last eight years.
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EJCH—Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI
Trina Geyer, MSN, RN, Manager of Nursing Education
Emory Johns Creek Hospital is now an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI through the Society of Cardiovascular Patient
Care (SCPC). SCPC accredits facilities that meet quality of care measures focused on improving the care process for patients
with acute coronary syndrome. Innovative interdisciplinary processes and evidence-based care are essential to achieving this
level of excellence. “This is a tremendous accomplishment for EJCH, and is yet another wonderful example of the teamwork that
takes place here at EJCH every day. I am proud of you all and am truly honored to work with such an amazing team!!” Craig
McCoy, CEO, Emory Johns Creek Hospital.
Free Biometric Screenings Available for all Staff
All EHC employees are eligible to participate in a free biometric screening. A biometric
screening is a health check that measures cholesterol level, glucose, blood pressure,
height and weight. The screenings last approximately 15 minutes and are a great benefit to
your health and wellness. Employees covered under an EHC medical plan can complete
the biometric screening, along with an Aetna online health assessment (available now on, to earn a wellness incentive on their medical plan.
Are you a benefits-eligible employee? Please pre-register online at to schedule your preferred
screening date and time. (The online scheduling tool closes one day prior to each screening.) You can also call 1-877-686-6636
(press 5) to make an appointment. A limited number of walk-ins will be accommodated; however, there is no guarantee you will
get screened when you walk in.
Important! Please bring your Aetna ID card to the on-site screening event. If you are not enrolled in Emory Healthcare’s medical plan, please bring your EHC ID or your driver’s license.
For more information, as well as a full schedule of screening events, go to
SILVER Spring Festivals
Kelly Shelby, MSN, RN, Nursing Education Coordinator
Although we are under a “winter weather advisory” on the day I am writing this, spring is just around the corner, and the members of the Nurse Recruitment and Retention Council (NRRC) are happy to announce a special occasion at five hospitals. We
are hosting a festival in honor of our “SILVER” (SEASONED, INVESTED, LOYAL, VETERAN, EMORY, RESOURCE” nurses.
The festival will have vendors to highlight taking care of ourselves as we age gracefully in our work as caregivers and nurses. All
ages are invited to attend and we look forward to a time of wellness, relaxation, and fun.
Sites and Dates:
Emory Johns Creek: March 5- Room 109A
Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital: March 12 in Atrium
Emory University Orthopedics and Spine: March 19 in MOB
Emory University Hospital Midtown: March 26 in Woodruff C
Emory University Hospital April 2 in B/C Classrooms
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Save the Date for the Launch of EHC recognize!
Emory Healthcare staff are truly amazing! Our leader teams appreciate your contributions and want to recognize your efforts each and every day. Our employees also want to recognize each other. In fact, we have
heard many staff and leaders ask for a centralized way in which they can recognize and be recognized. To
make recognition a part of our culture, on Friday, February 14, we will launch our new employee recognition program – EHC recognize!. We are committed to recognizing you and the stellar work you do for our
patients, their families and your fellow co-workers. Check out the countdown to this exciting new program
on the home page of the intranet (
EHC recognize! will centralize all recognition into one systemwide program – making it easier for leaders
and staff to give and receive kudos. Leaders will be able to recognize staff, and staff will have the ability to
recognize each other.
Thank you for all you do, and we look forward to showing you how much we care with EHC recognize!, starting Valentine’s Day
Nurse Fatigue in the Workplace – Public Comments Being Sought
Marti Wilson, MSN, RN, Nursing Quality
In 2006 ANA published a position statement, “Addressing Nurse Fatigue to Promote Safety and Health: Joint Responsibilities for
Reducing Risks from Working While Fatigued and Sleepy”. A significant body of research provides evidence that fatigue can affect
job performance and health of registered nurses. The 2006 position statement summarizes findings of the published research. The
ANA position statement conveys both individual nurse and employer responsibilities for creating a culture that encourages healthy
and safe work-life balance. The ANA Nurse Fatigue Professional Issues Panel is seeking public comment on the updated position
statement titled “Addressing Nurse Fatigue to Promote Safety and Health: Joint Responsibilities for Reducing Risks from Working
While Fatigued or Sleepy.” This document will replace the 2006 position statements on fatigue. Comments must be received by
5pm ET on Monday, February 10th.
You can download the draft document and submit comments referencing line numbers at
-Nurse-Fatigue.html). This document is for public comment purposes only and should not be quoted or referenced. For
questions or technical issues, please email [email protected]
Certification Credentials - Not on EHC ID Badge
Marti Wilson, MSN, RN, Nursing Quality
EHC supports and applauds registered nurses who obtain national specialty certification. We recognize this accomplishment with
the annual financial benefit to all eligible employees through the Clinical Certification Award program. However, certification requires renewal on a regular basis, and the certification credential is lost if not renewed. Therefore the Nurse Recruitment & Retention Council and the Nursing Executive Team chose to endorse not having certification credentials on EHC ID Badges. The current
EHC policy requires authorization of ID badges and changes, and allows for professional designation and highest academic degree
on the ID badge. The current Access Control Form does not allow for certification credentials to be included.
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EUHM Advanced Primary Stroke Center Updates
Jemma Brown, BSN, MSN, RN, CCRN, EUHM Stroke Coordinator
EUHM was certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center in December 2012, with no RFI’s. Since that time, Jemma Brown has
launched a massive Stroke Education campaign, educating over 600 nurses and physicians on the 10 stroke metrics. Please note
the data for November 2013 showing all metrics were met 100%. As compared to 2012 data, this is a significant improvement to
the quality of Stroke care given to the patients at EUHM.
Jemma’s passion for stellar stroke care lead to the development
of The Inpatient MD Stroke Guide (right), which was approved
through the EUHM Medical Practice Council and Clinical Excellence Executive Oversight Council. This laminated guide was
distributed both electronically and was posted in all EUHM nurses’ stations to help physicians order appropriate tests on all
stroke patients. EUHM CMS data abstractions reflected 2 defects on the same patient over a 90 day period. This was very
impressive teamwork which was evident of the great outcomes
and care given to our stroke patients at Midtown.
Shortly after becoming an Advance Stroke Life Support (ASLS)
instructor Jemma, applied for EUHM to become a training center
to teach ASLS. EUHM became a teaching center for ASLS
through The Gordon Center – University of Miami. EUHM’s
second ASLS class will be taught on February 11, 2014.
Midtown participated in four Community Outreach Stroke Fairs.
Over four hundred visitors participated in the May 2013 fair
held in the Lobby of the Conservatory. Gifts and Stroke Educational materials were given to participants. Consultations with a Neurologist, Pharmacist, and nutritionist were among some of the
activities offered. Free blood pressure screenings were done. The fair was advertised on Facebook and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The Georgia Hospital Association recognized EUHM’s stroke care and presented an award for Defect Free Stroke Care: A Systematic Approach to Improving Processes for Reducing Inpatient Stroke Mortality and Obtaining Optimal Stroke Outcomes, which
Jemma Brown, RN, Diana Soto, RN, Carol Batchelder, RN, Wendy Wright, MD, and Fadi Nahab, MD presented on behalf the
EUHM Stroke program. Secondary to this award, EUHM also received the Circle of Excellence Award for sustained quality improvement.
Dane Peterson, EUHM CEO shared the following statement with EUHM Stroke Leadership and Administrative teams: “It was
only 368 days ago that TJC came through here and surveyed us for Stroke Accreditation. The work this team did in the last 2 and
½ years to improve our ability to care for Stroke patients is nothing short of amazing. When people ask me about teamwork at
EUHM, I always tell them about our Stroke Team and the work we’ve done.”
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Marilyn Margolis—GHA Lifetime Achievement Award
Congratulations to Marilyn Margolis, Chief Nursing Officer at Emory Johns Creek Hospital on her award from the Georgia Hospital
Association (GHA) Lifetime Achievement Award! Below is a re-print (with permission) of GHA Honors Emory’s Marilyn Margolis with
Lifetime Achievement Award first appeared on, Emory Healthcare’s official blog site.
This year, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) awarded its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award to Marilyn Margolis, chief nursing
officer and vice president of patient services and operations at Emory Johns Creek Hospital.
"It was an honor and a surprise when I found out about the award," Margolis says. "It deeply touched me
because I consider it a privilege to do the work for which I'm getting recognized." Emory Johns Creek’s
CEO Craig McCoy nominated Margolis for the award.
Her "work" is an understated reference to a 30-plus year career with Emory Healthcare that has included
positions as staff leader of Emory University Hospital's Coronary Care Unit, unit director of Emory University Hospital's Emergency Department, director of nursing for Emory Healthcare's Emergency Services and Emory University Hospital's neurosciences department, director of nursing operations for
Emory University Hospital, and her current roles at Emory Johns Creek, where she collaborates with all
providers and oversees the hospital’s operational and clinical functions.
"I've been extremely fortunate to work with incredibly talented and dedicated people in the Emory system," says Margolis. "The support from Emory's administration and the opportunity to work collaboratively with a number of great teams is what has really helped move some major projects forward that made
positive impacts on patient care."
A few of those major projects include:
Development of continuous-improvement programs to enhance patient safety, increase nursing staff retention and reduce nurseto-patient ratios, including a reorganization of Emory University Hospital's ER admissions process at and the development of an
"express care" line, which improved patient safety (1999).
Creation of the Family Coordinator role and mechanisms that allow patients' family members to provide input and voice concerns
about the patients care. These initiatives were recognized as best practices at many conferences, including the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care. The program received multiple awards and was featured in the New York Times (2002).
Implementation of University Health System Consortium (UHC) best practices at Emory, resulting in system-wide improvements
and UHC recognition (2002).
Successful certification and accreditation initiatives, including The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center certification for
Emory University Hospital (2008, 2010) and Emory Johns Creek Hospital (2011); and accreditation with commendation for Emory
Johns Creek's cancer program (2013). She is currently leading efforts to ready Emory Johns Creek Hospital for Magnet Hospital
Margolis credits numerous mentors who provided her with guidance and learning opportunities throughout her Emory career. "If you're
open to constant education and open communication, the opportunities are limitless at Emory. It's truly a gift to work here," she says.
New Unit Director at ESJH
Cynthia May, MSN, RN Specialty Director-Acute Care Nursing, ESJH
Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is pleased to announce that Heather Gloede has accepted the position of Unit Director for 3 South
and 4 East
Heather joined the Saint Joseph’s staff in 2011. She graduated from Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines Iowa in 2007
with her BSN. She completed her MSN in Nursing Leadership and Management in October 2013 with a degree from Walden University. Heather’s clinical career includes Staff Nurse, Clinical Educator, Travel Nurse, Charge Nurse and Shift Nurse Manager. She has
experience with outpatient care services, emergency department care, ICU, surgical, medical and trauma care patients. Most recently
Heather has been the SNM on 6 East. As part of her masters program Heather completed a practicum at John’s Creek Hospital and
developed a LEAN process to facilitate workflow within the breast center radiology department. She is a member of the nursing honor
society-Sigma Theta Tau, has her Mandatory Reporter Certification and is Stroke Certified.
Her office is on the fourth floor at ESJH, and she can be reached by email at [email protected]
Please join us in welcoming Heather.
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Unit 51 Achievement Awards
Unit 51 at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) is a 50-bed surgical unit providing care for patients under the gynecology, urology, liver resection, and plastic services. Unit Director, Danika Pannia, shared “During fiscal year 2012-2013, Unit 51 faced several
challenges regarding their quality metrics, employee turnover rate, and staff morale. The team demonstrated such a positive turnaround in ways that not even words could express. Understanding the importance of building team morale, I wanted to express my
appreciation by having an Awards Ceremony which recognized staff for their outstanding accomplishments. The team has worked
very hard with true dedication to achieve their accomplishments.” This story highlights the areas in which the
Unit 51 team took charge making improvements and recognizes several of the individuals leading the charge.
Danika hosted the awards ceremony on January 3 and 7, 2014 in the Solarium on the EUHM 5 th Floor.
Recognition categories included the areas in which the Unit 51 team wanted to approve. Special guest, David Mafe, EUHM VP of Human Resources, presented perfect attendance awards to Darline Clark, UC,
Jacqueline Oden, UC, Hazel Krzyanowski, SNM, Henry Familusi, RN, Norma Lomby, RN, and Gina VictorLatour, RN.
In 2013 Andrea Woods, EUHM Surgical Division Specialty Director, initiated the divisional pledge award.
Quotes from Emory’s Pledge are placed on display for staff to acknowledge their co-workers who best exemplify these qualities. At the end of each month, the retention and recruitment committee tallies the nominations. The staff members who received the most nominations and who nominated the most colleagues are
Henry Familusi and Danika
announced as the pledge winners for that month. During the month of December 2013, Leslie Carroll RN
submitted the most nominations, and Henry Familusi received the most nominations. Valerie Holt, RN was acknowledged as overall
2013 Pledge Winner.
Hospital policy is to discharge all patients with orders before 11:00 am. Christine Warner, Manager of Patient
Flow, and Daniel Owens, COO, challenged several EUHM units: the unit that discharged the most patients
before 11:00am would win a pizza party. Unit 51 discharged the most patients and won the contest; 38 of the
311 discharges occurred by 11am giving Unit 51 a total of 12.22% of their discharges leaving before 11am in
this one month challenge. Previously, the total percent of discharges before 11am in FY2013 was 4%. Hazel
Krzyanowski, Shift Nurse Manager, was in charge when most of the patients were discharged before
11:00am. Kecia Berry, Nurse Clinician (EM-STARS new graduate) discharged the most patients before
Early in 2013, unit 51 was in critical staffing. Dr. Mary Gullatte, Chief Nursing Officer, and Specialty Director
Andrea Woods developed and launched an initiative to help transition, support, and retain newly graduated
nurse hires. The project is called Emory Midtown Structured Transition, Acculturation, and Retention Study
Kecia Berry and Danika Pannia
(EM-STARS). Five EM-STARS participants successfully completed the program on January 4, 2014: Kecia
Berry, Jeena Daniel, Pearl Lee, Edom Meheretab, and Jamie Stufflebeam. The experienced nurses who volunteered to mentor the
EM-STARS participants are Diane Elliott and Simone Clement with additional supporting mentors: Yvonne
Barham, Otilia Shweeka, and Lindsey (Copeland) Lovern. Gale Gaines is the overall coordinator for the EM
-STARS program.
Danika recognized Unit Acquired Pressure Ulcers (UAPU) as the highest nursing
quality metric on the unit. Unit 51 has gone 7 out of 8 quarters (since August
2012) with not UAPU. Merlyn Walker led the Unit 51 pressure ulcer prevention
(PUP) team in completing an average of 200+ audits per month and in-servicing
staff. Leslie Carroll, Otilia Shweeka, Gina Victor-Latour, and Young-Mi Park round
out the PUPS team. The most improved nursing quality index was falls and the
fall prevention team was led by Yvonne Barham.
Merlyn Walker and Danika Pannia
Danika recognized individuals who excelled in productivity in their roles in FY 2013: Corlis Moore, Nurse
Tech; Darline Clark, Unit Clerk; Hazel Krzyanowski, Shift Nurse Manager; and, Lyndsey Lovern, Nurse Clinician. Although individuals received the 2013 Unit 51 achievement awards, it truly takes a team to take ownerYvonne Barham and Danika Pannia
ship of and make improvements in the work environment. And clearly everyone on Unit 51 benefits from their
successes. Due to limited space on this page, only a few of the pictures from the Awards Ceremony are
included, but know that the smiles of pride and accomplishments were shared by all who participated.
Darline Clark
Corliss Moore
Hazel Krzyanowski
Lyndsey Lovern and Danika Pannia
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EHC Going Red for Women
Diana Harmon, MSN, RN, PCCN
Senior Manager Clinical Services & Operations Departments of Cardiology & Pulmonary, Emory Clinic
Emory Healthcare is going “Red for Women” during this February’s Heart Month and is having events at the Emory hospitals to
raise awareness of heart disease in women. These events are fun and filled with information. Educational materials provided by
healthcare professionals will be available to women to help them determine if they are at risk for heart disease
Please come out and meet the Emory Women’s Heart Center physicians and staff, and raise your awareness about women and
heart disease. The event will also feature nutrition consultations, body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure screenings for attendees.
Event Details
Friday, February 7 at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, 9am – 1pm
Friday, February 14 at Emory University Hospital Midtown, 7:30am – 1pm
At 12:30 p.m. Emory Women’s Heart Center cardiologist. Alexis Cutchins, MD will give a short educational talk in the
Glenn Auditorium on how to prevent heart disease.
Nurses who attend the talk will be offered 0.5 Contact Hours
Friday, February 21 at Emory University Hospital, 7:30am – 1pm
 At 12:30 p.m. Emory Women’s Heart Center cardiologist. Susmita Parashar, MD, MPH, MS. will give a short educational talk in the Hospital Auditorium on how to prevent heart disease.
 Nurses who attend the talk will be offered 0.5 Contact Hours
EMORY HEALTHCARE is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Georgia Nurses Association,
an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
GNA ID# 2014-003-EHC1
Do You Know the Number One Killer of Women is Preventable?
Find out if you are at risk.
Emory Women’s Heart Center is a unique program dedicated to screening, preventing and treating heart disease in women.
The Center provides comprehensive cardiac risk assessment and screenings for patients at risk for heart disease as well as
a full range of treatment options for women already diagnosed with heart disease.
Emory Women’s Heart
Disease Specialists
Gina Price Lundberg, MD, FACC
Clinical Director,
Women’s Heart Center
Alexis Cutchins, MD
Ijeoma Isiadinso, MD, MPH
Susmita Parashar, MD, MPH, MS
Farheen Shirazi, MD
Nurse Practitioners
Lilabet Choate, FNP-BC
Stacy Jaskwhich, NP-C, MSN
Chris Nell, NP-C, MPH, MSN
To schedule an
please call
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Praise from Our Patients
Thank you for all of the letters and acknowledgements that you submitted from our patients and families. If your submission did not get posted this month, I will include it in next month’s Synergy. Please
continue to e-mail me with praise from your patients and families to share with all of our colleagues.
Thank you for all you do for our patients and families.
Darlene Rogers, Synergy Newsletter Editor
Sarah Hall-Shalvoy submitted the following correspondence from a patient who just completed Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation
through Preventative Cardiology at ESJH. He and his wife completed the Disney half marathon in early January.
My wife & I made it to the finish line standing up and without the assistance of the van. We made it in 3 hours 33 minutes and 3
hours 35 minutes (respectively), just barely over a 16 minute mile, our goal to better. The last two overpasses into Epcot were
the killers.
Will I (we) do it again….Hell YES!!! We are a little tired, but feel really good and strong after finishing. Extra thanks to my Cardiac rehab team for their Excellent guidance and support!
Looking forward to next year and to do a better time. I don’t think I would have done as well had I not been in Cardiac Rehab.
And clearly on some of the uphill when I started to push, had I not been made aware of my heart rate ceiling, I could have been
in trouble in the end. On the last two overpasses into Epcot, I caught myself at 142+ and backed down until I hit 128.
THANK You again!!!
Ginger Parks, Unit Director ESJH Pulmonary/Thoracic, submitted the following letters: 1) from a patient about ESJH 6 East,
Internal Medicine, and 2) from a patient on 6 West, Pulmonary, who is also a nurse from the system.
This holiday season, I am so very grateful for the amazing recovery of my mom. I know this would never have been possible
without the sincere love and phenomenal care that she received on 6E. From the doctors to the incredible nurses to the support
staff... each and everyone was fabulous. As relatively new residents to ATL, without any family in town, your team filled the void.
I will always be grateful. Please thank everyone for us!
I was impressed with the expert care that I received from faces unfamiliar to me, and with absolutely no heads up knowledge
that a nurse from the [system] was being admitted. So, I am confident that the treatment that I received is staff habit of practice. I made an effort to stay in the nursing closet so to speak and did not openly state that I was a nurse or associated with [the
system]. ... I was treated with respect, my privacy was maintained, and I was kept up-to –date regarding my plan of care, medications, and all questions were addressed promptly. The nurses completed a bedside hand –off each shift and the CP’s were
outstanding in always addressing any concerns, escalating them to nursing if appropriate, and were diligent in performing a pain
assessment with each encounter. The unit secretary always answered the call light promptly and was always pleasant (this is
difficult with the number of calls they receive but it happened). I received what I always strive to give: excellent service, care,
and quality to positively impact patient outcomes and the overall patient and family experience. I say this not to echo any well
coined phrases but to actually say this is what I felt were the goals of every nurse and staff member that I encountered, it was
acculturated in their practice.
Justina Antill, Unit Director from EUH 7E, sent the following letter.
January 2, 2014
Dear Justina Antill,
I would like to express my deepest appreciation for the services that the Oncology Care team provided me with during my stay
on the ward. As one comes to the end of their life, [it] is the small things, the little courtesies and interactions, those seemingly
fleeting moments that truly make a difference and make what precious time is left more meaningful. With this in mind, I would like
to recognize the following individuals for providing me with superior care, compassion, and these moments that mean so much to
those of us with so few moments left. Nurses: Erica B, Kimberly, Nurani, Nida, Joel, and Debra. Techs: Jackie, Charlotte, and
Carla. Thank you for enlisting such kind and thoughtful individuals to your staff, and thank you to the staff who care for those of
us who need and depend on that care.
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More Praise from Our Patients
Catherine Parker, Unit Director from the Ambulatory Infusion Center at Clifton (Winship Cancer Institute), submitted the followed
feedback she has received from patients:
Darlene Hostetler, RN: “extremely competent and astute. Darlene is kind, compassionate and extremely professional. I am
blessed to be her patient”.
Elizabeth Gouge, RN: “Mrs. Elizabeth Gouge has an outstanding attitude and pleasant way with the patients and family. She’s
a keeper”.
Marion Craig, RN: “Marion is so warm and makes you feel so comfortable. I appreciate that she explains things so you are able
to understand”.
Adriane Metts, MA: “This is the third time I was taken care of in such a wonderful, caring and understanding manner by Adriane…I am so excited to be at Emory. Having a person that goes above and beyond, treating you as family, making sure all your
needs are met is a plus. There is not a worry when Adriane is there…”
Keri Varner, RN: “Keri is serious about her job and on the ball. Wonderful teamwork… Thank you Emory”.
From a patient email to MD and Unit Director: “It was phenomenal. All three nurses, Kay (McLarty), Eunice (Apreala) and
Corleen (Cunningham) gave me great treatment full of great on-time applications with a great sense of humor and smiles…I am
going to request the same bay they are working every day for my treatment”.
Rebecca Heitkam, Specialty Director for Outpatient Oncology Services at EJSH shared the following e-mail from the friend of a
I was in the Cancer Center this morning to be with my friend as she started her chemo for a third round. I can’t begin to tell you
how wonderful your team has been. Cynthia, Eve and Eileen have been her main contacts, but all of the people there are caring and engaging, not just technically good. And that matters so much. My friend was asked by her physician if she wanted to
have this round closer to her home in Alpharetta and Sharon’s answer: “No, I want to keep going to Saint Joseph’s and have
Eve as my nurse.”
Know that your team is doing such a good job.
Pat Guasch, Nursing Department Director, Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine sent in the following letter from a family
I just want to sing the praises of one of your nurse techs, Michael Thomas, who went above and beyond to help me get my cell
phone back. You see, I had taken a taxi-cab to Emory Rehab to visit my father. Upon arriving to the unit, I realized I did not
have my cell phone with me. I mentioned it to Michael and he questioned if I had left it in the cab. He suggested I call the cab
service but I couldn’t because I use an app on my phone to contact the taxi service. Michael checked out the app then he went
on his phone to Google the company. The company did not have a phone number but after much searching, he found an email
address. He sent an email explaining the situation and gave them my name and location. Within 20 minutes, he received an
email from the company with the phone number for the taxi cab driver. Michael called the driver who had my cell phone and
asked if he could bring it to Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine. The cab driver delivered my phone 30 minutes later.
Michael was very humble about going the extra mile, saying “loosing a cell phone is a big deal and I was just doing what I would
want some else to do for me”.
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PLAN Advancements
Educational Degrees
Lindsay Baker, EUH Neuro ICU, ANC
Omou Bah, EUHM 41, BS in Healthcare Mgmt
Mary Jane Cleghorn, WW Geri-Psych, NS
Lamar Baker, EUHM 21 ICU, MSN in Nursing Informatics
Tamekka Crawford, EUH OR, UNE
Carolyn Capleton, ESJH Outpatient Oncology, BSN
Diane Feil, EUHM OR, SNM
Cherise Carpenter , EUHM 61, MSN, FNP
Jerian Forbes, EUHM 31 ICU, ANC
Pauline Chandler, EUHM 21, MSN
Juanita Hawkins, WW Geri-Psych, SNM
Roshauna DeBarros, ESP, BSN
Patricia Heiple, EUH OR, SNM
Latoyia Herd, EUHM 41, MS in Psychology
Diane Hoefner, EUHM 42, UNE
Jeff Jean, EUH ED, SNM
Rebecca Heitkam, ESJH Outpatient Oncology, MACS
(Master of Arts in Christian Studies)
Genevieve Lyons, ESJH 4 East, ANC
Peter Inyang, EUH 6E RN , MSN – NP Program
Tejal Mehta, EJCH Cardiac Cath, NS
Jalaja Biju, EUH 4B, MSN
Anthony Ojekunle, EUH 10E, SNM
Bridget McLendon, EUHM 21 ICU, MSN/Adult Nurse Practitioner
Kate Pettorini, EUH OR, UNE
Kate Phillips, EUHM 34, UNE
Nancy Sarpong, EUH Cath Lab, SNM
Mary Svendrowski, EUHM Cath Lab, NS
Lynn Talsma, EUHM OR, SNM
Yolanda Thompson, WW Adult Psych, SNM
Robbin Tumblin, ESJH 3 South, ANC
Carlene McEachron, ESP, MSN FNPc
Carema Mitchell, EUH PCU, BSN
Jasmine Moobed, ESJH Outpatient Oncology, BSN
Elizabeth Njenga, EUHM 21, MSN
Charity Ogletree, EUHM 21, MSN
Torry Robinson, EUHM 11, MSN Healthcare Systems Leadership
Sally Watkins, EUH CVICU, ANC
Danielle Wetty, ESJH ER, SNM
Karen Williams, EUHM 31 ICU, NS
Latonia Trawick, EUHM 21, MSN/Family Nurse Practitioner
Jean Youngblood, EUHM 21, MSN
Donald WInterboer, EUOSH, NS
PLAN Abbreviations
Carolyn Capleton, ESJH Outpatient Oncology, OCN
ANC = Advanced Nurse Clinician
NS = Nurse Scholar
SNM = Shift Nurse Manager
UNE = Unit Nurse Educator
Wendy Delaserna, EUH 9E, AMSNRN
Regina Higgins, EUH CRM 4R, PCCN
Caleb Magistro, EUH 9E, AMSNRN
Preetha Nair , EUH 5B, ANCC Med-Surg RN-BC
Leslie Ogburn, EUH 4B, PCCN
Shalina Perez, EUH CRM 3R, PCCN
Charmony Pounds, EUHM, ANCC Med-Surg RN-BC
Colleen Wells, ESJH EP Lab, RCES (Registered Cardiac
Electrophysiologist Specialist) certification
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More Kudos
Honors and Awards
Jocelyn Disher, ESJH Preventative Cardiology, December
DAISY Award Nurse
Carolyn Holder, CNS EUH MICU, received the Barbara
McClean Contributions to Critical Care Nursing Award for
2014 from the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Critical
Care Medicine (SCCM). The award recognizes a nurse from
the Southeast Region who exemplifies the values of the
SCCM: a model based on collaboration, contribution, evidence-based communication, and collegiality.
Torry Robinson, Unit Director EUHM 11, appointed President
of North Central Region District of Georgia Organization of
Nurse Leaders
Rebecca McKee-Waddle, EHM Dialysis, received Clinical
Practice Award from American Nephology Nurses Association.
Whitney Molasky, EUHM 71 CNS, received a 2014 Roberta
Scofield Memorial Certification Award from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation in November.
EUHM Unit 11, Cardiovascular Stepdown Unit received
award for best aim statement at 2013 Quality Conference
for: Improving Blood Glucose Control in the Cardiothoracic
Surgery Patient Population. Team members include by not
limited to: Margaret Alexander, Terri Sullivan and Toni Johnson
Emory University Hospital Midtown received the following awards/accreditations last quarter:
The ACTION Registry-GWTG Silver Performance
Achievement Award
AHA Mission: Lifeline®/Get With The Guidelines®
Bronze Recognition Award.
American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation
American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center
Network (ACS BSCN) Reaccreditation a Level 1 Center
Emory University Hospital won first place for their team submission on intrahospital critical care transport. The team consisted of Mary Still, Pam Cosper, Carolyn Holder, Tracy Daye, Ray Snider, and Wahleeka Taylor (pictured in photograph). Not pictured are Jean Lominy RUN NURSE and
Peggy Howard RUN NURSE.
The GHA 2013 Patient Safety Award was for hospitals over 300 beds. Pam
Cosper, Ray Snider and Tracy Daye (RUN NURSE) as well as Dr. Nate Spell,
Chief Quality Officer for EUH, attended the conference and accepted the
award at the PHA Quality & Patient Safety Summit in January.
EUH 10E Supports School in Nicaragua
The staff on EUH Surgical Unit 10E conducted a 50/50 Raffle in December 2013 to raise money for a school in Managua, Nicaragua. The Christian Academy of Las Torres (CALT) is a Christian School
from pre-K through 6th grade which was opened in 2008 to provide not
only an education but a way out of despair for over 200 children and their
families. Leith Fitch PA for Team A General Surgery at EUH has been
intimately involved as the President of U.S. board that runs the school.
The team on 10E wanted to support her efforts. The winner for the raffle
would receive half of the money raised and the other half would go to the
school. $1508.00 was raised and the drawing took place on December
18th at the 10E Holiday Party. The 10E Elf, Natalie Pruner RN, delivered
the prize to the winner, Laura Austin SNM of Rollins Pavilion. Laura immediately returned her portion of the proceeds to the school. We applaud
Laura for her selfless act of charity. 10E is proud that their efforts will
positively affect families internationally.
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"Setting the Pace" 2014
Emory Healthcare Cardiovascular Nursing will be sponsoring a cardiovascular
nursing conference "Setting the Pace" on March 17th and 18th at the Emory Conference Center. This conference will explore the latest technologies, treatments
and knowledge associated with cardiovascular disease. Specialists in their field
will present new concepts and information that every professional working with cardiology and cardiovascular issues will want to know.
Program Objectives
This program will:
1. Discuss new trends and treatments in the care of the patient with cardiovascular
2. Review new drugs and devices as options for the patient with severe cardiovascular disease.
3. Explore implications and future direction in cardiovascular nursing and medicine.
The conference, which is co-sponsored by Atlanta AACN and the Nell Hodgson
Woodruff School of Nursing, has been approved by the American Association of
Critical Care Nurses (AACN) for 13.5 contact hours, Synergy CERP Categories A
10.80 contact hours, B 1.80 contact hours and C .90 contact hours by AACN.
For questions, call Mary Zellinger, RN, MN, ANP, CCRN (Conference Co-Chair) at
404-712-4661 ([email protected]) or Courtenay Wannamaker
RN, MN, CCRN (Conference Co-Chair) at 404-712-7934
([email protected]).
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Healthcare Provider CPR Skills Classroom Check-off
Students must take an on-line cognitive BLS Healthcare Provider Heart Code Part 1 in the HLC prior to completing a
skills check-off
For assignment of Heart Code Part 1 in the HLC email [email protected] and provide the following information: name, department, entity, email address, phone #, and month and year of your last CPR class.
ODLS staff will make the Heart code assignments approximately the 1st and 15th of the month..
Print the certificate of completion for Part 1 and/or note the certificate number. Use this certificate number to log into
part 2 & select instructor check-off. Bring the number given to class in order to do the skills check-off.
Register in the HLC for the classroom skills check-off
Walk-ins for classroom check-off will only be accepted if student has completed Heart Code Part 1. (Assignment of
Heart Code Part 1 will not be made on day of classroom check-off)
Students must complete skills check-off within 60 days of completion of Heart Code Part 1 (AHA and HLC requirement) or they will have to be reassigned and complete Part 1 again. The student’s department will be charged
$50.00 for the invalid license.
Classroom Skills Validation Dates/Locations
January 14, 2014
January 21, 2014
February 22, 2014
March 11, 2014
March 18, 2014
April 8, 2014
April 15, 2014
May 13, 2014
June 10, 2014
June 28, 2014
July 8, 2014
July 22, 2014
August 12, 2014
Heartsaver/AED Renewal
February 11, 2014
May 20, 2014
August 19, 2014
October 14, 2014
September 9, 2014
September 23, 2014
October 24, 2014
November 11, 2014
November 18, 2014
December 2, 2014
ACLS: Pre-register in the HLC
Heartsaver/AED Initial
February 21, 2014
April 7, 2014
2 Day Provider Initial Course
1 Day Provider Renewal Course
January 22 & 29, 2014
* February 17 & 24, 2014
April 21 & 28, 2014
July 14 & 21, 2014
*September 15 & 22, 2014
November 3 & 7, 2014
Jan 15
Feb 10
Mar 13
Apr 4
May 5
Jun 9
Jul 11
*Resident Nurses Only
For more information about BLS & ACLS
offerings, contact Nursing Education at 404686-2580 or refer to Nursing Education website.
[email protected]
Aug 18
Sep 13
Oct 13
Nov 24
Dec 5
Nursing staff has the option of completing ACLS requirements on the Heart
code system 24/7. To register for ACLS Heart code, e-mail
[email protected] for the ACLS Request Form. Please
complete the form and return to Nursing Education via e-mail or by fax with a
front and back copy of your current BLS card. Assignments for the Heart code
room are made around the 1st and 15th of each month.
Editor: Darlene Rogers, BS, BSN, MSN, RN-BC
Advisory Committee:
Susan Jones, RN, Tish Kuban, RPH, Sharon Quinn, RN,
Sharlene Toney, PhD, RN, Cheryl Wheeler, RN, Marti Wilson, RN
Publication-ready articles and announcements can be submitted to Darlene Rogers via Outlook.
Please include your name, credentials, department, and extension on all submissions.
Publication-ready submissions for the March 2014 issue are due February 28, 2014.

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