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February 2017

For more than 30 years, ADVANCE Healthcare Network has been supporting multiple healthcare professions with one-of-a-kind information and education resources. As champions of the nursing profession, we want to spread news about the great work you are doing in facilities and settings throughout the United States.

The monthly feature on this page is a roundup highlighting who is making news in your profession. We hope you will share this with coworkers, managers and friends via email and social media tools.

Check back often to find more award winners, staff and manager promotions, facility expansions, board appointments, association news, profession-specific announcements and more.

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Course image courtesy of Sigma Theta Tau International

Nurses Train to Help Victims of Sexual Assault

INDIANAPOLIS---According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), every 109 seconds someone in the United States is sexually assaulted, which is why specially trained nurses are becoming Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE).

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, has developed and released the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program (SAFE) in collaboration with the Indiana ENA Forensic Committee. This SAFE option provides an affordable and comprehensive education to nurses seeking the SANE certification.

"Sigma Theta Tau International is dedicated to making sure nurses are equipped to offer the highest level of care in every situation in our modern world," said Matthew Howard, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, CPN, director of educational resources at Sigma Theta Tau International. "The Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program helps nurses to be prepared to care appropriately for victims of sexual assault."

The state of Michigan

Michigan Legislation Gives APRNs More Opportunity

MICHIGAN---Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation in mid-January of this year granting advanced practice registered nurses an expanded role. APRNs in Michigan can now practice medical services without a doctor's signature.

"This law allows the nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and clinical nurse specialists to prescribe to the full extent of their licensure, certification and experience and training," said MaryLee Pakieser, MSN, RN, NP, a Michigan-state NP at Traverse Health Clinic. "It eliminates some of the artificial barriers to other things, such as I can now order physical therapy without a physician's signature. I can order speech therapy without a physician's signature."

Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN

Burnes Bolton Rises to New Leadership Role

LOS ANGELES---Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, the health system chief nursing executive, vice president for nursing, chief nursing officer and director of nursing research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, has been recognized for her leadership, innovation and clinical practice. Burnes Bolton was named the Cedars-Sinai James R. Klinenberg, MD, and Lynn Klinenberg Linkin chair in nursing.

"This chair is much bigger than me. It is about nursing as an enduring and vibrant profession and about our responsibility to everyone who trusts us with their lives," said Burnes Bolton. "It emphasizes our commitment to delivering effective, efficient, equitable and inclusive care to each patient who comes to us."


Golden Commendation Awarded to Midwife Team

PROVIDENCE, RI.---The Women & Infants Hospital, which opened in 1996, received the Golden Commendation to Women's Care Midwifery Service for its innovative and compassionate midwife care to families for over 20 years. The award was given by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

"The spirit of midwifery lives and breathes within Women's Care," said Linda Nanni, CNM, MS, FACNM, a founding member of the practice and its current director. "We put the patients' needs and desires first. We seek to develop safe plans for birth regardless of whether the patient is low risk or more medically complex and requiring medical collaboration."

The practice tends to women's needs, from the teen years to the geriatric stage of life. The practice has branched out to numerous Rhode Island locations outside of their main center in Providence, which "has allowed the entire population to have access to midwifery services regardless of location, social risk, ethnicity or medical risk," added Nanni.

Judith Kay Fogg, BSN, RN, CRNI

Fogg Honored with Nurse Leader Award

MULLICA HILL, N.J.---The Organization of Nurse Leaders of New Jersey (ONL NJ) has honored Judith Kay Fogg, BSN, RN, CRNI, nurse manager at Inspira Medical Center Elmer, with its Nurse Leader Award.

This award is given to nurses who are recognized for their leadership, guidance and service to their institution and the nursing profession. Fogg has been an integral part of Inspira since 1990 and has been a professional nurse for 45 years. Under her leadership, the Inspira Elmer's 2 East unit became the first in New Jersey to receive the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses' PRISM Award.

Pomeroy and Daffin receive their award from Taylor (middle) during a small celebration ceremony at Children's National.
Photo courtesy of Children's National Health System

Children's National Nurses Receive Department of Defense Award

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Christy Pomeroy, RN, and Lanita Daffin, RN, were awarded the Patriot Award by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Pomeroy and Daffin are two Children's National Health System PICU nurse managers who were nominated by fellow clinical nurse Melissa Taylor, RN, sergeant of the National Guard. The Patriot Award was given from the Office of the Secretary of Defense "for contributing to National Security and Protecting Liberty and Freedom in supporting employee participation in the National Guard and Reserve."

The official from the Department of Defense came to Children's to present the award to Pomeroy and Daffin. He noted that the award "reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures, including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed."

Craig Lindsey

Florida Hospital DeLand Names Next Chief Nursing Officer

DELAND, FLA.---Craig Lindsey has assumed the role of chief nursing officer at Florida Hospital DeLand. In this new role, Lindsey holds responsibility for the organization and administration of nursing care.

With over 20 years of managerial experience, Lindsey has overseen inpatient, ambulatory and clinic-based nursing care. Lorenzo Brown, Florida Hospital DeLand's CEO, said, "Craig is truly an inspirational leader and I'm delighted to have him join our team."

St. Catherine Hospital ICU personnel attend the ribbon and blessing ceremony on Nov. 30, 2016.
Photo courtesy of St. Catherine Hospital

St. Catherine Hospital Rededicates Intensive Care Unit

EAST CHICAGO, IN.---As part of a $2 million redesign project, St. Catherine Hospital's intensive care unit has been renovated to hold 16 beds, an oval work station and multiple entry and exit points. The design gives nursing staff a panoramic, 360-degree view of all patient rooms.

"Our new ICU will provide nurses, physicians and their patients with the finest critical care facilities, systems, technology and equipment among Northwest Indiana," said Jo Ann Birdzell, chief executive officer of St. Catherine Hospital.

As part of its reopening, the hospital rededicated the intensive care unit with a ribbon cutting and blessing ceremony. Prior to construction, the unit was divided by a storage area, which created a two-wing eight-room module. The expansion enables the unit to be one, connected and functioning ICU.

Patricia Givens, DHA, EdM, RN, NEA-BC

Givens Names CNO of Children's Hospital Colorado

AURORA, COLO.---Patricia Givens, DHA, EdM, RN, NEA-BC, was named senior vice president and chief nursing officer of Children's Hospital Colorado. In this new role, Givens will oversee the hospital's Division of Nursing and Patient Care Services, while taking on the responsibility for all aspects of the division's operations and administration. As a Magnet organization, Children's Hospital Colorado will look to Givens as a key role in ensuring their Magnet status.

"This is absolutely my dream job," said Givens of her new role. "My goal is to build on the incredible work that is already taking place at Children's Colorado and the legacies of those nursing leaders who have come before me, as I work to make Children's Colorado the preeminent center for pediatric and clinical care internationally."

Mercy Medical Center's ICU nurse team was honored with the AACN Gold-Level Beacon Award for Excellence.
Photo courtesy of Mercy Medical Center

Baltimore ICU Honored with Gold-Level Beacon Award

BALTIMORE---The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) awarded Mercy Medical Center's intensive care unit with the Gold-Level Beacon Award for Excellence.

The Beacon Award for Excellence is given to unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN's six healthy work environment standards: leadership structures and systems, appropriate staffing, effective communication, evidence-based practice and outcome measurement. Gold is the highest level of recognition for this designation.

Christine E. Lynn, RN

Nurse Gives $275,000 for Student Scholarships at Florida Atlantic

BALTIMORE---The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) awarded Mercy Medical Center's intensive care unit with the Gold-Level Beacon Award for Excellence.

The Beacon Award for Excellence is given to unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN's six healthy work environment standards: leadership structures and systems, appropriate staffing, effective communication, evidence-based practice and outcome measurement. Gold is the highest level of recognition for this designation.

Image courtesy of Merck & Co., Inc.

Merck Manual for Healthcare Professionals Develops Free App

KENILWORTH, N.J.---Merck & Co., Inc., created a free app for medical professionals to access its Merck Manual---a reference book designed to hold knowledge on medical-related information.  The new app contains more than 1,000 photos and illustrations, covering each subject in detail with regular updates made by more than 350 experts.

"In today's mobile world, healthcare professionals expect health information at their fingertips, with or without an Internet connection," said Robert S. Porter, MD, Merck Manual's editor-in-chief. "Always having a trusted medical resource readily at hand can make all the difference."

The app is free and available for download through the iTunes app store and through Google Play.

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