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May/June 2007

This year’s theme for the annual American Nurses Association Nurses Week was, Nursing: A Profession and a Passion. I believe that this theme is representative of the nursing staff at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. This year, we celebrated Nurses Week in style with live music, a chocolate fountain, educational opportunities and more. According to your feedback, it was the best celebration to date! I am especially pleased with the number and quality of the nominations received for the following categories: Practice, Leadership, Education and Research. Two additional awards, Nurse of Tomorrow and Friend of Nursing were also presented to recognize an outstanding student nurse associate and non-nurse who actively support and promote nurses at Children's Hospital.

Camille McFadden, Carrie Gelmini, Maureen Valcke and the team that supported them are to be commended for their efforts. In this issue of Inspiration and Excellence we recognize nurses who were selected as Nurse of the Month from January through April.

Children’s Hospital of Michigan is a community built around children and families who come to us for care and the caregivers who provide that care. As nurses, we play a vital role in the  Children’s Hospital community. We bring comfort, knowledge, passion and expertise to patients and families and to the coworkers on our teams. We are skilled, strong, knowledgeable, dedicated and compassionate representatives of our chosen profession and are visible in every area of the organization. Nursing at Children’s Hospital is consistent in its dedication to excellence and at the same time, is evolving to meet societal needs, and the technological and clinical advances taking p place in pediatric practice.

As part of our evolution, we are proud to have graduated eight bright minds from the Versant RN Residency Program. We anticipate more than forty participants in the June cohort. We continue to progress on our Journey Towards Excellence as we pursue Magnet designation. Our application will be submitted in July, but the Magnet Champions, under the leadership of Madelyn Torakis, are keeping us on track. I am especially appreciative of those of you who submitted so many heart-felt stories that demonstrate this hospital is already a Magnet facility.

Finally, each day you continually make me proud with the integrity you bring to the nursing profession and your service to this hospital. Thank you for your dedication to everyday excellence and for inspiring others to take great care of patients and families.

Rhonda Foster, Ed.D., MPH, MS, RN
Vice President of Patient Care Services

Interesting Nursing Facts
• Of the 621 nurses who completed the 2007 Children’s Hospital of Michigan RN database, 37 percent hold advanced certifications.
• The National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses was formed in 1908.
• The three major educational paths to registered nursing are a bachelor’s degree, an associate degree, and a diploma from an approved nursing program.

Children’s Hospital congratulates its Nurses of the Month
Some nurses have been at Children’s Hospital since the 70s; some are relatively new. Some have always known they would be nurses; some chose nursing as a second career. They are diverse in gender, age, religion and culture but they all share a genuine love for their work, a dedication to the patients and families in their care, respect for their colleagues and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Thank you for adding value to the lives of all those who come to us for care.

Introducing the Nurses of the Month for January, February, March and April:


Critical Care: Lauren Kelm, RN, BSN, CCRN; PICU;
19 years at CHM, “I’ve seen miracles happen here and some things that are hard to deal with.
But somehow I have an inner strength that enables me to provide support for families
when they need it most.”

Lauren Kelm

Alternative Practice: Kathy Miller, RN, BSN, CPON; hematology;
8 years at CHM, “My job is to make sure that no matter what happens my patients and their families have a positive experience. I take comfort in knowing I have done everything possible for them during good times and bad.”

Kathy Miller

Acute Care: Joe DiGiacomo, RN; 6 West;
16 years at CHM, “I love working with kids because they are so honest. I have taken care of them when they are babies and now, as teenagers coming to the clinic, I still remember them when they stop by to say hi.”

Joe DiGiacomo

Critical Care: Pam Odziana, RN; PICU;
25 years at CHM, “I have a particular love for children and deeply respect their ability to face the challenges that life gives them. Their courage continually amazes me and their smiles replenish my spirit.”

Pam Odziana

Alternative Practice: Marie Gay, RN, MSN; same day surgery;
22 years at CHM, “From housekeeping to administration, the CHM team is truly amazing.
I would encourage anyone to go into nursing because there are so many interesting and different
areas in which a person can use his or her talents and skills.”

Marie Gay

Acute Care: Catherine Davey, RN, BSN 6-West;
20 years at CHM, “The kids I work with are so ill, but they also are so resilient! One day they are
struggling for breath in the NICU. Two days later they are playing as if nothing was wrong.”

Catherine Davey

Critical Care: Michele Robinson, RN, BSN, CPN; pediatric imaging;
19 years at CHM “It is so satisfying to see kids improve and to work with the families as they learn to understand what is going on with their child. And it feels good to know that they appreciate the role we play in the healing process.”

Michele Robinson

Alternative Practice: Charlotta Marshall, RN, MSN; 6-West;
28 years at CHM, “Even if we impact just one person’s life, we are in a position to make a difference. Our multidisciplinary approach means that each of us plays a vital role — nurses, physicians, social workers, child life specialists, chaplains, pharmacists and of course, the family.”

Charlotta Marshall,

Acute Care: Linda Cotsonika, RN; neonatal;
At CHM from 1970-1976, 1986 to present, “I do this work because I like it. Babies can’t talk but we can see them picking up on parental stress. So it is important that we do whatever we can to reduce the stress. Our staff is the best, and we work with some of the best doctors in the world. ”

Linda Cotsonika

Critical Care: Jeanette Farris, RN, BSN; neonatal;
28 years at CHM,  “As long as I can remember, I wanted to be a nurse and decided early on that
I wanted to work with children. At Children’s, although we are caring for kids, we are really working with the whole family.”

Jeanette Farris

Alternative Practice: Rosa Hubble, RN, BSN; Poison Control Center;
6 years at CHM Being from Peru, “I am very comfortable here because it is so diverse. Working in the Poison Control Center gives me an opportunity to continue my education every day and work with people that I really respect. There are situations we deal with on the phone that are life-threatening. We must be able to direct callers properly and accurately.”

Rosa Hubble

EMR Update
Since the electronic medical records (EMR) technology was implemented at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in December 2006, medical errors have reduced, patient safeguards have been enhanced and clinical outcomes have improved. To better ensure that the technology continues to work efficiently and effectively, a group of Superusers are working around the clock to clarify complexities, communicate changes, and train those who are new to the EMR system.

Acute Care: Gary Kleinman, RN, BSN, CPN; 6-east;
11 years at CHM, “As nurses, we get to make a major contribution to society, affect people’s lives and work with fantastic people. Nursing has taught me to look at life with a more critical eye and think more about what is really important.”

Gary Kleinman

Superusers, identified by their purple badges, were selected from each unit in the hospital prior to the implementation of EMR. “They are the ‘go to’ people for EMR questions,” says Kathy Dodds, RN, interim clinical informatics coordinator. Kathy meets with Superusers each week to discuss key points that are to be communicated back to staff. The information is detailed and includes re-education reminders. Meeting participants also receive a Superuser Update at each meeting.

The following reminders were included in the May 2 update:
• ID bands MUST be on all patients
• I/O charting (right click and add a comment at the beginning of your shift for G-tubes, EVDs, chest tubes and document what your patient drank).
• Pediatric Nutritional Intake: ONE FORM PER DAY!
• A quick way to view assessments is the All Results tab!
• IV charting: Make sure to use the IV form for initiating, discontinuing and assessing a  subcutaneous IV site.

“A high priority now is to improve charting,” says Dodds. “The goal is to be consistent so that everyone knows instantly where to look for specific patient information. This is the key to improved charting.”

Magnet Mission Possible
By Madelyn Torakis, Magnet Program Coordinator

Magnet fever has been mounting throughout the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. It has been an
exciting ride during these final weeks before submission of our Magnet documentation. By now throughout the hospital you may have heard someone say, “That’s a Magnet moment!” The fact is we’ve been a Magnet facility for a long time; we just did not document everything to this magnitude before.

We found that some things look really good and others need a little nip and tuck. It’s not about being a perfect hospital, it’s about moving forward within the nursing profession, which ultimately
enhances the care we provide to patients and families.

Currently we are in the process of developing support documentation for the stories many of you have submitted. I am truly amazed at these stories. For example, some highlighted how meaningful it is to be a Versant mentor, how we care for families, and how PNAC is a strong voice for nursing. Other stories detailed how so many of our nurses give back to the community, both  locally and globally. These are some of the things that occur at Magnet facilities. Look’s like we’re already there!

July 5: Multigenerational Team Building presented by Darlene Blair
August 2: 29-Minute Initiative presented by Kim Stover
September 6: Nursing and the Law presented by Judith Parrott
October 1: Gift of Life presented by Lenny Van Maanen
November 1: Pharmacological Options for Diabetes Management presented by Chad Schenavar and Rebecca Hunnicutt Farren
December 6: Conference Report: topic to be announced presented by Lindsey Drouillard
Note: Each program earns 1.0 CEU. For more information, call Mary Ann Lynch, (313) 745-5669

Did you know?
By Madelyn Torakis, Magnet Program Coordinator

As a result of your involvement in the development of the RN database, we now know that 37  percent of all Children’s Hospital of Michigan nurses hold advanced certifications. A number of you hold degrees, such as ADN, BSN and MSN, as well as non-nursing degrees.

The data will be submitted along with our documentation for Magnet designation. It will also be used to enhance our nursing annual report and clearly demonstrate our commitment to the
profession and the quality of care available to patients and families at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Finally, the information will be posted on a new nursing page on the Children’s Hospital website, currently in development, to highlight the magnitude of our achievements and
strengthen our ability to attract more quality nurses.

Listed below is the number of certifications by area as reported:
Certified Pediatric Nurses: 106
Certified Emergency Nurses: 53
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioners: 31
Certified Neonatal Nurses: 27
Certified Critical Care Nurses: 9
Certified Oncology Nurses: 6
Neonatal Nurse Practitioners: 3
Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioners: 2
Certified Case Managers: 2
Certified Clinical Nurse Specialists: 2
Certified Operating Room Nurses: 2
Certified Med/Surg Nurses: 2
Certified Nurse Administration: 2
Certified Rehab Nurse: 1
Board Certified in Pain Management: 1
Certified Nephrology Nurses: 1
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners: 1


Congratulations 2007 Nightingale winner:
Christin Claypool Anthony, 5W

Congratulations Versant Residency Program Graduates:
Doris Anyim, 4SW
Stephanie Bemis, 4SW
Amanda Brown, 6W
Rachel Campbell, 4SW
Teri Gepfert, 6W
Meghan Hortos, 6W
Darcy Kapron, 5W
Allison Kehres, 4SW
For more information, contact Lynn Hillman, Versant, program manager, at (313) 745-5568.

Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Sigma Theta Tau International, Lambda Chapter congratulates its 2006 inductees:
Catherine Cushing, 6E
Simmone Ebbinghaus, Observation unit
Patricia Fleming, Hematology clinic
Lynne Hillman, Versant Residency Program
Heather Schaewe, pediatric surgery
Dawn Splettstosser, ER
Madelyn Torakis, Nursing administration
For information on Sigma Theta Tau, please contact Linda Lewandowski at 313-577-5137 (WSU); 313-993-7129 (CHM)

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