The nursing division at Dayton Children’s appreciates the contributions that others make to support the delivery of nursing care. Nursing care at Dayton Children’s is provided in an interdisciplinary model and requires collaboration and cooperation to achieve our goals. In recognition of the support provided to nursing, nursing leadership would like to acknowledge individuals from across the organization who provide support to nursing service.
We identified 3 categories for Collaborators in Caring: Education/Professional Practice, SPIRIT standards and Collaboration.
The individuals recognized for Education/Professional Practice routinely and consistently support clinical education for the nurses and professional practice. They participate in educational opportunities, encourage nurses to develop evidence-based practice, and make a contribution to the overall delivery of care. They encourage nurses to maximize their skills and competencies, and to deliver care within the scope of the nursing practice guidelines. They support autonomous and professional behaviors by the nurse. We would like to recognize Dr. Sherman Alter, Dr. Elizabeth Ey and Dr. Thomas Krzmarzick for being chosen as this year’s Education/Professional Practice Collaborators in Caring.
- Dr Alter consistently takes time to explain and educate nursing staff and families about their illnesses and the implications of same. He explains things in a way that others can understand and with a lot of compassion. He works to gain consensus and tries to manage any conflict by being honest and upfront with his discussions. We really appreciate his help and willingness to discuss cases with the nursing staff so the benefit of his body of knowledge is shared.
- Dr. Ey is a very professional teacher who is always happy to work to teach staff -including nurses and unlicensed staff. She provides competency training for AHU staff related to X-ray verification of Ph probes. She worked to provide education regarding pig tail catheters including a procedure, CHI and staff education. She is willing to answer questions and to listen to staff's opinions and concerns. She is an excellent role model.
- Dr. Krzmarzick works collaboratively with the nursing staff to ensure the ED processes, workflows, and procedures work for nursing and providers to ensure the best possible delivery of care to the patients and families in the ED. He demonstrates collaboration in the ED core team meetings by working with nursing and compromising with nursing to resolve issues and improve practice. He supports and promotes opportunities of improvement. Dr. Krzmarzick demonstrates respect and caring for the nursing profession.
The individuals recognized for Spirit Standards area pleasure and a joy to work with. They exemplify all of our spirit standards and contribute to an atmosphere of cooperation and collaboration. Together with nursing, they strive for customer service and improvement in patient care. This year’s SPIRIT Standard Collaborators in Caring are Karen Braun and Jerry McLaughlin.
- Karen in her role as Director of Ambulatory Services, works with a large number of nurses to deliver quality nursing care. She is consistently very professional, pleasant and easy to work with. She encourages each nurse in her division to think creatively and stretch their abilities. She has a wonderful understanding of what quality nursing is and works tirelessly to make sure that the care we give is as up to a very high standard. She is quick to get back to any employee with a question or concern and makes herself available to all the employees she directs including the nursing staff. She exemplifies the Spirit Standards at Dayton Children's.
- Jerry McLaughlin is nice and very organized, but what impresses us about Jerry is that he listens. Building structures is not about the structure, but about the patients and families that are going to be cared for in that structure. Jerry really understands that. He cares about patient safety, efficiency and flow for the staff and how the environment influences healing. He is patient with the clinicians and is always willing to adapt the project as possible. He listens to rationale and is willing to look at issues from a different set of eyes. Jerry is a key reason that our new and remodeled buildings are a successful part in the delivery of excellent patient care.
The individuals recognized for Collaboration are known as collaborators. They seek out the opportunity to improve service, demonstrate respect for all members of the care team, and through their interactions, promote collaboration in the delivery of patient care. We would like to recognize Gayle Barringer and Mike Moddeman as being the Collaboration Collaborators in Caring.
- Gayle has done an outstanding job of collaborating with nursing, anesthesia, surgeons, & CIS. Gayle continually collaborates with nursing. She has built a daily report that has helped Dayton Children’s establish ourselves as a leader with our colleagues from the Ohio Children’s Hospitals. With this report, we are able to track and our progress with antibiotic prophylaxis on a daily basis. This has allowed us to make any necessary changes in a timely manner. Every member of the nursing team feels that they can call upon Gayle to provide support at any time. She is always ready to lead a helping hand to anyone that is in need. Gayle’s efforts have been instrumental in improving the care that we provide to our patients.
- Mike is very collaborative and dependable in his role. He seeks to help with our efforts to understand our business and look for opportunities to grow. He is very detailed about the data he presents, helps us to organize our thoughts and challenges us to think about possibilities. Thanks Mike for your efforts and willingness to support nursing in taking care of patients and develop the services our community needs.
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