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5/11/18news article

nurses honored during national nurses week

Liz Yarger, gastroenterology – Systems Thinking

Liz identified a need to provide comprehensive care to a group of patients with irritable bowel disease. She collaborated with physicians to develop an annual visit program with a team approach - the patient sees a nurse practitioner, dietitian, social worker and coordinator. Liz also works to incorporate psychology into each visit to address psychosocial needs, transition readiness (for teenagers), nutrition and medical needs. Liz then collaborates with the managing physician to ensure that all of patient's needs are being addressed. This annual visit program has improved outcomes for these kids and is now being evaluated for other departments.

Diona Merrill, transitional care unit – Outstanding New Employee

Diona started last September with eight years previous experience in pediatric intensive care at a Nevada hospital. Her passion is evident and her enthusiasm is infectious.  Her families love her as she is patient and kind when explaining complex care.  She is the first to volunteer to rotate between the transitional care unit and the pediatric intensive care unit to learn more and keep her skills up to date.  She stepped into teaching the trach and G-tubes classes and is on the TCU council, the sunshine committee (a club that boosts morale in the unit), and she is part of the Magnet 14 – a group of 14 nurses who prepared extensively for the Magnet re-certification visit.

Matt Parker, south campus surgery center - Facilitator of Learning

When it was time to switch electronic health record systems, Matt volunteered to be a certified trainer in the implementation – his commitment was so refreshing. He arranged for the training to work around the department’s schedule. He created several tip sheets and other resources for the staff to help with smooth transition. He always made sure he was available to answer questions and he had patience to provide additional training to staff as needed. Implementation would not have been as smooth without his collaboration and dedication.

Andrea Gruber, pediatric intensive care unit - Advocacy Moral Agency

Andrea went above and beyond to advocate for a patient with special needs in the PICU. This patient had few visitors, and could not speak up for herself.

This patient received a brand new tracheostomy, and per policy, new trach ties cannot be changed for seven days. This patient was on day six of her new trach but her ties were very tight, cutting into her skin, causing bleeding and significant pain.

Andrea insisted the trach ties be changed during her shift. Andrea communicated with all specialties for this patient and got wound care involved. With Andrea's strong advocacy, this patient’s trach ties were changed a day early and her wounds received the proper care. She made a huge difference for a patient that was unable to speak up for herself!

Sandy Hibner, hematology/oncology - Response to Diversity

Sandy is an exemplary nurse, mentor and coworker.  She continuously advocates at the state and national level for adequate hemophilia research and insurance coverage. Sandy’s compassionate and caring practices shows through her collaboration efforts. Not only does she obtain financial resources for patients, but also clinic staff and child life in order to provide comfort measures that decrease patient’s anxiety during infusions.

Sandy’s vast knowledge and experience make her essential to the team. Sandy is a leader and innovator. She coordinates high-level phase 1 clinical trials for hemophilia and obtains grants so the team may participate in national/world meetings.

Braden Wise, house float nurse - Outstanding New Grad

Braden lights up the unit that he is working on, with his infectious smile, attitude and passion. He might be the youngest nurse in the hospital, but he is the best. He's always there to help, ask questions and eager to learn. The patients are truly blessed to have such a smart, kind and loving nurse.

I have worked with Braden on several occasions and I am always impressed with his eagerness to learn and do more things in his role as a nurse. Braden has gone above and beyond expectations for a new graduate. I would never know he was a new grad, if I were a patient family. He is not afraid to ask questions and is eager to learn new tasks. He is considerate and compassionate to his patients, their families and his peers.

Diane Quirk, inpatient neurology - Collaboration

Diane is the "go to" person when anyone has a question about the operations in the department. She works closely with residents, nursing staff, physicians and nurse practitioners, as well as physical therapists, social workers and others to assure the care plans for neurology patients are well communicated and their needs are met. She is a wonderful resource to patients’ families in regards to seizure education and resources.

Following a new seizure diagnosis, she is often the person providing the basic seizure first aid and the education on rescue medications. She care coordinates to be sure families get the appropriate follow-up appointments, testing and medications.  She keeps the clinic staff up to date on patient's needs as well. She is always open and available to take questions and educate staff.  She is very intelligent, has great clinical judgment, but is also a hard worker and very caring. Patients are her number one priority. We are very lucky to have her in the neurology department.

Kaylee Benton, emergency department - Clinical Judgment

Kaylee demonstrates exceptional clinical judgment in her daily practice.  Due to her outstanding skills, Kaylee was selected as a unit preceptor.  She introduces novice nurses to the intricacies of emergency medicine, whether it is a critical patient or a patient with low acuity.  She consistently demonstrates compassion, always putting patient and family first. 

Over the past year Kaylee has truly honed her assessment skills.  This was demonstrated when Kaylee was working triage, she immediately identified a patient in distress and urgently transported patient to a trauma room to initiate live saving care.  She directed the team as resuscitation measures were provided.  Coworkers view Kaylee as a clinical resource, always guiding staff appropriately.  Kaylee most definitely exemplifies clinical judgment in her patient care delivery.

Jeff Kegley, medical imaging - Caring Practices

Jeff goes out of his way to make patients comfortable and cared for. He pretended to be a Power Ranger and talked to a little boy through the MRI speaker system. When that little boy came out of his MRI, he was beaming and talking about how he got to speak to the Power Ranger. Jeff is very kind, soft-spoken, and families and patients love him.  He works hard to keep families happy. He's also a great peer and willing to help anyone.

Abbey Riedel, specialty pediatrics three west - Clinical Inquiry

Abbey has a passion for what she does.  She cares about patients is a champion for skin and wound care.  She recently took over the hospital acquired pressure injury committee.  She is working on strategies to improve skin assessment, product availability and improved documentation. She has done an amazing job driving this initiative.

She understands the importance of the Braden-Q (a scale of elements of risk for pressure injuries) and its value to skin assessment.  She has developed education on each aspect of the scale and distributed the information to all the nursing units to place in their newsletters. She is an endless resource for wound issues staying after hours to make sure the child and nurse have what is needed.  She is a wonderful nurse to work with who really cares.