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February 3, 2011
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

2011 calendar highlights work of Upstate nurses

Upstate University Hospital is recognizing more than than 100 nurses, nurse managers and nursing directors and a dozen nursing-related initiatives in its new 2011 “We are Upstate Nursing” calendar.

“The calendar helps us showcase the impact Upstate nurses are having on all areas of hospital operations from quality and patient safety to electronic medical records and education,” said Upstate’s Chief Nursing Officer Katie Mooney.

Among the highlights featured in the calendar are

- The Nursing Model at Upstate (June): The PATIENTSfirst initiative is an evidence-based nursing practice model that identifies five main drivers of enhancing nursing practice: collaboration, professionalism, education, resource utilization and promotion of a holistic environment. The PATIENTSfirst model, developed with significant input from nurses, will be implemented in all Upstate nursing areas this year.

- Electronic Medical Record Improves Patient Safety (August): Nursing continued to make advances on electronic medical records initiative. Patient admission history, shift assessments and progress notes are now online, as well as online medication reconciliation. Another online enhancement is bar code medication administration that can reduce medication errors and streamline medication record-keeping.

- Chinese Nurse Delegate Program (November): Nursing hosted six Chinese nursing delegates over the last two years at Upstate. Last year Upstate sent two nurses to the Second Affiliated Hospital in Hang Zhou, China. While in China the Upstate nurses participated in patient rounds, conference presentations and seminars.

- Other nursing initiatives and programs featured in this year’s calendar include the Ambulatory Care team’s development of a comprehensive Fall Prevention program, the Central Line Infection Reduction Project, Upstate University Hospital’s participation in the American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines initiative, a Discharge Process Task Force initiative to improve the efficiency of discharges and the use of therapeutic hypothermia as treatment for neurocritical care and cardiac arrest patients.

The calendar also highlights dozens of Upstate nurses that were recognized for a variety of achievements and a commitment to excellence in patient care.

Upstate nurses and their participation in community events and charities is noted in the calendar, too. Last year, Upstate nurses served as volunteer camp counselors at the 17th annual Children’s Burn Camp, participated in the Lungevity 5k Walk/Run, the National Kidney Foundation Walk, the Walk from Obesity and “Have a Heart, Give a Can” food drive.

Assisting in the calendar’s creation was Jodie Purdy, director of the Nursing Recruitment Department. The calendar was designed by Rebecca Janowski of Marketing and University Communications.

Interested in obtaining a calendar? Contact Nursing Recruitment at 315-464-4810.

Rachel Laber contributed to this story.

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