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July 2012 Professional Services News and Notes

Thanks to all the nurses who have completed, filed or sent Staffing Request and Documentation forms (SRDF) to ONA. 

ONA is testing a SRDF-variant for the Emergency Room. If you are interested in testing the form in your ER setting for ease of use, clarity, appropriate diagnostics and unintended consequences, please contact Pisith Kong, Professional Services Program Assistant ( ONA has developed several other "variants” of the SRDF, e.g., Operating Room and Home Health/Hospice. Click here for more information on SRDFs.

Releasing Time to Care Update

Releasing Time to Care (RT2C), begun in 2010, is a funded project between CareOregon, the National Health Services in England and hospitals in Oregon. OHSU, Providence Portland Medical Center, Tuality Community Hospital and St. Charles Medical Center (Bend) were the first sites to engage nurses at the bedside level to identify and solve problems related to clinical practice and unit environment issues that link to wasted time and interruptions, and to improve patient outcomes. The mantra of the project is "…bottom up, top enabled…” Of the four start-up facilities, almost all have completed the program and many have spread it to other units within their facility. The outcomes have been incredible: nurses report more time "to care” at the bedside with patients, reduced interruptions, reduced fall and infection rates and enhanced patient, family and nurse satisfaction. Other facilities, beyond the original four in Oregon, include Silverton Hospital, Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, Alaska Native Medical Center, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority in British Columbia and the Detroit Veterans Administration Medical Center. The hospitals involved in the project meet on a quarterly basis, do presentations on their work and learn from each other. In June 2012, the RT2C project released an overview and six videos related to project modules to be used as support in the training of nurses.

For more information, go to the CareOregon website

Awards given at ANA Convention

This year, ANA provided 12 national awards to nurses in the United States for outstanding service to the profession. The outstanding nurse leaders who received an award are as follows:

  • Luther Christman Award: Tim Porter-O'Grady, DM, EdD, RN, FAAN, Georgia Nurses Association
  • Barbara Thoman Curtis Award: Mary Jane Mongillo-Williams, PhD, RN, Connecticut Nurses Association
  • Mary Mahoney Award: Banister, PhD, RN, Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses
  • Pearl McIver Public Health Nurse Award: Marcia Stanhope, DSN, RN, FAAN, Kentucky Nurses Association
  • Mary Ellen Patton Staff Nurse Leadership Award: Marsha A. Martin, RN, CCRN, TNCC, Florida Nurses Association
  • Hildegard Peplau Award: Catherine F. Kane, PhD, RN, FAAN, Virginia Nurses Association
  • Jessie M. Scott Award: Linda R. Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN, North Carolina Nurses Association
  • Shirley Titus Award: Joanna Boatman, RN, Washington State Nurses Association
  • Distinguished Membership Award: Debbie Dawson Hatmaker, PhD, RN-BC, SANE-A, Georgia Nurses Association
  • Honorary Recognition Award: Brenda Nevidjon, MSN, RN, FAAN, Oncology Nursing Society
  • Honorary Nursing Practice Award: Kathleen M. Vollman, MSN, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS)
  • Honorary Human Rights Award: Mary Ann Christopher, MSN, RN, FAAN, New Jersey State Nurses Association

See the ANA website for more information about the national awards 

Oregon Nurses Recognized by the American Academy of Nursing

Congratulations to ONA members who have been selected to join American Academy of Nursing’s 2012 Class of Fellows: Lisa Wood, PhD, RN (OHSU) and Kelly Goudreau, DSN, RN, ACNS-BC (VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center). Selection for membership in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing, as nurses are hand-picked from the nation’s top nurse researchers, policy makers, scholars, executives, educators, and practitioners each year. Thank you Lisa and Kelly for your outstanding leadership in the field of nursing!

Great Reads for Nurses This Summer

Here are some recommendations for great reads this summer.

  • Dellasega, C. (2011). When Nurses Hurt Nurses: Recognizing and Overcoming the Cycle of Bullying. Sigma Theta Tau International, Indianapolis.
  • Brown, T. (2010). Critical Care: A New Nurse Faced Death, Life, and Everything in Between. Harper Studio, New York.
  • Didion, J. (2011). Blue Nights. Vintage Books, New York.
  • Fadiman, A. (1997). The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York.
  • Nightingale, F. (1859). Notes on Nursing: What It Is and What It Is Not. Can get free online for Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.
  • Niemczura, J. (2009). The Hospital at the End of the World. Plain View Press, Austin.
  • Skloot, R. (2010). Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Broadway Paperbacks, New York.


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