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Winter 2017 Issue

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A Message from Nursing Leadership

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

HolidaysIt has been a wonderful year. Thank you for being part of the extraordinary journey of 2017 as we move towards campus consolidation. In this year of caring for one another, we have seen how dedication, resilience, empathy and commitment can make a difference in the lives of our co-workers and team members. We have seen an improvement in our clinical quality outcomes, thus decreasing avoidable harm to our patients. We are thankful for our patients, families and the Boston community who choose Boston Medical Center as their healthcare provider of choice. It is the extraordinary, compassionate nurses, our collaborative colleagues, and all the BMC staff and employees that make us great.

As we continue to move mountains, here's to a bright new year of working together to transform healthcare and advance the health of the residents of Boston, our patients and their families.

Wishing you a bright holiday season, and, peace and cheer in the new year!

 

 

 

 

 

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IMCU Nurse Manager Receives DAISY Nurse Leader Award

Jennifer Plummer, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager of the IMCU, was recently awarded the first ever DAISY Nurse Leader Award at Boston Medical Center (BMC). The DAISY Nurse Leader Award is given to nurse leaders who are “a role model for compassion and exemplary practice; creates an environment where attributes of trust, mutual respect, and continued professional development are modeled and supported; and motivates staff with a shared vision and enthusiasm to achieve better outcomes for themselves and for their patients.”

Nominated by the IMCU nursing staff, Jennifer has “transformed our floor into a place where staff want to come in and do their very best. She promotes teamwork, communication, mutual respect and treats everyone fairly.” We couldn’t be more thrilled in celebrating Nurse Leader Jennifer Plummer!

Jennifer joined Boston Medical Center in January of 2016. Prior to coming to BMC, she held various roles as a nurse manager and staff nurse in the Partners Healthcare System, where she worked primarily in the Emergency Department. Jennifer attended Northeastern University and Westbrook College. She enjoys reading, yoga, spin cycling and currently lives in Brookline with her husband and two children.

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Highlights from the Nursing Patient Safety and Quality Symposium

BMC Quality WeekOn October 18, 2017, the Nursing department hosted a Nursing Patient Safety and Quality Symposium during Quality Week at BMC. Over 60 nurses attended and keynote speakers included Diane Hanley MS, RN-BC, EJD, Associate Chief Nursing Officer of Nursing Education, Quality and Professional Practice, Michael Botticelli MEd, BA, Executive Director of the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine and Tammy Hshieh MD, MPH, Associate Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Participants also learned quality improvement methods and best practices from Emma Trucks, MPH and Nicole Lincoln, MS, RN, APRN-BC. Below are highlights from some of our featured speakers.

Unveiling of BMC’s Nursing Professional Practice Model
Associate Chief Nursing Officer Diane Hanley kicked off the symposium with the unveiling of the design of Nursing’s professional practice model (PPM). The PPM schematic was chosen by nursing staff and illustrates the vision, mission and professional practice of BMC nurses. The model:

  • Establishes a shared vision of nursing practice
  • Provides an overarching framework for inter-professional care
  • Demonstrates a partnership of leaders and bedside clinicians
  • Designs, implements and advances over time
  • Includes the care delivery model
  • Demonstrates alignment with organizational mission, vision and values

    Nursing Professional Practice Model

Thank you to all the staff for their commitment to patient centered care, our care delivery model and shared governance – core components of BMC Nursing’s professional practice model.

The Opioid Epidemic: How We Got Here, How We End It
Video duration: 53 minutes, 18 seconds

Michael Botticelli MEd, BA, Executive Director of the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine and former Director of the National Drug Control Policy, takes us through an in-depth look at the opioid epidemic and our efforts to provide substance use care at BMC. To learn more about the Grayken Center, visit their website.

Improving Care for the Geriatric Patient through Delirium Prevention and Treatment
Video duration: 29 minutes, 36 seconds

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 5 older patients become delirious every minute and 2.6 million older adults develop delirium each year in the United States, costing hospitals billions of dollars. Tammy Hshieh MD, MPH, Associate Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, provides an overview of delirium, morbidity and mortality rates, and non-pharmacologic strategies for nursing and clinical staff in preventing adverse outcomes.

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Nursing Grand Rounds: The Cocoanut Grove Fire — A Look Back 75 Years

On November 28, 1942, the Cocoanut Grove in Boston was “the scene of the deadliest nightclub fire, killing 492 people and injuring hundreds more.” Joseph S. Blansfield, NP, MS, TCRN, Program Manager of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, takes us through that moment in time in Boston and in the U.S., how the fire happened and its immediate impact that resulted in advances in burn and psychiatric care, public safety and disaster response.

The Cocoanut Grove Fire: A Look Back 75 years, the Disaster that Changed Everything
Video duration: 56 minutes, 41 seconds

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Nurse Tank Project Spotlight: The NICU H.O.U.S.E.

A new parent support group program, called the NICU H.O.U.S.E., Helping Others Understand and Share Experiences, is underway at Boston Medical Center and provides support to parents whose babies are being cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Most of the babies who come through the NICU are premature and very sick. “There are some babies who are very fragile for weeks and they don’t have great odds of living. There is a lot of complications that go along with these babies, so they [the mothers] will sit there at the bedside and worry the whole time that their baby may not make it,” said Donna Stickney, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager of the NICU.

NICU H.O.U.S.E.By having a support group, the staff nurses found a way to provide additional care and create opportunities for parents to bond and share their experiences with one another while they are at the hospital for lengths of time. Parents engage in weekly activities such as simply sharing a meal together, taking photos of their babies and sharing their milestones, bringing photos from home of their other children and putting them together in a scrapbook.

“They’re sitting there, smiling, kind of laughing and eating together and just getting out of sitting in the room with their baby, hearing bad news if they are really sick. Coming in here [the group], being able to de-stress and talk about things that maybe don’t have to do with healthcare…it’s nice to see that they are able to make friends and talk to each other,” said Michelle Racioppi, RN.

“We were a little concerned about the language barrier for some parents but once they got here and they saw what one mother was doing, they were able to do the same,” said Patricia Edman, RN. “Kudos really goes to the young staff nurses. They’ve been very warm and caring that I think the mothers feel very comfortable talking to them,” said Judy Burke, RN. “It makes it a little homier. I think we tend to focus on the medical aspect but there’s somebody here that probably hasn’t had a meal and sometimes you have to remind the parents, ‘Did you eat today?’” said Carol Brown, RN.

The NICU H.O.U.S.E. meets two times a week, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and an evening group is in the early stages of being formed.

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Upcoming Professional Development Programs

  • 2018 Preceptor Program Schedule Now Available

The BMC Preceptor Development Program is designed to help you make the transition from staff nurse to preceptor. If you have never attended a Preceptor course, Part I is focused on nurses new to precepting. If you have attended a Preceptor Course and would like to attend a session to enhance your skills, Part II is perfect for you. This program is offered quarterly.

7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. — Part I: The Art of Precepting, Basics and Beyond
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — Lunch (on your own)
12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. — Part II: Fine Tuning Your Skills

2018 Dates: January 8, May 8 or September 10
The program is offered quarterly. To learn more, watch the video below or register in HealthStream.

Boston Medical Center grants 3.5 per part nursing contact hours to nurses who complete this program. You must stay for the entire program, complete pre and post testing, and complete an evaluation form. This program has no commercial support. Faculty and planners have no vested interests, and there are no conflicts of interest. There will be no discussion of off label uses of drugs. Boston Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by American Nurses Association, Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
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  • BESTTInpatient Nurses: Be your BESTT

The BMC Emergent Situation Team Training (BESTT) is now accepting enrollment for this 2-hour clinical team based simulation. You will learn how to respond to an adult decompensating patient. Nursing staff who come in from home will be paid regular hourly rate as education time and receive 2 continuing nursing education hours.

Schedule:

  Date Hours   Date Hours
  Tuesday, January 16 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.   Thursday, January 25 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  Tuesday, February 6 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Thursday, February 13 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  Tuesday, March 13 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.   Thursday, March 29 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  Tuesday, April 10 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.   Thursday, April 26 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  Tuesday, May 8 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.   Tuesday, May 29 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The team trainings take place in the Solomont Simulation Center located in the basement of the Moakley addition. Please use the side door entrance off the Shapiro driveway. To pre-register for the program, follow these instructions to register in HealthStream. Nursing staff who come in from home will be paid the regular hourly rate as education time and receive 2 continuing nursing education hours.

Boston Medical Center grants 2 nursing contact hours to nurses who complete this program. You must stay for the entire program, participate in the activity, and complete the evaluation form. This program has no commercial support. Faculty and planners have no vested interests, and there are no conflicts of interest. There will be no discussion of off label uses of drugs. Boston Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by American Nurses Association, Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
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  • Trauma Care Everywhere WorkshopTrauma Care Everywhere Workshop January 23

    Calling all BMC nurses in non-critical care areas who care for trauma patients....There will be a day-long trauma workshop on January 23, 2018 from 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM. This class is limited to 20 nurses. To learn more, email and/or register through [email protected] and [email protected].

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Fall 2017 Issue

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A Message from Diane Hanley, MS, RN-BC, EJD

Transformation, growth and change. As part of our own campus consolidation and growth, we’re excited to launch our inaugural Nursing Newsletter, which is specifically designed to help communicate the exciting developments and activities within our nursing department.

Change can come in many forms in our lives. With each passing year, healthcare continues to change, countries rise and fall, children age and grow, and our BMC world...sees perhaps the most change of all.

We hope that you will find great value in its content and that it will aid you in your own goals to grow and thrive in your professional practice at BMC.

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Congratulations to our Daisy Award Winners!

             
     
             

Sheila Murphy
BSN, BA, RN
8E ICU

 

Katie Christopher
BSN, RN
Critical Care

 

Carol McCarthy
MSN, MPA, RN, CCRN
Nursing Education

 

Lisa Brennan
RN
6W Medical Surgical

             

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 from complication of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP). As a way to turn their grief into something positive, the Barnes Family came up with the DAISY Award, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The Barnes family believes nurses are the unsung heroes of our society who deserve far more recognition and honor for the compassionate care they provide to patients everyday.

What started out as a thank you from their family to the nurses who took care of Patrick, the DAISY Award has grown into a meaningful international recognition program embraced by healthcare organizations around the world. The DAISY Award nurse is presented a certificate recognizing “all that you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” In addition, they receive a Daisy Award pin and the Healer’s Touch sculpture, hand carved and crafted by a community of artists in Zimbabwe, who are able to support their families and community through this program.

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A Report on the 7th Annual Integrative Nursing Conference

On May 12, 2017, Florence Nightingale’s birthday, Boston Medical Center celebrated the culmination of Nurses’ Week with the 7th Annual Integrative Nursing Conference: Weaving Integrative Therapies into Our Tapestry of Caring.    

Over 240 nurses gathered at Lombardo’s conference center in Randolph, Massachusetts, to hear nationally and internationally recognized speakers, Lourdes Lorenz, DHA(c), MSN-IH, NEA-BC, AHN-BC and Brian Luke Seaward, PhD. They presented on a variety of topics that support integrative self-care of the nurse as well as care of the patient.

Lorenz started the program by discussing integrative approaches for treating pain. The methods she shared addressed potential interventions for both acute and chronic pain, including a variety of modalities: acupuncture, massage, herbs, aromatherapy, healing touch, and guided imagery.

Seaward, a renowned expert in stress management and health promotion, followed with a presentation about coping with change. A timely topic for BMC staff, Luke reviewed ways to manage stress and anger as well as offer strategies for managing change in the workplace.   

The day-long conference also hosted many activities for participants which included an exhibit of Florence Nightingale’s writings provided by the Boston University Archives, holistic raffle prizes that were solicited by members of the Integrative Nursing Council as well as educational and commercial vendors. To celebrate Florence Nightingale’s birthday, a moment of silence was held at noon in her memory, followed by a group recital of the Nightingale pledge.

In the afternoon, Seaward discussed the topic of “No Rain, No Rainbows”. He said that, “No matter how difficult things might seem, there is always the promise that things will get better. We must remember that stress is an opportunity for spiritual growth.”  

In closing, Lorenz presented thoughts on a heart-centered approach to cultivating wellness. She examined the impact of stress on wellness and provided strategies to build stress hardiness, while examining the healthcare professionals’ presence and our influence on healing outcomes for the patient and self.

Participants voiced enthusiastic praise for the day’s events and departed from the program renewed and refreshed. Many thanks to the conference sponsors, the Anna Ross Committee of the Massachusetts Memorial Hospitals Nurses’ Alumnae Association, Inc. and the Boston Medical Center Nursing Department for their generous support. 

Listen to the conference podcasts. 

     
Podcast: Integrative Approaches for Managing Pain   Integrative Approaches for Managing Pain
Lourdes Lorenz, DHA(c), MSN-IH, NEA-BC, AHN-BC
     
Podcast: Coping with Change at the Worksite   Coping with Change at the Worksite
Brian Luke Seaward, PhD
     
Podcast: No Rain, No Rainbows   No Rain, No Rainbows
Brian Luke Seaward, PhD
     
Podcast: A Heart-Centered Approach to Cultivating Wellness   A Heart-Centered Approach to Cultivating Wellness
Lourdes Lorenz, DHA(c), MSN-IH, NEA-BC, AHN-BC
     
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New Faces: Meet Lisa Zani, MS, BSN, RN

Lisa Zani joins BMC as the Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Maternal Child Health. Prior to joining BMC, Lisa served as the Chief Nursing Officer at Good Samaritan Medical Center. She has held various nursing leadership positions in Massachusetts such as St Luke's Hospital, Sturdy Memorial Medical Center, Metro West Medical Center and BIDMC Plymouth. Lisa earned her BSN at Simmons College and MA in Nursing Administration at Regis College. Her clinical background has been in Labor and Delivery and Lactation Care.

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Ten Finalists Pitch their Nurse Tank Ideas

In the spring, the Nursing department hosted the first ever Nurse Tank where nursing staff submitted over 55 innovative ideas for projects that would improve patient care and safety. Ten finalists were selected to pitch their ideas to senior leadership and the trustees. In their pitch, finalists used prototypes to demonstrate the implementation of their ideas.

Impressed by the projects submitted by the finalists, the trustees and leadership voted to fund all 10 Nurse Tank finalists, totaling $24,760. The projects will receive advisory support from Nursing Education.

Congratulations to all the finalists and staff who submitted their ideas! 

Patient Safety

  • QR Codes
    Jennifer Bragdon, Nursing Education
    An innovative approach to nursing education where staff will be able to scan QR codes on a piece of equipment and receive education on the spot in real time including off shifts
  • Call Bell Adaptation
    Barbara Thompson-Lewis, 6 West Menino
    For patients who are visually impaired, modify the call bell to include a permanent raised dot over the nurse call button
  • Baby Safe Development Equipment
    Christine Scarbro, Pediatrics
    Acquire equipment for pediatric patients who are often in danger of missing developmental milestones when hospitalized frequently for chronic diseases or lengthy acute illnesses

Patient Care

  • Aromatherapy
    Stephanie Curran, Emergency Department
    Deborah Silva and Susan Buttiglieri, Perioperative Services
    Lisa Mitchell, Hannah Simons and Michelle Sullivan, Maternal Child Health

    Aromatherapy will be offered to patients in the ED, post-partum and perioperative areas to promote relaxation and treat nausea
  • Bereavement Project
    Katherine Christopher and Tammy Minard, Critical Care Resource Nurses  
    Nurses will have a resource on each unit to support families and adult patients who are at the end of life. Families will be sent home with a memory bag when they experience the loss of a loved one.
  • Graduated Drinking Carafes
    Amanda Bernatchy and Erin Lawless, 6 West Family Medicine Unit Based Council
    Encourage and engage patients in the intake and output process with the provision of graduated drinking carafes for measuring.
  • Sibling Activity Carts
    Lauren Fiori, Maternal Child Health
    Newborn areas at BMC will provide sibling activity carts. These carts will have books, and art supplies with activities welcoming their new sibling such as making a birthday card.
  • Music Therapy
    Andrea Nicholson, Julie Swain and Maureen McCarthy, 6 West Menino; Donna Amado, Perioperative Services
    To decrease anxiety, promote relaxation, sleep, and prevent delirium, music therapy will be offered in perioperative waiting areas and on the geriatric floor
  • Renewal Suites
    Debbie Canavan and Monica Mannion, Endoscopy; Marcia Merten, IV Team; Christine Naoum-Heffernan, Pediatrics
    To support health, fitness, self- care and resiliency, renewal Suites for nurses will be created.
  • Baby Boxes  
    Hannah Simons and Barbara Magill, Maternal Child Health
    Given routinely in Finland for over 75 years, baby boxes will help level the playing field and promote safety. The box is used like a bassinet and prevents co-sleeping practices. These boxes will be distributed to families who would benefit in our mother baby postpartum units upon discharge home.
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Nursing Holds its First Council Congress

On March 29, Boston Medical Center (BMC) held the first Council Congress event for nursing professional development. Close to 100 staff nurses and leaders attended this ground breaking event. Unit based council members and co-chairs from the Nurse Practice Council, Nursing Informatics Council, Integrative Nursing Council all came together to share ideas and information about the great work that is taking place all over BMC. Nancy Gaden VP/CNO shared the strategic plan for nursing.  

The goals are for nursing are to decrease the Patient Harm Index for nurse sensitive harm measures to <1.0 for Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI’s), Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI’s), Clostridium-Difficile (C-DIFF), Surgical Site Infections, Pressure Ulcers, Falls with Injury, and Post-operative Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Nursing will also work to impact Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers (HCAHPS) scores in patient satisfaction to at least 73% of our patients rating the hospital a 9 or a 10 on the Top Box Question which measures the “Overall rating of the hospital.” Nancy Gaden stressed the importance of teamwork, being a steward of our resources, bringing your best self to work and to remain optimistic.   

We are facing exciting opportunities to unify and strengthen BMC nursing during campus redesign. Nursing will leverage the coming months to ensure a path that lays the foundation for professional growth, unity, and improvement in patient care. Leaders will support the creation of a healthy work environment that fosters resiliency and engagement.

Diane Hanley ACNO in Nursing Education and Professional Development shared the key components of a Professional Practice Model (PPM) in nursing and why it is important to define us and support practice. A PPM establishes a shared vision of nursing practice for an organization, providing an overarching framework for interdisciplinary care and professionalism, creates partnership between leaders and bedside clinicians, includes a patient care delivery model and aligns nursing with the organizational mission, vision and values.

The enthusiastic group celebrated all of the accomplishments of the nursing department in the past 3 years including major improvements in nursing communication scores in patient experience HCAHPS scores, a reduction in preventable harm and mortality, and organization of many new councils including the Nursing Informatics Council (NIC), the Integrative Nursing Council and many Unit Based Councils (UBCs).  

There was a panel of staff nurses from the Unit Based Councils (UBCs) who discussed the activities of the councils and strategies they have used to be successful. Recent activities included projects aimed at improving the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) role, a patient education and empowerment project and creating a video to remind staff of key actions that can improve patient communication outcomes called “Say my name”.  

Carol Conley ACNO of campus redesign and Nicole Lincoln shared practical strategies to start and maintain a successful council including communicating project plans and outcomes regularly with staff, utilizing resources available for support and establishing regular meetings that have structured agendas, by-laws, and reporting mechanisms in place.  

The Nurse Practice Council, Falls Committee, Nursing Informatics Council and Integrative Nursing Council shared the work and accomplishments of the groups including many improvements to products offered to nursing including chair alarm roll-out, updates to important policy and procedures, improving workflows in EPIC and publishing a newsletter for staff on Integrative Nursing topics and events.

The highlight of the day was realized when over 70 frontline nursing staff came together to vote on the components of our unique BMC Professional Practice Model.

We looked at feedback from a survey sent out to staff asking what it means to be a BMC nurse. We completed the voting and decided on 13 key components to be included in our PPM.

The components include:  

  •     Accountability
  •     Advocacy
  •     Compassionate Care
  •     Diversity
  •     Effective Communication
  •     Evidence-based Practice
  •     Innovation
  •     Professional Development
  •     Respect
  •     Safety
  •     Shared Governance
  •     Teamwork
  •     Patient and Family Centered Care (Patient care delivery model)

Staff then broke into small groups and drew the schematic that was best aligned with our mission and vision in BMC nursing. This picture would then become the visual to represent nursing professional practice at BMC. Staff voted and narrowed it down to 3 finalist drawings. At the conclusion of the day, there was great excitement in the work that was accomplished to define and raise our professional practice in nursing at BMC. Going forward we have incredible opportunities to unite the nurses at BMC to improve patient care, embrace our diversity and greatness and ultimately move mountains together.

During Nurses' Week, staff voted on the final schematic to represent BMC Nursing. The PPM schematic that was chosen by well over 500 votes depicts a rainbow embracing the diversity that defines BMC and representing the many faces that create our greatness both staff and patients. In the coming weeks, we will have a PPM model drawn professionally that illustrates clearly and explains the true vision, mission and professional character of BMC Nurses.

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Upcoming Professional Development Programs
 

  • A New Partnership with NICHE: Nurses Improving Care of Healthsystem Elders

We are excited to announce that our Boston Medical Center nursing department has partnered with Nurses Improving Care of Healthsystem Elders (NICHE). NICHE is the premier national geriatric nursing program that addresses the needs of hospitalized older adults. NICHE works to ensure that adults age 65 and over receive care that promotes function, autonomy and dignity. They are the leading nurse-driven program designed to address the complex needs of older adults (www.nicheprogram.org). Thank you to the team of nurse managers, educators and staff that worked on obtaining NICHE designation for Boston Medical Center. By becoming a NICHE organization, we now have access to state-of-the-art training, tools & resources, including an interactive 24/7 eLearning center. 

Interested BMC nurses can become Geriatric Resources Nurses through the NICHE organization. This series of online materials is designed by NICHE to educate nurses in best practices for older adults across the healthcare continuum. Becoming a Geriatric Resource Nurse will allow you to advance your nursing practice, improve the care provided to elders, and become a resource for those you work alongside. This is a great professional development opportunity for nurses passionate about geriatrics, and you will receive 21 CEUs. If you have interest in caring for elders and this education, please reach out to Ann Carey at [email protected] or Nicole Lincoln at [email protected] for more information and access to the website.

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  • Register for BESTT: BMC Emergency Situation Team Training

BESTT is a team based simulation program for the entire clinical care team to learn together on how to respond to an adult decompensating patient. All inpatient nurses are encouraged to attend this program.

Schedule:

  • Tuesday    10/10/17    7a-9a
  • Tuesday    11/14/17    2p-4p      
  • Tuesday    11/28/17    7a-9a    
  • Tuesday    12/5/17      7a-9a
  • Tuesday    12/19/17    5p-7p  

The team trainings take place in the Solomont Simulation Center located in the basement of the Moakley addition.  Please use the side door entrance off the Shapiro driveway. To pre-register for the program, email [email protected] with the session you want to join. Nursing staff who come in from home will be paid the regular hourly rate as education time and receive 2 continuing nursing education hours.

Boston Medical Center grants 2 nursing contact hours to nurses who complete this program. You must stay for the entire program, participate in the activity,  and complete the evaluation form. This program has no commercial support. Faculty and planners have no vested interests, and there are no conflicts of interest. There will be no discussion of off label uses of drugs. Boston Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by American Nurses Association, Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

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  • IV Insertion Course

The IV Insertion Class has been re-designed into a Healthstream course which includes the class, post test, skills session and hands-on work in a unit to obtain 5 successful insertions. Classes are limited to 10 people and will be held on:

  • 9/7/2017
  • 10/12/2017
  • 11/3/2017
  • 12/28/2017

Please contact your Nurse Manager if you would like to take the class. Once you have their approval, login to Healthstream to register for the date you would like to attend. The two-hour skills sessions will be held in the Solomont Simulation Center located in the basement of the Moakley addition from 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM.

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  • Sign up for Doctors and Nurses Communicating Effectively (DANCE)

Come DANCE with us to enhance patient safety! DANCE is a collaborative simulation communication program in the Solomont Simulation Center funded through a patient safety grant.

Participants will:
1. Learn to work effectively together as an interdisciplinary team to maximize success
2. Practice communicating as a team in common patient simulated situations
3. Help to create interdisciplinary communication guidelines for the larger BMC Community

Schedule:

  • Tuesday    9/12    10a-12p
  • Tuesday    9/19     2p-4p        
  • Tuesday    10/10   10a-12p  
  • Tuesday    10/17   2p-4p
  • Tuesday    11/14   10a-12p     
  • Tuesday    11/21   2p-4p
  • Tuesday    12/12    10a-12p
  • Tuesday    12/19    2p-4p 

Physicians will receive a one-time payment and nurses will be paid education time when they attend. Nursing contact hours will also be provided. Please email [email protected] to register for the program, include which date you want to attend.

Boston Medical Center grants 2 nursing contact hours to nurses who complete this program. You must stay for the entire program, participate in the activity,  and complete the evaluation form. This program has no commercial support. Faculty and planners have no vested interests, and there are no conflicts of interest. There will be no discussion of off label uses of drugs. Boston Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by American Nurses Association, Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 
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