Nurses: Leading, Advocating and Caring – this was the theme for 2012’s National Nurses Week and PAH nurses provided the living example all week long from May 6-12 in various daily events including evidence-based practice poster sessions and The 2nd Annual Relationship Based Care Nursing Awards.
On May 9, Linda H. Aiken, PhD, FAAN, RN, The Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, gave the key note presentation. Speaking to a packed house in the Zubrow auditorium, Aiken discussed the effect of nurse staffing and nurse education on patient deaths in hospitals with different nurse work environments.
National Nurses Week officially kicks-off every year across the US on May 6th – Florence Nightingale’s birthday. According to the American Nurses Association, fewer than twenty nurses attended the first convention of the Nurses Associated Alumnae of the United States and Canada in 1896, which eventually became the American Nurses Association in 1911. And since there were no laws licensing nurses at the time there was not a single registered nurse at the first convention.
How things have changed. Take a walk through the units of PAH today and you will more likely than not meet RNs pursuing advanced degrees and achieving professional certification. Along with the unit nurse you see advanced practice nurses – all working together – all helping to improve the course of health care delivery.
Winners of the 2nd Annual Relationship Based Care Nursing Awards:
Award Winner - Category & RBC Domain
Paul Kinniry, MD - Physician Partner, Teamwork
Chuck Prakansa - Multidisciplinary Team, Teamwork
Janice Gibson, BSN, RN - Critical Care/ED, Professionalism
Margaret Pearce, MSN, CRNP - Nursing Education, Teamwork
Patricia Craig, RN - Nurse Leader, Leadership
Rochelle Giannaula, BSN, RN - Peri-operative, Care Delivery
Carol Smith - Nursing Support, Teamwork
Christina Constans, BSN, RN - Behavioral Health/Procedural/Skilled Care, Care Delivery
Joanne Seip, BSN, RN - Medical/Surgical, Leadership
Elizabeth Williams, MSN, RN - Nurse Manager, Leadership
Annelise Wood, MSN, RN, CRNP - Women’s Services, Leadership
Ellen Malone, MSN, CRNP - Advanced Practice Nurse, Teamwork
Oksana Matla, RN, BA - Transformational Leadership, Professionalism