Nurses Honored Among Award-Winning Authors, Conference Highlights Ambulatory Care Nurses, and Other Nursing News

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Two nurses are among a group of healthcare providers recognized for an award-winning article. More than 750 ambulatory care nurses were recently celebrated for the work they’ve provided during the coronavirus pandemic. Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs graduates its first group of nursing students during the pandemic. The Amplify Nursing podcast features nurses who are leading the way in nursing science, policy, and innovation. Read on for more nursing news and insights.

Two nurses honored among award-winning authors

A pair of registered nurses are among eight healthcare providers who’ve been recognized for an award-winning article on clinical alarm response times and rates.

Melissa McLoone, BSN, RN, a nursing practice specialist fellow at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Halley Ruppel, PhD, RN, a staff scientist in the Division of Research at Kaiser Permanente Northern California in Oakland, are sharing the honor of winning “Best Article” from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation® (AAMI) for their work on “Protocol for a New Method to Measure Physiologic Monitor Alarm Responsiveness” as part of the AAMI’s annual awards for 2020.

The article describes a simulation approach to measuring clinical alarm response times and rates—a system that is readily reproducible and uses existing hospital technology. That data “can be used to design and evaluate quality improvement efforts to address alarm responsiveness and to benchmark performance of different alarm communication systems,” the authors write.

Other contributing authors of the article include Brooke Luo, MD; Irit R. Rasooly, MD, MSCE, Sansanee Craig, MD; Naveen Muthu, MD; James Won, PhD, and Christopher P. Bonafide, MD, MSCE.

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Annual conference highlights ambulatory care nurses

More than 750 nurses were celebrated for the work they’ve provided during the coronavirus pandemic during the recent American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) Conference.

The virtual event was hosted as a way to help nurses in this field to support each other and share their knowledge and skills as a means to build a safer, stronger healthcare system.

“All of us in ambulatory care nursing have played such an important role over the past year, seamlessly navigating the chaos to ensure the health and safety of our patients,” said Kathleen Martinez, MSN, RN, CPN, AAACN president. “During the pandemic, ambulatory care nurses were always present, always available, and provided information, education, recommendations, and direction in a time of misinformation, anxiety, and fear.”

As part of the event, the AAACN appointed two nurses as directors: Capt. Andrea Petrovanie-Green, MSN, RN, AMB-BC; and Rachel Start, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN; and awarded nurses with the following honors:

  • President’s Above and Beyond Award: Jessie Jones-Bell, MSN, Ed, RN, PHN; Laurel More, MS, RN, CPN; and Kitty Shulman, MSN, RN-BC
  • Administrative Excellence Award: Cynthia Murray, BN, RN, AMB-BC
  • Carol Rutenberg Telephone Triage EBP Project Award: Kendra Sutton, DNP, AMB-BC
  • Education Scholarship: Melissa Taylor, BSN, RN

Next year’s AAACN conference will be held April 20–22, 2022 at Westgate Las Vegas.

College graduates first nursing class during pandemic

The first group of nursing students has graduated from the associate’s degree program at Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs. The school hosted the students’ formal pinning ceremony on May 7 for its first 13 students, according to a report by the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

They’re among a population of students across the country who faced difficulties conducting clinical rotations and were required to do so virtually.

UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center and Memorial Regional Hospital serve as training grounds for the nurses.

Podcast spotlight: Amplify Nursing

Produced by the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing, the Amplify Nursing podcast features nurses who are leading the way in nursing science, policy, and innovation. Episodes highlight the breadth and depth of nursing influence on society by amplifying nurses who are pushing boundaries and breaking down barriers to build a new paradigm. Supported by the Pinola Fund for Innovation in Nursing, the podcast’s guests are said to defy stereotypes, define practice, and disrupt convention.

Amplify Nursing is available on iTunes, Spotify, GooglePlay, Stitcher, and iHeart Radio and is a member of the Health Podcast Network.

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