‘Nurses News’ Category

SOMC Research Highlighted at National Conference

Three nurses from Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Emergency Department recently presented their research poster at the Emergency Nurses Association Leadership Conference in Chicago, Ill. Shown above (l to r) is Jenny Foit, RN, BSN, staff nurse; AJ Foit, RN, BSN, CEN, assistant nurse manager and Jason Ross, RN, CEN, nurse manager.

hree nurses from Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Emergency Department were recently selected to present their research efforts at the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Leadership Conference held Feb. 18-21 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, Ill.

AJ Foit, RN, BSN, CEN, assistant nurse manager; Jenny Foit, RN, BSN, staff nurse and Jason Ross, RN, CEN, nurse manager, studied ways to decrease blood culture contamination rates in the emergency department in an effort to improve the quality of patient care at SOMC.

“Attending the conference was a great networking opportunity as well as a chance to see what other hospitals are doing,” Ross said. “We were able to compare our hospital to some of the nation’s most respected facilities and it was plain to see that very good things are happening at SOMC.”

More than 1,000 emergency nurses from across the United States gathered at the conference to discuss trends and topics related to the emergency nursing profession. The poster from SOMC was titled Reducing Blood Culture Contamination Rates in the Emergency Department. This was its second appearance at a national conference.

“It was a privilege to present our research poster at the conference,” AJ Foit said. “Research is an integral part of our Magnet status at SOMC and the results allow us to improve service for our patients and their families.”

SOMC named in Best in Ohio list for fifth year in a row

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Ohio State Council and Best Companies Group recently announced that Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) has again been selected as one of the Best Employers in Ohio. SOMC has been named a Best Employer in Ohio for the past five years.

“We are very proud of the family atmosphere here at SOMC. It resonates in our relationships with one another and with our patients,” said Vicki Noel, vice president of Human Resources at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

The distinction is given based on an evaluation of various workplace attributes including hiring processes, celebrating in the workplace, caring among team members and communication. A majority of the process is weighted by the thoughts and opinions of the employees of SOMC. SOMC was evaluated against various organizations across the state including large corporations and other healthcare organizations.

“This is quite an honor for our organization,” said Randy Arnett, President and CEO of Southern Ohio Medical Center. “It only further proves that SOMC houses some of the best employees in the nation.”

Arnett said the distinction will not only emanate pride to our community through employees, but will also help with recruitment and retention.

“People want to be a part of something great. This distinction, as well as our Magnet Designation, VPP Star Status and our FORTUNE Best Places to Work distinction will be a way to show those seeking employment, that SOMC is the place to be,” he said.

In the next few weeks, SOMC will receive a feedback report and the ranking of the organization based on data accumulated from the evaluation process. The list will be revealed in a special publication produced by Journal Publications Inc., which will be distributed statewide in May 2010.

SOMC wins Distinctive Workplace Award

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently received notification from Press Ganey Associates, Inc. that the organization has received the 2009 Distinctive Workplace Award.

“This is a great honor for our organization,” said President and CEO Randy Arnett. “This award recognizes that our employees love what they do and take pride in practicing their gifts right here at SOMC.”

Press Ganey currently partners with more than 10,000 health care facilities (including more than 40 percent of U.S. hospitals) to measure and improve the quality of their care. The company’s databases are the largest in the industry and allow facilities nationwide to benchmark their results against peer organizations.

Southern Ohio Medical Center is one of only nine Press Ganey clients in the nation to receive this prestigious honor. The award is given based on clients who have reached and maintained the 95th percentile or better in employee satisfaction. Southern Ohio Medical Center currently stands at the 98th percentile for overall employee satisfaction.

SOMC has been recognized nationally and statewide for employee satisfaction. SOMC has been named to the FORTUNE Great Places to Work list three years in a row and has been in the top three on the Ohio’s Best Employer list for the past four years.

“Without the dedication and high-level of quality our staff provide every day, we would not be considered for such designations. We are proud of our team of experts at SOMC and are proud to offer the best to our community in quality care,” Arnett said.

SOMC Named Healthy Worksite

Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently recognized by Healthy Ohio and received the Healthy Worksite Honorable Mention Award.  This award identifies Ohio employers that demonstrate a commitment to employee health by incorporating comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs.

Regina Tipton, wellness specialist at SOMC explained that the award acknowledges efforts of employers in Ohio to facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity and ensure a healthy work environment.

A questionnaire, proof of policies and examples of programs used to encourage better health amongst employees are part of the application process. All worksites in Ohio, large and small, for profit and non-profit have the opportunity to apply for the award.

“SOMC strives to be the example not just to our employees but for other employers and the community,” Tipton said. “We want to encourage a healthy community resulting in our children and their families living long and happy lives.”

SOMC Named a FORTUNE 100 Best Company to Work For

Southern Ohio Medical Center learned today that not only has the organization been named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list for the third year in a row, but also moved up five spots. The full list and related stories will appear in the Feb. 8 issue of FORTUNE magazine, available on newsstands on Monday, Jan. 25, and now at fortune.com/bestcompanies.

“We are truly proud to once again be named to this prestigious list,” said Randy Arnett, President and CEO of Southern Ohio Medical Center. “It continues to confirm that we have excellent employees who love what they do and show it through the care they provide.”

FORTUNE Deputy Managing Editor Hank Gilman says, “The most important considerations for this year’s list were hiring and the ways in which companies are helping their employees weather the recession. All 100 companies on our list are currently hiring, many of the aggressively, leading to more than 96,000 open job positions expected in the next year.”

“We put our employees and patients first in all decision making.” said Vicki Noel, Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development, “Staff are actively involved in the organization which helped us maintain a strong workforce while other organizations have been forced to place freezes on retirement programs and hiring or reduce wages during this recession. We have a dedicated staff who are focused on what is best for our patients and one another.”

To pick the 100 Best Companies, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the results of the Institute’s Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about the management’s credibility, job satisfaction and camaraderie. The other third of the scoring is based on the company’s responses to the Institute’s Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring, communication and diversity.

“I am proud to say that I am a member of the SOMC family. And that is really what we are here – family. You just can’t match what we have and what we provide to our patients anywhere else in the region,” said Christy Aeh, Nurse Manager of ICU.

SOMC’s Skaggs Presented at Regional Research Conference

Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs, RN, MSN, NE-BC, director of nursing for SOMC’s Emergency and Outpatient Services and chair of the Nursing Research Committee, recently presented at the 35th annual Nursing Research Conference, held Dec. 4 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind.

More than 150 nursing colleagues from Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana were in attendance, showcasing approximately 30 poster presentations of varying topics. Two posters from Southern Ohio Medical Center were featured and included Reducing Blood Culture Contamination in the Emergency Department and Is There a Santa Clause? Fun Methods to Teach Principals of Nursing.

Fun Methods to Teach Principals of Nursing was also recently published in the October 2009, Volume 39 Issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration.

“It was a privilege to present our research posters at the conference,” Skaggs said. “Conducting research is an integral part of our Magnet status and the results help us to improve quality of care as well as to provide excellent service for our patients and their families.”

SOMC Nurse Takes Caring to Third World Country

Kendra Lloyd, a nurse resident at Southern Ohio Medical Center (pictured above), took caring beyond Scioto County when she took a trip to Africa to build beds for orphaned children.

For most nurses at Southern Ohio Medical Center, caring and compassion stretches beyond the walls of the hospital, touching the hands and hearts of everyone in our community who may be in need. But Nurse Resident Kendra Lloyd recently reached out farther than most—partnering with the faith-based, non-profit organization Sweet Sleep to send a helping hand more than halfway across the world.

“Sweet Sleep works with staff, churches and businesses to provide beds and bedding to orphaned and abandoned children of Third World countries,” Lloyd, a member of the SOMC Surgical Vascular Care Unit, explained. “Earlier this year, I found out that they were sending a group to Uganda, Africa and knew I had to go.”

After raising support to cover the cost of the trip and an extra $1,000 to buy beds, Lloyd set off with her roommate and 21 other Sweet Sleep teammates to make the 30-hour journey to Kampala, the capital of Uganda. Upon arrival, the team was immediately greeted by hundreds of children who were excited to meet the Americans responsible for their new beds.

“There are over two million orphans in Uganda and most of them sleep either on the floor or on soiled mattresses,” she said. “The situation was hard to handle and very heart wrenching, which made me even more anxious to begin building the beds.”

The team spent two days at different orphanages, working to install the newly purchased metal beds. They also provided mattresses, sheets, pillows and mosquito nets.

“If nothing else, the children were ecstatic just to be receiving the wonderful gift of a safe and comfortable place to sleep at night,” she said.

After a week’s worth of physical labor, Lloyd and her team had the opportunity to explore their location, doing a bit of sight-seeing, tasting the local cuisine, and even taking on the adventurous task of white water rafting down the Nile River. The team also took the time to throw a gigantic birthday celebration for the whole orphanage.

“Most of the children don’t know their birthdays, or at least the actual day that they were born, ” she said. “We figured there was no better way to celebrate than with a huge party for everyone.”

Lloyd’s team made gift boxes for each of the children, complete with toothbrushes, mirrors, crayons and other special trinkets. Everyone also sang Happy Birthday and finished off the day with birthday cake.

“The trip was very fulfilling and I would go back in a heartbeat,” Lloyd said. “I look forward to my next trip and hope to continuing using my skills as a nurse to help others.”

SOMC Nursing Leaders Present at Magnet Conference

Nursing leaders at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently presented “The SOMC Dashboard—A Tool to Improve Patient Outcomes and Showcase Nursing Excellence” to a crowd of more than 300 people during the 2009 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference Oct. 1-3 in Louisville, Ky.

“With the introduction of the new Magnet Model last year, and an emphasis now heavily geared toward measuring and improving patient outcomes, our nursing dashboard is now of interest to many hospitals across the county,” Karen Thompson, director of Home Care Services and the Wound Healing Center at SOMC, said. “We were met with quite an enthusiastic response.”

ANCC is the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA). More than 5,000 nurses representing all 50 states and countries around the world annually attended the conference, which explores nursing excellence in clinical practice, leadership and research through educational sessions and poster presentations.

Those who presented included Claudia Burchett, RN, MBA, FACHE, NEA-BC, vice president of SOMC Patient Services and chief nursing officer; Valerie DeCamp, RN, MHA, NEA-BC, director of SOMC Inpatient Nursing Services; and Thompson, RN, MS, CNS.

“This is the second year we have presented and hope to do so again in the future,” Thompson said. “We look forward to attending next year’s event and continuing our organization’s journey toward excellence.”


SOMC and SSU Host Annual Nursing Research Day

Nurses, partnered nursing faculty members, and local nursing students are invited to learn about the research being conducted at Southern Ohio Medical Center and Shawnee State University, as well as its universal implications in the field of health care, during this year’s Nursing Research Day event.

The program will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19 at the Friends Community Center and will feature presentations by SOMC nurses and SSU nursing faculty. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and CE’s will be awarded.

Admission is free to SOMC employees and SSU faculty/students. Cost is $25 for regular students and $50 for all others. Group discounts are available.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP no later than Oct. 12 by contacting Mary Kate Dilts-Skaggs at ext. 8430 or skaggsmk@somc.org.