‘Nurses News’ Category


Southern Ohio Medical Center Receives American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR® ACTION Registry®-GWTGTM Silver Performance Achievement Award

Southern Ohio Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2008 – one of only 93 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award recognizes SOMC’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that SOMC has reached an aggressive goal of treating coronary artery disease patients with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award, SOMC consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry–GWTG for 12 consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, and anticoagulants in the hospital.

“The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend SOMC for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Christopher Cannon, MD, ACTION Registry–GWTG Steering Committee Chairperson and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician in the Cardiovascular Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients,” added Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, Get With The GuidelinesSM Steering Committee Chairperson and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center.

“The time is right for SOMC to be focused on improving the quality of cardiovascular care by implementing ACTION Registry–GWTG. The number of acute myocardial infarction patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing incidence of heart disease and a large aging population,” said Paul Rase, nurse manager of the Heart Care Unit at SOMC.

Created by the merger of the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry® and the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-CAD program, ACTION Registry–GWTG combines the best of both programs into a single, unified national registry. The new registry joins the robust data collection and quality reporting features of the ACTION Registry with the collaborative models, unique tools, and quality improvement techniques of the GWTG-CAD program. With the collective strengths of these two programs, ACTION Registry–GWTG empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patient according to the most current, science-based guidelines; and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety, and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk STEMI and NSTEMI patients.

SOMC presents at National Magnet Conference

Southern Ohio Medical Center presented at the 2008 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

ANCC is the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization, and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA).

The topic of presentation, shared with several hundred in attendance, was, “Using the dashboard to disseminate data and communicate excellence”. Valerie DeCamp, director of Inpatient Nursing Services; Claudia Buchett, vice president of Patient Services and Karen Thompson, director of Home Care Services served as presenters at the event.

Representing SOMC at the conference were, from left, Lanita Warner, Maternity; Amy Castle, One West; DeCamp; Burchett; Thompson and Dawn Richards, Healthcare Center.

SOMC Nurses Celebrate National Med-Surg Week

Staff members of both the 3 North A and B nursing units at Southern Ohio Medical Center honored those employees who have received medical-surgical certification during Med-Surg Nursing Week Nov. 1–7. Medical-surgical nurses are one of the largest groups of practicing professionals in the health care industry, receiving specialized skills and knowledge for the entire spectrum of patient care. Med-surg nurses practice in a variety of settings and administer care particularly to adult patients and their families. Pictured above are members of the 3 North B Nursing Unit.

Ministry and Nursing Conference Oct. 10-11

Regional leaders in ministry and nursing will come together in October for a special conference addressing issues that connect personal faith and both spiritual and physical well-being.

“Serving The Least of These In Your Faith Community” will include three days of pre-conference and conference activities open to registered and licenses practical nurses, health ministers, pastors and nursing students.

The sessions will include a pre-conference from 1 to 4:20 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 , and conference sessions and activities from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11. The events will be at Carter Caves State Resort Park in Kentucky.

Topics will address health ministry, faith community nursing, supporting families with addiction, depression, special needs, and a panel on spiritual care. Poster presentations and discussions are also planned.

Everyone interested in attending is encouraged to call 888-635-2200 for fee information and to register prior to Oct. 3.

The event is presented by the Shawnee State University Department of Nursing, Southern Ohio Medical Center Congregational Partnerships, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Healthy Community Services, river Cities Health Ministries, Area Health eudcation Center Constortium for Health and Education in Appalachia Ohio (CHEAO).

SOMC Nursing Camp Offers Hands-On Experience for Students

Local students in grades 7-12 were able to dissect hearts and pick employees’ brains to gain a better understanding of the nursing profession during the 2008 Nursing Camp at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The event took place July 14 at the Friends Community Center.

“A lot of the time, students don’t find out what being a nurse is truly all about until their very first day of nursing school,” Jill Preston, SOMC nurse recruiter and coordinator of the camp, said. “This camp lets them explore the idea of nursing before deciding that this is really what they want to study during their collegiate careers.”

Nurses from the SOMC Cardiology, Maternity, Surgery and Emergency departments were on hand throughout the day to provide students with real-life situations that they may face as nurses.

“We wanted to give them experiences that they could learn and grow from,” Preston said. “In the past, we always had a lot of speakers come in and talk about nursing, but this year students were able to get their hands in there and see what it’s all about.”

Students were given the opportunity to use hands-on activities to learn more about nursing duties in various areas of the hospital. These activities included the use of surgical procedure simulation tools, real pig and cow heart dissections and the chance to go inside a LIFE ambulance and flight helicopter.

“Being able to go through simulated procedures and ask real nurses their honest opinions on tough questions was my favorite part of the event,” Halley Scott, sophomore at Minford High School, said. “The hands-on experience helps you understand what nursing is really all about and creates a much more real aspect than that of what we see on TV. This is my third time to attend and it keeps getting better each year.”

“I helped start this program five years ago and the progress we’ve made is amazing,” Loretta Cooper, clinical educator of SOMC Workforce Development, said. “I’m glad that we’re able to provide this type of education for our students and prepare them for their long road ahead. The event helps to plant the seed and from that we can continue to grow our own and create an even stronger nursing family at SOMC.”

Nationally Known Heart Nurse Speaks At SOMC

Nationally known Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist Barbara “Bobbie” Leeper, MN, RN, CCRN, from Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, presented a discussion on care and monitoring of heart surgery patients during SOMC Heart and Vascular Services’ Cardiac Symposium July 31 at the Friends Community Center. Leeper spoke to an audience of more than a hundred nurses and medical specialists from across the region during the symposium, which offered networking for professionals as Southern Ohio Medical Center prepares for the arrival of open heart surgery as part of expansion of services and facilities in 2008 and 2009.

SOMC’s Burchett at Conference

Claudia Burchett, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE, NEA-BC, Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently spoke at the Health Care Financial Management Association 2008 Health Care Finance Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Burchett’s topic was “Service Line Competition: Southern Ohio Medical Center Process for Implementing Quality Improvement and Performance Initiatives.”

Burchett has been employed at SOMC for 30 years. She received her nursing degree from Shawnee State University, bachelor of science in Nursing and her master of business administration from Ohio University. She is also a board-certified Nurse Executive Advanced. She was appointed vice president of Patient Services in 1992.

She and her husband, Jeff, live in Lucasville and have three children.

SOMC’s Burchett ACHE Fellow

Claudia Burchett, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE, NEA-BC, vice president of Patient Services and chief nursing officer of Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently became a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

Only 7,500 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

Burchett has been employed at SOMC for 30 years. She received her nursing degree from Shawnee State University, bachelor of arts in Nursing and her master of business administration from Ohio University. She is also a board-certified Nurse Executive Advanced. She was appointed vice president of Patient Services in 1992. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Lucasville and have three children.

SOMC’s Skaggs Speaks At National Conference

Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs, RN, MSN, CNA-BC, Director of Nursing for Emergency and Outpatient Services, recently spoke at ACI’s Fourth National Conference on Improving and Expanding Emergency Department Services in Washington D.C., April 30-May2, 2008.

Skagg’s discussed “10 Years and 10 Winning Service Strategies for Your Emergency Department – All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten.” She has been an employee of Southern Ohio Medical Center for more than 25 years, and the Director of Nursing for Emergency & Outpatients Services at SOMC for the past 14 years.