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Anyone who works, learns, or volunteers with UI Health Care knows that our nurses are among the best in the profession—and it’s always a pleasure for us to recognize the remarkable hard work of these world-class health care providers. But it’s even more rewarding and validating when others take notice of their extraordinary talents and take time to recognize their consistently outstanding performance

This spring, 10 of UI Hospitals and Clinics’ nurses were named among the 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2010. Additionally, six of our nurses were Evidence-Based Practice Award recipients and one received the Benfer Award for psychiatric nursing leadership. These well-deserved honors (see lists of recipients below) highlight the tremendous contributions of these individuals to the nursing profession and to our organization.

It’s no surprise that in 2008 the hospital renewed its Magnet status for another four years. The re-designation underscores the commitment of our entire nursing staff and leadership to continually strive harder to provide excellent service and quality care

Our nurses are vital to the work we perform every day and their dedication is the key to ensuring good outcomes for our patients. As we celebrate Nurses Week May 6-12, please join me in congratulating these colleagues for their achievements and thanking all of our nurses for providing exceptional care to those we serve.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Recent Nursing awards

100 Great Iowa Nurses:

• Barbara Bezoni, RN, BSN, CDE

• Cindi Dahnke, RN, BSN, ASP-N

• Diane Eastman, RN, BSN, MA, ARNP, CPNP

• Melissa Gross, RHN, BSN, CNRN, FCCS

• Maria Lofgren, MSN, ARNP, NNP-BC, CPNP

• Jennifer Long, RN

• Toni Mueller, RN, MSN, CCRN

• Rosemary Noyes, RN

• Jennifer Off, RN, OCN

• Anne M. Smith, MSN, RN, ASP-S

 

2010 Benfer Award:

• Cathy Willoughby, RN, MA, NE-BC

 

2010 Evidence-Based Practice Award:

• Sandra Anfinson, RN, BSN, CCRN

• Diana Besler, RN, BSN

• Jessica Block, RN, BA, CEN

• Kim Chaloupka, RN

• Cynthia Glandorf, RN, BSN, MSN

• Sarah Mikesell, RN, BSN

 

Epic upgrade goes as planned

UI Health Care Chief Information Officer Lee Carmen reports that this weekend’s upgrade of the Epic clinical information system went as planned, “thanks to the dedication and hard work of a large number of technical and clinical staff.”

He added, “The upgrade contains a significant number of enhancements that Epic has developed based upon input from our institution. We were anxious to get those new features out to the users of the system to improve efficiency and to help deliver the best patient care possible.”

UI Health Care Information Systems (HCIS) and Epic support staff will be circulating throughout clinics and inpatient units today to assist with questions. Staff and faculty who have questions or experience problems associated with the upgrade can call the HCIS Help Desk at 356-0001 anytime of the day or night. In addition, HCIS welcomes your questions and suggestions at Epic@healthcare.uiowa.edu.

Safety culture survey

All faculty and staff members with UI Health Care—whether they provide direct patient care or not—are being asked to participate in a national Press Ganey Safety Culture Survey. The e-mail survey, which starts today and continues through June 13, will help define UI Health Care’s current patient safety culture and track the progress of our current initiatives. The survey is confidential and only takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete. The results will be available later in the summer and will be used to improve patient safety. For more information, call 387-6543.

Humanism awards announced

Larry Hook, M4, and Christopher Buresh, MD, Emergency Medicine, have received the 2010 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. In addition, resident physicians chosen by the M3 class to receive the 2010 Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the Gold Foundation are: Jennifer Carr, MD; Jason Brinton, MD; Brock Cookman, DO; Daniel Hansen, MD; Betsy McGee, MD; and Kristine Van Kirk, MD. They will all be honored at the Humanism in Medicine Celebration, Wednesday, May 5, at 5:30 p.m. in The Kelch Conference Room (1289 CBRB).

UI Health Care infertility expertise featured on TV

UI Health Care’s expertise in treating infertility will be featured in an episode of “The Fertility Chase” Saturday, May 8, at 7:30 a.m. on the Women’s Entertainment (WE) Network. The episode focuses on experts and patients at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Care at UI Hospitals and Clinics, which is considered a leader in single-embryo transfers through in vitro fertilization. The program is affiliated with UI Women’s Health.

Gala supports Cancer Center

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at The University of Iowa presents the Second Annual Blue Rose Gala at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Iowa Memorial Union. Guests will enjoy a meal, bid on auction items, and raise funds to support cancer research. Tickets are still available by contacting Margo Jerrick at margo-jerrick@uiowa.edu or 319-356-1262.

Health at Iowa consumer newsletter debuts

UI Health Care last week debuted a new consumer newsletter called Health at Iowa. The newsletter—which combines and replaces two publications, PACEMAKER and Well & Good—features articles on patients who received great care here as well as advice on healthy living, screening exams, primary care, and world-class specialty care. Printed copies are available at various locations in the hospital, including the Fountain Dining Room. Visit Health at Iowa online at www.uihealthcare.com/healthatiowa.

 

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