Thanking the Best of the Best
Mpls St. Paul 2012 Outstanding Nurses AwardsRecognizing the unsung heroes of health care
Mpls. St. Paul Magazine asked doctors, nurses, and patients to recommend nurses who go above and beyond the call of duty in all areas of health care. Judges reviewed nearly 100 nominations with an eye toward professionalism, bedside manner and patient interaction, credentials and experience, and impact on organization.
Congratulations to all the finalists and winners from Twin Cities Hospitals as the 2012 Outstanding Nurses. Read the entire story here.
Park Nicollet Institute Frauenshuh Cancer Center
Oncology Research manager focusing on educating staff about clinical studies available and presenting consent documents to patients.
United Hospital, Allina Health
Registered nurse in the patient care float pool working in most units of the hospital, including surgery, orthopedics, neurology, epilepsy and oncology.
Abott Northwestern Hospital, Allina Health
Chief Nursing officer, focusing on nursing and exceptional care.
St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Allina Health
Emergency department patient care supervisor and Heart Safe coordinator
North Memorial Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Susan Bold Schumacher
North Memorial Medical Center, Center for Clinical Excellence
North Memorial Medical Center Trauma Center
North Memorial Medical Center Trauma Neurological Intensive Care Unit
North Memorial Medical Center Trauma Services
Fairview Southdale Hospital
St. Joseph’s Hospital Administration
Abbott Northwestern Hospital Learning and Development
Abbott Northwestern Hospital Mental Health Unit
Abbott Northwestern Hospital Acute Pain Service
Abbott Northwestern Hospital Administration
Mercy Hospital Intensive Care Unit Step Down
United Hospital Intensive Care Unit
Unity Hospital Oncology
‘Good Catch’ Award Recognizes Hospital Professionals for Safety
Several Twin Cities hospital caregivers have been recognized for identifying and preventing events that potentially could have harmed patients.
This MHA awards program honors Minnesota hospital professionals who “speak up” to prevent potential harm to patients. They were nominated and selected because their actions prevented a possible adverse event that had the potential to directly affect patients had they not taken action.
Sheila Parr, RN, Methodist Hospital, was recognized for her idea to reduce the spread of Clostridium difficile or C. diff. This bacterium, which has become more pervasive and more serious in recent years, can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. Older people are especially vulnerable.
Sheila had the idea to put plastic washable pull cords on the call lights in hospital bathrooms to prevent the spread of C.Diff. Her innovative thinking directly improved patient safety.
Tim Dulac, RPh, a pharmacist at Bethesda Hospital, was working as a decentral pharmacist, and was monitoring the patients on warfarin. He noted that several of the patients had lab tests which had results that seemed odd to him. These patients had been in the proper therapeutic range on their warfarin therapy, but these most recent INRs were all out of range, with no apparent reason. He suspected that there was a problem with the lab, and contacted the lab staff to look into it. He was right! There was an error with the lab test – one that even the routine QA checks of their testing process did not catch. The labs were re-run, and the patients did not require dosage adjustments.
If Tim had just followed the lab results without critically thinking about them and then adjusted the warfarin doses, those patients would have potentially been over- or under-dosed on a high risk blood thinning medication.
Chris Massie , RN, Surgery Admit Unit, at St. John’s Hospital, noticed that the hospital’s Pre-Admit Unit did not stock 20 percent Lipids. This unit is where the anesthesia blocks are performed. Local anesthetic toxicity can occur resulting in convulsions and asystole or cardiac arrest; 20 percent Lipids has been shown to reverse the toxicity and the induced asystole. Chris notified appropriate leadership to be sure that at least one bottle of 20 percent Lipids is on the unit and accessible at all times.
The “Good Catch for Patient Safety Award” is presented by the Minnesota Hospital Association.
(From Park Nicollet “Nurses Connect,” March 2012 and “This Week @ HealthEast,” May 29, 2012)