Monday, April 13, 2009

Loyola Biker Nurse Prepares Those Who Are 'Born to Be Wild'

Trauma Nurse Specialist Offers Crash Course in Motorcycle Safety

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Monday through Friday, Teresa McClelland, RN, works as the clinical coordinator at Loyola Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine at Park Ridge. Come the weekend, this Chicago native jumps on her motorcycle and heads out on the highway.

McClelland knows a thing or two about the dangers of motorcycles from her ten years of experience as a trauma nurse specialist and emergency medical services educator. She has taken this knowledge and combined her love for this adrenaline-inducing hobby with her passion for teaching by offering a class called, "A Crash Course for the Motorcylist."

The course is geared toward motorcyclists and scooter riders as well as nurses and emergency medical service specialists. McClelland offers tips for what to do in the first minutes after a motorcycle crash until professional help arrives. She focuses on techniques to prevent further injuries, assess the situation and treat the injured with life-sustaining care through helmet removal and jaw thrust breathing exercises.

Her next class will take place at LUHS' Maguire Center, Lecture Hall B, from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. Additional courses will be offered later this spring. The course provides six credit hours to medical professionals. ------------------------------ Loyola Nurse Educator Earns Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Pam Clementi, PhD, APRN-BC, earned her doctor of philosophy in nursing from Loyola University Chicago. Clementi also recently presented two posters at the 21st Annual Ruth K. Palmer Symposium in Oak Brook, Ill. They were titled, "Patient Expectations During Health Care Encounters Theory," and "Expectation of Care Inventory Psychometric Analysis." Clementi is the nurse manager of the nursing education department at LUHS.

------------------------------ Loyola Nurses Earn Critical Care Certification

Erin Mahoney, RN, CCRN, has earned her Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certification. Mahoney works in the lung transplant unit at Loyola University Hospital (LUH). ------------------------------ Loyola Nurses Obtain Hemapheresis Practitioner (HP) Certification

Teresita Bernardo, BSN, RN, HP, and Karen Kevins, BSN, RN, HP, became Hemapheresis Practitioners (HP) in 2008. This certifies that these nurses are skilled in this clinical practice area. Bernardo and Kevins work in the Apheresis Laboratory at LUHS. ------------------------------ Loyola GI Lab Nurses Receive Recognition for Increasing Expertise in This Clinical Area

Mary Ann Bungag, RN, advanced to clinical ladder level four. Nancy Forcier, RN, and Maria Poblete, RN, advanced to clinical ladder level three. LUHS' clinical ladder program is designed to recognize, reward, and retain professional nurses who choose to remain in direct clinical practice. ------------------------------ Pediatric Mobile Health Unit Honored by Maywood School District

Maywood School District 89 recognized the Pediatric Mobile Health Unit of the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Health System at its March board meeting. Susan Finn, MSN, program director, Pediatric Mobile Health Unit, and her staff were awarded a plaque for their years of treating underserved populations in this community.


About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.