Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Loyola Exceeds National Average in Nursing Certifications

Certifications are mark of nursing excellence

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- The number of certified nurses at Loyola University Health System surpasses the national average, which is indicative of nursing expertise. Loyola recently honored these nurses for their professional development standards and competencies.

“Our patients should feel confident knowing that our nurses possess skills and knowledge that afford them the highest quality of care,” said Paula Hindle, RN, MSN, MBA, vice president, Health Care Services and chief nurse executive. “Their expertise contributes to better outcomes for our patients.”

Earning a professional certification places nurses among an elite group in their clinical area of expertise. Brett Duebner, RN, and Jennifer Napcil, RN, recently earned their Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certifications. Duebner and Napcil work in the heart transplant and critical care unit at Loyola University Hospital (LUH). ------------------------------ Loyola Nurse Presents at Local Conference Jackie Kareb, RN, recently presented at the Illinois HomeCare and Hospice Council’s Annual Conference. Her presentation focused on supporting home-care clinical practice with evidence. Kareb is the nurse manager in the Department of Home Care & Hospice. ------------------------------ Loyola Nurse Co-Chairs Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Conference Lynn Heicher, RN, served as co-chair of education for the nursing track at the 2010 Education Symposium for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Heicher is the nurse manager in the Department of Gastroenterology at LUHS. ------------------------------ Loyola Nursing Faculty Publish Study on Matters of the Heart Holli DeVon, PhD, RN, and Nancy Hogan, PhD, RN, FAAN, published an article in the American Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing titled, “Time to Treatment for Acute Coronary Syndromes.” Dr. DeVon is an associate professor and Dr. Hogan is a distinguished professor and the associate dean for research at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. ------------------------------ Loyola School of Nursing Faculty Member Accepted to Nurse Leadership Development Program Tonya Rutherford-Hemming, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, has been accepted as a participant in the Nurse Faculty Mentored Leadership Development Program (NFMLD) of Sigma Theta Tau International. The purpose of this program is to enhance the personal leadership development of new nurse faculty in order to promote faculty retention and cultivate high performing, supportive work environments in academe. Rutherford-Hemming is an associate professor at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing.

Loyola School of Nursing Student Honored by the Illinois Dietetic Association Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing dietetic intern Kelly Sierra was named Outstanding Dietetic Student of the Year in the dietetic intern category by the Illinois Dietetic Association.


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.