Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Loyola Nurses Achieve Noteable Accomplishments

Nurses earn certifications, publish and present

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Health System revenue specialist Judy Williams, RN, CEN, TNS, recently took on a nontraditional nursing role, which resulted in a significant cost savings for the organization. Williams oversees fiscal responsibility for the Emergency Department. In this position, she has identified opportunities to overcome billing obstacles through intradepartmental collaboration and nurse education on proper documentation for reimbursement. Williams recently presented her work at the Nursing Management Congress in Grapevine, Texas. She was awarded the Certificate of Excellence by the Congress Planning Committee for her presentation. ------------------------------ Loyola Nurses Earn Pinnacle Awards for Leadership Mary Morrow, PhD, APN, ACNS, BC, and LuAnn Vis, RN, BSN, MSOD, CPHQ, recently were honored with Pinnacle Awards at The Power of Nursing Leadership Program in Chicago. Morrow and Vis were lauded for their accomplishments as nurse leaders. Dr. Morrow is the director of nursing and the Magnet program director and Vis is the director of quality improvement at Loyola University Health System. ------------------------------ Southwest Oncology Group Appoints Loyola Nurse to Executive Committee Ceil Petrowsky, RN, MSN, CCRC, OCN, manager of Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Clinical Trials Office, has been appointed to the Southwest Oncology Group's Nursing Executive Committee (SWOG). SWOG is one of the largest National Cancer Institute-sponsored cancer clinical trials multi-institutional networks. In this role, Petrowsky will chair the Nursing Disease & Discipline Subcommittee. Nurses in this committee participate in clinical trial development and compliance. They also identify opportunities for nursing research and create educational tools for patient recruitment to clinical trials. Petrowsky is the first Loyola nurse to be appointed to the Nursing Executive Committee.

------------------------------ National Neonatal Organization Appoints Loyola Nurse to Board of Directors Julie Dahl, MSN, RNC-NIC, was recently appointed the staff nurse director-at-large to the National Association of Neonatal Nurses Board of Directors. Dahl, who works in the neonatal intensive care unit at Loyola University Hospital, will represent the interests of staff nurses on the national level during her two-year term. ------------------------------ Loyola Nurse Publishes Analysis on Bariatric Nursing Certification Karen Thomas, MS, RN, PCCN, served as the national leader of the Practice Analysis Task Force, which established the American Nurses Credentialing Center-approved bariatric nurse certification criteria. These parameters were recently published in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. Thomas is a clinical resource nurse at Loyola University Hospital. ------------------------------ Loyola Nurse Leader Publishes Article on Heart Failure Mary Morrow, PhD, APN, ACNS, BC, published a qualitative research paper on the concept of feeling unsure about persons living with heart failure in the community in Nursing Science Quarterly. ------------------------------ Wound Care Specialist Presents Poster on Ulcer Prevention Jodi Blaszczyk, RN, and Kathy Thiesse, RN, recently presented a poster on heel pressure and ulcer prevention at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care. Blaszczyk and Thiesse are wound ostomy nurses at Loyola University Hospital. ------------------------------ Nurse Leaders Present on New Model of Patient Care Deborah Jasovsky, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, and Sandy Sojka, PhD, RN, presented on the Magis Model of Care at the Sigma Theta Tau International Annual Research conference in Orlando, Fla. Dr. Jasovsky is the associate chief nurse executive at Loyola University Health System and Dr. Sojka is an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. ------------------------------ Loyola Nurse Earns Master of Business Administration Degree Elmer Dulce, BSN, MBA, RN, recently earned his master of business administration in health-care management with honors from Loyola University Chicago. Dulce is the nurse manager in the acute rehabilitation unit at Loyola University Hospital. ------------------------------ Loyola Nurses Complete Master of Science in Nursing Degree Angela Briguglio, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, and Nicole Gallucci, BS, BSN, MSN, recently earned their master of science in nursing degrees. Briguglio works in the Department of Neurosciences and Gallucci works in the Department of Emergency Management Systems at Loyola University Health System. ------------------------------ Loyola Nurses Earn Certifications Teresa Alesia, RN, recently became a certified diabetes educator. Alesia works with pediatric patients in the Loyola Outpatient Center. Debbie Schroeder, BSN, NIC-RNC, became certified in neonatal intensive care from the National Certification Corp. Schroeder works in the NICU at Loyola University Hospital. Alicia Velazco, BSN, RN, CGRN, passed the Gastroenterology Registered Nurse Board Certification exam. Velazco works in the gastroenterology lab at Loyola University Hospital. Sarah Lee, RN, CCRN, recently became certified as a critical-care registered nurse. Lee works in the intensive care unit at Loyola University Hospital. Pam Morano, RN, earned her otorhinolaryngology nurse certification. Morano works in the surgical oncology clinic at Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center. Vivien Jobb, RN, recently passed the ambulatory nursing examination and Marsha Moran, RN, received her dermatology nursing certification. Jobb and Moran work at Loyola Center for Health at La Grange Park. ------------------------------ Trauma Nurses Complete Core Curriculum Karen Brown, RN, Madia Crudele, RN, Royana Magana, RN, Angela Pittroff, RN, and Yeyin Yi, RN, recently completed their trauma nurse core curriculum. These nurses work in the intensive care unit at Loyola University Hospital.

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.