Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Loyola Nurses Among a Select Group of Specialists

Nurses earn certifications, publish and present

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Critical care nurses at Loyola University Health System have joined an elite group of health-care providers who are certified in their clinical area of expertise. Lucy Bensfield, RN, Svetlana Dordevic, RN, Ricky Francisco, RN, and Asuncion Garcia, RN, completed their trauma nurse core curriculum. Katie Beyer, RN, Sharon McHugh, RN, and Laura Pasternock, RN, became trauma nurse specialists. Becca Hahn, RN, earned her critical care registered nurse certification.

Other critical care nurses furthered their professional knowledge by earning baccalaureate and advanced degrees. Lucy Bensfield, RN, received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Benedictine University. Meghann McCain, RN, MSN, received her master of science in nursing degree from Loyola University Chicago. All of these nurses work in the intensive care unit at Loyola University Hospital (LUH).

------------------------------ Loyola Nurse Publishes Article on Pregnancy Loss in the Emergency Department Vicki Bacidore, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC, CEN, published an article titled, “A Collaborative Framework for Managing Pregnancy Loss in the Emergency Department” in the Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecological and Neonatal Nursing. Bacidore also gave an advanced clinical grand rounds presentation at the Illinois Emergency Nurses Association’s 36th Annual Spring Symposium. Bacidore works as a nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department at LUH.

------------------------------ Loyola Nurse Presents at Emergency Nurses Meeting Sarah Calvert, MSN, RN, presented at the Illinois Emergency Nurses Association’s 36th Annual Spring Symposium. Her talk, “Point-of-Care Cardiac Biomarkers: Is There Evidence to Support Use in Emergency Departments?” was part of an evidence-based medicine series. Calvert works in the Emergency Department at LUH.

------------------------------ Loyola Nurses Volunteer for Cancer-Prevention Study Rita Guenther, RN, chaired a clinical study-enrollment campaign for the American Cancer Society. The trial is the society’s third cancer-prevention study. Other Loyola nurse volunteers included Cindy Fellencer, Joan Rojek, Kathy Battaglia, Carolyn Jacobs, Molly Hewitt and Cathy Bevcar.

------------------------------ Loyola Nurse Earns Highest Score in History of Certification Exam Amy Perrin-Ross, MSN, CNRN, recently passed the International Multiple Sclerosis Certification examination with the highest score in the history of the test. Perrin-Ross works in the Department of Neurology at Loyola University Health System.


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.