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July 2009

In This Issue:

Merging Policies Systems Wide Ensures Patient Safety

Last fall, the CKHS Executive Nurse Practice Council began the monumental task of merging nursing policies and procedures for all of the health system’s hospitals. Why take on such a task? The answer is simple – to ensure the safety of our patients. Patient safety is a key component for advancing the care that all nurses give within CKHS and a critical measure of our success in the journey to nursing excellence and Magnet™ Recognition. More>>

Magnet Moment

Professional nursing practice advocates for nurses at the bedside investigating, developing and implementing evidence-based standards of practice and standards of care. At Crozer-Keystone Health System (CKHS), we demonstrate this Magnet value through our unit councils and the Nursing Practice Council where nurses can take questions, concerns and new ideas about bedside practices. More>>

DCMH Nurses Bid Fond Farewell to Jerri LaRocco, RN, MSN, NEA-BC

For 30 years, Jerri LaRocco, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, has served as a nurse leader, mentor and role model for the nurses of Delaware County Memorial Hospital. As Assistant Vice President of Nursing, she has led with professionalism and poise and a level of warmth and caring that has endeared her to the nursing staff in a very special way. As Jerri retires this month, a number of her nursing colleagues reflected on what makes Jerri so special and so beloved by her entire staff. More>>

Spotlight On: SANE Nurses

Nurses established the first Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs in the U.S. during the late 1970s when they recognized that sexual assault victims were not receiving adequate care to meet the unique needs associated with this kind of trauma. Crozer-Keystone’s first SANE program was established in 2005 at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. Today, SANE programs have been established at all four CKHS hospitals, and SANE nurses are on call 24/7 to respond to the needs of victims of sexual assault. More>>

CKHS Hospitals Observe National Nurses Week

Crozer-Keystone Health System held its annual recognition of nurses during this year’s Nurses Week, May 6-12. Nurses Week highlights the nurses’ dedication to ensuring that patients continually receive the highest standard of care. Each Crozer-Keystone hospital planned events and activities individualized for their staff in recognition and celebration of nursing accomplishments. More>>

Congratulations to All Nursing Excellence and All Nursing Spectrum Award Winners and Nightengale Award Nominees

This month, we honor Crozer-Chester Medical Center award winners. In future issues, we will honor the award-winning nurses from other CKHS hospitals. Nursing Excellence Award winners and Nightengale Award nominees include Dora Diamond, RN, Debbie Kitson, RN, ACM, Angel McCullough, RN, BSN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC, Mark McGuire, RN, BSN and Rosie Stowbridge. More>>

Executive Endings: Linda Parker, RN, Director, Supplemental Staffing, CKHS

Imagine for a few moments that you are a Crozer-Keystone Supplemental Staffing nurse. This week, you are scheduled to go to a different unit in a different CKHS hospital each day. Each unit and each hospital where you will be working have different nursing policies and procedures for everything from documentation to infection control. You are expected to learn, remember and implement them properly. This is the challenge that supplemental staffing nurses face each day, and although they handle it well, our entire staff is very excited about the standardization of nursing policies across the entire health system. More>>