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Center for Nursing Excellence eNewsletter August 2010

In This Issue:

Best Practices: Crozer-Chester Medical Center VHA RAN Team Aspires to Improve Patient Satisfaction with Nursing Communications

In 2009, a team from Crozer-Chester Medical Center began work on a VHA Rapid Adoption Network (RAN) project focused on improving Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores related to three nursing communications questions. More>

CKHS Nurses Improve Patient Outcomes Through Direct Access to Endoscopy and Colonoscopy

Crozer-Keystone Health System has ramped up the battle against colon cancer, the fourth most common cancer in the United States. Last year, more than 106,000 new cases of colon cancer were diagnosed nationwide, according to the American Cancer Society. About six percent of Americans will get this disease during their lifetimes. More>

CKHS Nursing at a Crossroads

Crozer-Keystone nursing leaders from all levels − bedside, clinical directors and administration − met on June 30 at the Drexelbrook Conference Center. A presentation by the chief nurses, Nancy Bucher, RN, MSN, NEA-BC; Noreen Caldwell, RNC, MSHA; Nancy Politarhos, RN, MSN; and Jo-Zetta Shawl, RN, MHA, NEA-BC, defined the pursuit of Magnet™ designation. More>

Congratulations to Crozer-Chester Medical Center Nursing Excellence Award Winners and Nightingale Award Nominees

Find out about the award winners and award nominees here.

Executive Endings: Collaborating Successfully

Interdisciplinary collaboration is essential to ensuring quality across the continuum of patient care, and is considered evidence of exemplary professional practice by the ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program®. As you have read in this issue, endoscopy nurses, cancer nurse navigators, gastroenterologists and anesthesiologists at Crozer-Keystone are working collaboratively to increase the number of patients being screened for cancer and other gastrointestinal diseases, and to provide comprehensive care. More>

The Heart of Nursing: Oncology Nurse Provides Comfort and Hope

Donna Jann, RN, is an oncology nurse at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. “Being a cancer nurse was like a calling for me,” she says. “When I was in nursing school, my aunt was dying of colon cancer. I knew from the beginning that this was what I wanted to do.”  Here, in her own words, Jann relates one of the many meaningful patient encounters she has experienced during her 22 years in oncology nursing. More>