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Center for Nursing Excellence eNewsletter June 2010

In This Issue:

Best Practices: CKHS Skin Care Bundle for Pressure Ulcers Receives National Attention

Crozer-Keystone’s Skin Care Committee has developed a skin care bundle for the prevention of pressure ulcers that has captured the attention of the national Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society. A poster describing the bundle has been accepted for presentation at the WOCN national conference to be held in June 2010. More>

Best Practices: Taylor VHA RAN Team Strives to Improve Discharge Process, Reduce Readmission Rates

In 2009, a team from Taylor Hospital began work on a VHA Rapid Adoption Network (RAN) project focused on improving the discharge process with the ultimate goal of promoting patient safety and reducing re-hospitalization rates. More>

CKHS Centers for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine and Outpatient Wound Burn Care Center

It is estimated that nearly 7 million Americans suffer from chronic wounds associated with conditions such as diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, autoimmune disease and conditions that reduce mobility. In these patients, wounds often do not respond to a conservative course of treatment over a period of six to eight weeks. Treatment by clinicians who are specially trained in wound care can help speed up the healing process, prevent recurrence and improve quality of life for these patients. More>

CKHS Launches New Quality and Patient Safety Website

Find out what you want to know here.

CKHS Lifts Hospital Visitation Restriction

Effectively immediately, CKHS is lifting its Hospital Visitation Restriction Policy, implemented in November 2009 to reduce the spread of influenza. More>

Executive Endings: Celebrating Nurses

As we celebrate Nurses Week this month, I have been reflecting on how much our nursing staff has advanced over the last five years. Shared governance has been a catalyst for increased nurse involvement in many arenas, and our nursing councils have been taking on many challenges and developing excellent solutions. More>

Magnet Moment: Nursing Certifications Linked to Better Patient Outcomes and Professional Satisfaction

A growing body of research shows a connection between nursing certification and knowledge, skills and judgment that affect patient outcomes, according to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). More>

Nursing Spotlight: A Day in the Life of a Wound Care Nurse

Working as a wound ostomy continence nurse (WOCN) is like working in an Emergency Department – you never know what’s coming through the door next. More>

The Heart of Nursing: Hospice Nurse Braves Blizzard for Dying Patient

In the middle of the Delaware Valley’s record-breaking blizzard of 2010, a man was dying. He might have died alone had it not been for Linda Gosser, RN, MSN, clinical director of Crozer-Keystone Hospice. Gosser was determined to visit this patient because she knew that he was not doing well and had been requiring hospice visits every day. More>