News and Views from DMC Patient Care Services

Spring 2014

In this issue

Nurses Week 2014

Shawn Levitt

Please join me as we celebrate one of my favorite times of the year, Nurses Week 2014! This year we align with nurses from across 78 hospitals within our new Tenet Health System family as we celebrate Heroes. We are distinguished in that we have so many extremely brilliant nurses working within our organization. Those nurses who have given of their time, talent, compassion and caring to promote service to their hospitals, communities, professional organizations and through contributions to the practice of nursing. There are also the Heroes who may not always receive accolades, but they are consistently, accountable for all that they are responsible for, as they support their colleagues and provide outstanding clinical care to their patients and families. Let us celebrate each other in all that we do, for we are all part of the elite group of clinicians who have the remarkable privilege to serve mankind when most in need. We make such a difference in the lives of others. In the immortal words of the woman who created the foundation of professional nursing practice, Florence Nightingale:

“Let us run the race where all may win; rejoicing in their successes, as our own and mourning their failures, wherever they are, as our own. We are all One Nurse.”

The Detroit Medical Center is an institution of legacy hospitals who have collectively shaped the very fabric of care for southeastern Michigan for over 100 years. Let us take pride in the rich history and significant contributions of our fellow nurses from previous decades, and let us get excited about the wonder of the accomplishments yet to come.

Happy Nurses Week 2014!

Chief Nursing Officer
Detroit Medical Center



Putting it All Together:
DMC 2014 Fall Elimination Retreat

There are progressive, innovative and best practices utilized here in the DMC that will provide the quality and safety our patients deserve.

In 2013, the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), then part of Vanguard Health System (VHS) rolled out an Evidence based Falls Prevention Tool kit.

As part of its commitment to quality care and safety, DMC VHS identified that it would take everyone's eyes and hands to keep our patients safe. The Universal Falls Prevention campaign was launched in September 2013, followed by a series of evidence based tools and expected behaviors.

A group of more than 100 attendees gathered in Kresge Auditorium to utilize the evidence based tools available to assist in the elimination of falls. Shawn Levitt, BSN, MHSA, RN, FACHE, CPHQ, CMCN, Chief Nursing Officer started the morning with a brief overview of the importance of preventing falls; why it takes everyone to accomplish the goal of elimination. She wrapped up by thanking attendees for their work in making our practice environment safe. Michele M. Harris, RN, MSN, DMC, Regional Director Quality Improvement presented falls data from 2013, allowing all to see each hospital's trend for the year as well as what the DMC looks like as a whole. Attendees broke up into groups and worked on case scenarios in which the group had to provide the actions on taking care of the patient, family and environment. Each team had the opportunity to present back to everyone what actions they took and answered questions related to the tool/resource used.

Michelle Gilbert, MSN, RN provided falls prevention enhancements being built in EMR. The group was afforded the opportunity to provide feedback on the build before going into production. Farhan Baber, PT, gave a very engaging lecture on "The Use of Walkers, Canes and Gait Belts" and was assisted by Kiran Maddukuri, OT for demonstrations. Participants were provided with proper techniques, what to look for, and when to consult. Nicoli Novak, BSN, RN, closed the day with the innovative way Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan is decreasing falls with video monitoring.

It was reconfirmed that it takes a bundle of interventions to reduce the number of falls and the avoidance of injury.

Some of the resources in the DMC toolkit include...

The group discovered that there are progressive, innovative and best practices utilized here in the DMC that will provide the quality and safety our patients deserve.



The Pain Resource Nurse (PRN)
Program at HUH/HWH

Pain is the number one reason a patient seeks entry into the healthcare system. Patient satisfaction with pain management is an essential metric.

One innovative idea to improve pain management practices at Harper/Hutzel hospital was the creation of the Pain Resource Nurse (PRN) program. The PRN nurse receives advanced education on pain assessment and management, to improve pain management practices in the patient care areas. The advanced education consists of four two-hour Pain Management classes. The PRN functions as both a resource and change agent in disseminating information and interfacing with nurses, physicians, other members of the health care team, and patients and families to facilitate quality pain management.

Since the inception in September 2012, there has been significant improvement in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) score related to the two pain related measures: How often was your pain well controlled? How often did the hospital staff do everything they could to help you with your pain?

At the present, there are 15 nurses who have successfully obtained their American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Pain Management Certification. It is anticipated that the HCAHPS scores and pain management certified nurses will continue to increase as more nurses attend the advanced pain education classes and transition into the role of PRN.



Pressure Ulcers at the End:
Palliative Care

Preventing pressure ulcers should still be on the “care plan” for dying patients since a pressure ulcer increases pain, complicates care, and decreases the quality of the life that is left. It is important to provide pressure ulcer prevention and treatment consistent with the individual’s wishes.

It has been noted that the skin, the largest organ of the body, can fail like other organs can fail. Individuals approaching end of life are at risk for organ failure and for developing pressure ulcers. Often the condition of the body when end of life approaches is frail and compromised. Even when aggressive measures are employed, critically ill and dying patients have altered tissue perfusion, coagulation, and immune function which interferes with overall healing and tissue maintenance. Symptoms may be aggravated by position changes and dressing manipulation adding to the burden the patient experiences. Pressure ulcers may be unavoidable in these situations.

Palliative Care is care focused on support for comfort, dignity, and maintenance of quality of life at any phase of illness or chronic condition. Hospice provides support and care at the end of life so that the individual can live the remaining life as comfortable as possible. Hospice patients may be at a greater risk for pressure ulcers than other patients. As the body begins to fail, patients spend more time in bed, eat and drink less, may have sensory changes, or become incontinent. Tissue breakdown may be inevitable. Preventing pressure ulcers for individuals receiving both or either of these types of care is consistent with the philosophy of palliation and hospice. However, comfort measures may be inconsistent with care plans designed to prevent or manage pressure ulcers.

Preventing pressure ulcers should still be on the "care plan" for dying patients since a pressure ulcer increases pain, complicates care, and decreases the quality of the life that is left. It is important to provide pressure ulcer prevention and treatment consistent with the individual's wishes. Patients may not want to turn if it is painful and healing an ulcer may not be a realistic goal. The goals need to be created with a balance between what the healthcare provider knows and what makes the patient comfortable.

The European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) and National Pressure Advisory Panel (NPUAP) Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment Clinical Practice Guidelines offer these suggestions for pressure ulcer management in individuals receiving palliative care.

  1. Complete a risk assessment and assess regularly as patient's condition changes.
  2. Redistribute pressure in accordance with the patient's wishes and tolerance. Observe the individual's choices in positioning for comfort. Consider changing the support surface to improve comfort. Document patient preference for position. Use positioning devices and protect boney prominences.
  3. Aim for adequate nutrition and hydration consistent with patient's choices.
  4. Maintain skin integrity as much as possible using emollients and prevent effects of incontinence on skin.
  5. If a pressure ulcer is present, set treatment goals consistent with the individual's goals. Assess the impact of the ulcer on the quality of life, including wound pain, and signs and symptoms such as odor and exudate and their affect on the patient. Monitor and manage the ulcer and periwound skin on a regular basis consistent with the individual's choices.
  6. Assess pain regularly and with each ulcer treatment and position change. Manage pain using techniques that are effective as defined by the individual.
  7. Assess psychosocial and environmental resources and validate that family care providers understand the goals and plan of care.

Most of the literature on pressure ulcers has focused on prevention and interventions for treatment and healing. While some ulcers heal in the dying patient, the ulcer trajectory is often in the other direction. More research attention may be needed to determine the best interventions for patients requiring palliative care or hospice.

National Consensus Project for Palliative Care. 2011.

Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment: Clinical Practice Guideline. International Guideline. National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel & European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. 2009. p 99–105.

Langemo D. Pressure Ulcers in Individuals at the End of Life: Palliative Care and Hospice. Pressure Ulcers: Prevalence, Incidence, and Implications for the Future Second Edition. BA Pieper, Editor. National Pressure ulcer Advisory Panel. 2012. 121–125.



DMC Nurse inducted into
the Tenet Hall of Fame

The Tenet Heroes recognition program is an important part of Tenet's overall Commitment to People. Each year, this award honors outstanding hospital, home office and regional employees who embody Tenet's values of quality, integrity, service, innovation and transparency. As the newest additions to the Tenet family, we are extremely proud that Pamela Taurence, BSN, RN was inducted into the Tenet Heroes' Hall of Fame. As a recipient of the award, Pam was invited to the Tenet corporate office (Dallas) in April to receive recognition for this achievement.

Pamela Taurence
Care Coordination Specialist
DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan
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Tenet Healthcare honors more
than 100 Heroes from across
its network, including 9 nurses
from DMC

On the heels of announcing the seven inductees into the Tenet Heroes Hall of Fame, Tenet Healthcare has released the names of more than 100 other Heroes from Tenet's national network of hospitals, outpatient centers and facilities. DMC has 14 employees among this group, 9 of those being nurses. Honorees were selected for extraordinary demonstration of Tenet's core values of quality, integrity, service, innovation and transparency. Congratulations Heroes.

Kimberly Detrick,

Tenet Value: Service

Cardiac Cathetrization Technician, Cardiac Cath Lab, DMC Cardiovascular Institute


Karey J. Dutcheshen,

Tenet Values: Quality, Integrity, Service, Innovation, Transparency

Manager, 9ICU, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Critical Care, DMC Cardiovascular Institute


John Gilbert, RN
Tenet Values: Quality, Service

Program Coordinator, DMC Harper University Hospital/Hutzel Women's Hospital

Maria Hernandez, BSN
Tenet Values: Quality, Integrity, Service

Staff Nurse, Behavioral Health, DMC Surgery Hospital


Cathy June,

Tenet Values: Integrity, Service, Innovation

Nurse Educator, Coordinator for the DMC American Heart Association Training Center at Detroit Receiving Hospital


Jane Okress,

Tenet Value: Service

Clinical Nurse Specialist, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital

Michele Seator,

Tenet Value: Service

Program Manager, Magnet Recognition for DMC Harper University Hospital


Lori Wendt, R.N.
Tenet Value: Innovation

Interim Service Excellence Leader, DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital


Eric Wilson, RN
Tenet Value: Service

ED Staff Nurse, DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital



DMC Honors its Nightingale
Winners and Nominees

Nightingale award recipients exemplify nursing excellence and provide inspiration to future generations of exceptional nurses who will follow in their tradition.

Each year the Nightingale Awards for Nursing recognize and honor outstanding nursing professionals who exemplify compassion, knowledge and initiative. The awards promote the profession of nursing's vital role in health care and the well-being of the community, and recognize the hard-working, highly skilled, caring individuals who play such a vital role in our health care delivery system. Nightingale winners are selected in recognition of their nursing excellence in the following categories: Administration, Advanced Nurse Practice, Distinguished Oakland University Alumni, Education and Research, Long-Term Care/Rehabilitation, Nursing in the Community, Staff Nurse Practice, and the People's Choice Award. Nightingale award recipients exemplify nursing excellence and provide inspiration to future generations of exceptional nurses who will follow in their tradition.

The Detroit Medical Center, Bronze sponsor of the 26th Annual Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence® is proud to congratulate the six nominees, two runners-up, and one Nightingale winner from DMC. They will be honored at a dinner and silent auction at the Mirage, in Clinton Twp, on Thursday, May 8, 2014. Proceeds from the event will support nursing scholarships and education at the Oakland University College of Nursing. Each winner will receive a solid bronze statue of Florence Nightingale, a check for $1,000 and a Nightingale pin. All nominated nurses will receive a certificate of honor.

Congratulations to our 2014 DMC Nightingale Nursing Excellence Winners and Nominees – thank you for your Caring, Compassion, and Commitment!

Marci Simon-Burrell, DNP, RN, WHNP-BC
Women and Infant Services
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Nurse Practitioner
DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital
Advance Nurse Practice

Throughout her career, Dr. Marci Simon-Burrell has demonstrated an admirable commitment to both patients and their nurses. During her eight years as a clinical nurse specialist for perinatal services at the Detroit Medical Center's Hutzel Women's Hospital, Dr. Simon-Burrell has been an advocate for mother and infant health, as well as helping their caregivers improve the safety and quality of care they provide to their patients.

When complicated medical cases arise, Dr. Simon-Burrell can always be counted on to consult and assist in determining a course of action for the patients and their care givers. Patient health and well-being is truly the foundation of Dr. Simon-Burrell's nursing practice; she assists new families by teaching the hospital's Parent and Family Discharge class as well as working extensively with the hospital's breast feeding initiative.

Her work is described as an inspiration to her colleagues, and the numerous benefits to her organization are well noted. New nurses at Hutzel Women's Hospital are immediately introduced to Dr. Simon-Burrell's professionalism and effectiveness through the orientation she provides and coordinates for new employees. Her work in managing hospital training and education helps hospital staff perform at the highest levels and provides them with the resources to grow and thrive within their field and their career while ensuring the highest quality of care for their patients.

The impacts of Dr. Simon-Burrell's efforts on her hospital are extensive and visible. She has helped implement a shared decision making model for her hospital as well as leading the development of a nursing peer practice review committee. As a result of her efforts, Hutzel Women's Hospital has become recognized as a Center for Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology.

Dr. Simon-Burrell's nursing practice is one that is deeply rooted in research and scholarship. In 2013 Dr. Simon-Burrell was successful in helping Hutzel Women's Hospital implement a program to increase its rate of exclusive breastfeeding. Through her extensive research, Dr. Simon Burrell designed an education program for 212 registered nurses in skin-to-skin contact following birth to help facilitate successful breastfeeding outcomes. Additionally, her research in evidence-based practice initiatives helped reduce the prevalence of plugged PICC lines for hospital patients and was presented at the DMC Research Day. Her commitment to scholarship has earned her the DMC Faculty Scholar Award.

Susanna Sirianni, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC, CCRN
Nurse Practitioner, SICU & Trauma
DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital
Advance Nurse Practice

Dr. Susanna Sirianni is a Nurse Practitioner in the SICU/Trauma department at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit. Her advanced practice skills have helped to save many lives with her research and practice related to sepsis recognition and treatment, early ambulation of ICU patients, prevention of hospital acquired anemia and development of a Rapid Response Team.

Dr. Susanna Sirianni developed the "Improving Sepsis Care Through an Interprofessional Approach" project. She provided research for healthcare providers, as well as system wide education to improve sepsis care. Results showed a decrease with patient mortality, length of stay, improving the time for antibiotics to be distributed to patients, and early identification and treatment to patients with sepsis.

Molly Duane BSN, RN, CCRN
Staff Nurse 5 ICU
DMC Harper University Hospital
Staff Nurse Practice

Molly Duane works in the medical intensive care unit (MICU), where she stays well informed of current trends, technologies and evidence-based practices in multiple aspects of critical care. She is the chair for the Harper and Hutzel Hospital Professional Nurse Council (PNC), Critical Care PNC and active participant of a staff driven wound care group called Pressure Ulcer Ambassadors. After attending the American Association of Critical care Nurses National Teaching Institute, Duane inspired the hospital to develop an ongoing pre- and post-sleep quality study in critically ill patients. Duane's evidence-based practice platform allows her to perform and succeed at a level that exemplifies her as an exceptional and innovative leader.

DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital: Rhonda D. Brooks, RN – SGH
DMC Cardiovascular Institute: Paris Spangler, BSN, RN – CVI
DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital: Kathleen Goll, MSA, BSN, RN, NE-BC – HVSH



Nurses of the Year

DMC Surgery Hospital
Lyndsey Clements, MSN, RN, CPNP, CPEN

Lyndsey Clements has worked at the Detroit Medical Center since June 2006, and has been in the Emergency Department at DMC Surgery Hospital for 2½ years. She was nominated by her colleague Kris Steenberg, who noted that Lyndsey is an expert clinician whose commitment to her practice and the DMC goes beyond the DSH Emergency Department and her role as a caregiver. Lyndsey is currently a member of the Professional Nurse Council, the Emergency Department Chairperson for the Unit-Based Practice Council, and a member of the Employee Engagement Committees. She is the DSH Emergency Department In-service Coordinator, and was the recipient of the DMC Surgery Hospital Nursing Excellence award in June of 2013.

Prior to accepting a position at DMC Surgery Hospital, Lyndsey worked at Children's Hospital of Michigan as a Staff Nurse in the Emergency Department. Shehas a BSN from Oakland University, obtained her MSN from Wayne State University, and is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Acute Care with additional certification in pediatric emergency nursing.

DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan
Simon Keleel BSN, RN

Simon Keleel has been an RN with Detroit Medical Center since July of 2011, and is a Staff Nurse on 5 West. Simon was nominated by his manager Kim Jurski, who notes that Simon has a positive attitude and performs his duties in a way that always ensures patient safety is a priority. Simon demonstrates this on his unit, leading by example while participating in the unit safety huddles. Simon developed a cheer for the unit that promotes team accountability for patient safety, and is utilized in the unit's daily safety huddles. Simon is a preceptor for 5 West, and the chairperson of his unit Recruitment and Retention Committee. He agreed to be a snack-and-learn presenter for Nurses Week in 2013 and 2014. Simon received a Daisy award this past year, and is frequently identified in the Press Ganey surveys by his patients for his great care, positive attitude, and enthusiasm. He graduated in 2010 with his BSN from Oakland University.

DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
Vernesa Salkic RN, CRRN

Vernesa Salkic joined the DMC in 2005 as a novice nurse. She currently works on the RIM Neuroscience Unit, where she has served in various leadership roles including Clinical Nurse Preceptor and Clinical Coordinator. Vernesa was nominated for her award by Nicoli Novak, who describes her as a true patient advocate, a mentor and coach to her colleagues, and an invaluable nursing resource for team conferences on the unit. Vernesa is a member of the Unit Based Council, the Falls Prevention Committee, and is currentlyenrolled in the University of Detroit Mercy RN to BSN program. She is certified in rehabilitation nursing, and has previously been nominated for both the Daisy and Nightingale awards.

DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital
Meralyn Hilado BSN, RN

Meralyn Hilado joined the DMC in 1988. She currently works in the NICU at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, and was nominated for her award by Marie Thomson BSN, RNC. Meralyn is a frequent charge nurse on her unit, and an expert resource on PICC skills. She is a member of the PNC, Expert Practice Team, and has participated in the Preemie Reunion and NICU volunteer tea planning. Meralyn was also recognized last year for a "Great Catch" related to a medication wrong dose that was dispensed. Meralyn has been an RN for 24 years and obtained her BSN from University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines.

DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital
Renee Catron, RN

Renee Catron has worked at the DMC for 3 years on 4U at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Renee will be completing her BSN from Walden University in May, and previously achieved her Associate's Degree in Nursing from Wayne County Community College. She is a member of the Acute Care Practice Group, and the Pressure Ulcer Prevention Committee. Renee is a charge nurse and preceptor on her unit, and participated in Lean Daily Management training. Renee was nominated by Kim Howell, PCA, and her manager Harjeet Singh RN, BSN, who describes her as flexible, team oriented, and respectful of the opinions of others. She is a very fair and fiscally responsible charge nurse who always keeps the safety and satisfaction of the patients at the forefront in her practice.

DMC CardioVascular Institute
Dana Wolak, BSN, RN

Dana Wolak has been employed at the Detroit Medical Center since she graduated from University of Detroit Mercy and became a nurse in May of 2012. She was nominated for her award by her manager and colleagues on 9ICU. Dana is a member of the Professional Nurse Council, head of the Acute Care Journal Club, and is a 9ICU process improvement representative, as well as a preceptor on her unit. Outside of work, she is an officer and member of the Detroit Rugby Football Club.

DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital
Pam Loszewski , RN, CCRN

Pam Loszewski has worked for the Detroit Medical Center for 23 years, and has been a Staff Nurse in the ICU at HVSH for 20 years. She was nominated by her colleague Roberta Lingham RN, BSN. Pam is currently completing her BSN from University of Detroit Mercy. She is a charge nurse and preceptor for her unit, a member of the Professional Nurse Council, and a level 2 participant in the Professional Development Ladder. She is a cereal counter for the DMC annual cereal drive, and also volunteers at the monthly free health screenings held at Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, and was a planner/organizer for the multidisciplinary employee recognition retreat held annually by her facility.

DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital
Patricia Cozens, RN

Patty Cozens was nominated by the Nightingale Advanced Practice winner from Hutzel, Marci Simon-Burell, who says that Patty excels at customer service on all levels and has earned the respect of nurses on every unit at Hutzel. Patty mentors by example every day. She has a kind heart and a very positive attitude along with a true team oriented spirit that can turn any bad situation into a better one. Patty joined Hutzel Hospital as a Staff Nurse in 1998, after nine years of pediatric experience in Windsor Ontario. She worked in the NICU at Hutzel for 14 years where she was Unit Nurse of the Year in both 2002 and 2008, and transferred to the NICU-SWAT team in September of 2012 (a role she helped develop). Patty participates in the Unit Based Council, is an OB/GYN Process Improvement Rep, and a member of numerous committees including Hutzel Perinatal Loss, Breastfeeding, and Neonatal Customer Service.

DMC Harper University Hospital
James Reppert, RN

James began his nursing career at the Detroit Medical Center as a Student Nurse Associate in May of 2011, in the Emergency Department at Harper University Hospital. After graduating from Wayne County Community College, and obtaining licensure, James was promoted to a Staff Nurse position in the E.D. in July of 2012, and has already become a certified Emergency Nurse. James is a licensed EMT, has a BS in psychology, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Nursing Education (with certification in Nursing Management) at Excelsior College. His passion for education is evident as his nominator says that James always takes new staff under his wing to ensure a successful orientation, and enjoys precepting and sharing information with anyone who is interested. He is always positive and goes the extra mile. James is the current chair for the ED Unit Based Council where he developed the 'life saver award,' to recognize staff members who go above and beyond to help. He is a member of the Professional Nurse Council, Recruitment and Retention Committee and is the ED Magnet Champion. James is active in the community and an avid cyclist. He has participated in many fundraisers through cycling including Make-a-Wish and Diabetes Awareness.


Education Beat

Trauma Nursing Core Course
The Trauma Nursing Core Course, developed by the Emergency Nurses Association, is the basis for standardized approach to initial trauma care.

August 8 and 9, 2014: Detroit Receiving Hospital
October 10 and 11, 2014: Sinai-Grace Hospital

All RN participants who complete the two-day course will receive CECH from ENA. Participants must complete all skills stations and lectures to receive TNCC Provider verification cards from ENA.

Course fee:
$200.00 DMC Employee
$225.00 Non-DMC employee

For more information contact Alita C. Pitogo, RN, BSN, CEN

Course brochure
Click here to download the course brochure.


Save the Date

Award Presentations

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Kudos Corner

Congratulations to the following for their outstanding accomplishments!

DMC Sinai Grace

Daisy Award
Bridgette Dangerfield, RN, clinical coordinator on IMCU

Degree Advancement
Sara Barber BSN, RN, completed a Bachelor's in Nursing from Wayne State University

DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan

Degree Advancement
Rhonda Caldwell has graduated with a BSN from Walden University and her CPN

New Certifications
Tiffany Jablonski, MSN, RN, CPN, passed the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Exam

Mindi Johnson, BSN, RN, CPN, passed the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Exam

Rhonda Caldwell BSN, RN, CPN passed the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Exam

Grant Welmers, BSN, RN, CPHON, passed the Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse exam

Melori McDonald, MSN, RN, CPNP and Christine Sandison, BSN, RN, CPN presented their poster at the WSU Research Day on April 2. It's titled, Medication Management Skills in Adolescent Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients. Christine Sandison also received February Nurse of the Month.

Heather Bartlett, MSN, PNP, RN received Tenet's Outstanding Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Award

Beth Page, MSN, RN won second place for her poster at the Wayne State Research Day

DMC Harper University
and Hutzel Womens Hospitals

Daisy Award Winners
Hassan Nehme, RN, Brush
Emily Webber, RN, 4 Webber South

New Graduates who passed the Boards
Stefanie Davis, BSN, RN, graduated from Eastern Michigan University, 10Webber South
Jamie Tesch, RN, 9ICU
Justin Pride, RN, 9ICU

Degree Advancement
Karen Cleaver, BSN, RN, BSN, Chamberlain College of Nursing
Selina Dallas, MSN, MBA-HCM (Healthcare Management), Waldon University
Renee Dupuy, BSN, RN, BSN, Chamberlain College of Nursing

Maria Teresa Palleschi, DNP, APRN-BC, and Sue Sirianni DNP, NP, RN, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC,CCRN, "Improving the care of patients with sepsis through an interprofessional approach." 2014 ANA Quality Conference in Phoenix Arizona.

Deborah King, MSN, RN, and Michelle Seator, MSN, RN, NE-BC, "Stop the Insanity: Doing What We Have Always Done..." presentation on the new care delivery model on 10Webber South. 2014 ANA Quality Conference in Phoenix Arizona.

Monica Magiera, BSN, RN, promoted from staff nurse to 10WS Clinical Coordinator
Kelsey Neely, BSN, RN, promoted from staff nurse to 9ICU/8CACI Clinical Coordinator
Crystal Wilcox-Miller, BSN, RN, promoted from staff nurse to 9WS/8WS Program Coordinator

New Certifications
Fatin Badran, BSN, RN, CCRN, AACN, Critical Care Nurse Certification
Jasmine Mays, BSN, RN, CCRN, AACN, Critical Care Nurse Certification
Danielle Downs, BSN, RN, CCRN, AACN, Critical Care Nurse Certification
Michele Seator, MSN, RN, NE-BC, ANCC, Nurse Executive Certification
Kecia Brassell-Veasley, MSA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, ANCC, Nurse Executive Certification

ANCC Pain Management Certified Nurses
Lynn Diemer, BScN, RN-BC (Diagnostic Radiology)
Laurie Dupuis, RN-BC (PTC)
Rosemary Fortier, RN-BC (2BN/BS)
Joan Goddard, BSN, RN-BC (Pretesting)
Christine Haggerty RN-BC (L & D)
Nancy Harla, RN-BC (Same Day Surgery)
Judy Jobin, RN-BC (Pretesting)
Judith Malick, RN-BC (Pretesting)
Caroline Masse, RN-BC (Cardiology Non-Invasive)
Joe Ramos, RN-BC (4ICU)
Jessica Richards, RN-BC (POH/PACU)
Helen Smith, BSN, RN-BC (Pretesting)
Debra Stavale, RN-BC (POH/PACU)
Nancy Vanderbeck, BSN, RN-BC (Vascular Access Team)
Larry Webb, RN-BC (5WS)

DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital

Special Recognition – Grants
Cathy June, BSN, RN-BC, has received a two-year grant from the DMC foundation for $50,000 to cover the cost of continued CPR education for Detroit firefighters. To date, 600 firefighters have received initial training with the help of volunteer CPR instructors. Under the grant, 15 Detroit firefighters will become CPR instructors and be provided with equipment for continuing the CPR instruction within the fire stations and within the community.

DMC Huron Valley-Sinai

Degree Advancement
Rose Richardson RN, BSN, graduated with a bachelors in nursing from Purdue Calumet University

Amy Wulke RN, BSN, graduated with a bachelors in nursing from Purdue Calumet University

New Certifications
Kelly Haren, BSN, RN passed the AACN Medical Surgical certification exam
Tera Deming, BSN, RN passed the AACN Medical Surgical certification exam

Daisy Award Winner
Karen Chapman, RN, BSN, OCN (Charach Cancer Treatment Center)

Kirsten Roberts, RN, MSN, CVN, promoted to the CHF Continuum of Care Coordinator

Special Recognition
Huron Valley-Sinai received NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) Exemplar status

Huron Valley-Sinai submitted Magnet® redesignation documents

Call for nominations for
2014 Angel of Mercy Award — Due May 30

The prestigious Angel of Mercy Award will be presented to the nurse(s) who embodies the qualities and characteristics the National American Arab Nurses Association (NAANA) looks for in an Angel of Mercy Award Recipient. Perhaps a nurse who cared for you or a loved one, a peer or colleague.

Criteria for Nomination
Nominees must be either a Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or DNP to be nominated for recognition by their employers and peers. The nominee should be involved in clinical practice, leadership, research and/or education related to the Arab American community.

How to Nominate a Nurse
Click here to download the nomination form.

Please email nomination form, statement, and candidate resume to by May 30, 2014.

For additional information, please visit