The George Washington University (GW) has launched a new program to help leaders in the School of Nursing who want to show faculty how they can incorporate real-life health care simulations into their lesson plans. The school plans to roll out a series of new simulation programs this year through a newly launched program called GW Nursing Simulation Initiatives.
The programs will help faculty across the world better teach students how to work with mannequins and live patient actors who can provide students with real-life experiences in the nursing field. The new initiative was launched after the nursing school’s second annual simulation conference in March. Most of the programs will be headquartered on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus where the nursing school’s flagship building recently added 12 private exam rooms and two acute care rooms.
GW Nursing Dean Pamela Jeffries tells GWHatchet.com, “When we create this safe, non-threatening environment and immerse students in a simulation, it replicates a real clinical environment—it’s safe, they’re not going to harm patients.”
Two types of simulation training will be offered—“immersions” and “intensives”. Immersion sessions will start in July and include “best practices” for directors of simulation centers, technicians, and teachers. Intensive programs will launch in the fall and feature lessons on including simulations in curriculum and incorporating simulations across professions. Participants will learn how to properly oversee students working with mannequins, control rooms, and cameras.
To learn more about GW Nursing’s newly launched program to train faculty in simulation practices, visit here.
Our Nurse of
the Week is Lyndsee
Wunn, a pediatric nurse at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel who
was inspired to help provide for foster children after seeing so many children
alone in the hospital.
Wunn has been a pediatric nurse for 15 years and she spends her
12-hour shifts caring for children battling cancer and struggling with heart
defects. While many of her patients have parents and caregivers by their side
providing love and encouragement, there are also foster children who spend time
in the hospital alone.
Seeing foster children suffering alone inspired Wunn and her
husband Geoffrey, also a pediatric nurse, to get their state certification to
become foster parents. They already had a son at the time, Landon, now 8, but the
need for foster families is so great that four days after being approved, they
were asked by an Oregon Department of Human Services caseworker if they’d take
Cooper, a drug-addicted infant born in a Portland-area hospital. They fostered
Cooper, now 6, for more than 18 months and then adopted him when the boy’s
parents relinquished their rights.
With their careers and two kids at home, the Wunn’s decided they
could no longer commit to being foster parents, but it wasn’t easy for them to
let go after continuing to see foster kids in the hospital at work. Compelled
to do more, they decided to collect new clothing and supplies that could be sent
to children taken in by a foster family.
Wunn shared her new project on Facebook and received a huge
response. After outgrowing the room in her home, she partnered with a local
church to store her items in their basement, rent free, for children ranging
from infants to 18 years old. Wunn’s project is now listed online and operated
under the umbrella of Embrace Oregon,
a nonprofit based in Portland that works with the Department of Human Services
to focus on the foster system.
Brooke Gray, the executive director of Embrace Oregon, tells OregonLive.com, “She had a unique idea. Some of these families are asked to take in a newborn with just two hours’ notice. We’ve had nurses tell us that all they have to send a baby out of the hospital with is a blanket. This is like having a baby shower and getting everything a family needs.”
To learn more about Lyndsee Wunn, a pediatric nurse who was inspired
by her work to adopt a foster child and start a nonprofit to help provide
clothing and supplies for foster children, visit here.
The New York State Nurses Association reached an agreement
this week on a four-year contract with the NYC Hospital Alliance in which the hospitals
agreed to spend $100 million to fill vacancies and add new positions. The NYC
Hospital Alliance is made up of Montefiore, Mount Sinai, and New York–Presbyterian health systems.
According to the New York State
Nurses Association, the agreement could lead to the hiring of 1,450 nurses,
adding to the estimated 11,000 nurses currently employed at facilities run by
the three health systems. The agreement is tentative, and follows a months-long
dispute over staffing levels.
The number of nurses hired will depend on the types of positions
that the nurse’s union and hospitals agree to fill. If specialized nurses with
higher salaries are in demand, the $100 million won’t yield as many hires. But
the contract does comprise on the issue of staffing
ratios, stating that nurse-to-patient ratios will be assigned based on how
sick the patients are in a given unit. However, there will not be a maximum
number of patients that a given nurse can treat at one time.
Marc Kramer, lead negotiator for the NYC Hospital Alliance, tells crainsnewyork.com, “This significant investment in our nursing teams will ultimately benefit patients in the long term while preserving hospitals’ flexibility to deliver the individual, tailored health care that our institutions are known for around the world.”
The contract also outlines a new collaborative process
for the nurse’s union and hospitals to address staffing needs. Union officials will
meet with each health system’s management team annually to discuss staffing
issues and hospitals have agreed to have an independent third party enforce
To learn more about a new agreement between the New
York State Nurses Association and the NYC Hospital Alliance to spend $100 million
on hiring nurses in an effort to address staffing shortages, visit here.
Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) nursing students recently supplied a national retirement community agency with dozens of ideas to improve nursing recruitment and retention policies as part of their real-world healthcare project titled the HEaRT Challenge.
The HEaRT – Healthcare Education and Real-World Training – Challenge paired students in SNHU’s nursing and health professions programs with leaders at Watermark Retirement Communities. The project was designed to give students hands-on experience working with industry professionals and challenged them to develop one recruitment and one retention strategy to help the organization address the nationwide nursing shortage.
Dr. Tony Clayton, associate dean of health professions at SNHU, tells SNHU.edu, “The HEaRT Challenge offers students a meaningful way to build confidence, apply soft skills and demonstrate workforce readiness.”
Students were organized into groups that researched the company’s environment and the broader impacts of the nursing shortage. The project was conducted online and representatives from Watermark provided company data and made themselves available to answer questions. At the end of the project, each group produced an executive summary for Watermark executives to explore new ideas for recruiting and retaining nurses to work for their organization.
To learn more about how Southern New Hampshire University nursing students are helping to address the nationwide nursing shortage with the HEaRT Challenge, visit here.
Our Nurse of the Week is Alison
Pike who donated her hair to a fellow nurse who had lost hers after
chemotherapy treatment. Pike, and the nurse who she donated her hair to, Gra Doherty,
are both nurses at Wolfson Children’s
Hospital. Doherty’s hair started falling out after chemotherapy treatment
for her multiple sclerosis, a devastating loss that left her not wanting to leave
Doherty recalls when she first started losing her hair and says, “I felt very uncomfortable just because I didn’t feel like myself. I’m a hair twirler. I’m a hair flipper. I’ve had long hair my whole life.”
hearing about what she was going through, Doherty’s coworkers came up with a surprise
for her. Pike cut off 10 inches of her own hair and then she and a group of
other nurses collected $400 to have it made into a custom wig for Doherty.
Pike tells AJC.com, “The way her demeanor changed from before to after, I mean, I want to grow my hair out eight more times.”
coworkers won’t be seeing her around Wolfson in the near future—she is
traveling to Northwestern in Chicago for a new experimental treatment that could
save her life. She was referred for a clinical trial for hematopoietic stem
cell transplantation, or HSCT.
she’s able, Doherty hopes to raise money for people whose insurance doesn’t
cover the expensive fee for HSCT treatment, to help take away some of the
burdens of the disease and treatment in the way that others have done for her.
To learn more about our Nurse of the
Week Alison Pike who donated her hair to fellow nurse Gra Dohety who lost her
hair following chemotherapy treatment for multiple sclerosis, visit here.