of the Week is Czarina
Cecilio, a 33-year-old registered nurse (RN) at Weill Cornell Medicine’s Multiple Myeloma
Center in New York City. Multiple myeloma (MM) is a type of bone marrow
cancer and in addition to performing her nursing duties, Cecilio is also
responsible for a lot of paperwork because the medication administered to many MM
patients is experiencing a national drug shortage.
Cecilio works 10-hour shifts on a regular basis,
helping keep her patients comfortable in the midst of this drug shortage. Cecilio’s
role at the Multiple Myeloma Center is Clinical Nurse Liaison. She serves as
head RN of the practice and her responsibilities include educating patients on their therapy regimen and helping them get
medication, supervising medical technicians, and keeping the clinic workflow
However, she also spends a lot of
time on the phone with manufacturers and drug providers in an effort to secure
treatment for her patients. Many MM patients are treated with an intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG),
but production for the medication has slowed, causing increased demand.
Cecilio tells businessinsider.com, “With myeloma, it’s an incurable disease, [but] it’s treatable, so that’s why we see these patients all the time. You get to build a relationship with these patients.”
Cecilio didn’t always want to be a nurse. She received
her undergraduate degree in anthropology and then decided to go into medical
research. She eventually ended up in an entry level nursing job as a medical
technician, but found herself unable to answer many of her patients’ questions regarding
their care, so she decided to go to nursing school. Now, she loves her work as
a nurse in the multiple myeloma clinic because it allows her to form bonds with
patients who are typically receiving long-term treatment.
To learn more about Czarina Cecilio, a registered
nurse at Weill Cornell Medicine’s Multiple Myeloma Center in New York City,
read Business Insider’s coverage of their day spent shadowing her here.
Stony Brook University has named Annette
B. Wysocki, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing, effective
August 1. Dr. Wysocki is a nursing educator, scholar, and researcher with over
30 years of experience. She joins Stony Brook from the University of
Massachusetts at Amherst College of Nursing, where she served as Professor and
Associate Dean for Research since 2012.
Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Senior Vice President of Health Sciences and Dean of the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, tells news.stonybrook.edu, “Annette was chosen from an incredibly talented pool of national candidates, yet stood out because of her clear vision about the future of our school of nursing and her impressive nursing career on many levels. This includes Annette’s many leadership and advisory roles at higher educational institutions and societies and her scholarly and research work on a national and international scale.”
Dr. Wysocki began her
academic career by joining the faculty of the New York University Medical
Center where she was Director of Nursing Research and a faculty member in the
Department of Dermatology in the School of Medicine. She then joined the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) and served as Scientific Director of the
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and Chief of the Wound Healing
Laboratory. After leaving the NIH, Dr. Wysocki became Professor of Nursing and
Surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, before joining UMass
Dr. Wysocki’s past research
has helped develop the science of symptom self-management, studying the wound
environment in patients with spinal cord injury, and studying the basic biology
of chronic wounds. She is a lead researcher in wound healing and other topics
in nursing research.
In her new role as dean of
Stony Brook Nursing, Dr. Wysocki intends to continue building the school’s mission
of advancing the science and practice of nursing to improve the lives of
individuals, families, and the community.
To learn more about Annette
B. Wysocki, PhD, RN, FAAN, who was recently named dean of the Stony Brook University
School of Nursing, visit here.
Our Nurse of the Week is Jennifer Pettis, the associate director of the long-term care program at NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) in the New York University (NYU) College of Nursing. Pettis was recently named an Alzheimer’s Ambassador to Senator Chuck Schumer.
Pettis is an expert on aging and healthcare. As an Alzheimer’s Ambassador, she will attend the annual Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC, as well as several district meetings with Senator Schumer’s office. She will also lead the activities of her local Alzheimer’s Congressional Team, a group of highly engaged advocates.
Pettis tells nursing.nyu.edu, “There are 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to grow to 7.1 million by 2050. In short, Alzheimer’s disease is a public health crisis, and the time to act is now. Not only do we need to find a cure for this devastating disease, but we also need to support those afflicted by it and their caregivers as we work toward a cure. Additionally, we need to ensure that health systems are prepared to provide person-centered, quality care to individuals living with Alzheimer’s.”
Alzheimer’s Ambassadors are volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, working to develop and advance policies to overcome Alzheimer’s disease through increased investment in research, enhanced care, and improved support. They serve as the main point of contact for specific members of Congress for issues related to dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Pettis joined NYU Nursing and NICHE in 2018 and brings over 25 years of healthcare experience as a nurse, nurse researcher, educator, and consultant working to improve healthcare for older adults with her.
To learn more about Jennifer Pettis, the associate director of the long-term care program at NYU Nursing who was recently named an Alzheimer’s Ambassador to Senator Chuck Schumer, visit here.
School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies
University has been awarded a $2,749,151 grant by the US Department of Health and Human
Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to create a nursing
pipeline for underserved communities.
The grant is titled Creating
an Integrative Family Nurse Practitioner Value Based Student to Practice Model,
and will support the graduate nursing program’s innovative academic-practice
partnership to prepare primary care advanced practice nurses to work in rural
and underserved settings.
The nursing school has
implemented an interprofessional learning model to train graduates in a wide
array of specialties including family nurse practitioners, adult
gerontology-acute care nurse practitioners, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners,
and sexual assault forensic examiners.
This is the third grant
that Hofstra’s nursing school has received from the HRSA, and will help the
university create a pipeline of experienced primary care nurse practitioners
through 2023. The other advanced nursing education grants that the school
received was $1,644,223 for Creating a Nurse Practitioner Student
Transition-to-Primary Care Practice Model in 2016, and $754,236 for a Sexual
Assault Nurse Examiner program in 2018. The nursing school has graduated 73
nurse practitioners since its inception in 2015.
Kathleen Gallo, RN, PhD, dean of the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, tells longislandweekly.com, “This grant helps us provide enhanced education opportunities and resources to our advanced practice nurses who will enter the workforce in the specialties of primary and family care, as well as geriatrics and other clinical areas to deliver value-based care. Nurse practitioners play a vital role in the health care delivery system, as evidenced by the growing demand for their services due to an aging population and a shortage of primary care physicians.”
To learn more about the $2,749,151
grant awarded to the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician
Assistant Studies by the US Health Resources and Services Administration to create
a nursing pipeline for underserved communities, visit here.
University at Buffalo (UB) recently announced it has joined the National
Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S.
Opioid Epidemic. UB is joining more than 100
organizations who have also committed to the national effort.
UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the UB Clinical Research Institute on
Addictions (CRIA) have issued statements on their commitment to combatting
the opioid crisis through collaborative, interdisciplinary efforts and
partnerships. This includes more than 150 UB faculty members working to advance
research, education, and clinical care on addiction, ranging from basic science
to clinical and translational studies and health services research.
According to www.buffalo.edu,
CRIA is a research center of the University at Buffalo focused on addressing
the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of substance use disorders.
Its scientists are members of multiple departments and schools within UB,
allowing CRIA to explore interdisciplinary methods to address addiction issues.
The university released the following statement
following their announcement: “Our clinical faculty see firsthand the damaged
patients who present to our emergency rooms, clinics, private offices—and our
morgues. The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences hosts one of the
nation’s first fellowships in addiction medicine as well as a fellowship in
pain medicine, training future clinical leaders and researchers in the field of
has also outlined the steps its researchers and clinicians have taken to
address the opioid epidemic:
address the epidemic in high-need counties throughout the state, CRIA works
with UB’s Department of Family Medicine and the State Office of Alcoholism and
Substance Abuse Services
has spearheaded novel educational programs that have trained several thousand
health professional students in UB’s School of Nursing, School of Dental
Medicine, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Public
Health and Health Professions and the Jacobs School
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has developed an online
continuing educational program focused on pain management, palliative care and
addiction, which is mandated for New York State physicians who prescribe controlled
education programs developed and offered by CRIA about the opioid epidemic
provide important information for the community
is a key partner with Erie County’s Opioid Epidemic Task Force
To learn more about the University of
Buffalo’s announcement that it has joined the National Academy of Medicine Action
Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic, visit here.
The Columbia University School of Nursing recently conducted a unit-level staffing study, which found an association between nurse understaffing and healthcare associated infections (HAIs) in patients. Their findings demonstrate that understaffing increases the risk of HAIs, ultimately adding billions to healthcare costs annually.
The study examined data from over 100,000 patients and found that 15 percent of patient-days had one shift understaffed with registered nurses (defined as registered nurse [RN] staffing below 80 percent of the unit median for a shift) and 6.2% had both day and night shifts RN understaffed. Patients on units with both shifts understaffed with RNs were 15 percent more likely to develop HAIs on or after the third day of exposure to these periods of understaffing than were patients in units with both day and night shifts adequately staffed. The study also found units were understaffed with nursing supporting staff, defined as licensed practical nurses and nurse assistants, and this also increased patients’ risk of HAIs.
Lead author Jingjing Shang, PhD, associate professor at Columbia Nursing, stated in a press release, “As they often serve as coordinators within multidisciplinary health care teams, nurses play a critical role in preventing HAIs, which is a top priority for improving quality of care and reducing hospital costs. Being at the forefront of infection control and prevention is a unique responsibility and opportunity for nurses, and our study shows that hospital administrators should ensure adequate nurse staffing to provide the safest patient care. This could be achieved through better nurse recruitment and retention practices, together with methods of managing burnout and fatigue.”
The study found that in understaffed units, nurses experienced excessive workloads. Distressed working conditions may compromise infection prevention practices and surveillance activities intended to recognize the signs and symptoms of infection. Continuous understaffing may negatively impact nurses’ wellbeing as well as patient care.
To learn more about Columbia Nursing’s study on the link between healthcare associated infections and nurse understaffing, visit here.