Grateful Patient Returns with Sweet Thank-You Gift for Nurses

Grateful Patient Returns with Sweet Thank-You Gift for Nurses

His run-in with the novel coronavirus was a harrowing experience, and the memory of his 24 days in treatment is foggy, but Clevelander Larry Davis remembered his nurses well enough to return after his recovery—with a gift of 15 pounds of chocolate.

As soon as he was on his feet again, Davis reappeared at University Hospital Portage Medical Center bearing large shopping bags of mood-enhancing treats for his caregivers, including Jill Dickey, his ICU nurse, and Trezla Nunemaker, his step down unit nurse. After distributing numerous boxes and canisters of sweets, a grateful Davis said, “I have pledged to the people here at this hospital that I would not squander the opportunity that they have given me to continue living and do good stuff for as many people as I can and I’m starting with that today.” Julia Skarbinski, the chief nursing officer, commented, “He was here a very long time and developed so many bonds with the nurses, and I think it’s such a treasure to see somebody walk out of the hospital and then come back to thank you.”

Like many COVID survivors, Davis can recall little of his time in the ICU: “I never knew that I had a tube down my throat. I never knew that I had a nasogastric tube feeding me. I was unaware that they were fighting for my life.” His nurses know that such forgetfulness is a blessing, as such invasive procedures can lead to PTSD. RN Jill Dickey reflected, “Thank goodness he doesn’t remember anything.”  

Davis said his chocolate delivery is just a sampling of his gratitude, and he is looking for other ways in which he can show his appreciation for nurses and their families. For now, as the US death toll continues its passage beyond the 100,000 milestone, he is urging the importance of remaining vigilant: “Continue with these precautions as much as you can—I know they’re getting old—masks, social distancing, and so on. [Otherwise] You’ll have this disease before you know… your life will be threatened or worse—it will be taken from you.”

A Cleveland19 News interview with Davis and his nurses is available here.

Ohio State University College of Nursing Announces 2019 Fuld Institute for Evidence Based Practice National Summit

Ohio State University College of Nursing Announces 2019 Fuld Institute for Evidence Based Practice National Summit

The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Nursing will be hosting its biennial Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice (EBP) in Nursing and Healthcare on November 21-22, 2019. It is a national summit series called Transforming Healthcare Through Evidence-Based Practice.

The groundbreaking event provides nursing and transdisciplinary clinicians, leaders, academicians, and researchers with the best and latest evidence to guide the highest level of practice that improves healthcare quality, safety, policy, patient outcomes, and costs. A wide range of guest speakers will cover topics including strategies for integrating EBP into academic programs, building and sustaining an EBP culture and environment, using EBP to guide organizational and health policy, using evidence to inform consumer decision making, and dissemination and implementation of research to rapidly move evidence-based interventions into real-world clinical settings.

This year’s keynote speaker is Victor Montori, MD, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic. Montori is an endocrinologist and health services researcher, and the author of more than 600 peer-reviewed publications. He is also a senior advisor for the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement at the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research of the US Government.

To learn more about Ohio State University Nursing’s biennial Fuld Institute for Evidence Based Practice National Summit happening in November 2019, visit here.

Nurse of the Week: Critical Care Nurse Kayla Miller Performs CPR on Victims of Dayton, Ohio Shooting

Nurse of the Week: Critical Care Nurse Kayla Miller Performs CPR on Victims of Dayton, Ohio Shooting

Our Nurse of the Week is Kayla Miller, a critical care nurse from Dayton, Ohio who performed CPR on victims of the shooting that occurred early on the morning of August 4. Miller was fleeing the Ned Peppers Bar after hearing gunfire ringing out when she spotted victims who had been shot. Putting her own life in danger, Miller stopped to perform CPR on the wounded victims on the sidewalk.

Miller was at the Ned Peppers Bar celebrating a friend’s 25th birthday. As she was attempting to flee the scene for her own safety, she felt compelled to stop and help in any way she could. According to Miller, chaos ensued after hundreds of people in the area heard the shots.

Miller tells NBC’s TODAY, “I look down the sidewalk and see just a row of bodies. People shot, some alive, some not. I’m grateful to be able to be alive and talk to my family and friends and tell them I’m OK, but my heart breaks for these families.”

Nine people were killed in the shooting and 27 were injured after a 24-year-old opened fire outside the Ned Peppers Bar in the city’s popular Oregon district just after one o’clock in the morning. It was the second mass shooting in the United States in less than 24 hours, following a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas the day before that left 20 people dead.

To learn more about Kayla Miller, a critical care nurse who performed CPR on victims of the Dayton, Ohio shooting on August 4, visit here.

New BSN Degree Through University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College

New BSN Degree Through University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College

The University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College have joined forces to provide a new bachelor of science in nursing degree, in order to help meet the four-year credential requirement that more and more health care employers are mandating.

The new degree program is designed for students to start their coursework at the University of Dayton in their first year. In the second and third years, students are dually enrolled at Dayton and Sinclair, balancing nursing courses and clinical rotations. At the end of the third year, students will complete their ASN from Sinclair, before moving on to year four at Dayton to complete their BSN. Additionally, after gaining their ASNs, students will be allowed to work as licensed registered nurses through the National Council Licensure Examination.

“The bachelor of science in nursing offers students an affordable pathway to a high-quality degree,” said UD School of Education and Health Sciences Dean Kevin Kelly. “The program draws on the strengths of both institutions, including UD’s Marianist tradition of educating the whole person and Sinclair’s long and excellent reputation in nursing education, and helps meet a critical workforce need in the Dayton community.”

As the nursing shortage continues, more degree program options like the one designed by the University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College are crucial. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is predicting a 15 percent job growth for registered nurses through at least 2026. With RNs needed in hospitals, extended care facilities, schools, and other organizations, it is critical to increase more education and certification options for those planning to become nurses.

“Employers in our region appreciate the caliber of the Sinclair nursing graduate, but also place value on registered nurses having a BSN degree,” said Rena Shuchat, Sinclair College Health Sciences dean. “Sinclair and UD have a long-standing partnership and this is another example of two great institutions partnering to provide our region with high-quality nurses with an advanced degree.”

This program is especially helpful for those wanting to pursue a BSN but concerned about costs. Sinclair tuition costs are locked in for years 2 and 3 of the program, and students are locked into a transparent net-tuition plan through the University of Dayton for years 1 and 4. Beyond the financial benefits, students will be able to seek academic help from faculty at both schools. These BSN candidates will also be working alongside UD and Sinclair students in other health science degree programs, providing them with a well-rounded education that will assist them as they begin their RN careers.

For more information on this new degree program, visit the University of Dayton’s website.

Virtual Reality Enhances Ohio University School of Nursing Education

Virtual Reality Enhances Ohio University School of Nursing Education

The Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions’ School of Nursing is putting virtual reality to use in the classroom. Assistant professor Sherleena Buchman helped create a Narcan simulation during the 2018 spring semester. Since then, the initial video simulation has been transformed into a virtual reality simulation.

A 360-degree video was made from cameras surrounding the Narcan simulation, which features two college students discovering a friend experiencing an opioid overdose. Throughout the scene, the students call 911 and work together to help their friend by administering Narcan.

“Using virtual reality goggles, the person can turn around and see everything. It’s really amazing,” Buchman shared with the CHSP Newsroom. “When you look down, you can see them going through the bag looking for Narcan. If you hear a noise, you can turn your head to look in that direction to see what’s going on. It’s just like you were physically in the room.”

Buchman believes that as the simulation becomes more realistic, the students will learn even more than they could in a traditional nursing education setting. Currently, this simulation is only available in the university’s GRID Lab, but Buchman is working to have the simulation eventually available on all smartphones. The simulation will help students learn not only about Narcan and how to administer it, but how to view and think about addiction without a stigma.

“It leaves you with a feeling of ‘Wow, I just watched someone overdose and watched them come back,’” said Buchman. “The reactions viewers gave were interesting and emotional. They showed compassion as we sometimes don’t consider the side of the actual person who overdosed and the feelings of those that found them.”

Currently this simulation is only available for laymen, but Buchman is working on another version specifically for Ohio University’s nursing students that can be used as a teaching tool. She feels excited and grateful about her success with the simulations so far.

“It’s been a pretty amazing journey. I love technology, simulation and education and the students today have grown up with technology in their hands. This is a way we can impact them that’s familiar,” Buchman said. “It’s amazing to think that we can help create something that will help patients and help our community by impacting this generation of students and community members who see this and will be able to carry out these actions on their own.”

New RN to BSN Online Program at University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

New RN to BSN Online Program at University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

The University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and UC Health have partnered together to launch a new program for nurses working full-time who want to further their education. The RN to BSN Online Cohort Program will provide free tuition to a select group of UC Health nurses, who will be able to obtain a BSN through the UC College of Nursing over 12 months.

“We’re excited to see our partnership with UC Health get broader and stronger every day,” UC College of Nursing Dean Greer Glazer told the UC Health Media Room. “The UC College of Nursing has a long-standing reputation of educating nurse leaders, and we are honored to have the opportunity to educate a passionate, intelligent group of leaders to continue our legacy within the Academic Health Center.”

To qualify for the free tuition and 12-month program, nurses must be employed at least a year by UC Health and agree to continue working at UC Health for at least two years after completing the program. The UC Health nursing leadership will select students to participate over the next three years.

“Nurse leaders will consider an employee’s dedication to UC Health values, mission statement and vision, the recommendations from management and other nurse leadership, employment history with UC Health, work ethic and previous academic achievement,” UC Health communications consultant Elizabeth Bielman told The News Record.

The program consists of nine courses and allows students to choose between part-time and full-time, to accommodate their working schedules. Students will take three courses each fall, spring, and summer semester to finish their BSN degree within 12 months.

Clarence Pauley, UC Health senior vice president and chief human resources officer, shared with the UC Health Media Room: “This program embodies a critically important component of our tripartite mission of providing education, clinical research and the highest standard of patient care. UC Health strongly believes in investing in advancement and growth opportunities for its nurses, who are integral to the patient journey and to our organization.”

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