A spotlight on the professions

March 13, 2009
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Michael Sprague, RN, Emerson Hospital, emergency department, and Rita Jarvis, activities director in the transitional care unit, have both received the "Excellence at Emerson" award. The award is part of Emerson Hospital's reward and recognition program, which honors staff for superior job performance.

Also at Emerson, Peg Corr, RN, BSN, CWOCN, enterostomal therapist/wound care specialist, has received the Terry Croteau Compassionate Care Award. The award is named after an Emerson Hospital employee who lost her battle with breast cancer. This is the fifth year the compassionate care award has been given. The concept for the award grew out of Emerson's involvement in the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center, a non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting compassionate care in medicine.

Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) has received the 2008 H. Richard Nesson Award for Excellence from Partners Community Healthcare, Inc. (PCHI). The award honors CHA's Interdisciplinary Team for Improving the Care of Patients with Depression.

Call for Award Nominations

Cherokee Uniforms is now accepting nominations for the 2009 Inspired Comfort Awards. Since the program's inception in 2003, over 70 exemplary healthcare professionals have received an Inspired Comfort Award in honor of their exceptional service, sacrifice, and innovation. Details and the nomination form are available on line at the Inspired Comfort website. The final deadline for nominations is May 31. Winners will be announced in September. 

Spotlight on Nursing

Two new articles in the February/March issue of Nursing for Women's Health, a bimonthly journal published by the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), focus on the role of nurses in promoting cardiovascular health among women. The first article is by Catherine Ruhl, CNM, MS, AWHONN associate director of women's health, and the other is by Beverly A. Gish, MS, RN. Both articles discuss the important role nurses play in educating women on how to prevent and treat the symptoms and progression of CVD.

The Center to Champion Nursing in America, a joint initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), has announced the formation of the Champion Nursing Coalition. The Coalition is a diverse group of organizations representing consumers, insurers, businesses, health care providers, and others committed to working together to educate Americans about the nation's severe nursing shortage and its impact on healthcare quality, access, and cost. The organizations include AARP, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the National Education Association, Verizon, and others. By joining the coalition, they have pledged to spread the urgent message that finding solutions to the nursing shortage is essential to meaningful health care reform.

Healthcare Initiatives

Emerson Hospital is partnering with the Child Development Network (CDN) in Lexington, Massachusetts, to expand the services offered to pediatric patients. CDN is an interdisciplinary team of pediatric health care specialists working to help children, adolescents, and their parents address difficulties with development, learning, health, and behavior. CDN specializes in providing expert diagnostic evaluations and ongoing developmental management to help each child achieve his or her personal best. Their areas of expertise include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, learning disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, coping skill development, and health concerns.

April 2009 has been declared the first-ever National Safe Handling Awareness Month. And Monday, April 20, 2009 has been declared the first-ever National Safe Handling Awareness Day. National Safe Handling Awareness Month focuses on the need for increased awareness of safe handling, given the known risks associated with exposure to hazardous drugs (such as chemotherapy agents). A complimentary, nationwide CE webcast will take place April 20 from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. The event will be followed by a live "Ask the Experts" session. More information is available at

Educational Opportunities for Healthcare Professionals

The Boston College School of Nursing is offering the following continuing education programs through March and April:

  • Psychopharmacology – Major Depression. Meets from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., March 16.
  • Psychopharmacology – Mood Disorders in Children. Meets from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., March 23.
  • Suturing Workshop. A workshop to practice various suturing techniques including simple and straight lacerations, deep layer closer, skin closures, and tying knots using hand and instrument ties. Meets from 9 a.m. to noon, March 28.
  • Psychopharmacology – Psychotic Depression and Use of ECT. Meets from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., March 30.
  • Psychopharmacology – Bipolar Disorder. Meets from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., April 6.
  • Update in Nursing III. This final core course assists students in finding placement for fieldwork. Meets at 1 p.m., April 8.
  • Psychopharmacology – Substance Abuse and Dual Diagnosis. Meets from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., April 13.
  • Essentials of Phlebotomy. This course will provide students with blood drawing techniques and equipment and an overview of basic lab tests. Meets 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 14.
  • Peripheral IV Therapy. This program helps update participants to the theory of peripheral venipuncture. Meets 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., April 21.
  • Clinical Research Open House. Program to introduce course offerings, roles within clinical research, and job opportunities. Meets from 6 to 8 p.m., April 23.
  • Psychopharmacology – Borderline and Other Personality Disorders. Meets from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., April 27.
  • Central Line Therapy. This program focuses on identification, differentiation, and complications associated with all types of central lines. Meets 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., April 28.
Information is available by calling (617) 552-4256 or visiting the continuing education website.

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