Reflections in Nursing 2016: It Takes a Team

Nursing Annual Report: Nurses with a patient

 

Our 2016 Annual Report

 

Appreciating the Care We Deliver

Appreciating the Care We Deliver

This report is dedicated to the wonderful teams of individuals who care for our patients and intentionally work to create an exceptional experience for them each and every day. One hopes they will not find themselves in need of hospitalization, but i...
2/21/2017 | Appreciating the Care We Deliver

Teamwork Helps Children Breathe Easier

Teamwork Helps Children Breathe Easier

A chronic condition like asthma, can produce a ripple effect. If not well-managed, it can affect a child's success at school, their family and the community. But with improved communication and coordination between the child's clinic and school, kids...
2/21/2017 | Teamwork Helps Children Breathe Easier

A Year of "Firsts" That Bettered Me and My Practice

A Year of "Firsts" That Bettered Me and My Practice

It was my third shift working with my preceptor. A patient needed a second PIV placed, and a coworker who was swamped, asked me to help. I jumped at the opportunity… tripped over the patient's IV tubing, dislodging it entirely. I could feel my...
2/21/2017 | A Year of "Firsts" That Bettered Me and My Practice

Helping Tiny Patients A Mother-Baby Care Program Success Story

Helping Tiny Patients A Mother-Baby Care Program Success Story

Not every birth makes the evening news, but when baby Adrianna was delivered via Cesarean section at American Family Children's Hospital last summer, it was a reason to celebrate on a number of levels. Not only was Adrianna the first birth at the hos...
2/21/2017 | Helping Tiny Patients A Mother-Baby Care Program Success Story

Improving Health Outcomes Through a Unique Academic-Practice Partnership

Improving Health Outcomes Through a Unique Academic-Practice Partnership

The UW-Madison School of Nursing (SON) and University Hospital sit in close proximity to each other. Many SON graduates often choose the hospital/ UW Health for their nurse residency and nursing career. Leaders from both organizations meet to discuss...
2/21/2017 | Improving Health Outcomes Through a Unique Academic-Practice Partnership

A Patient's Gratitude: Appreciating the Value of Teamwork

A Patient

Carlos Cruz is not in the habit of writing letters to companies he feels have provided impressive customer service, but a recent stay at University Hospital caused him to put pen to paper to share his experience with Beth Houlahan, Senior Vice Presid...
2/21/2017 | A Patient's Gratitude: Appreciating the Value of Teamwork

Connecting Across the Miles: Telemedicine Expands Opportunities for Collaboration

Connecting Across the Miles: Telemedicine Expands Opportunities for Collaboration

Brandon Florence, BSN, RN wasn't about to let distance get in the way of a positive experience for his patient—specifically, the 12 miles separating them at UW Health at the American Center, and the resources the patient needed at University Ho...
2/21/2017 | Connecting Across the Miles: Telemedicine Expands Opportunities for Collaboration

Leading the Way: One Nurse's Journey to His DNP

Leading the Way: One Nurse

With a projected graduation date of spring or summer 2017, Troy Lawrence, BSN, RN, is coming into the home stretch of completing the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Despite the demanding schedule of w...
2/21/2017 | Leading the Way: One Nurse's Journey to His DNP

Enhancing Patient Care Through Dyad Partnerships and Care Team Visits

Enhancing Patient Care Through Dyad Partnerships and Care Team Visits

It takes a team." That's the motto of the nurses and providers who are taking part in Dyad Partnerships and Care Team Visits, two new twists on patient care that are leading to higher quality patient care at University Hospital. "The dyad t...
2/21/2017 | Enhancing Patient Care Through Dyad Partnerships and Care Team Visits

Simple Things Make a Big Difference

Simple Things Make a Big Difference

My first career experience in health care started at the age of 15 as a certified nursing assistant in my local small town nursing home. I have many stories about that time in my life and realize now, how it helped structure my future career in nursi...
2/21/2017 | Simple Things Make a Big Difference

Distance No Obstacle for Access Center Team

Distance No Obstacle for Access Center Team

When someone unexpectedly needs hospitalization—an outpatient who is too sick to be cared for at his or her clinic, for example—it's the quick thinking and collaboration within UW Health's Access Center that gets them where they need to b...
2/21/2017 | Distance No Obstacle for Access Center Team

RN Voices are Heard Through UW Health's Enhanced Nursing Councils

RN Voices are Heard Through UW Health

In 2004, the beginnings of a nursing shared governance and council structure were in full swing at UW Hospitals and Clinics. Ten councils were made up of 40 percent direct care nurses with a nursing director chairing each meeting. By 2014, the counci...
2/21/2017 | RN Voices are Heard Through UW Health's Enhanced Nursing Councils

Mending a Broken Heart: Compassion, Teamwork Helps Patient Keep a Promise

Mending a Broken Heart: Compassion, Teamwork Helps Patient Keep a Promise

Of the thousands of patients Mark Rhodes has met during his 21-year nursing career, there is one in particular he still thinks about every now and again. The suffering widower had been admitted to UW Health's Emergency Department with chest pain...
2/21/2017 | Mending a Broken Heart: Compassion, Teamwork Helps Patient Keep a Promise

What Matters Most Reflections of a Pediatric Nurse

What Matters Most Reflections of a Pediatric Nurse

I started my nursing career some 20 years ago on the fourth floor of UW Hospital, which was then known as UW Children's Hospital. As a nursing student starting on that floor, I was inspired by the multidisciplinary approach and teamwork it took to ca...
2/21/2017 | What Matters Most Reflections of a Pediatric Nurse

Safe Drug Disposal through MedDrop

Safe Drug Disposal through MedDrop

Expired medications. Doubling up on dosage. Pain medication ending up in the wrong hands. The Dane County Transitions Coalition recognizes that adverse drug use is a serious health crisis that deserved their focus and expertise. The group—made ...
2/21/2017 | Safe Drug Disposal through MedDrop

 

Web Exclusives

 

The Power of Knowledge: Boosting RN Certifications in the ED

The Power of Knowledge: Boosting RN Certifications in the ED

What started out as a goal of "filling up" our Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) plaque five years ago, has grown into adding a fourth plaque to accommodate the long list of our certified emergency nurses. Almost half of our staff—nearly 100 RNs ...
1/24/2017 | The Power of Knowledge: Boosting RN Certifications in the ED

PACU Renovations Enhance Patient, Family and Staff Experience

PACU Renovations Enhance Patient, Family and Staff Experience

When you think of a pre-/post-anesthesia care unit, visions of groggy patients and attentive loved ones most likely come to mind. The environment itself? Not always a vision of serenity. But if you build a more aesthetically-pleasing space that featu...
1/24/2017 | PACU Renovations Enhance Patient, Family and Staff Experience

Keeping Patients Safe Through Video Monitoring

Keeping Patients Safe Through Video Monitoring

It's always nice to know that someone is looking out for you. Patients at University Hospital now have one more reason to feel that way, with the introduction of UW Health's Video Monitoring Program. Developed to free up valued nursing assistant...
1/24/2017 | Keeping Patients Safe Through Video Monitoring

 

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