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2017 Nursing Stories: Remarkable Healthcare Through the Art and Science of Nursing

UW Health Nursing Annual Report 2017: Remarkable Healthcare Through the Art and Science of Nursing

 

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A Message from Chief Nurse Executive Beth Houlahan

 

Beth Houlahan, DNP, RN, CENPI am pleased and proud to share a few of our stories and accomplishments from 2017 that amplify the art and science of UW Health nurses.

 

First described by Florence Nightingale, the confluence of art and science in nursing practice leads to caring for the whole person, not just treating a diagnosis. The intersection of art and science of nursing is critical to providing excellent patient-centered care.

 

I believe you will find that the stories we're sharing with you represent such excellence in care. Read more

 

 

Our Nursing Stories

 

Removing the Stigma from Eating Disorders

Removing the Stigma from Eating Disorders

When someone is diagnosed with cancer or another commonly known disease, the natural reaction is sympathy. Sadly, that same reaction doesn't always result in the case of eating disorders. There is often a stigma surrounding them - a tendency to not v...
6/29/2018 | Removing the Stigma from Eating Disorders

A Dedicated Dad's Path to Nursing

A Dedicated Dad

When his daughter Bethany was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) as a baby, Don Hawes was in his early thirties, working in the mailroom at Land's End and holding down a couple odd-jobs on the side to make ends meet. Don and his wife, Julie, le...
5/31/2018 | A Dedicated Dad's Path to Nursing

Making Life Better for Patients with Ileostomies

Making Life Better for Patients with Ileostomies

The "Missing Link" Beyond Our Doors: The UW Health Transitional Care Program provides a very important service to a variety of patients in both the medical and surgical settings. Although each patient has a unique care plan, the goal is steadfas...
5/31/2018 | Making Life Better for Patients with Ileostomies

Remarkable Relief Efforts

Remarkable Relief Efforts

UW Health Employees Respond to National Crises: When we reflect on 2017 as a nation, it was undoubtedly a year with a continuous drumbeat of tragedy. From devastating hurricanes hitting Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, to the mass shootings in La...
3/13/2018 | Remarkable Relief Efforts

Caring for Patients in Long-Term Care Facilities

Caring for Patients in Long-Term Care Facilities

NPs Bring Peace of Mind and Better Outcomes: 83-year-old Shirley Ward takes a deep breath as nurse practitioner (NP) Elaine Makarowski listens to her lungs. But the checkup didn't happen in a clinic. It happened in assisted-living facility Wauna...
2/20/2018 | Caring for Patients in Long-Term Care Facilities

Devoted to the Patient and Family Experience

Devoted to the Patient and Family Experience

Inpatient Staff Lives Up to the Promise: From the time that UW Health at The American Center was merely an idea, the goal has been to create and sustain a truly patient- and family-centered culture in which healthcare addresses the needs of the ...
2/20/2018 | Devoted to the Patient and Family Experience

Bridging Nursing Practice and Research

Bridging Nursing Practice and Research

Innovative Role Connects Children's Hospital and School of Nursing: Last May, the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing and American Family Children's Hospital ventured into uncharted territory by jointly hiring the very first pediat...
2/19/2018 | Bridging Nursing Practice and Research

Unforgettable

Unforgettable

One Patient's Special Graduation: Aditya "Dity" Vishwanathan was preparing to graduate with his bachelor's in business from UW-Madison in May 2017. Struck with an unexpected hospitalization, he was unable to attend the long anticipated ceremony....
2/16/2018 | Unforgettable

'They Won't Remember My Name... and That's OK'

An Operating Room Nurse's Perspective: When a child needs surgery, it's undoubtedly a whirlwind for parents. From clinic visits, to lab tests and phone calls, they arrive at the American Family Children's Hospital on the day of surgery, anxious ...
2/16/2018 | 'They Won't Remember My Name... and That's OK'

Seamless Care, Remarkable Results

Seamless Care, Remarkable Results

UW Health and UnityPoint Health - Meriter Partnership: Today's healthcare industry is changing at a dramatic pace, often propelled by mergers, acquisitions and partnerships allowing healthcare systems to provide care and services to larger regio...
2/16/2018 | Seamless Care, Remarkable Results

Nursing Has No Limits

Nursing Has No Limits

Age is Truly a Number: At 81 years young, Marian Ehrenberg is the oldest nurse at UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin. But don't tell her that. "I don't think I am anything special. I love my job and working with people. I enjoy my profession,"...
2/16/2018 | Nursing Has No Limits

Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold

The Inspiring Practice of One Remarkable Nurse: When you think of what a nurse embodies, the terms selflessness, compassion and clinical expertise most likely come to mind. For one UW Health nurse, these qualities seem to make up the very fiber ...
2/16/2018 | Heart of Gold

Hearing Aid Fairy to the Rescue

Hearing Aid Fairy to the Rescue

Peggy Troller has been a nurse for 34 years - and she likes to make work fun. "I would say I am the silly one on the unit. I am always for keeping things lively," said Troller. She has been at UW Health for four years working in the Transit...
2/16/2018 | Hearing Aid Fairy to the Rescue

 

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