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Celebrating Nurses Week 2018!

Nurse Recruitment and Retention would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy Nurses Week! During National Nurses Week and throughout the year, Michigan Medicine is proud to celebrate the role nurses play in delivering the highest level of quality care to their patients.


To celebrate Nurses Week, Michigan Medicine Nurse Recruitment and Retention is excited to announce a variety of opportunities to support our nurse professional development throughout the year.

Registration will begin on May 7 at

Learning Opportunities

  • Ambulatory Care Certification Review Course
  • Review for Perianesthesia Certification: Preparation for CPAN™ and CAPA™ Exam
  • Dinner and Pain Lecture: "Pain Management 2020: The Times They Are A-Changing"
  • Dinner and Human Trafficking Lecture
  • A Nurse's Guide to Preventing Compassion Fatigue, Moral Distress, and Burnout
  • Legal Aspects of Nursing Documentation
  • Online Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) Exam Review
  • Unlimited Online CE Gift Card
  • Online Certification Review Gift Card

New this year... An additional learning opportunity open to all Nurses (even if you participate in an event above)

  • Online ECG Interpretation: Rhythms and 12-Leads Review

Bus Trips are back!

  • Bus Trip to Tigers Baseball Game with Pain Lecture Review
  • Bus Trip to Shipshewana with Pain Lecture and Human Trafficking Review
  • Bus Trip to Frankenmuth/Birch Run Outlets with Human Trafficking Lunch-and-Learn and Pain Lecture Review

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Nursing Needs Victors - Philanthropy for Nursing at Michigan

Philanthropy provides U-M nurses with support and resources to deliver the most complete and compassionate care. It can also inspire them as they advance cutting-edge ideas to improve all areas of health care. We invite you to join our community to support and celebrate exceptional nursing.

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Dr. Nancy May, Chief Nursing Officer in Ambulatory Care presented AONE, Indianapolis, IN

Dr. Nancy May, Chief Nursing Officer in Ambulatory Care presented at AONE in Indianapolis, Indiana (April 2018). AONE is the voice of Nursing Leadership. It’s the American Organization of Nurse Executives who convenes and supports nurse leaders in all health care settings to make a positive contribution to the nursing profession, facilitate high quality outcomes, and support an engaged staff.

Aprils agenda presentations included:

  • Leadership Mandate: Empowerment for Nursing Leadership in Ambulatory Care, AONE Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, April, 2018
  • Are We Asking the Right Questions-A conversation about the care continuum? AONE Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, April, 2018 Moderator of Panel Discussion.

Kasey Frost, pediatric nursing supervisor at Michigan Medicine, was selected to participate on a team for the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AACN). The group will be charged with creating a framework for communication both within the organization along with external and specialty organizations. This will align communications strategically with AAACN and CALNOC in the development and implementation of the nurse sensitive indicators in the Ambulatory Care setting. The vision is to make nursing sensitive indicators relevant and relatable for every nurse. This is a two-year commitment.

Dr. Nancy May was recently published in an article in Nursing Economic$ on Opportunities for Nurses to Lead Quality Efforts Under MACRA, March/April, 2018

Michigan Medicine's Surgical Intensive Care Unit/Adult Rapid Response Team has been awarded the Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. This is the fourth time the Surgical ICU has been awarded the Beacon Award, but this is the first time the unit has been recognized with the prestigious Gold level designation.

Home Care Nurses presented at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPANP) Chicago, Il. The presentation was titled "Transitioning youth with complex medical needs from pediatric to adult care".

Oncology National Nursing Society National Meeting (ONS Congress) will be held in Washington DC, May 16-20th 2018. Congratulations to Maggie Perrone, RN, MA who will be presenting the abstract and poster on the topic of Compassion Fatigue: The Impact on Nursing Practice.

Facets of Pediatric Nursing Care Conference - Register Now!

Event date: May 17, 2018

2018 Facets of Pediatric Nursing Care Conference

May 17, 2018
The Kensington Hotel
3500 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48107

An opportunity to share research, clinical innovation and evidence-based practice at our conference.
Eligible Topics for Presentation:

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Clinical Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Process Improvement
  • Clinical issues and scenarios

To submit an abstracts click here: 2018 Facets of Pediatric Nursing Care Call for Poster Abstracts


Register Now


LOGOThe Michigan Medicine Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is now the Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience





Why the new name?

We’re changing our name to facilitate a better understanding of the services that we provide within Michigan Medicine and to improve ease of access.

We exist to serve the mental and emotional health needs of our faculty and staff. Additionally, we support the well-being of our work units and departments. Customer feedback over the past year encouraged us to highlight our clinical role of counseling, our specialization in the joys and challenges facing health care professionals and our efforts to improve the work culture in our organization. Currently one of our primary focus areas is on interventions to foster resilience and address stress and burnout in health care.

Our support remains the same

We will continue to provide free and confidential counseling, consultation, coaching, and stress debriefing services to help faculty and staff develop strength and resilience in their personal and professional lives. It is an honor and privilege to serve Michigan Medicine faculty and staff, who dedicate their lives to the never-ending pursuit of improving health and sustaining life. In the varied challenges of life, we are a confidential resource for you.


  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Individual & Couples Counseling/Coaching
  • Grief and Loss Counseling
  • Coaching for Healthcare Professionals
  • Crisis Intervention and Debriefing
  • Leader Consultation
  • Unit/Department Resilience Building
  • Educational Presentations and Programs

Learn more at


The Daisy AwardThe Daisy Award

Jenny Gabo, RN and Consuelo (Sway) Perry, RN (8E CAP)



Congratulations to Jenny Gabo, RN and Consuelo (Sway) Perry, RN (8E CAP) for receiving the March and April Daisy awards! The DAISY Award is given through a nationally known program currently in place in over 2,700 healthcare facilities in 50 states and 15 countries. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System and this award was established by a family whose son succumbed to a disease of the immune system. During his prolonged hospital stay, he and his family greatly benefited from care provided by superb RNs. This award was established to honor nurses who exemplify that compassionate, thorough care. Within the University of Michigan Health System, candidates for the Daisy Award are nominated by patients and/or their families. This is a wonderful honor.

Nicole Figueroa, Nurse Supervisor, C&W 8E CAP received this note from a grateful father.

"I am sorry that we did not have the chance to formally meet but I want to let you know that my son had been on your unit over the past 2 weeks. I wanted to take a moment to bring to your attention two of your staff and the impact that they had on my son and our family. Jenny Gabo, RN was (my son’s) nurse for much of the time that he was on the unit. From the beginning of our interaction she established herself as a caring, compassionate, and dedicated nurse. Her ability to understand what (my son) and our family needed, and how to help him and us deal with this challenging time was remarkable. She routinely took her knowledge and capability to develop individualized interventions that help him adapt and learn how to cope better with his situation. She very easily built a rapport with (my son) understanding what his issues were, how to address them best, and how to create a meaningful relationship that helped strengthen his own abilities. They connected well and I am thankful for that.

Like Jenny, Sway (Consuelo) Perry, RN was a strong advocate and presence for (my son). She worked closely with him as well during much of his stay and developed a strong relationship with him, myself, and my wife. We spent a good amount of time trying to understand what particular issues were trigger points for (patient) and how to address them best. Her insight into identifying these and helping us understand what and how to cope with them was wonderful. She also developed a good relationship with (my son) and I know that he respected her and their relationship. And while I am sure that my son is not the only patient she approached with this amount or care and compassion, it certainly felt that way which was a remarkable feeling.

As I am writing this message I am fearful that it is not accurately portraying the impact that your staff, particularly Jenny and Sway, had on (patient), my wife, and myself. I am truly thankful that they were critical aspects of this process for us and helped us navigate this critical time for our son. Perhaps my vantage point is a bit skewed as I am well aware of the capability of nurses that we have here, my wife on more than one occasion made mention to me how thankful we were to have Jenny and Sway as key parts of the team for (patient). Having been a nurse for some time myself and worked with many great ones I will tell you with confidence that Jenny and Sway are remarkable for their care and com-passion and stewards for representing the best nurses at the UMHS. Thanks so much."

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Michigan Medicine Nurses: Remember to Enter Your
Professional Contributions


Have you recently completed a manuscript, book chapter, or presentation? Have you received a grant or award? If so, we’d like to hear about it! Please take a few minutes to tell us about your achievement by completing the survey linked below. Nursing Contribution Submissions:

This information will be used to recognize contributions made by UMHS nurses. It will be posted on the external Nursing Cited Work website (updated quarterly) and will also be included in Marge’s Monthly Nursing Updates, Nursing Services’ annual reports, Nurse’s Week activities, and shared at other appropriate venues. Thank you for your contributions!

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