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Denise O'Brien inducted 2020 Class of Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute (CNSI) Fellows

Denise O'Brien, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CPAN, CAPA, FASPAN, FAAN (Operating Rooms/PACU) was inducted into the 2020 Class of Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute (CNSI) Fellows. This is a highly prestigious honor and only awarded to those members of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) who epitomize the excellence of Clinical Nurse Specialist as leaders of the nursing profession, staunch advocates for patients and families, and forerunners of innovations to improve the health of populations. The new fellows will be inducted on March 11, 2020 during the NACNS 2020 conference.

Rebeca Biriiac presented Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses

Rebeca Biriiac, RN (Medical Short Stay Unit) presented a poster, Save Our Skin, Pressure Injury Prevention, at the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses in Chicago, IL. Rebeca is graduating with her Clinical Nurse Specialist degree and this was the clinical project that she completed with 8C partners, Latoya Freeman, CNS and Meghan Badgerow, ENC.

Kristin Fulton featured INSider - Infusion Nurses Society membership newsletter

Kristin Fulton, BSN, RN, CRNI, was featured in the September/October INSider, the official membership news publication of the Infusion Nurses Society. Kristin led a team of nine Michigan Medicine infusion nurses to achieve their CRNI certifications (Certified Registered Nurse Infusion). | Read full article

UMSN Masters Degree Offered for Fall 2020 Leadership, Analytics and Innovation

Are you a Michigan Medicine nurse who is looking for a degree in leadership? The UMSN masters degree (Leadership, Analytics and Innovation or LAI) is being offered online for the first time for Fall 2020 and applications are being accepted now for the new program. The School of Nursing Dean, Patricia Hurn states: "I am particularly interested in making this readily available to Michigan Medicine nurses. We have folks very ready to steer any interested nurses through the system and to help them in every way. Any Michigan Medicine nurse is welcome to contact me directly or to go to the LAI program lead Dr. Barb Medvec"

Leadership, Analytics and Innovation Program | University of Michigan School of Nursing

Critical Care Medicine Unit (CCMU) awarded Gold-level AACN Beacon Award

The Michigan Medicine Critical Care Medicine Unit (CCMU) successfully achieved a GOLD-level AACN American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Beacon Award for Excellence. CCMU's accomplishment represents one of many significant milestones on the path to optimal outcomes and exceptional patient care. Congratulations to the entire CCMU team. Receiving this award truly reflects a commitment to excellence in patient care as well as staff engagement.

Beacon Award | American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Paul Gibson, Krystal Cline and Karra Dettling presented poster 2019 AMSN Med-Surg Conference

Nursing at Michigan's 5B Acute Care Medicine Unit recently had the honor of presenting their poster at the 2019 AMSN Med-Surg conference in Chicago at the end of September. The poster was titled "Bedside Report Booster Shot: A Building Block for Patient Safety". This work was led by staff nurses Paul Gibson MSN, Krystal Cline BSN, CMSRN and Karra Dettling RN. Their work was well received and they were asked for their contact information by many.

Lisa Chismar, Pam Black and Pete Bryant published American Organization of Nurse Leaders Voice of Nursing Leadershp September issue

Congratulations to Lisa Chismar RN, Pam Black RN and Pete Bryant, BSN, RN for being recognized on a national level for the work they have done to promote staff wellness - specifically, creating a space for wellness on their Michigan Medicine nursing unit, 4D. Their article "Taking a break: Creating the Zen Den" was published in the September issue of the American Organization of Nurse Leaders Voice of Nursing Leadership. Active AONL members can access the entire publication via this link.

The Daisy AwardThe Daisy Award

Congratulations to 10E PICU nurse Ryan Wagenschutz for receiving the Daisy award!



The DAISY Award is given through a nationally known program currently in place in over 3,800 healthcare facilities in 50 states and 23 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 Michigan Medicine, candidates for the Daisy Award are nominated by patients and/or their families. This is a wonderful honor.

Diane Brown, Suzanne Knight and Julie Trinkle presented/published Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics/Home Healthcare Now

Transition-of-Care Videoconference Handoff Improved Communication, Coordination of Care, and Patient-Family Engagement

Diane Brown, BSN, RN (12E), Suzanne Knight, DNP, RN (Professional Development & Education), and Julie Trinkle, BSN, RN (Michigan Visiting Nurses) were invited to present at the Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics at the University of Maryland on July 17th. They represented the Michigan Medicine areas that have been involved in the implementation of videoconference handoffs: 11W, 12E, 7E, Michigan Visiting Nurses, and Care Management.

Additionally, the manuscript describing the initial pilot was published in the July/August edition of Home Healthcare Now. Knight, S., Tschannen, D., Trinkle, J. (2019). Hospital-to-homecare videoconference handoff improved communication, coordination of care, and patient/family engagement. Home Healthcare Now, 37(4), 198-207.

Lina Clark awarded Excellence in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Nursing

award7 East Nursing is pleased to share the outcome of the second annual Eric Hartwell Award for Excellence in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Nursing. Six nurses were nominated by their nursing peers for the award: Abby Alger, Kristin Boucher, Gretchen Cavanaugh, Lina Clark, Jennifer Hoerauf, and Samantha Newman. The final selection was made by the 7 East Interdisciplinary Team.

The 2019 award was presented to Lina Clark, RN on July 26, 2019 by Mike and Lisa Hartwell.

The Eric Hartwell Memorial Award for Excellence in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing winner is selected based upon demonstrated excellence in the following areas:

  • Consistently delivers the highest quality pediatric hematology/oncology care nursing and is valued as a resource by his/her peers.
  • Fosters the multidisciplinary team approach to pediatric hematology/oncology.
  • Strong positive role model in the Unit and is a positive influence on Unit morale.
  • Serves as a Professional Role Model by:
    • Demonstrating clinical excellence
    • Positive assertive communication
    • Staying current with nursing and medical literature
    • Participation in Unit and Hospital policy development
    • Demonstrates interest and participation in unit nursing and medical research projects
    • Seeks to participate in Unit governance activities
    • Advocates solutions to problems in a constructive and collegial manner
SICU Nursing Staff presented American Association of Critical Care Conference, National Teaching Institute

Congratulations to our SICU staff for presenting at the American Association of Critical Care conference, National Teaching Institute. They had a podium presentation and a poster presentation. This conference brings 8500 critical care nurses together to share, learn and network best practice. This year it was held in Orlando Florida, May 19-23.

The podium presentation (60 minutes) was:
Clearing the Toxins: Extracorporeal Detoxification for Liver Failure
Sharon Dickinson, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, ANP, CCRN
Connie Rickelmann, BSN, RN, CCRN

The poster presentation was:
Can a busy Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), become a restraint free unit and sustain it?
Sharon Dickinson MSN, RN, CNS-BC, ANP, CCRN
Mary LaBeske , MSN, RN, CNML
Connie Rickelmann BSN, RN, CCRN

Kate Van Bonn - poster presentation 2019 Facets of Pediatric Nursing Care Conference

Kate Van Bonn, RN (Michigan Visiting Nurses) was accepted for a poster presentation at the 2019 Facets of Pediatric Nursing Care conference on Thursday, May 16, 2019, Ann Arbor, MI. Abstract: Impact of RN Recommendation/Support for the Infant Feeding Method a New Mother Decides is Optimal for Her Family.

Kathy Miller, Angie Common, Jessica Jarvis and Adam Bunckle - poster presentation
2019 UMHS Poster Day and 2019 Facets of Pediatric Nursing Care Conference

Congratulations to the Brighton Center for Specialty Care PACU staff; Kathy Miller, MHA, BSN; Angie Common, BSN, CMS-RN; Jessica Jarvis, CCLS, CFLE and Adam Gunckle, MSN, CRNA for being accepted for a Clinical Innovation Abstract and Poster at the 2019 UMHS Poster Day and 2019 Facets of Pediatric Nursing Care Conference. The topic: Partnerships between Nursing and Child Life Specialists: More than just Fun and Games.

Lorelei Papke published Journal of Vascular Access

Lorelei Papke, RN, MSN retiring Clinical Director was the second author and collaborated with a Doctor of Pharmacology, a Clinical Pharmacist and a PhD Biostatistician both from the College of Pharmacy Adbul-Aziz University to publish the final article "The Etiology of Potassium Chloride-Induced Phlebitis: How Safe and Effective is Admixed Lidocaine?" - in the Journal of Vascular Access (JAVA) 24(1).

The paper's focus is on the use of Lidocaine and its pharmacological actions that is not very well known. This is what makes the paper unique. The conclusion is that, at the clinical level, the pain and phlebitis rates of KCl infusions may be more related to vasoconstriction than the low pH and high osmolality of the drug. The addition of lidocaine to the potassium chloride infusion appears to be safe through the anesthetic, vasodilation and anti-inflammatory effects.

Irene Knokh - Multiple accolades

Irene Knokh, Professional Development and Education's Instructional Learning staff member has been busy and received the following accolades:

  • 12th year presenting: three presentations accepted for Enriching Scholarship 2019
  • 3rd year as a mentor: Michigan IT (and Instructional Design-Instructional Technology), mentor
  • Peer Reviewer Extraordinaire 2019 (
  • Educause Ambassador
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