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Joe PomorskiInaugural Top Nurses Awards Honors Two Michigan Medicine Nurses

Joe Pomorski, UH PACU (pictured at right)
and Steven Davis, CVC4 (pictured below)

Earlier this year, MLive requested submissions from their readers for "Michigan nurses that work tirelessly to care for their patients, inspire those around them, and impact their workplace for the better in order to show appreciation for these selfless caregivers." From the many submissions, Michigan Medicine had two nurses who were honored for going above and beyond, changing the lives of their patients and their patients' families.

Steven DavisClinical Nursing Director Chantell Krage shared: "Joe (Pomorski)is an exceptional part of our team and it was humbling to see him and all the other winners be honored. He spoke of all of his unit contributing to the success of the team through the hard work done every day. Nursing truly is an amazing profession! From the first day of your first job, your career will consist of caring for people, no matter the role you chose."

Clinical Nursing Specialist Regi Freeman shared: "Steven (Davis) provides the finest care to our patients incorporating holistic concepts including physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects. He has an innate ability to connect with patients and meet them at their level. He goes above and beyond in problem-solving to meet patient needs. He is also the true definition of an informal leader. He is truly dedicated to our unit and is integral to the success of our initiatives."

MLive Top Nurses Awards Website

Nurse Leader Fellowship Received Re-Accreditation with Distinction

On Wednesday, July 26th, the University of Michigan Health Nurse Leader Fellowship was re-accredited with distinction as a transition-to-program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs.

American Nurses Credentialing Center Newly Accredited Practice Transition Accreditation Program®

Jessica Spruit Inducted as Fellow of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Jessica Spruit, DNP, CPNP-AC, Nurse Practitioner (NP) with Pediatric Palliative Care team at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, was one of two Nurse Practitioners from the state of Michigan inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) this month in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Making us Magnet: How Nurses are Shining Bright Across Michigan Medicine

Michigan Medicine Headlines highlighted Nursing at Michigan's one year anniversary of Magnet redesignation with the following takeaways. Team members have spent the ensuing year proving why we are a Magnet institution, while also carrying out U-M Health's strategic priorities. Our nursing colleagues are working to improve Belonging and inclusion, Access, Safety and quality, and Experience -- our BASE priorities.

Read the Headlines Article | Watch the Magnet Redesignation Video Here or Above (1:50)

Georgia Hazlett Receives 2023 Anthony V. DeVito II Memorial Award

Congratulations to Georgia Hazlett, BSN, RN, 2023 Anthony V. DeVito II Memorial Award recipient. This Award recognizes outstanding service, dedication, and commitment to excellence in the field of geriatrics education in Michigan. Georgia was recognized for being an "outstanding nurse, collaborator and mentor" with "a depth of experience and superior knowledge base to interpret clinical information and formulate a comprehensive treatment plan for our complex geriatric patients". Georgia was also noted to be exceptionally caring and very responsive to red (emergency) calls. The award presentation will take place at the 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society , May 4-6, 2023, in Long Beach, CA.

Lindsy Schmitz and Katie Barnes Represent Nursing at Michigan at American Association of Neuroscience Nurses

Nursing at Michigan was well-represented at the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses annual educational meeting in Orlando this month -- Lindsy Schmitz, BSN, RN and Katie Barnes, BSN, RN presented their poster on using innovative educational delivery methods to provide neuroscience nursing education. Winnie Wood, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, Inga Vitins, BSN, RN and Mary Jo Kocan, MSN, CNRN were also co-authors.

Donate Blood. Help Save Lives.
Michigan Medicine December 2023 Blood Drives are Open to the Public

December 4
7:00 am-1:00 pm
December 19-20
6:30 am-6:30 pm
Michigan Medicine, Towsley Lobby
1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor

Red Cross Website - The Need for Blood and Platelets is Constant

Michigan Medicine - Donate Blood to Save Lives

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing

Daisy Award Nomination Form

Congratulations to our nurses receiving the DAISY Award! Read more at The DAISY Foundation website or click each nurse's name below to read their stories:

Our newest DAISY Award winners:
Elena Gonzalez, RN - CVICU
Gillian Drew, RN - UH 5A
Kristin Ellis, RN - Pediatric Infusion
Lois Morales, RN - Pediatric Infusion
Abi Buetler, RN
- 6D Critical Care Medicine Unit
Grace Calma, RN - 7E Pediatric Oncology
Emily Sitler, RN - Children's Emergency Services
Leigh Sanderson, RN - Adult Emergency Services
Tamela Elkins, RN - University Health Services
Krystal Kettinger, RN - UH PACU
Kelly McEvoy, RN - 7C Medical Cardiology
Olivia Jones, RN - UH 4C Cardiothoracic Telemetry
Teresa Stevens, RN - Taubman Center GI/Internal
Medicine Clinic
Coreen Enright, RN
- UH 9C Psychiatry
Edward Gallagher -
12W Pediatric Medical Surgical
Natalie Burke, RN - Adult Emergency Services
Danielle Schroeder, RN - UH 7C
Madonna Perkins, RN -
Rogel Cancer Center

To nominate an extraordinary UM nurse, use our DAISY Award Nomination Form, visit, or text the word "DAISY" to 313131.

Fuhrmann Selected as Item Writer

Clinical Nurse Specialist Sarah Fuhrmann, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC was selected by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as an Item Writer for the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification (AGCNS-BC™) exam.

Clinical Nurse Specialists Highlighted for Scholarship and Leadership

Two distinguished Michigan Medicine Clinical Nurse Specialists, Jennifer Dammeyer, MSN, RN and LaToya Freeman DNP, APRN, ACCNS-AG, CPPS, HNB-BC, PCCN, have been accepted as fellows into the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute (CNSI) through the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS).

Baldwin Co-Author on Published Paper
About COVID-19 Transmission During Tracheostomy

Noel Baldwin, BSN, RN, of Critical Care Medicine Unit (CCMU) was a co-author of a published paper titled, “COVID-19 Transmission to Health Care Personnel During Tracheostomy Under a Multidisciplinary Safety Protocol.” The publication was accepted in Critical Care Workplace.

Read more - American Journal of Critical Care

LaToya Freeman Gives Q&A in

A member of theAcademy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN), LaToya Freeman DNP, APRN, ACCNS-AG, CPPS, HNB-BC, PCCN, is also a clinical nurse specialist at Michigan Medicine. In honor of Med-Surg Nurses Week, Dr. Freeman shared her thoughts about this nursing specialty with Minority Nurse. Above all else, she sees a positive future ahead.“The best days for nursing are in front of us,” says Freeman.

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4C Earns Prestigious Gold Level Beacon Award for Excellence

The Beacon Award is given to units where “where patients receive their principal nursing care. A unit must meet defined criteria in the following categories: Leadership Structures and Systems; Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement; Effective Communication, Knowledge Management and Learning Development; Evidence-Based Practice and Processes; and Outcome Measurements.”4C is the third unit at Michigan Medicine to earn gold-level distinction, joining Mott’s 12E and Adult Hospital’s 6D. 4C, 12E and 6D are three of only four units across the entire state of Michigan to currently hold a gold-level Beacon Award.

LaToya Freeman Appointed President of Ann Arbor National Black Nurses Association

At the 50th annual National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) conference, LaToya Freeman, DNP, APRN, ACCNS-AG, CPPS, HNB-BC, PCCN, was named the inaugural and founding president of the Ann Arbor chapter.

Freeman is a clinical nurse specialist for the Medical Short Stay Unit (MSSU). The NBNA was organized in 1971 and has 92 chartered chapters in 35 states. Congratulations, LaToya and all our nurses as part of the Ann Arbor chapter of NBNA.


Expertise, Positivity Spur Veteran Nurse to Educator of the Year Award

Karrie Martis B.S.N., B.A., R.N., NPD-BC, has accomplished so much in her 30-plus years as a nurse at U-M, but one of her greatest achievements was bestowed this summer: U-M Clinical Simulation Center (CSC) Educator of the Year.

“I’m dumbfounded,” Martis said, when asked about being nominated and winning an award. “I’m not usually at a loss for words. It took me a good half-hour to think about it and respond. I still haven’t wrapped my head around it.”

The award recognized her achievements in facilitating learners and colleagues in educational venues across Michigan Medicine. The courses that Martis helps facilitate include the Nursing Critical Care Orientation, EKG courses for nursing, Preceptor Development, New Educator Orientation and the Simulation Facilitation Course, which is open to eligible U-M medical faculty, nursing education or allied health personnel in concert with the CSC.

Read more - Michigan Medicine Headlines

Numerous Awards Earned by Our Nurses in 2022

Nurse-led Holistic Program Provides Patients Options at Back and Pain Center

Pain treatment comes in many different forms -- medicinal, massage, psychological and more. Patients who visit U-M Health's Back and Pain Center have recently been introduced to another method that's gaining traction and seeing success.

Meet the Healing Touch Program (HTP). It's a noninvasive, effective, non-toxic and economical program, one of many non-pharmacological pain management options provided by the center.

Healing Touch's inception and popularity has been shepherded by Becky Bail, R.N., CHTP, RYT200 and Tina Berkholz, R.N. Read more - Michigan Medicine Headlines

12 East Receives Beacon Award for Excellence - GOLD LEVEL

12 East (Pediatric Medical/Surgical General Care Unit) was awarded the Beacon Award for Excellence - gold level. The Beacon Award is offered by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), and this award validates staff-driven excellence and patient outcomes that exceed national benchmarks. The Beacon Award recognizes an individual unit for its consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care to optimize patient outcomes. 12 East is a positive and supportive work environment with excellent collaboration between colleagues and leaders, high engagement, and low turnover. 12 East is driven by the nursing staff, nurturing empowerment, and leadership.

Nurse’s Book Tells of Life Raising Special-Needs Child

Kelly Miltimore, RN (Central Staffing Resources) was highlighted in The University RECORD headlines for writing her book “A Zebra in a Field of Horses: One Parent’s Candid Truth About Raising a Child with Special Needs." | Read about Kelly and her journey

The NP Who Makes it Go

In conjunction with APRN Week, Michigan Medicine Headlines featured one of our nurse practitioners, Annette Sandretto, MSN, APRN-BC, out of the Chelsea Health Center. Learn why Annette’s work in skilled nursing and family medicine is her "ideal job," as well as her journey to get there. | Read the story

UH 8C is First Medical/Surgical Unit in State of Michigan to Receive PRISM Award

Congratulations to 8C, the most recent AMSN PRISM Award recipient. 8C is the first med/surg unit to receive this award in the stated of Michigan! The award application encompasses this exemplary unit’s strategies implemented for EBP, positive patient outcomes and healthy practice environment. Learn more about some of 8C's strategies in the video above or at this link: (3:03)

Congratulations to the Cancer Center's Heidi Mason, DNP, ACNP-BC, Mary Beth DeRubeis, MSN, FNP-BC and Beth Hesseltine, MSN, FNP-C for collaborating and being published in the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology (JADPRO). To read their work on Early Palliative Care for Oncology Patients: How APRNs Can Take the Lead, click here.

Congratulations to Dr. Kimberly K. Monroe and Jennifer L. Kelley, CNS (12 West MPlan Partners). In partnership with Cincinnati Children's Hospital, their manuscript, Nurse/Resident Reciprocal Shadowing to Improve Interprofessional Communication, is now available in the May issue of Hospital Pediatrics. Manuscript available here:

Nursing at Michigan Influencing the World!
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 the monthly Nursing Update newsletter, Nursing Services’ annual reports, Nurse’s Week activities, and shared at other appropriate venues. Thank you for your contributions!

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