Nurses Week 2021

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Message from the CNE: Happy Nurses Week!

As I write this message with the intent to wish you all a very happy Nurses Week, I find myself reflecting on the past 14 months. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for all that you have done to evolve and adapt to working and providing care through a world-wide pandemic. In addition to dealing with the impact of COVID-19 in your personal life, you also were deeply impacted in your professional life. More importantly, you still are.  Even though the community reads headlines that cases are leveling off (and they do appear to be leveling off) -- I know that here at the health system we are still very much deep in the fight against this virus.

As the vaccine offers us all a degree of hope and optimism for the future, we are still not out of the woods. We are still working very hard and dealing with difficult challenges.

As I look for words to express how I feel about this Nursing community, about each of you, I want you to know that I know how hard you are working and how much you have endured. That said, there are many accomplishments and reasons to celebrate. From one of our colleagues being awarded a $25,000 award to continue her research, to units winning national recognition, to witnessing the recovery of patients who were able to walk out of this hospital after such close brushes with death. Babies were still born. Organs were transplanted. Patients with addiction and mental illness were treated and supported. Routine health screenings and visits were resumed. You and your work are making such a big difference in the lives of the patients and families we serve.

Lastly, the Michigan Medicine Department of Communications and Nurse Recruitment and Retention are thrilled to present a new video, Day in the Life Part 2, which captures the strength, pride and resilience of our nurses as well as recognizes all of the great work nurses do to contribute to exceptional patient and family care. Because the past year has been so different from previous years, we have attempted to capture stories related to nursing practice during the pandemic and how the pandemic affected the profession. Please take a few moments to watch and engage with your colleagues around this tribute to the 6000+ nurses who have dedicated their professional lives to Nursing at Michigan!


With gratitude and respect,

~ Nancy

What's New in Nurse Recruitment and Retention...



Happy Nurses Week! To celebrate Nurses Week 2021, Nurse Recruitment and Retention is excited to announce a variety of opportunities to support our nurse professional development. All of the offerings will be e-learning opportunities. Registration begins May 6 at

Nurse Recruitment and Retention
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Michigan Medicine's 8C Medicine Unit received the PRISM Award from the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board. PRISM stands for Premier Recognition in the Specialty of Med-Surg. This award denotes exemplary nursing practice on medical units. This is the first PRISM award granted to a medical surgical unit in the State of Michigan.

Michigan Medicine's Trauma Burn ICU Team has successfully achieved a SILVER-level AACN Beacon Award for Excellence. The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes. Units that receive this national recognition serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care. A Beacon Award signifies a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale and lower turnover. AACN will acknowledge Trauma Burn's Beacon Award for Excellence at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI).

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing

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:
Jennifer Hug, RN - UH 4C Cardiac and General Thoracic Surgery Unit
Amy Stodgell, RN - UH 4B Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery, Maxillofacial Surgery, Neuroscience (Neurosurgery and Neurology General)

2020-2021 recipients:
Lauren Castro, RN - 8A Acute Care Oncology
Hanna Enriquez-Chiang, RN - Central Staffing Resources
Valerie Forrest, RN - 7E Pediatric Oncology
Matthew Golem, RN - UH 6A Adult Rehabilitation Unit
Julie Kemeter, RN - Domino's Allergy Clinic
Lisa Jastrzembski, RN - 6D Critical Care Medicine Unit
Kelli Marino, RN - UH 5D Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Amber Parker, RN - 12W Pediatric Medical Surgical Unit
Michael Riviera, RN - 6D Critical Care Medicine Unit
Thomas Sobeck, RN - 12W Pediatric Medical Surgical Unit
Glenna Soriano, RN - Medical Short Stay Unit
Nicole Zabel, RN - 7W Bone Marrow Transplant Unit

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

Rebecca Cherney, RN has been awarded the 2021 ANA Individual Innovation Award

Rebecca, a staff nurse on 8D, developed TrachTrail™. It's the first comprehensive, standardized adult tracheostomy care education program of its kind, focusing on combined nurse, patient, and caregiver training with emphasis on empathy for the patient and their families.

TrachTrail™ provides user-friendly multimedia content, emphasizing patient-centeredness and builds upon multidisciplinary collaboration to ensure quality of life with a tracheostomy at home. The ANA Innovation Awards highlight, recognize, and celebrate exemplary nurse-led innovation that improves patient safety and health outcomes.

Learn more about Rebecca and the Award: 2021 ANA Innovation Award Winners Announced

Laura Horwood Interviewed EP Lab Digest

Laura Horwood, MS, ACNP-BC, CCDS was interviewed for an article in EP Lab Digest. Read the article : Reflections on a Longstanding Career in EP as a Nurse Practitioner

Sigma Rho Chapter Seeking Nominations Annual Nursing Excellence Awards

Sigma Rho Chapter nursing honor society is seeking nominations for the annual Nursing Excellence Awards recognizing outstanding nurses in the areas of Nursing Education, Nursing Practice, Leadership, Research, and more. Please consider nominating a deserving colleague. You do not need to be a Rho member to submit a nomination.

Awards Categories and How to Submit | Deadline for Nominations: February 28, 2021

Questions? Contact Corinne Lee, Awards Chairperson:

Eric Hartwell Excellence in Pediatric Hemtology/Oncology Nursing Award Nominees Announced

The Eric Hartwell Memorial Foundation announces the Third Annual Eric Hartwell Excellence in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing Award. Established by the Eric Hartwell Memorial Foundation, this award is provided to recognize a nurse who delivers excellent patient care and who fosters clear communication between staff, the patient, and the patient's family, all while creating an environment where the family is comfortable asking questions and can better understand the patient's care.

The nursing award winner will receive $1000 scholarship to use to attend a major conference or other educational oppor-tunity to advance their professional development.

We had 3 phenomenal peer-selected nominees this year:

  • Gretchen Cavanaugh
  • Stephanie Mason
  • Diane Phillips

Diane Phillips was selected as the award winner this year! We are very grateful for the support we receive from the Eric Hartwell Foundation for this event. It is a very special honor to be recognized by your peers. Their gift of scholarship money is deeply appreciated.

Nancy Tena and Melissa Andersen awarded grant approval Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation

Nancy Tena, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, CPHON, BMTCN (7East CNS) and Melissa Andersen, MD (Division of Pediatric Psychology) have been approved for a $2,500 grant from the Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation for their EBP project: "Enhancing Child and Family Coping with MIBG Therapy through Standardized Psychosocial Assessment, Preparation, and Trauma Informed Care".

"Even though we have started some of this work over the past year we can now look forward to a more standardized process of assessment and preparation for the MIBG therapy, and the evaluation of these interventions. What impact are we making (outcomes)?"

This work will start in January 2021 and they plan to use the funds to purchase measurement instruments, patient and family educational materials, and conference registration (they will be presenting their findings).

This is exciting news for our patients undergoing MIBG treatment.

Kellogg Eye Center PACU Charge Nurses nominated Evan Newport HOPE Award

Congratulations to the Kellogg Eye Center Post Anesthesia Care Unit (KEC PACU) Charge Nurses for being nominated for 2020 Evan Newport HOPE Award by The Evan Newport HOPE Award Committee.

The HOPE Award honors staff, faculty, and students who are making a difference in the lives of patients and families by demonstrating a commitment to patient and family centered care principles and behaviors. The nomination provided a wonderful summary of how the KEC PACU charge nurses are going above and beyond in order to improve the experience for our patients and families. There were more than 70 nominations this year, each recognizing exceptional commitment to patient and family experience.

Michigan Medicine Office of Patient Experience | HOPE Story

Rhonda Schoville and Regi Freeman awarded Sigma Rho Chapter Excellence Awards

Sigma Rho Chapter is proud to announce that Rhonda Schoville, PhD, MSBA, RN and Regi Freeman, MSN, RN are recipients of the 2020 Chapter Excellence Awards. Rhonda is honored for Excellence in Nursing Education and Regi for Excellence in Nursing Practice.

Brief video describing the Rho Chapter awardees and their accomplishments:

Rho Chapter will soon be seeking nominations for the 2021 Excellence Awards. Visit for more information

Carol George published Perioperative Care and Operating Room Management

Carol George, MSA, BSN, CNML (Clinical Nursing Director), was a co-author to a quality improvement project, A novel think tank program to promote innovation and strategic planning in ophthalmic surgery, that is being published in Perioperative Care and Operating Room Management. To read the work, visit:

Corinne Lee appointed ANCC Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs

Corinne Lee, DNP, RN (Educational Nurse Specialist, Professional Development & Education) has been appointed to the ANCC Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs (COA-PTP). Corinne's work will translate to shaping nursing's programs across the country.

Catherine Enochs, Pediatric Pulmonary Team Members published Pediatric Pulmonology

Members of the pediatric pulmonary team and the nurse author Catherine Enochs, BSN, RN, AE-C, Clinical Care Coordinator for the Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Program had their article, Quality improvement initiative to improve pulmonary function in pediatric cystic fibrosis patients, published in the journal Pediatric Pulmonology.

The Brighton Center for Specialty Care OR staff and Jillian Bowers, BSN, RN, CNOR, the OR Educational Nurse Coordinator, were in the July issue of Outpatient Surgery Magazine. | Read the Outpatient Surgery Magazine July 2020 article - on pages 92-94

Andrea Kline published book - Cases in Pediatric Acute Care: Strengthening Clinical Decision Making

Andrea Kline, PhD, CPNP-AC/PC, FCCM and her colleague, Cathy Haut (Delaware), had their book, Cases in Pediatric Acute Care: Strengthening Clinical Decision Making, published by Wiley Publishing in April. They had over 90 outstanding contributors (NP, PA, MD) and 11 of the NP contributors were from C.S. Mott Children's Hospital:

  • Jennifer Helman (Otolaryngology)
  • Max Pizzo (PCCM)
  • Blythe Pollack (PCCM)
  • Paige Rieckhoff (Neuro)
  • Ann Marie Ramsey (Stable Vent Unit)
  • Christine Renke (PCCM)
  • Stephanie Robell (PCCM)
  • Stacey Sears (PCCM)
  • Natalie (Hecht) Sinicropi (Cardiac Surgery)
  • Jessica Spruit (BMT & Palliative Care)
  • Jennifer Wright (Palliative Care)
Debbie Kovacevich presented American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

Debbie Kovacevich, MPH, RN (Clinical Director of Home Care) gave a virtual lecture as the annual onsite conference in Tampa was canceled. Home Parenteral Nutrition: Nursing Considerations in HPN Management. American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 2020 Nutrition Science & Practice Conference, March 31.

Irene Knokh - presentation accepted Minnesota Online Quality Initiative START Symposium

Congratulations to Irene Knokh, Professional Development and Education for having her presentation, Professional Development on a shoestring: it can be done!, accepted into the Minnesota Online Quality Imitative START Symposium 2020 virtual conference.

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.

New UMSN Masters Degree - Leadership, Analytics and Innovation Fall 2020

Leadership, Analytics and Innovation

The new Master's in Nursing is targeted to building leaders that are data-driven, forward thinking and action oriented. It launches in Fall of 2020 with two admission cohorts and is fully online. This unique program will have the University of Michigan experience and high level quality while offering flexibility and real world experiences with a deep faculty experience. Participants will learn from a range of disciplines, and be mentored by faculty who are national and global leaders.

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


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.

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

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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