MORE ELBOW RUBBIN’!!

Me, Dr. Melnyk, Dr. Stephens, Marie Morilus-Black

I was invited to listen to a panel discussion of several distinguished healthcare professionals address childhood obesity and mental illness today at the National Press Club!  The keynote speaker was the current Surgeon General of the United States, Richard Carmona.  The discussion was the brainchild of Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, dean of the Arizona State University School of Nursing and Health Innovations.  I was excited to have an opportunity to not only witness but also, perhaps get a chance to meet Dr. Melnyk because I cited her Evidence-Based Practice work in my final Scholarly Paper last month (can you say, ‘NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY’???)!!  Dr. Melnyk and her partners have dominated the EBP Nursing world for the last decade or so with their model of EBP (STAR), developed at the University of Texas School of Nursing.  Dr. Melnyk is a dually-prepared NP–in pedes and psychiatry/mental health (WHEW!!), so she is unequivocally qualified to speak to both topics!  Here she is on the dais with Marie (3rd from right)

Dr. Melnyk speaking from the dais--Marie is 3rd from right

and another of her giving the closing remarks.

Dr. Melnyk mentioned being friends with UMB Dean, Janet Allen and how Dr. Allen commented on her (many) projects in the works!!

The event was organized by Kenja Hassan, who is the daughter of one of my co-workers, Sondra Hassan (see mother-daughter photo).

Sandy and Kenja Hassan

Kenja was kind enough to orchestrate a introduction to Dr. Melnyk for me!  I gushed excitement during the actual meeting (I have NO SHAME!!).

I was also able to invite faculty from the Howard University College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.  Eva Stephens, one of the NP faculty, was the Division of Nursing representative.  I (for the first time in my networking-career (!) was able to serve as the conduit for her to meet others at the conference (see photos).  One of the panelists was the DC Department of Mental Health’s Director of Child & Youth Services, Marie Morilus-Black, LCSW-R.   DMH contingent attending the event were so proud of Marie’s outspoken support of her program and all that the Department is doing for the children in the City.

Me, Dr. Melnyk and Dr. Stephens

WHAT’S NEW IN YOUR PRACTICE?

10/7/11  NURSING VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE

Have you ever been a victim of violence in your workplace?  Psychiatric nurses and ED nurses can be repeatedly subjected to this trauma, due to the instability of the patients in their care.  Those suffering from psychiatric disorders and/or substance use disorders or those who are delirious and mobile can wreak havoc on your unit and endanger the staff and the other patients.  Sometimes it’s the family members of the patients who act out their frustrations.

What have you witnessed or been a victim of?  How have you dealt with it?  Was the institution you were working for at the time supportive of you and the potential for additional violence?  Did they put measures into place to make the environment more safe for you and your colleagues and the patients?  What measures were instituted?  Were they sufficient to help you feel safer?  Are you still working there?  Did you leave because of the potential for additional trauma to you or others near you?  Was anyone (a nurse or patient) seriously hurt or killed before changes were made to improve security features?

What would you like to see happen?  Check out these links below for more information.

www.nurseallianceca.org/Priority_No__1_for_2011__Addressing_Workplace_Violence.aspx

http://www.nfn.org/archives/1758

SPEAKING OF NURSING VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE…Did anyone see last night’s GREY’S ANATOMY?  A very large man was agitated by his injury(?) and began beating up on the ED staff and repeatedly kicked and pummeled a very small man (with the cushioned end of a crutch), who had recently been a patient there.  Of course, ED security force never showed up and Dr. Hunt (new chief of surgery) swooped in with his WHITE COAT and rescued the ED with a left cross to the violent man’s jaw, breaking it.  This is another level of the problem–staff-on-patient violence (despite how justified it may have been)–which complicates the issue even further.  My fear about this is that non-medical people watching the show may feel that this is what routinely happens in EDs when people lose control of their anger/frustration…but I digress 🙂

Looking for feedback from Educators, Clinical Specialists, Nurse Practitioners, Staff Nurses!  What are the trends you’re seeing in Psychiatric Nursing these days?

I’M DONE!!

As of December 2010, I am the EXTREMELY PROUD holder of a Master of Science in Nursing Administration with a Certificate in Teaching in the Health Professions!!!!  YAYYYYY MEEEEEEE!!

This is a photo of me minutes after learning I would graduate!!

Now that I finally have the degree, I’ve got to figure out what I want to do with it!  I’m rather open to suggestions, recommendations and job offers (not-so-subtle ‘hint-hint’), etc!  I will be working towards my certification as a nurse executive within the next 8-9 months.  I want to do some educational consultation, and teach at the university level at some point.

I have been certified as a Professional Legal Nurse Consultant for two years, but haven’t been able to pursue it because of school.  I’m ready to get that going and get an additional stream of income flowing!  PLNC!

I will continue to pursue my love of writing and expressing myself through other media. I want other psych nurses to see my blog and contribute and post, since I believe it’s the only one I’ve found dedicated to psychiatric nursing.  We can make it bigger and better!

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Merry ChristmasHanukkahKwanzaa and Happy New Year!!

Sylvia

SIGMA THETA TAU INDUCTION MAY 2010!!

I am so very proud to have FINALLY been inducted into this elite group of academics!  It didn’t happen in undergrad, but I only had to wait another 31 years!  Dreams DO come true!!

My husband is a pretty good photographer and caught me at the perfect moment, just as I was getting my Purple and White Honor Cord.
I posed with other members of my family–my husband, my sister, who is also an RN and my mother-in-law who is the unofficial president of my fan club!!

This is the HUGE cake (it was at least two full sheet cakes wide)–there were over 300 inductees!!

Here I am grinning as hard as I can, showing off my new award!!

HOWARD UNIVERSITY HONORS NURSING EDUCATOR MAMIE MONTAGUE

In April, I was fortunate during my teaching practicum and with the encouragement of HUDON faculty Susan Schwartzman (thanks, Sue!), to attend the Howard University Faculty Senate Luncheon and Awards Ceremony.  One of our very own faculty members, Dr. Mamie C. Montague, was honored with the 2010 Exemplary Teaching Award!  Here’s my photo of her and the other honorees with their awards.  Below that is a link to the article on Howard University’s website, featuring Dr. Montague!  I’m SO PROUD!! She was one of my clinical instructors while I was in undergrad at the (then) College of Nursing, 31 years ago!


This is an excellent feature story about her career as a nurse and educator.  http://www.cetla.howard.edu/featured_teacher/index.html

2nd Annual PADCNETC Conference, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa

I  was honored to be a guest of Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions for their 2nd Annual Pennsylvania/District of Columbia Nursing Education Technology Collaborative (PADCNETC) Conference, held at the Doubletree Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, May 14, 2010!

I was part of the Howard University Division of Nursing contingent that is in partnership with Drexel to facilitate faculty development in the newer technological strategies for nursing education, through a five year grant from HRSA!

As a part of the Howard University DON faculty this spring semester as a ‘practice teacher’, I was invited to join the conference by Associate Dean, Mary Hill, DSN, RN.  It was a great opportunity to hear about the efforts Drexel is making to update three nursing higher education institutions through this grant.  It was also a great opportunity to network!  Below is a photo of Dr. Hill during her speech.  Drs. Rocky Rockstraw and Linda Wilson are seated at the table next to her.

Drs. Linda Wilson and Leland ‘Rocky’ Rockstraw were excellent hosts for HUDON’s whirlwind 24-hour stay at the Doubletree Hotel, where we were luxuriously cared for!

Here are some of the HUDON faculty during dinner on May 13, 2010:

This is Dr. Hill with Ms. Crystal Waters, MSN, RN

Here I am below with the Dean of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Science, Dr. Beatrice Adderley-Kelley:

Below, L to R: Dr. Pauline Green, Ms. Susan Schwartzman, MSN, RN (fellow Psych Nurse), and Dr. Adderley-Kelley.

Below, L to R: Dr. Joann Smith (sorry ’bout cutting you in half like that!), Ms. Jacqueline Vincent, MSN, RN (newest faculty member!) and Dr. Eva Stephens.
Ms. Frederica Shepard-Smith, MSN, RN (Learning Resource Center Coordinator)  and Dr. Veronica Clarke-Tasker

HEALTHCARE BLOGGER CODE OF ETHICS

Hey!  I’m trying to get my blog ‘certified’ by this organization that reviews medical blogs (askapsychnurse.net is considered a medical blog vs. a patient blog) that meet its standards.  http://medbloggercode.com/ Watch for the icon or logo that signifies it!  That will help legitimize me to other medical bloggers and folks like YOU!  🙂
Peace, Sylvia

FEATURED NURSE EDUCATORS from the Institute for Educators Conference

  • SUSAN BOYER, MEd, RN, FAHCEP, Executive Director of VNIP (Vermont Nurses In Partnership), an organization dedicated to supporting nurse development.  Her organization has initiated a movement to provide curriculum for and regulate nursing preceptorships.  She gave a very energetic lecture–at the Institute for Educators on March 11, 2010.  Check out her website at www.vnip.org!
  • DEBRA WEBSTER, EdD, MS, RNBC, of SALISBURY UNIVERSITY, Salisbury, MD.  She was a Poster Presenter on ‘Addressing Academic Uncivility in Nursing Education’. She can be reached at dawebster@salisbury.edu
  • TRACY BARR, BSN, RN, CEN, TRACY KOSTELEC, BSN, RN, CEN and Monica Nelson at Mercy Medical Center, who were Poster Presenters on ‘Writer’s Block: Improving Nurses’ Professional Writing Skills’.  Their In-House Workshops educated the Mercy Medical Center nurses on Basics, Getting Published, Grant Writing!  20% of their attendees have gotten published!!  This is something I’m very interested in.  I want to become (more) published and learn how to write grants!  Tracy Kostelec can be contacted for more information at tminard@md.mercy.com

It was also a pleasure meeting Julie Cook, MSN/MPH, RN, PHCNS, who works with the Programs of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) at the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS)