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?