NEW YORK NURSE: January/February 2012
by Alison Munday
In late 2011, the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEE) Nursing Department provided two-week fellowships, in conjunction with ORBIS International, for specialized skill-transfer between US and partner hospitals around the world. ORBIS’ mission is to save vision worldwide by providing training and technology necessary in underdeveloped nations, to create quality eye care services that are affordable and accessible. In part of their ongoing support for ORBIS, NYEE hosted nurses Ying Che from Peking University Eye Center, Beijing, and Hongfei Huang from the Zhong Shan Ophthalmic Center, Guang Dong province, and rotated them through Ambulatory Surgery, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Retina, Infection Prevention, and Nursing Informatics to receive a variety of experiences that enable them to return to their own hospitals and share knowledge and practice improvements. NYSNA member Mandy Zhao, Ambulatory Services RN, is fluent in their native language, and served as translator and guide. “By visiting departments and patient floors other than my own,” Ms. Zhao reported, “I gained a greater understanding of what it takes to give great patient care in areas such as the OR and PACU. I got a first hand look at how the EMR system is being utilized in other departments, too. Based on this sharing and bonding experience, we are looking to start our own ‘in-house exchange’ nursing program.” Zhao concluded, “I believe we have friends across the world, and the visit made an impact on patient care on both sides.”
Jeanine Seguin Santelli, professor and chair of nursing at Nazareth College of Rochester, NY and a member of NYSNA’s Journal Editorial Review Board, recently received the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) Founders Service Award. The award honors an ISONG member who has made outstanding and significant contributions to genetics and genomics nursing through service to ISONG, with a particular emphasis on leadership activity, representation and advocacy, and mentoring other ISONG members. Seguin Santelli, a long-standing member of ISONG received several nominations, and was described as a “pioneer in facilitating the development and evolution of the credentialing of genetics nurses.” She has served as the Executive Director of the Genetic Nursing Credentialing Commission (GNCC) since 2005, in a volunteer capacity. GNCC has 48 nurses in 26 states with the Advanced Practice Nurse in Genetics (APNG) credential and 15 nurses in 10 states with the Genetics Clinical Nurse (GCN) credential. Seguin Santelli began her work with GNCC before completing her dissertation, which centered around the development of a valid, reliable and comprehensive examination to assess the knowledge base of nurses seeking certification in the genetics field.
The Nurses Association of Counties of Long Island Inc./NYSNA District 14 held their annual dinner and award ceremony in New Hyde Park at the end of 2011. The majority of celebrated awardees were NYSNA members. Doreen Haughton, a staff nurse at Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn, received the Ruth W. Harper Distinguished Service Award for Leadership; Lukmon Kalejaiye, a clinical instructor at Long Island College Hospital was honored with the Excellence in Nursing Practice Award; Joanne Lapidus-Graham, an associate professor at Farmingdale State College received the Eleanore Molewski Mentoring Award; Patricia Small, a head nurse at Coney Island Hospital won the Beacon Award, and Sarah L. Marshall, patient and community health educator at SUNY Downstate was presented with the Presidential Citation Award.
Kelly Moed of Staten Island University Hospital received the New York State Zero Lift Task Force Safe Patient Handling Advocacy Award for 2011. Moed’s graduate school research utilization project was used as a proposal for implementation of a Safe Patient Handling and Movement (SPHM) Program at NSLIJ-Staten Island University Hospital. Since 2009, Moed has been working with NYCOSH to promote SPHM programs throughout New York City. In 2009, she was selected as a volunteer nurse site reviewer for the ANA’s Handle With Care Recognition Program, and in 2010, presented, “Keeping the Talent in the Workforce: SPHM Program” at the National Nursing Staff Development Organization’s annual convention in San Diego. In October 2011, Moed was keynote speaker for the NYS Annual Safe Patient Handling Conference. She continues her “nursing journey” in safe patient handling at NSLIJ-Staten Island University Hospital coordinating education and training, as well as serving on the facility’s ergonomics committee.
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