They say “there’s no ‘I’ in team,” and for HCA nursing, caring for patients and their families is certainly a dedicated team accomplishment. That’s why we were proud to recognize 21 medical-surgical units with the 2016 Unit of Distinction Awards, celebrating excellence in nursing in leadership, professional practice and operations and outcomes. As the chief nursing executive at HCA, I’m pleased to honor our high-performing team of nurses in med-surge, the largest nursing specialty in the country, who champion the highest quality of care for everyone who enters our facilities. The 21 Unit of Distinction Award winners represent the top… Read more.
Compassionate Care Debra Cannon, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, Capital Division Patrick McNicholas, Las Palmas Medical Center, Central West Texas Peyton Olden, Wesley Healthcare, Continental Division Yani Pascual, Mercy Hospital, East Florida Division Kathy Bush, Riverside Community Hospital, Far West Division Lori Runkle, Alaska Regional Hospital, Mountain Division Emily Zimmerman, Green Oaks Hospital, North Texas Division Florence Reed, Colleton Medical Center, South Atlantic Division Julie Freeman, Centennial, TriStar Division Diana Donnelly, Fawcett Memorial Hospital, West Florida Division Professional Mentorship Lindsey Baker, Frankfort Regional Medical Center, Capital Division Elizabeth Stanton, Rose Medical Center, Continental Division Linda Dhennin, Riverside Community Hospital, Far West… Read more.
Professional Mentoring Recipient: Jim Kruger, RN, St. Lucie Medical Center, Port St. Lucie, FL There’s an old saying: “Lead, follow or get out of the way.” Jim Kruger can do all three. Kruger’s decades-long career at St. Lucie Medical Center has included stints as its emergency department director, where he oversaw a range of initiatives that included: improving patient throughput; improving patient satisfaction scores and rankings; and an emergency department residency program. Along the way, he also has served as a mentor for newly hired emergency department directors across HCA, as well as serving on the St. Lucie County EMS… Read more.
Compassionate Care Recipient: Alison Marsh, RN, Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence, MO Providing emergency care can be emotionally draining, especially when the patients involved are children. Finding ways to bring mental and emotional healing alongside physical treatments takes a special kind of healthcare professional, and Alison Marsh exemplifies what it means to go above and beyond for her patients. Marsh is described as a compassionate advocate, skilled listener and dedicated caregiver, especially where children are involved. She sees a lot of them in Centerpoint Medical Center’s emergency department, where she has been on staff for five years, but one evening in the summer… Read more.
Little did Rex Hardin know when he woke up one morning, he had only a two percent chance of living…and an “off-duty” ER nurse from HCA’s Orange Park Medical Center would save his life. Jordana Taji, a first-year registered nurse at Orange Park Medical, and Hardin, two strangers and members of a local martial arts and fitness gym, happened to attend the same jiu-jitsu class one evening, when Hardin suddenly collapsed face down onto the floor. Taji, understanding the severity of the situation, didn’t hesitate. She began to perform CPR, with the help of three other medically trained members in… Read more.
For technology serving nurses today, the key is mobility. Adding mobile technology to the nurse’s workflow allows them to get back to the bedside – right where they want, and need, to be. HCA’s Information Technology and Services (IT&S) division wants to help nurses minimize the time required to go between fixed and mobile computing, and maximize the time they have to serve patients face-to-face. Our mobile technologies allow and empower nurses to fully realize their calling: to provide the best care. For anyone involved with mobile technology for nurses or anything that supports them, I hope you’ll take to… Read more.
HCA today presented the 2015 HCA Awards of Distinction to recipients at a ceremony in Nashville. The HCA Awards of Distinction include the Frist Humanitarian Award, the HCA Innovators Award and the HCA Excellence in Nursing Award, and are the highest honors that HCA bestows on employees, physicians and volunteers. This is the first time the company has recognized all three HCA Awards of Distinction categories in one celebration. The Frist Humanitarian Award, the oldest award in HCA history, recognizes the highest achievements in serving others; the HCA Innovators Award, founded in 2010, recognizes creative new ideas for enhancing quality… Read more.
In the aftermath of the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal, there have not only been stories of incredible loss, but also inspirational stories of true selflessness in the face of a natural disaster. One of HCA’s own, Nancy Malhotra, director of trauma services at Chippenham Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, was one of the many international visitors who were part of the volunteer relief effort directly following the quake. Nancy was with her husband and her stepdaughter hiking near Mount Everest when the massive earthquake struck during their return trek. Hours later, the entire family was at the forefront of… Read more.
National Nurses Week 2015, (May 6-12) is a great time for nurses to take stock of who we are, where we are and where we are going. Personally, I think this is a great time to be a nurse at HCA. The healthcare industry is undergoing significant transformative change and HCA-affiliated nurses have a front row seat. As a nurse at one of the world’s leading healthcare systems, we can both witness and influence change.
Medical-Surgical Nursing is the heart of patient care in acute care hospitals. Med-surg nurses provide expert monitoring as patients recover from injury, surgery or illness and make the transition out of the hospital. Most adult patients, except for those delivering babies, spend time on a medical-surgical unit. Often, this is where they take their first steps or eat their first meal on the road to recovery. These nurses provide education and support to the patient and family that prepares them for leaving the hospital and continuing their recovery. Med-surg units are some of the busiest places in a hospital; patients… Read more.