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Professional Nurse Recognition Program recipients for April 2006

Susan McMullen, RN, MSN, CCRN , a staff nurse on 3C Telemetry Unit at Torresdale Campus, has been awarded Level IV recognition. Ms McMullen is a member of the Resource and Professional Development council, the Research committee and the PNRP committee. She also serves as a preceptor on her unit.

Anita Mohn-Hamilton, RN, CEN , is a staff RN in the ER department at Bucks Campus; she has been awarded Level III recognition. Ms Mohn-Hamilton participates as a magnet Champion as well as on the Magnet Steering committee where she has been preparing documents that were submitted for a Magnet survey. She is also an active member of the Resource and Professional Development council and serves as a preceptor for her unit.

Barbara Shoester, RN, BSN , is a staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at the Torresdale Campus; she has received Level III recognition. Ms Shoester is active as a Magnet Champion and had created a poster presentation for the fall 2005 Frankford Hospital Health Fair on the topic of Advance Directives. She serves her unit as a nurse preceptor.

Noreen Quinn, RN, BC, BSN , is a Lead RN on 4B Telemetry unit at the Torresdale campus; she has been awarded Level IV recognition. Ms Quinn is the chairperson for the award winning Wound Committee. She has provided Pressure Ulcer education session throughout all three campuses and quarterly participates in the Pressure Ulcer prevalence study. Ms Quinn serves as a mentor for her unit as a preceptor.

Stephanie Mattiace, RN, BC, BSN , is a staff Nurse on 5 West at the Frankford campus she has been awarded Level IV recognition. Ms Mattiace is an active member in both the Performance Improvement council and the Wound Care Committee where she monitors and evaluates patients for appropriate intervention. She has participated in the fall 2005 Frankford Hospital Community Fair by addressing prevention and detection of STD via handouts and a poster presentation. Ms Mattiace had supported the Hand Hygiene Monitoring Task Force by monitoring staff compliance with National Safety Goal #7 as recommended by the CDC. She also serves as a preceptor for her unit mentoring staff.

Cynthia DiChiara, RN, BSN, CCRN , is a staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at the Bucks Campus; she has received Level IV recognition. Ms Di Chiara ia an active participant of the critical care educational committee at the Bucks campus where evidence based practice information, and policies & procedures are shared and updated. She also participates as a unit preceptor and as an active member on the PNRP committee. She had volunteered at the fall 2005 Frankford Hospital Community Fair by providing a poster presentation on the topic on Advance Directives awareness.

Pamela Rogers, RN, BSN, CEN, is an Emergency room staff nurse at Bucks campus; she has received a Level IV recognition. Ms Rogers is an active member in both the Performance Improvement council and the Ethic Committee. She has developed a Performance Improvement Bulletin board for her unit that educates the staff as to the process of Performance Improvement and addresses specific monitors being focused on by her department. Ms Rogers had participated in the fall 2005 Frankford Hospital Health fair by educating the community on Advance Directives and Living wills and performed vascular risk assessments by screening vital signs.

Cathleen Lopez, RN, CCRN is an Intensive Care staff nurse at Frankford campus; she has been awarded Level III recognition. Ms Lopez is a member of the Performance Improvement council where she is involved in data collection on such topics as Pneumonia, Pressure Ulcer assessments, and Pain Management. She took part in the Wound Care Skills day in October 2005 where she coordinated the members’ schedule an acted as a resource and educator to staff. She also serves as a preceptor for her unit mentoring staff.

Melanie J. Hogan, RNC is a staff nurse from 1 south at the Bucks campus; she has received Level III recognition. Ms Hogan is an active member of the Wound Care committee, as her unit representative she carries out quarterly prevalence studies and assist with staff education. She volunteered as a super user for the Alaris pumps supporting the staff with hands on inservicing. Ms Hogan in consort with KCI representatives have provided training to her co-workers on the VAC machine involving proper use and set –up procedure. She also serves as a preceptor for her unit mentoring staff.

Lynne E. Allmond, RN, BSN, CPAN is a staff nurse in the PACU at the Torresdale campus; she has been awarded Level IV recognition. After researching Malignant Hyperthermia Ms Allmond had presented this topic to her co-workers for the purpose of increased awareness of signs and symptoms and appropriate intervention. She had then developed a mobile Malignant Hyperthermia cart for PACU set up for crisis intervention. In October 2005, Ms Allmond provided the Frankford School of Nursing students with an informative discussion and poster presentation on Prostate Cancer awareness. She has also volunteered at the fall 2005 Hospital Community fair providing the general public with information on Prostate Cancer awareness and screening tips.

Clare Marie Tack, RN, MSN, CCRN is a staff nurse in the Intensive Care unit at the Bucks campus; she has been awarded Level IV recognition. Ms Tack has participates in numerous educational projects such as BCLS instructor, Critical Care and Trauma courses and the FHSEPA AACN education programs. She is a co-editor of the hospital wide bimonthly Nursing Newsletter. Ms Tack is an active member of the Critical Care Education Committee where best practices/ standards of care are examined and developed for implementation by the ICU and Telemetry staff. Ms. Tack had also volunteered in the data collection of the Ventilator Access Pneumonia research project that increased compliance with guidelines for preventing VAP in our Critical Care patient population. She also serves as a preceptor for her unit mentoring staff.