FAMILY PLACE NEWSLETTER

MAY 2016

ANNIVERSARIES!!

EMA ETIM - 16 YEARS!!
MAULI MEHTA-SHAH - 17 YEARS!!
KATHLEEN BUSKIRK - 19 YEARS!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

ROSE EGBON - MAY 9
ANA RENOVATO - MAY 13
FORSTER NCHANJI - MAY 14
SUDHA DOSHI - MAY 20
BLOSSOM GEORGE - MAY 21
HEATHER MCGUIRE - MAY 21
SILVIA MEZA - MAY 26
MARY EASON - MAY 28
ALIDA CHATHAM - MAY 29
BEENA GEORGE - MAY 29

SWEET BEGINNINGS UPDATE

Coming this summer

GOALS

  • Breastfeeding – Final for April 65.52%
  • Falls – We've had no more! still at 3!!
  • Discharge - Moving on up – at 40% for year, need 50% to meet
  • RN communication – staying strong at 78% for the year

LANGUAGE OF CARING

  • Please attend the Showing Caring Nonverbally module this month
  • Remember all modules are mandatory
  • Our winner receiving the most LOC recognition and giving the most LOC recognition will be announced in June
  • April and May habit builder is Acknowledging Feelings!! Are you the next winner?

BREASTFEEDING

Exclusive Breastfeeding rate for April is 65.62%!!!!

Our unit is being noticed by the system, and we are getting calls to see how we have made such strides!!

  • Keep up the great work and be sure to look at orders.
  • Do not accept orders for both breast and bottle.
  • Talk to the nurse entering the order if you see this.
  • The staff who volunteered to do the LER education have completed it and are enjoying it!!
  • We added 4 more people to take LER this month.
  • You all will get it starting in July!
  • We requested another full time night shift lactation nurse for July and looks promising.
  • Be sure to thank Kathy Brock for her hard work in chart audits. Every chart is being audited.

OB HOSPITALIST & OB ED

There will be 8 full time docs. 2 at all times.

Medical staff will get pictures for us, but we're in transition.

I will share information as I get it.

FROM OUR CMO

RRT response:

  • Whenever a RRT is called, you should expect to see a SOUND MD respond. If you do not see this, please let Mary know. The SOUND MD may show up with a mid level and if that SOUND MD feels that the patient is not critical/unstable and can be handled by the mid level, the MD may decide to leave the bedside and have the mid level continue with the hands on eval (the SOUND MD is, of course, still responsible for the outcome and supervision of that mid level).
  • If a pt needs to go to the ICU, it is the expectation that the conversation with the Intensivist would take place with the SOUND MD.
Let me know if you have any questions.

E-verbals :

  • There is no ‘policy’ that prohibits a nurse from entering verbal orders when a physician is involved with an urgent or emergent case. Another situation where it would be appropriate to take a verbal order would be when the physician has no immediate access to computer system, i.e. driving their car, operating in the OR or in the middle of a procedure, etc.

SCHEDULING TASKFORCE MEETING UPDATES

  • Thank you all who have worked extra in times of need.
  • The scheduling committees have had their first few meetings and looking at the requests from the engagement committee.

PTO

PTO usage and make up shifts:

  • Make up shifts only in the same week, and only if hospital cancelled.
  • If you are requesting off a day in the week and still want to work full time hours – you must document this on your request off sheet.


PTO usage updates (we are adopting these guidelines NICU uses to help you better use your PTO):

  • If an employee is canceled (either voluntary or involuntary) they can take up to 2 of those shifts, per pay period, with no PTO (unpaid excused).
  • Vacations - If an employee has scheduled 3 shifts of PTO in a row, one shift may be taken with no PTO per pay period.
  • Sick call - Must use PTO, no exceptions.

Disclaimer:

The employee is responsible for maintaining an average of 70 hours (per pay period) over the year. This is the only way they will maintain Full Time status. Please also remember that you have to work minimum hours to qualify for FMLA, so be aware of the rules. If you have questions about that, you can call the leave group at 1-855-547-3307.

PNAP UPDATE

  • Letters of intent were due April 1
  • Applications are due June 1
  • Bonuses gone to effect July 1
  • Bonus structure:
  • PNAP-P 200.00 per month
  • PNAP-E 300.00 per month

Thank you Labrita for your countless hours and effort. What would we all do without you? YOU ARE THE BEST educator in this hospital!

RN Levels:

RNI 0-1

RNII 1-3

RNIII 3-10

RNIV >10

These levels will be adjusted by HR afte the start of the fiscal year. I don't have details yet, but will share when I get the details.

MAGNET

Blossom and Cora are our wonderful magnet representatives! Check out the MAGENT board! Cora and Blossom are finishing up boards this month

Our leadership team will be rounding to see boards. They will ask staff questions about MAGNET and what you know about it. Your magnet champions will be sharing information with you.

HEALTHCARE EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Congratulations to our Healthcare excellence awards nominees!!!!

Some are pictured below


Abraham, Jaya

Antimano, Rosanna

Dunn, Erika

Ferrer, Marilou

George, Blossom

Lazo, Marites

Reforma, Haziel

Renovato, Ana

Tia, Arlen

Torres, Rose

Varghese, Mercy

Villareal, Margaret

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CONGRATULATIONS WOMEN'S SERVICES FOR THE EVS AWARD FOR APRIL!! We were the Cleanest and Most improved!

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Email Etiquette Lesson 101:


#1 If your name is in the "TO" section, respond

#2 If your name is in the "CC"section - its FYI only

#3 Never reply all unless everyone needs to be informed

#4 Business is Business - keep it short, clear and to the point

#5 Dont use an old thread for a new conversation

#6 Assume the person you are writing it about wouldnt mind reading it

#7 Dont add recipients mid-stream

#8 Read through it and check for errors

#9 Never send an email when you are under pressure or upset

#10 NO ALL CAPS - CAPS means you are yelling

Visilert

Ladies as a reminder, Days time should be set to 60sec and nights to 120sec for Visilert. Please don't set it for longer or random times. And remember to check on the patient, not to just reset it. Someone is always watching.

SUPERSTAR of the month of April is Bibia Joy!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! You could be next!!

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GUESS WHO??

I have been a nurse for 13 years and born and raised in Houston. I need my cup of coffee to get my day going. I have 2 wonderful children that keep my busy and I love sweets!! Who am I?????