SUMMER 2021Celebrating teamwork, communication, achievement, and excellenceA Message fromChief Nursingand Patient CareServices OfficerToby MarshOur UC Davis Healthnurses continue toprovide exceptionalcare to our patientseach and every day. Iam filled with such admiration andgratitude as I see our nurses caringfor our patients. They are makinga difference and changing lives withtheir skills, compassion,and kindness.In this issue of UC Davis Nurse, youwill find highlights of some of theremarkable actions of our nurses.You will read about neonatal clinicnurse specialist Christa Bedford-Mu,who received the DAISY Foundationand Institution for HealthcareImprovement Safety Award andChildren’s Hospital nurse educatorMichelle Linenberger who receivedan Honorable Mention from theDAISY Foundation and Institution forHealthcare Improvement.You will also read about ourPrinciples of Community Week,where we celebrated our differentbackgrounds and experiencesand recognized that to create anDAISY/IHI SAFETY AWARDSChrista Bedford-Mu and Michelle Linenbergerhonored by DAISY/IHIThe DAISY Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement(IHI) announced neonatal clinic nurse specialist Christa Bedford-Muwas the winner of the DAISY/IHI Safety Award. For more than 20years, The DAISY Foundation has recognized the compassion andskill direct care nurses bring to their patients and families every day.Christa Bedford-Mu was awarded theMichelle Linenberger received an HonorableDAISY/IHI Patient Safety Award.Mention from the DAISY/IHI Patient Safety Award.Bedford-Mu’s nominationnoted the programs shecreated for the NICU. Shedesigned and implemented anew hire orientation programwhich resulted in a 99% newhire retention rate. During theUniversity’s initial AmericanCollege of Surgeon accreditationreview, this orientation programwas highlighted as, “One ofthe most comprehensiveprograms in the nation.”Children’s Hospital nurseeducator Michelle Linenbergeralso received an HonorableMention from The DAISYFoundation and IHI. Linenbergerreceived this special recognitionfor her commitment to arelationship-based culture,serving as an advocate for peersupport, and her contributionsto exceptional patient care inunderserved communities. toby marsh continued on page 18uc davis health nurse newsletter SUMMER 20211
GRATITUDEHEALSOur clinicians give themselves in many ways, includingcharitable giving. “Why I Give” offers a personal look atwhy one of our own gives to UC Davis Health.Jerry Bambao, BSN, MS, RN-BC, is the Assistant NurseManager for the Internal Medicine/ENT Unit on Tower 4.Jerry has been a longtime donor to a varietyof UC Davis Health programs, including theUC Davis Nurses’ Donors Scholarship Fund, the BettyIrene Moore Capital Support Fund, and of course, theRe-Igniting the Spirit of Caring Endowment.We were curious about Jerry’s philanthropic investmentfor UC Davis Health and asked him to share his storyof philanthropy.Why did you become a nurse?Multiple events happened in my life during thatsearching moment that led me to nursing. I found Iwould be more fulfilled by taking that path.What has been the most memorable part of yourcareer at UC Davis thus far?Being able to say that I helped care for the secondlaryngeal transplant patient in the world and having ourunit (Tower 4) be the first unit on the West Coast to winthe PRISM award.Why is giving back to UC Davis Health importantto you?The importance of education has been instilled in mesince I was young, and I continue with that message tomy children. I believe that I’m investing in the future.Why is Re-Igniting the Spirit of Caring (RSC) aprogram you choose to support?Being in the health care field has its ups and downs.Sometimes we (healthcare providers) forget to take careof ourselves and/or forget our “why.” RSC has manyfacilitators that help remind us how we can take care ofourselves and fill our cup to give again.2uc davis health nurse newsletter SUMMER 2021Jerry BambaoBSN, MS, RN-BCCan you tell us a little about how RSC has impactedyour own experiences as a nurse?The foundations of RSC have shown me how importantit is to take care of myself. I look for activities that aresoul-fulfilling such as ensuring I spend quality time withmy wife and kids or exercising.You have been a generous employee donor tovarious UC Davis funds for many years. What wouldyou say to nurses thinking about giving throughEmployee Giving’s payroll deduction program?I would advise looking at the various funds that existand give to the one(s) that speak to your heart. When Istarted to give back, I donated around 10 a month, buteach year I increased it.At the end of a busy day, what makes you smile?The “thank you” from patients, families, and co-workersespecially when it was a chaotic day. The Gratitude Heals campaign is an ongoing effort by PatientCare Services to inspire and encourage the role–and impact–of philanthropy in the improved care of patients and self-careof clinicians and staff. The campaign is centered around fourgift funds: The CARE Project Re-Igniting the Spirit of Caring Endowed Fund Patient Assistance Fund Child Life Support FundIf you’re interested in learning moreabout the campaign, please scanthe QR code or contact David VanHofwegen at [email protected]
GEMBA: THE REAL PLACEClinical Nurse Samantha Streepy discusses Tower 8 quality improvementprojects with Executive Director Carla Martin.Gemba is a Japanese-derived word used in Leanorganizations to mean “the real or actual place.”Specifically, in Lean practices, the gemba refers to“the place where value is created.” This past year,the Quality and Safety Council supported and led thedevelopment of Gemba Rounds, by implementingleader standard work in quality improvement bypartnering our executive administrative team withunit based leaders.Twice a week, our executive team rounds on inpatientunits to understand the work being conducted by theunits, ask questions, and learn from those who do thework. It is an opportunity to collaborate, recognizeaccomplishments, identify new best practices, anddiscuss barriers in regard to unit projects and goals.By establishing this new process, we have been ableto continue to work in advancing and elevating theprocesses that improve patient outcomes. MEETDIANEWOODSDiane Woods, MSN, RNExecutive DirectorAmbulatory NursingDiane Woods, MSN, RN, has joinedUC Davis Health’s Ambulatory Care teamas the Executive Director for AmbulatoryNursing. Diane spent the past 15 years atEmory Healthcare in Atlanta, GA, initially inCardiology followed by Administration asthe leader for ambulatory clinical operationsfor 250 physician practices and four millionannual visits. Diane has two daughters, a mathteacher and a screenwriter, and two adorablegrandsons who live in Atlanta. She is eager tomeet her new UC Davis peers and teams, soplease reach out! [email protected] uc davis health nurse newsletter SUMMER 20213
PATIENT COHORTING ONCLINICAL UNITSRight Patient, Right Location atthe Right Time is the trifecta statein patient flow management andoperational excellence in patientcare delivery. A multidisciplinaryteam has been exploring how toimprove our patient cohorting onclinical units where nurses have thespecialized training.It was determined, if we couldstart improving the cohorting ofthe service with the largest patientcensus, we would then haveimpacts on all services. The dataidentified that the average censusof the Hospital Medicine Service(pre-COVID) was 90 patients.East 3 will provide 19 beds, anda total of 26 in the future. Withthe designation of East 3, East 4,East 8, and Tower 6, the availablebeds would support the servicescensus as well as the patient careneeds of telemetry, chronic ventmanagement, and isolation needs.The engagement of Dr. Molla andDr. Sinigayan with the HospitalMedicine Service to align thegoals of cohorting and medicalmanagement was crucial in thechange management of cohorting.It was important to understand theHospital Medicine Service workflowin service and team assignmentout of the ED and ICU to supportcohorting decisions. Additionalbenefits of cohorting are thealignment of medical managementat the team level. This alignmentsupports the assigned hospitalistteam caring for their patients inone primary location instead ofmultiple units allowing the buildingof multidisciplinary teams to care forpatients. The alignment and buildingof the multidisciplinary teamssupport the highest excellencein the delivery of care as well ascoordination of care management.The nursing supervisors, patientflow ANIIs, and bed control staffreceived education and EPICmapping to support decisionmaking with cohorting prioritizationof Hospital Medicine Service on thedesignated four units in February2021. Number of Cohorting Patients8075# of patients6040February 12, 2021:Start of EnhancedCohorting Focus200441Feb 6Feb 16Feb 26Mar 8uc davis health nurse newsletter SUMMER 2021Mar 18Mar 28Apr 7Apr 17
BMT Patients Managedin AIM ClinicIn March 2020, in the setting ofa global pandemic, businesses,schools, and all non-essentialfunctions even in health caresystems were put on pause inan effort to “flatten the curve.”Unfortunately, somebody forgotto tell “cancer” about the globalpandemic.By July 2020, patients needing tobe collected for stem cell transplantor transplanted at UC Davis Healthhad reached maximum capacity dueto the pandemic. Healthcare wasreopening slowly but clinical expertsfor the Cancer Center needed tofind a way to clear the backlog ofpatients. The question was posed;is there any part of the transplantprocess and patient care that couldbe performed safely in an outpatientsetting? The answer was, YES.The teams searched the literatureand found that patients can indeedbe cared for safely post-transplantin the outpatient setting. The AIMclinic, which had just relocated toUT 1 in June, was the ideal location.AIM is open 365 days with accessto advanced providers, RRT, andemergency personnel if needed.The multidisciplinary teams fromDavis 8, Cancer Center, BMTservice, and AIM came togetherand quickly put together an “Early/Proactive Discharge Pathway”for AUTOLOGOUS Stem CellTransplant patients and with thefirst patient discharged early toAIM on 8/18/2020. By Octoberapproximately nine patients hadutilized the early discharge pathwayresulting in approximately two tofive days shorter LOS (45 hospitaldays saved) and the backlogwas resolved.Based on the literature andpractices at other UCs andrenowned Cancer Centers, manycellular therapies are also beingadministered in the outpatientsetting safely and efficiently. Withleadership support, a plan wasdeveloped that would allow forstem cell transplants to beperformed on select patients inthe outpatient setting. The firstoutpatient stem cell transplant wasperformed in the newly createdCellular Therapy Unit in the AIMclinic on April 14, 2021. Many teams and staff memberscollaborated to successfully launchthis program:Cancer CenterKristen MensonidesLourdes Moldre, RNKarsen Koehncke, RNNico Cacho Buan-Lagazo, RNDr. Richard BoldDavis 8Cheryl McBeth, RNJessica Miles, CNSAIM ClinicMag Browne-McManus, RNJill Hernandez, RNShannon Reesem, RNSanthamma Pothan, RNMisara Bambao, RNTia Strong, RNBMT ServiceDr. ToscanoDr. RosenbergProgenitor LabEva LewalskiRichard D. RodriguezPharmacyAndrea IannucciAmy TanJulia GuglielmoDietarySky Baucom-ProChef Santana DiazJill GreerWendi VelaHonorable mentions:Epic teamFinance teamExecutive leadership teamuc davis health nurse newsletter SUMMER 20215
PRINCIPLES OFExcellence, and the DEI council.The DEI Council facilitated aCOMMUNITYWEEKvirtual mixer for clinicians. Thisyear’s theme of humility focusedon ideas for expanding Diversity,Equity, Inclusion, and a culturePrinciples of Community (POC)of belonging at UC Davis Health.Week was celebrated across theDr. Jann Murray-Garcia, theUC Davis campus from Februarykeynote speaker, presented22-26, beginning with a virtualCultural Humility: Attending toopening ceremony delivered byour Connections and ResistingChancellor May, Vice-ChancellorFear of Failure in Cross-CulturalLubarsky, and additional leaders.The week of events celebrateddiversity, promoted learning, andpracticed humility. Galvanizedby the unwavering support ofhospital executive leaders BradSimmons, Toby Marsh and EktaVargas, POC Week events werefacilitated in collaboration with theOffice for Health Equity, Diversityand Inclusion, OrganizationalEncounters. All events were wellattended, very insightful, andhighly interactive. POC Week wasa success and we look forward tonext year’s events. YOU’RE INVITED TOThe Annual Summit to BuildEmpathy, Compassion, and Love!The Relationship-Based Culture and Wellness teamis proud to announce a partnership with CreativeHealth Care Management to co-host a Summitto Build Empathy, Compassion, and Love onOctober 19 - 20, 2021.The Summit’s themes are Cultural Humility andResilience, which will be highlighted through dynamicspeakers and integrated experiences. Get ready tothink and feel and move–outside of the box. You willbe taken on a journey to explore Radical Self-Care,Care for Colleagues, Resilience, and Cultural Humility.We are proud to create space for connection andlearning with these groundbreaking leaders: Steve March, Founder of Aletheia Coaching –Integral Unfoldment of Embodied Resilience6uc davis health nurse newsletter SUMMER 2021 Dr. Jann Murray-Garcia, MD, MPH, UC Davis BettyIrene Moore School of Nursing Professor – CulturalHumility & Relationship-Based Cultures Kevin Kahakula’akea, John Fong, Founder &Principal, Elemental Partners – The Gates of Hope:COVID, Resilience, and HealingThe Summit strives to be an experience that is rich,vibrant, and diverse. A space for innovative interactionsand connecting with colleagues to process the societalexperiences and toll of the last 18 months, whilere-igniting our purpose for working in healthcare.Due to COVID-19, space is limited to 100 participants.To learn more and to register, please visitwww.chcm.com/events. CEUs are available.
CRNA CORNERWe have more than doubled ournurse anesthesia department! Thisis primarily in response to the evergrowing surgical and proceduralneed for our care. We now boasta full-time staff of 48 CRNAs and10 per diem CRNAs. We will behiring four more FTEs for a total of62 CRNA providers! That is quitea footprint and an unprecedentednumber in the history of theAnesthesiology & PainMedicine Department.With all this acquisition, we haveinstituted a comprehensive, fiveweek CRNA Preceptorship. Inour preceptorship program, wepair the newly hired CRNA with adifferent experienced staff CRNAmember every day for five weeks.Assignments foster growth andexpose the new CRNAs to asmany procedures both in the mainOR and the Non-Operating RoomAnesthesia (NORA) sitesas possible.We have also started the first-everPediatrics CRNA team. ElevenCRNAs have volunteered andbeen chosen to provide pediatricanesthesia in the Children’s SurgeryCenter (CSC) alongside some of ourmost esteemed and skilled pediatricanesthesiologists. This program is inWe are very proud of ournew recruits, some ofwhich come from otherstates such as Colorado,Indiana, and Ohio.its infancy but has already garneredexcitement, professional fulfillment,and camaraderie amongst the team.Kudos to Dr. Raj Dharmrait for hisleadership and vision, to the CRNAs,and to the entire CSC staff that isworking so diligently to ensure theteam’s success.The CRNAs have earned astrong reputation for their skill,professionalism, teamwork,and empathy. Our nursingbackground allows us to remain apatient advocate throughout theperioperative experience and ourdiversity lends a level of comfort forour patient population. Importantly,our extensive education andexperience have prepared us toprovide the highest levelof anesthesia care throughout themedical center. We are now moreaccessible to all areas of the facilitywhere our anesthesia careis needed.As the CRNAs, we continue ourroles in various other anesthesiarelated activities such as thefollowing: Paramedic training for the UCDavis Fire Department Clinical instruction of nurseanesthesia resident from SamuelMerritt University, the Army andthe Air Force Didactic instruction at many ofthese educational sites A newly formed trauma rotationfor the Air Force CRNAs The shadow program for nurseanesthesia Guest speaking at stateanesthesia associations Anesthesia for overseasmissions Seeking terminal doctoraldegrees and other advancededucation endeavors Involvement in professionalassociation activities uc davis health nurse newsletter SUMMER 20217
MEET OURSPECIALTY TRACK ADVANCEDPRACTICE FELLOWS!UC Davis launched the advanced practice fellowship program in 2019with three programs: Trauma Surgery, Radiology, and NeurologicalSurgery. Throughout the three years, the program has grown toinclude Neurology, Endocrinology-Glycemic Team, and Dermatology.Mafe Barlaanis a recentgraduate ofthe FamilyNursePractitionerDegree inBetty IreneMoore Schoolof Nursing, UC Davis. Barlaan hasbeen a registered nurse for 11 yearswith six years of experience ininterventional radiology. Being inthe radiology fellowship not onlydevelops her knowledge and skillsin her chosen specialty but alsohelped her adjust as shetransitioned to a provider role. Sheconsiders herself blessed to be apart of this fellowship and highlyrecommends it for future advancedpractice providers.8Jessica Kim isa Masters’sprepared AdultGerontologicalAcute Care NPwho recentlymoved fromChicago totrain under theAcute Care and Trauma surgery NPs.Kim has worked as a night shifttrauma ER nurse for a total of nineyears, during which she spent oneyear as a travel nurse and two yearsworking in Trauma SICU. She isgrateful to start this new chapter inher career, as she is being trainedand guided by so many experiencedNPs and MDs. Kim hopes tocontinue pursuing a career inTrauma surgery.uc davis health nurse newsletter SUMMER 2021MyleenRomarate hasa Master ofScience inNursing:Acute CareNursePractitionerwith anEmphasis in Adult-Gerontology. Sherecently moved from Phoenix, AZ totrain under the Neurosurgery team.Romarate has worked as aNeurosurgical ICU Nurse andNeuro-telemetry Nurse at BarrowNeurological Institute for 17 years.Her interests are in Neurosurgery,Neuro Critical Care, and Neurologyand she will pursue a career in anyof those areas. Romarate hascompleted her cranial pediatric andadult rotations in the hospital andclinic, and the NeurosurgeryFellowship at UC Davis MedicalCenter has provided her withstructured training and confidenceas a new graduate nursepractitioner.
The School of Nursing has also received grant funding for ten primarycare residents to support underserved communities and developskills in addiction, telehealth, and chronic disease management. Nextyear, the specialty track programs will expand to include orthopedicsand burn surgery. The 12-month program is designed to support newgraduate nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) inthe critical first year as they transition into practice.Shari Barela is afamily nursepractitioner whograduated witha Master ofSciencein Nursing fromSonoma StateUniversity.Previously, she worked as a criticalcare nurse for eleven years caringfor complex patients with medical,surgical, and neurological illnesses.Barela’s interests include criticalcare, interventional neurology,vascular neurology, and care of theacute stroke patient. She was thefirst NP selected for theneurology fellowship.Davis Wilson isa boardcertified familynursepractitioner andadvancedpracticeprovider fellow in the trauma serviceat UC Davis Health. Wilson iscurrently engaged with a multidisciplinary team in evidence-basedpractice and process improvementfor pediatric cervical spineclearance in the trauma patient.Wilson believes in an environmentof trust and mutual respect isrequired to allow healthprofessionals to adequately providecare and to collaborate with patientsand their families to best honor theirwishes and coordinate the care theydeserve. He believes inempowering patients with educationand discussing goals of care,to deliver safe and appropriateservices that are best alignedwith their wishes.KristinaHernandezis a boardcertifiedfamily nursepractitionerand the firstglycemic teamfellowship NP.She graduated from Samuel MerrittUniversity with a Master of Sciencein Nursing. Hernandez’s clinicalresearch interests includediabetes care, health equity,and patient education. uc davis health nurse newsletter SUMMER 20219
Nurses WeekMAY 6 – 12, 2021Nurses Week at UC Davis Health has always beena time to acknowledge and celebrate the amazingwork of the nurses and friends of nursing within thehealth system. However, it was very apparent thatthe celebration for 2021 would have to be somethingwholly unique to previous years, to ensure thesafety of staff and patients.Celebration activities were held at each unit, whiletechnology was utilized to share a broader messageof gratitude both internally and throughout thecommunity. A video with words of support from leadersand departments throughout the organization wasshared with our nurses. There were also two specialappearances in the video, Marie Manthey, creator ofPrimary Nursing, and members of the SacramentoRepublic FC.The week’s events were included on The Insider, a newbanner was hung over Parking Structure #1 to greetemployees, and the new SnapComms screen saverhighlighted different activities throughout the week.Celebrating the activities of Nurses Week at the Pulmonary Specialty Clinic,Left to right: Jeremy Jameson, BSN, RN, Nhi Le, BSN, RN, Britney Weber,Senior LVN, and Tracy Seward, MSN, RN.In the community, a digital billboard thankedUC Davis Health Nurses and our own Al Nutt, RN wasinterviewed on Fox 40’s Studio 40.Units were given certificates and pins for the morethan 1,800 nominations for Nursing Excellence andFriends of Nursing. Nurses Week is an opportunity tohighlight the incredible work done here at UC DavisHealth that happens all year long! FILIPINO HEALTHCARE HEROESCongratulations to Lourdes Moldre, MSN,RN, ACNP-BC, Manuel Dizon, RCP, LyndaSooHoo, BSN, RN, CNN, and Maria Erespe,BSN, RN. These UC Davis Health employeeswere recognized by Senator Richard Pan, asHealthcare Heroes at the Filipino Fiesta ofSacramento 2021. They were honored for theirservice on the frontlines during the COVID-19pandemic as a healthcare worker to the peopleof Sacramento and the State of California.Senator Pan acknowledged his gratefulnessfor their dedication, hard work, compassionatecare, and personal sacrifices. 10uc davis health nurse newsletter SUMMER 2021
EBP ModelLeft to right: Swapna Peter, RN (Emergency Department) and EBP & Research Council Chair leads panel discussion following Ignite! Session A - Meetingthe Metrics: Chlorhexidine Bathing with speakers Jolanda Jackson, RN (Neonatal ICU), Karen Stepp, RN (University Birthing Suites / Women’s Pavilion),Susanna Shkrabak, RN (Surgical Specialties Unit) and Erin Dame-Lewis, RN (Pediatric ICU).UC Davis Health is committed to prioritizingEvidence-Based Practice (EBP). Our missionis to provide science-based, technologicallyprecise, compassionately delivered nursingcare, and to strengthen our practice through acommitment to innovation, nursing research,and ongoing learning.Nurses, working as part of the interdisciplinaryhealth care team, used research to provideevidence-based care that promoted qualityoutcomes for individuals, families, and thecommunity. The term “evidence-based practice”includes the use of best available researchevidence, as well as considering internalevidence, patient preferences, resources,and clinical expertise in care delivery.Best Quality top honor winner, Douglas Wright, RN (Radiology) presents“Reducing Peripheral Intravenous Insertion Attempts.”EBP MODEL continued on page 12uc davis health nurse newsletter SUMMER 202111
EBP MODEL continued from page 11Beginning in 2021, evidence implementationat UC Davis Health follows the AdvancingResearch through Close Collaboration(ARCC) Model. The launch of the new EBPModel was in April 2021 with its conclusionsin April 2022 with a post-implementationsurvey. This initiative is being led andconducted in collaboration between theEBP & Research Council, the Center forNursing Science, and the ProfessionalGovernance Council. Learn more aboutevidence-based practice at UC Davis Healthat bit.ly/UCDNurseScience. Left to right: Best Patient Experience top honor winners, Joanna Mello RN & Kelly Greenberg,RN (Post Anesthesia Care Unit) present “Improving Outpatient Prescription Workflows.”Figure 1. ARCC Model: Culture, Systems, and OutcomesEBP PhilosophySupport,MentorshipOrganizationalCulture &ReadinessClinician Beliefs & AbilitiesIndentificationof Strengths &BarriersMentorDevelopmentLack of EBPKnowledge, Skill,ValuesStrategies:Workships &Journal ClubEBPImplementationOutcome Evaluation:Patient OutcomesNurse SatisfactionHospital CostsAdapted from Melnyk B.M. & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2019). Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare: A Guide toBest Practice 4th Ed. North American Edition, LWW.12uc davis health nurse newsletter SUMMER 2021
Patient SafetyAwarenessWeekPatient Safety Awareness Week was celebratedMarch 14-20. Of course, every day is a patient safetyday at UC Davis Health, but each year, the medicalcenter devotes a special week to emphasizing theroles every employee has in keeping patients safe.During this awareness week, staff joined membersof UC Davis Health’s Quality and Safety committeein several different activities.We want to send a huge thank you to those whohelped and remember to keep encouraging yourpatients and their family members to partner withproviders and be involved in care! Nurses Improving Care forHealth System Elders (NICHE) UpdateDid you know that almost 40% ofthe adult patients the UC DavisMedical Center cares for are 65years old or older? To ensurewe are prepared to care for ourolder adults, we have begun thejourney to becoming a NICHEand Age-Friendly Health System.As a requirement of NICHE, westarted a Geriatric Resource NurseProgram which entails 12 weeks ofmodules, didactic, and clinical time.Davis 14 was the first unit to startthis program with 10 RNs. The nextunit to participate in NICHE will beEast 8 with a cohort beginning inSeptember. All nursing staff is ableto request access to the multipleNICHE Knowledge Center modulesfor free CEUs, through the CPPNStaff resources page or the NICHEKnowledge Center.Another step we have madetowards being more age-friendly isto make a hearing amplifier availableto patients who are hard of hearing.By ensuring our patients can hear,we can improve patient safety,quality of life and decrease risk fordelirium during hospitalization.NICHE and Age-Friendly programshelp us provide patient-centeredcare for the older adult that willimprove outcomes by increasingknowledge and providing evidencebased practices. uc davis health nurse newsletter SUMMER 202113
SOUTH 1 AND EAST 3Serving Signature Soup & SaladSouth 1 and East 3 recently launched the Soup& Salad Initiative to improve RN communicationscores and the overall patient experience. Twoyears ago, communication scores were below theinstitutional goal and benchmark. The Unit BasedPractice Council created a task force to tackle thisgoal under our Best Patient Experience Initiative anddeveloped the Patient Experience and EducationProject (PEEP). The goal of PEEP is to create aclear, concise, and compassionate nurse-patientengagement guide to provide the best positivepatient experience. That was the beginning of theSoup & Salad Initiative.HCAHPS score prior to S&S was 59.5%.Shortly after implementation, the scoreimproved to 84.7%.Left to right: Madison Mcentire, Danielle Couture, Michalyn Jordan, JenniferGeorgianna, Monroe Abelarde, Tae Lee, and Peter Aglipa.Inspired by Christina Dempsey’s book “The Antidoteto Suffering: The Compassionate ConnectedCaregiver” and under the leadership of CaleneRoseman, the Soup & Salad Initiative began. Aunique acronym, SOUP & Salad (S&S) was createdbased on the concept of “56 Seconds Connection.”The foundation of this communication is based onour Model of Relationship Based Care and conceptsof Reigniting the Spirit of Caring and See Me As APerson.HCAHPS score prior to S&S was 59.5%. Shortly afterimplementation, the score improved to 84.7%. Due toits success, S&S was recently implemented in East 3and South 1.By sharing this initiative system-wide, all staff willhave a consistent experience when practicing theS&S and we plan to embrace it as the care languageof the nursing team at UC Davis Health. We hope thatour Soup brings warmth, and our Salad promotesfresh hearty, and healthy patient encounters. 14uc davis health nurse newsletter SUMMER 2021By sharing this initiative system wide, allstaff will have a consistent experience whenpracticing the S&S and we plan to embrace itas the care language of the nursing team atUC Davis Health.
OPERATING ROOMTraining ProgramThe OR Training Program (ORTP) is designed to helpnew graduate nurses function as competent scrub andcirculating nurses. This program is unlike most OR (operatingroom) training programs as nurses are trained to be adeptin both circulating and scrubbing any of our technologicallyadvanced robotic surgical cases or any of the many traumaticsurgical cases that land our trauma room. In addition to thesix-month program, nurses are concurrently enrolled in theNew Graduate Nurse Residency Program.The ORTP curriculum is based on six areas of perioperativenursing foundations: the foundations of the perioperativenursing role, surgical environment safety, surgical asepsis,surgical patient safety, foundations of surgery, and theperioperative nursing considerations of anesthesia.Due to the immense growth of UC Davis Health and thePerioperative Department
various UC Davis funds for many years. What would . you say to nurses thinking about giving through . Employee Giving’s payroll deduction program? I would advise looking at the various funds that exist and give to the one(s) that speak to your heart. When I . started to give back, I do