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Nurses shine at regional nursing conference

Hinsdale – Three Adventist Hinsdale Hospital nurses gave presentations at the 35th annual American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Midwest Critical Care Conference, held March 8-11 at the Marriot Lincolnshire Resort. Denise Blackburn, RN, BSN, BSA, of PICC Services, Christine Martin RN, BSN, of Labor and Delivery, and Maria Seeley, RN, ONC, CRNI, of PICC Services, presented to more than 200 nurses.


Blackburn and Martin presented “The Process of Nursing Peer Review: Patient Safety Through The Eyes of Your Peers” with Karen Bry, RN, BA, CPHQ, director of Nursing Education and Professional Practice at Mount Sinai Hospital. The presentation focused on a nursing peer review process that began at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital in 2006. This non-punitive nursing process is an effective and efficient way to monitor aggregate trends and improves processes and practice.


“It was rewarding to see so many of my peers embrace a process that truly empowers nurses,” Blackburn said. “These nurses were excited about returning to their institutions with this NPR format in hopes of using it to improve not only nursing processes and practices, but system-wide processes as well.”


Added Martin: “It was apparent just how important a nursing peer review process such as this is to nurses, as evidenced by the standing-room only crowd and number and quality of questions we each fielded. It was a great feeling to be able to present such valuable and user friendly information to my peers.”


Seeley’s presentation highlighted a prediction tool for thrombi associated with peripherally inserted central catheters recently developed by PICC services at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.


“We were given an opportunity to improve the care delivered to our patients by putting into practice the information learned through this research project,” Seeley said. “There are numerous institutions now using this tool and we look forward to the follow-up study.”


A peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) is a form of intravenous access that can be used for a prolonged period of time for such treatments as chemotherapy regimens, extended antibiotic therapy, or total parenteral nutrition. PICC is an asset to both patients and nurses as it protects the patient’s veins from medications that can be caustic and gives nurses long-term venous access for patient’s comfort and safety.


The presentations contained key facets of the program, challenges and successes associated with peripherally inserted central catheters and formats used to study cases.