Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Cardiac Staff Matters 23/05/16

1. Nursing Week at SBH was filled with events, including a scavenger hunt. Two Cardiac Sciences nurses, Karen Coupland and Rebecca Mederios (both from the Special Procedures area), joined forces to compete as one of the eight teams. Congratulations to Karen and Rebecca who were the winners of this “Amazing Race” style competition!

2. Congratulations to Emily Phillips, Lorraine Avery, Christina Kuttnig, Andrea Szwajcer, Cheryl Swanson, and Jo-Ann Sawatzky. The team was successful in their application to the St. Boniface Hospital Nursing Research Endowment Fund for their evidence informed project entitled “The Measurement and Assessment of Vital Signs: A Guide to Nursing Decision Making.” The primary purpose of this project is to establish an evidence-based clinical approach to vital signs standards for patients presenting with an acute coronary syndrome.

3. We are pleased to announce that our very own Rose Grant was nominated for an award during this year’s Nursing Week celebrations at SBH. The awards ceremony took place Friday May 13th in the Everett Atrium where she received the Nursing Excellence Award in Clinical Practice. Congratulations on this recognition, Rose—it is well deserved!

4. Karen Throndson’s collaboration with oncology clinical nurse specialist Darlene Grantham at Health Sciences Centre was highlighted in this month’s edition of Canadian Nurse. They work together to help oncology patients who develop cardiac complications, often as a result of chemotherapy treatments. These complications can include cardiac ischemia, heart failure and arrhythmias. Not only do Karen & Darlene work directly with patients and families to help them watch for or manage cardiac issues, but they also work to raise awareness among their colleagues about cardiac issues affecting oncology patients. To read the article, click on this link: https://www.canadian-nurse.com/en/articles/issues/2016/may-2016/cardiology-and-oncology-care-providers-join-forces

5. The Acute Coronary Syndrome Network team recently undertook a review for the Emergency Program of the WRHA ACS map. To John Ducas, Travis Warner, Chris Kuttnig, Sarah Rapko, Lillian Koley and Karen Throndson—your outstanding work is very much appreciated!

6. A warm welcome is extended to Maggie Lukianchuk, who begins a term position on Tuesday, May 24 as Clinical Resource Nurse for the Pre- and Post-Procedure and the Special Procedures areas at SBH. All the best in this new position, Maggie, glad to have you!

7. A new patient education sheet, titled What is a HolterTest?, has been developed and is available on the Cardiac Sciences website.