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Saint Barnabas Hosts Nurses From Germany
More than a dozen nurses from Germany visited Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ, to learn about current trends in the postoperative care of ostomy patients in the US.
In turn, the visiting nurses shared their practices with the nursing team at Saint Barnabas. ConvaTec, a Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., sponsored the trip.
At Saint Barnabas, specialized nursing services are provided for patients in need of education, treatment, and support for the care of ostomies, wounds, and incontinence-related conditions. Wound and ostomy patients are seen as inpatients, and an outpatient center is also available.
Each year, Saint Barnabas treats an average of 120 surgical patients with ostomies and provides counseling to more than 500 outpatient visits.
Bayshore Community Hospital Nurses Awarded Scholarship

Members of the staff of Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel, NJ, who are enrolled in nursing programs, are eligible for the annual Poppick nursing scholarships, named for Harry M. Poppick, MD, a founding member of Bayshore's medical staff.
This year's nurse recipients were -
· Kim Blind
· Sheila Caldwell
· Marianna Ingrao-Franco
· Shirley Shook
· Heather Zeveney
A reception followed the awards ceremony.

HUMC Recognized for Providing an Outstanding
Patient Experience
Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC), Hackensack, NJ, has been recognized for service excellence by JD Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital Program. The award shows a strong commitment by HUMC to provide an outstanding patient experience. Only 20% of the nation's hospitals are expected to achieve this distinction.
A random sampling of recently discharged patients was surveyed and compared to the national benchmark established by the JD Power and Associates 2003 Hospital Service Performance Study. Patient satisfaction was determined by five key factors: dignity and respect, speed and efficiency, comfort, information and communication, and emotional support.
Patients' trust and confidence in the hospital increased after their most recent stay. Trust and confidence was also higher at HUMC in comparison with patients at other hospitals in the national study.
HUMC also received the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence under the Distinguished Hospital Program, a collaborative effort by JD Power and Associates and Health Grades, Inc., this year. HUMC is among a group of fewer than 200 hospitals nationally to qualify for this clinical performance distinction.
Nongovernment, acute-care hospitals nationwide are eligible for the JD Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital recognition. The award is valid for one year, after which the hospital may apply for recertification.
JD Power and Associates marketing information services firm bases its quality and satisfaction measurements on responses from millions of consumers annually.
West Hudson Hospital and Clara Maass Medical Center Merge
West Hudson Hospital in Kearny and Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, NJ, both Saint Barnabas Health Care System affiliates, have merged. The West Hudson Hospital facility has been renamed Clara Maass Medical Center, West Hudson Division.
Residents with emergent healthcare needs will continue to have access to the 24-hour Satellite Emergency Department at the West Hudson Division, and the Ambulatory Care Center will continue to offer patients same-day care. New services offered at the West Hudson Division include a Sleep Center, an Occupational Health Center, and additional space for senior programs and community services. West Hudson Division patients will have full access to services at Clara Maass Medical Center.
Care Connection, the patient transportation service, will remain available at and between both facilities. A shuttle transports to each campus. The Long-Term Care Facility, located on the West Hudson campus, has been renamed Clara Maass Continuing Care Center at West Hudson, and has added 20 beds to its 56-bed capacity.
Felician College Enrolls Next Group For Fast-Track BSN Program for RNs
The first cohort of students in Felician College's 19-month Fast-Track Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program for Registered Nurses is underway. Launched this past fall, Felician College's Fast-Track BSN Program for RNs enables RNs whose lives and careers have prevented them from going back to college to complete their bachelor's degrees by attending classes only once a week. Eighteen students, ages 21 to 50, are enrolled in the first cohort. Because the program uses cohort-style learning, students progress as a unit from one seven- to 10-week session to the other without having to search for courses and class times.
On completion of the program, students are automatically accepted into Felician College's MSN Program without tests, admission fees, or application paperwork.
For more information on Felician's Fast-Track BSN Program for RNs, call (201)

The Valley Hospital Achieves Magnet Status
The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ, has achieved Magnet status for nursing excellence from the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. The designation places Valley with the less than 2% of hospitals nationwide that have gained this distinction.
According to the ANCC, Magnet designation helps consumers locate healthcare organizations that have a proven level of excellence in nursing care and is the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care they can expect to receive.
The Valley Hospital serves more than 300,000 people in Bergen County and the surrounding areas. Affiliated with New York Presbyterian Healthcare Network, The Valley Hospital is part of Valley Health System.
HUMC Ranks Tops Regionally and Nationally
Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) was recently named a 2003 Consumer Choice Award recipient for Bergen and Passaic Counties by the National Research Corporation (NRC), which measures healthcare performance. Since its inception in 1995, HUMC has been honored with this recognition, eight years in a row.
On a national level, HUMC has been named one of "America's Best Hospitals" for heart and heart surgery by US News & World Report. HUMC is the only NJ acute-care hospital to receive a ranking.
The Heart Center at HUMC provides state-of-the-art invasive and noninvasive diagnostic and treatment services, including electrophysiology studies, a state-designated cardiac catheterization center, and one of the largest open heart surgery programs in the state. Electron Beam Tomography?, a noninvasive test that can detect coronary artery disease before it becomes a problem, is also available. HUMC is also a leader in coronary artery bypass surgery. Robotic and minimally invasive surgery services, including the da Vinci? surgical system, are simplifying such complex cardiac surgeries as coronary artery bypass. HUMC is an approved da Vinci training facility for the East Coast and recently became the first hospital in the country to use the new fourth-arm technology.
HUMC, affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ - NJ Medical School, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in NJ.

Developing a support network of nursing colleagues is an important factor in building a strong nursing community to effect change. Please join Nursing Spectrum in congratulating the following registered nurses for their professional achievements within the healthcare industry.
CentraState Medical Center, Freehold, NJ
National certification was achieved by: Glenda Wombacher, CRNI, IV Therapy; Lisa Genovese, 4N, Med-Surg; Diane Muni, 4N, Med-Surg; Lucy Furmanec, SSU, Med-Surg; Donna Williams, 5N, Med-Surg; Gail Prettyman, 5N, Med-Surg; Sandra Morello, 3N, Med-Surg.
Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ
Peter Hedenhag, Mel Carrillo, and Ken Leff presented "Profession of Nursing" to students from Bergen Catholic and Don Bosco High Schools in New Jersey during November. On 5 Pavilion West: Doreen Zappitelli and Kathe Olohan had an article published in the American Journal of Nursing, April 2003, entitled "The Insulin Pump," to educate RNs on the use and benefits of insulin pump therapy. Claudine Mardaga, Jack Whitaker, and Sossi Youmshakian passed their ANA certification in medical-surgical nursing. Christine Carlson was promoted to nurse manager.

Newton Memorial Hospital, Newton, NJ
The following employees have received national certification in Medical-Surgical Nursing from the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN): Deborah Dehardt, Corrine Englehart, Monica Ferraro, Cecilia Fucito, Barbara Gibson, Thomas James, Sandra Marion, and Heidi Paseler.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
Jennifer Crivello was appointed clinical nurse specialist for PICU and the Peds ED. Jamie Perry was appointed evening head nurse on 5 North. Lydia Batista was appointed director of Perioperative Services. Dorinda Stephens and Jolanta Sojka passed their oncology certified nurse exam. Mike Valendo, Linda Quinto, and Leigh Anne Schmidt, head nurses in the ED, have attained trauma nurse core curriculum (TNCC) certification. Liliana Diaz, ED director, and Leigh Anne Schmidt, ED head nurse, passed the TNCC instructor course. Nicole Martinez, 2 Core, graduated from Mountainside School of Nursing in June 2003. Susan Jelvani, SICE Core, presented "Death and Dying" to the students of North Brunswick High School in October 2003. Leigh Anne Schmidt and Mary Anne Brookes-Totten presented "Dare to Care" on October 12, 2003, to the students of North Brunswick High School. Kathy Zavotsky presented "Learning to Care" on November 23, 2003, to the students of Memorial School in East Brunswick. Suzanne Gregory reviewed a manuscript on organ donation for the American Journal of Nursing. Elliot Stetson, SICU Core, acted as mentor to Allied Health Sciences High School students in November 2003. Grace Ibe was elected president of the Kean University graduate-MSN class for 2003-2005. Kathleen Sackett, SICE, was elected VP of the Kean University graduate-MSN class for 2003-2005. Myrna Young taught a three-credit elective course entitled "Introduction to Perioperative Nursing" at Rutgers University to senior nursing students. Anne Promise received certification in case management.
St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital, Wayne, NJ
Barbara Shanoian and Mary Jo Tamburri were recently honored for their outstanding commitment to providing the highest quality care to their patients, devotion to their profession, sound judgment, and compassion. Shanoian received the 10th Annual Ursula Cahsens Critical Care Excellence Award. Tamburri received the first Kathleen Houlihan Special Recognition Award for Telemetry and Intermediate Care.

RN License Renewal Update
For nurses renewing their licenses between March 1 and May 31, 2004, the deadline for the Board of Nursing to receive renewal applications is May 31, 2004. To ensure meeting the application deadline, nurses must -
· Notify the board of current mailing address if reminder postcard was forwarded by the post office. Postcards will be mailed in January for nurses renewing their licenses in this period. Change-of-address notification must be received by the board no later than January 23, 2004. Renewal applications and license certificates are not forwarded by the post office.
· Make address changes online at: http://www. state.nj.us/lps/ca/change.htm.
· Mail a copy of a marriage certificate, decree of divorce, or court order to the Board of Nursing if the name printed on the postcard is incorrect. Include printed name and license number, including the two-letter prefix, on all documents and mail to: New Jersey Board of Nursing, PO Box 45010, Newark, NJ 07101.