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Professor in nursing research, NYU College of Nursing, New York City

Gail D’Eramo Melkus, C-NP, EdD, FAAN, the Florence and William Downs Professor in Nursing Research at NYU, has been appointed to the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for a two-year term.

The committee, known as MEDCAC, was established to provide independent guidance and expert advice to CMS on specific clinical topics. The MEDCAC is used to supplement CMS’ internal expertise and to allow an unbiased and current deliberation of state-of-the-art technology and science.

“I am honored to be selected to serve on the committee and to represent the profession of nursing, particularly the NYUCN,” Melkus said in a news release. “Given the current environment of the Affordable Care Act and nursing’s increased role in assuring evidence-based clinical practice for the delivery of safe, quality care for all, I am looking forward to contributing to the important work of MEDCAC.”

The committee reviews and evaluates medical literature and technology assessments while also examining data and information on the effectiveness and appropriateness of medical items and services that are covered under Medicare, or that may be eligible for coverage.

Jewish Guild Healthcare, Manhattan: RNs Gloria Uguala and Sherry-Ann Zeltman have been promoted to case management supervisors. Margaret Kelly, RN, has been promoted to staff development specialist.

Recently hired nurse case managers are RNs Ada Akujobi, Evangeline Carpentieri, Lori Charles, Michelle Clark, Alison Cohen, Marie Daniel, Winsome Dixon, Natalya Grove, Maria Hurley, Monica Kluhsmeier, Kathleen McBrearty, Mary McDermott, Caryn Nurse, Nicole Poyser, Sarah Powell, Saidriyad Razzakov, Roseanne Ritacco, Kelly Shannon, Diane Soulagnet, Anna Spivak, Ilona Vulikhsher, Kimberly Wilkes and Margarita Yaguda.

Beth Israel Medical Center, Manhattan: The medical center’s first DAISY Award was awarded to Susanna Conde, RN, a staff nurse on the head and neck inpatient unit.
Conde received the award from Mary Walsh, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, CEN, vice president/CNO, of the medical center.

Nominator Sandy Bynum, FNP-BC, MSN, recognized Conde for a “positive attitude and enthusiasm for nursing.”

Bynum noted that Conde used her critical-thinking skills to aid a patient with a tracheostomy who developed a sentinel bleed. Conde quickly noticed the bleed and called for the PA on the unit, who held pressure while Conde asked colleagues to call for rapid response. She then called the OR to let them know about the emergency. Conde reassured the patient on the way to the OR, Bynum said, then called the patient’s family member and offered comfort while the patient was in the OR.

NYU College of Nursing: Maja Djukic, RN, PhD, assistant professor, has been selected as the recipient of the Eastern Nursing Research Society’s Rising Star Research Award. Djukic’s program of research has been strongly influenced from her years as a staff nurse where she observed many of the problems that exist on nursing care units. She is passionate about improving nurses’ working conditions as a critical precursor to improving patient outcomes with a focus on examining the impact of social and physical aspects of nurse work environments, on nurse work outcomes and quality and safety of patient care delivery.

“One of the key recommendations of The Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing report is to expand opportunities for nurses to lead and diffuse collaborative improvement efforts,” Djukic said in a news release. “My current research, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar Program, is dedicated to discovering what tools and resources nurse leaders need to effectively lead evidence-based improvements in patient care.” Djukic is particularly interested in studying the role that front-line, middle level nurse managers and nurse executives play in securing optimal nurse work environments and quality patient outcomes.

Professor Michele Shedlin, PhD, recently published a paper, “Sending-Country Violence and Receiving-Country Discrimination: Effects on the Health of Colombian Refugees in Ecuador,” online in the Feb. 2 edition of the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Shedlin’s research addressed the need to reach a better understanding of the migration process and vulnerabilities experienced by refugees as they cross borders, particularly in South America. Findings highlight the need for identifying health risks of mobile and displaced populations, underscoring the voluntary and involuntary risk behaviors shaped by the nature and reach of life and environmental changes.


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