�Rising Above� Theme Inspires Unit Nurses
to Create Mosaic
This year�s �Rising Above� theme of AACN President
Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN, is now an enduring legacy outside the medical
ICU at St. Joseph�s Medical Center in Paterson, N.J.
Inspired by a keynote address Fontaine delivered at
the �Trends in Critical Care Nursing� conference cosponsored by the Southeastern
Pennsylvania Chapter of AACN last fall, MICU staff nurse Belkis Ramirez, RN, cut
out a picture of the �Rising Above� artwork from AACN News. The artwork was a
continual reminder of Fontaine�s words, which in turn prompted her to look at
situations in the work setting differently.
Belkis then sat down with another staff RN, Jocelyn
Espejo, RN, BSN, CCRN, and critical care advanced practice nurse Janice Wojcik,
RN, MS, CCRN, APRN-BC, to discuss how to get the message to the rest of the MICU
team. The result was a colorful mosaic incorporating the elements that make up
the artwork for AACN�s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition
this month in Orlando, Fla. Translated onto canvas, the mosaic uses IV
medication caps in various colors in addition to beads.
After the �Rising Above� artwork was sketched onto a
canvas, the entire MICU team went to work, cutting the caps, hot-gluing them
onto the canvas and doing the beadwork. Throughout the creation process, the
meaning behind the art was explained. The completed mosaic now hangs near the
entrance to the unit.
The staff says it is a beautiful reminder to soar
above the challenges that face them daily in their practice. It also represents
the power of teamwork, because the team was able to create something wonderful
by bringing together the talents of many individuals. Their mosaic inspires them
to look for solutions in their practice that can be realized by working
The mosaic has also attracted attention from others,
which provides further opportunity to discuss and spread the meaning of �Rising
Members on the Move
Cherie L. Gorby, RN, AA, MSN, is now the chief
operating office at Memorial Hospital of Colorado Springs, Colo. She has worked
at the hospital in various capacities for the past 17 years, including intensive
care, coronary care unit and perinatology, and as the director of nursing for
maternal and child services.
Marguerite Kearney, RN, ,DNSc, FAAN, and Julie
Stanik-Hutt, RN, MSN, PhD, ACNP, have both joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins
University School of Nursing. Kearney holds a joint appointment on the faculty
in the School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Medicine at Johns Hopkins. She is a bench researcher whose area of expertise is
pathophysiology. Her work is almost fully funded by the National Institutes of
Health. She currently is investigating the effects of cerebral ischemia on
platelet function and hormone status. Stanik-Hutt is now a full-time assistant
professor at the School of Nursing, teaching students in the acute care nurse
practitioner program. She continues to practice at the School of Medicine in the
Emergency Department/Emergency Acute Care Unit. Her field of research is pain
management in critically ill patients.
A poster created by John Dixon, RN, MSN, nurse
consultant for leadership development and research at Baylor University Medical
Center, Dallas, Texas, and a member of the AACN Board of Directors, was accepted
for the American Nurses Credentialing Center�s eighth annual Magnet Conference.
The title of Dixon�s poster is �Medication Assessment: Reject, Revamp, Rethink.�
Angela M. Henderson received the Student Leadership
Award from Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. A graduate of
the University of Michigan School of Nursing, Henderson now works in the trauma
ICU at Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Lisa C. Brundage, RN, MPA, CCRN, was selected as a
2004 Heavy Hitter Award Winner, in the Hospital Administration category, by the
South Florida Business Journal. Brundage is director of Medical/Surgical
Services at West Boca Medical Center, Boca Raton, Fla., and administrator for
the hospital�s Cystic Fibrosis Program.
An article by Carol Chen-Scarabelli, RN, MSN, APRN,
BC, CCRN, won the American Heart Association�s 2003 Cardiovascular Nursing
Council Clinical Article of the Year Award. The article, titled �Beating Heart
CABG: Advantages, Indications, and Limitations,� was published in the October
2002 issue of Critical Care Nurse.
Michael Relf, RN, PhD, CS, ACRN, CCRN, received the
2003 Frank Lamendola Award for Leadership in HIV Nursing from the Association of
Nurses in AIDS Care. He also has been named the chair of the Department of
Professional Nursing at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health
Studies in Washington, D.C. Lamendola�s program of research, titled �Promoting
Retention in HIV-Oriented Primary Care: a randomized clinical trial,� is
supported by a $1.2 million, three-year grant from the Special Projects of
National Significance, HIV/AIDS Bureau, Health Resources and Services