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Vol. 21, No. 5, MAY 2004

�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 together.

The mosaic has also attracted attention from others, which provides further opportunity to discuss and spread the meaning of �Rising Above.�

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 Administration.

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