Nursing Professor at La Roche Receives National Nurse Educator Award

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Terri Liberto

Terri Liberto, Ph.D., RN, assistant professor of nursing and department chair of nursing at La Roche College, has received The Educator with the Nurse’s Touch Award from the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI).

Dr. Liberto, of Sarver, Pa., was one of four educators selected out of 500 nominations across the country to receive this prestigious award. ATI recognized Dr. Liberto as an educator who demonstrates the integration of professional and interpersonal skills into her nursing practice and education of students. These skills include: how to stay healthy and manage work-related stress, convey professional behaviors and attitudes, use nursing informatics and technology, function as a leader of the health care team and act a client advocate.

“I am honored to receive this award. I could not achieve these great outcomes in the nursing department without the collaboration from the nursing faculty and the support of the administration at La Roche College,” Dr. Liberto said.

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A World Gone Social—The Social Sanity Checklist

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 7.24.47 AMThe Social Revolution’s impact on the business and even the political world cannot be over-estimated. Like the meteor that likely precipitated the end of the dinosaurs, Social is the catalyst in an extinction event–and business as we know it has changed forever.

In the brand new book A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive, Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt offer an eye-opening look at fundamental and powerful changes the social collaboration era has set in motion. With compelling stories and dozens of concrete examples the two social media masters share how:

  • Customers now have the power–just watch what happens as more realize it!
  • The days of pretending are over — With increased transparency, businesses must be more ethical.
  • Command-and-control leadership is antiquated – It is now so inefficient, it is a liability.
  • Nimble and small is the new competitive advantage –few corporations are capable of the agility required by evolving marketplaces.
  •  Recruiting is now a two-way proposition   Job seekers are able to peer behind the corporate curtain and decide whether they want to work within.
  • Customer relationships matter more than ever — Relationship and community-building is how customers and brand ambassadors are won–and retained.
  • Engagement on all channels is required – Engagement–with partners, employees, and customers–is not a luxury; it is a requirement.

A World Gone Social takes a close look at companies who are demonstrating enlightened business practices and doing Social right–and some that are not.  Their book describes the many lessons to be learned from their experiences.

Among the amazing insights contained in the book is one piece of advice where they recommend how to objectively assess the fitness of a company’s culture and social presence. It is titled The Social Sanity Checklist. Take it yourself!  Here it is:

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Dr. Renee Thompson Announces the Release of a New Resource that Teaches Nurses Bully-Proofing Strategies to Protect Themselves in the Work Place

60% of all new nurses quit their first job within 1 year – most, due to workplace bullying.

48% of all graduating nursing students are concerned about becoming a target of

workplace bullying.

Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN, a leading authority on workplace bullying in healthcare is releasing a powerful resource to accompany her first book titled, “Do No Harm” Applies to Nurses Too! Strategies to protect and bully-proof yourself at work. This new resource called, “Conversations About Nurse Bullying” is designed to provide academic leaders in schools of nursing and nurse educators within a healthcare setting with the tools they need to:

  • Prepare student nurses and new nurses for the reality of workplace bullying
  • Teach the newest generation of nurses how to address bullying behavior in the workplace
  • October is National Bullying Prevention month. Through books, anti-bullying resources, seminars and consulting, Dr. Thompson is doing her part to end the cycle of nurse-to-nurse bullying.

Bullying undermines a culture of safety and respect.  85% of all medical errors can be linked to poor communication and disruptive behavior among healthcare providers. Renee’s books and new toolkit teaches new nurses how to avoid becoming the target of a bully, how to address bullying behavior in the workplace, and how to communicate effectively promoting a professional and supportive work environment.  [Read more...]

What to look for when outsourcing Integrated Pest Management

Hope Bowman copyBy Hope Bowman, Technical Specialist, Western Pest Services

When you suspect you have a pest problem, it’s most likely because you’ve noticed certain warning signs in your facility. Just as you can identify these warning signs, you should be able to identify the signs of a qualified pest specialist.

The specialized knowledge required to maintain a successful Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program means most healthcare facilities outsource their pest control. The necessity of success in this sensitive environment, paired with the costs that can be associated with a poorly managed pest control program, make choosing the right provider a must.

But do you know what qualities to look for? Here are some tips to keep in mind as you search for a qualified pest management provider:

Ask for recommendations

As you begin your initial search, keep in mind that your industry peers can be a great resource. Ask them who they currently partner with or have partnered with in the past. Ask them about their good experiences and their bad experiences, and find out if their current partnership is paying off. If you belong to a larger network of healthcare facilities, be on the lookout for resources and recommendations that may be available for you to access as part of your association with the network. Just make sure any source you talk to is a trusted one. Use the recommendations from your peers to create a list of potential providers to research.

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The Top Ten Fears of Elderly Adults

Father-Daughter-WalkingMany of the fears that aging adults experience relate to the biggest challenge they say they face: staying active. According to a recent survey conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care network, seniors worry about the future, beginning with the loss of their independence.*

  1. Loss of independence.
  2. Declining health.
  3. Running out of money.
  4. Not being able to live at home.
  5. Death of a spouse or other family member.
  6. Inability to manage their own activities of daily living.
  7. Not being able to drive.
  8. Isolation or loneliness.
  9. Strangers caring for them.
  10. Fear of falling or hurting themselves.

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Cura Hospitality Improves Patient Experience and Satisfaction Outcomes with New Role

Pittsburgh, PA, September 4, 2014 — Delivering a quality food service program is increasingly becoming a core component when it comes to improving patient satisfaction outcomes, and more importantly, the well-being of the patients we serve.

Cura Hospitality announced earlier this month the promotion of Kimmi Campagna to Director of The Patient Experience and Partnership Development, Acute Care Services. While remaining responsible for growing our hospital client base, Ms. Campagna will also serve as the specialist to support patient services teams, hospital-location managers and district managers to continually drive patient satisfaction success. 

A thirty-year acute care dining veteran, Ms. Campagna says, “Putting patients first goes beyond the examining and surgery rooms.  Every aspect of the patients’ encounter requires a superior level of care, which includes enhancing life with great food and customer service.”

Cura’s long-term commitment in promoting the success of the hospitals we serve is a strategic goal. From the initial partnership with a hospital client, Ms. Campagna will support Cura’s “Client for Life” by remaining with the hospital opening teams during the transition of dining operations; coordinate related patient services training and ongoing mentoring programs; conduct bi-annual quality assurance and monitor patient service satisfaction outcomes such as Press Ganey, the most recognized national patient-experience measurement firm.   In 2004 while serving as a director of food and nutrition services, Ms. Campagna’s operation was recognized by Press Ganey as a “National Success Story.” 

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Reality is the Best Medicine for Healthcare Data Security

By Kevin Jones

In August 2014, patients of Community Health Systems went to their mailboxes and found letters informing them that their personal data had been compromised. This news was delivered to patients at 20 of these Community Health Systems locations across Pennsylvania. The breach was reportedly achieved by exploiting the dreaded Heartbleed bug, putting the personal information of more than 4 million U.S. patients at risk. A network of China-based hackers may be the culprit. Not surprisingly, a patient of one of these Pennsylvania hospitals has already filed legal action against Community Health Systems, claiming in her Lackawanna County suit that the breach violates the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.

Not far away, right around the same time, patients of the New Jersey Medical Center received a similar letter. In this case, an undisclosed number of patients learned that their data was exposed because a healthcare worker lost an unencrypted CD storing countless names, birthdates, social security numbers, addresses and health insurance information.

These are not isolated incidents. They’re part of a growing and disturbing trend. Based on a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the number of data breaches involving the exposure of patient information rose 138 percent in 2013. That number is expected to be even higher by the end of this year. These data leaks are costing hospitals dearly: a recent Ponemon Research study revealed that U.S. healthcare facilities are spending almost $7 billion annually in fines due to HIPAA violations. We’re clearly at the point where healthcare has no choice but to play IT security catch-up.

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Save the Date: The American Nurse—Healing America

The Chi Zeta Chapter Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Presents
A Special Documentary Screening & Networking Event
THE AMERICAN NURSE – HEALING AMERICA
By Carolyn Jones, Photographer and Filmmaker

Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 7:00 pm | Doors open at 6:30 pm
Eddy Theatre | Chatham University Shadyside Campus

Photojournalist and filmmaker Carolyn Jones has spent the past few years photographing and recording the unique experiences of nurses at work in an effort to shine a light on nurses’ critical role at the bedside and within our country’s healthcare system. She published the book “The American Nurse: Photographs and Interviews by Carolyn Jones” in 2012 and has just completed the production on the documentary film that explores the role of nursing in the most vulnerable moments of the human experience. This film gives a voice to nurses who are on the front lines of the biggest issues facing America – poverty, aging, war and justice.

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Pennsylvania – Contrasts and Challenges

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By Tom Demko

Pennsylvania is the 6th most populous state in the nation with over 12 million residents, and an economy that ranks 6th in the United States in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  While broad statistics like this make our state look comparatively strong and competitive, Pennsylvania has a unique demographic profile that challenges healthcare delivery.

According to the World Bank, both the world population in general, and US population specifically, are trending toward an urban bias – with 17% of the US population living in rural communities in 2012, down from 20% in 2002. However, Pennsylvania has a rural population of 3.5 million – or about 27% of its population, a 2% increase in the same 10 year period. In contrast to demographic trends that number is projected to climb through 2030 by another 3%. Pennsylvania has the largest rural population in the country.

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New Bioanalytical Technology Holds Promise for Alzheimer’s Research

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Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive, neurodegenerative disorder that is the leading cause of dementia in the elderly (60%), affecting 13-20% of people over the age of 65 years.

In AD, the synaptic connections between neurons degenerate, and when neurons lose their connections, they cannot function properly and eventually die. As neuronal death spreads through the brain, the brain itself starts shrinking in a process called brain atrophy.

Unfortunately, only a few medications have been approved to help control cognitive loss in AD, however, they do not stop or reverse the underlying disease process.  In fact, most new AD candidate drugs are failures. Only one agent has been approved since 2004 (memantine), and the failure rate since 2002 (excluding agents currently in Phase 3) is 99.6% (1). One major problem is that we do not know the cause of AD. Recent evidence suggests that neurons die as a result of toxic metabolites that are unable to be removed properly from the brain along the blood vessels.

New technology is urgently needed to identify large numbers of biomolecules in brain cells and related biofluids such as serum and CSF. At Protea, we call this “Molecular Information” – identifying the proteins, metabolites, and lipids, which are produced by cells, so that we can profile the molecular networks that define AD biological processes.

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