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ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz _1234567890-. D1Monday May 4 2015 Akron Beacon Journal Ohio.com INFORMING. ENGAGING. ESSENTIAL. Continued on page 2 Florence Nightingale hailed as the founder of mod- ern nursing once stated Let whoever is in charge keep this simple question in her head ... how can I provide for the right thing to be always done The philosophy of Patients First is the thread that weaves itself throughout all aspects of care at Akron Gen- eral. At the core of every de- cision is the premise of doing what is best for the patient at the right time every time. This holds especially true with the care provided by Akron General nurses who are most often the frontline caregivers with whom pa- tients and families have the most interaction. Communication key At Akron General com- munication is a priority. We know that health outcomes improve when patients and families fully understand diagnoses treatment options and self-care practices. Clear effective and engaging edu- cation and communication are crucial to result in better patient outcomes enhance patient and family satisfac- tion ensure quality outcomes and reduce risk. One impor- tant practice at Akron Gen- eral is the concept of teach back during which patients and loved ones are asked to repeat back the material cov- ered by nurses to determine how much was understood and recalled. This practice is yet one more way to improve communication and ensure patient safety. As important as commu- nication with patients and loved ones is communication among caregivers. When there is a transition of care nurses provide updates in the presence of patients called bedside hand-off to ensure transparency and increase pa- tient engagement. In addition nurses are actively involved in mentorship programs continuing education peer-to- peer knowledge sharing about best practices and professional forums. Detailed concise and transparent communication is key to providing the best care and experience for patients and loved ones. Highly educated nurses Staying on top of knowl- edge skills and abilities in the changing field of health- care can be challenging. Akron General nurses are encouraged and supported to pursue further education training and certification to enhance competence performance and care. Akron General nurses receive sup- port for career development and are empowered to use their expertise to strengthen the nursing profession contribute to the strength of our organization and demonstrate exemplary professional practice. One example of how nurses are flourishing at Akron General is the opportunity nurses have taken advantage of to continue advancing their education. Research indicates that increased BSN rates and graduate degrees among nurses are associated with improved clinical outcomes. Akron General exceeded The Institute of Medicines call for 80 percent BSN-prepared nurses by 2020. Develop- ing and supporting highly educated nurses is an ongo- ing goal of Akron Generals Nursing department and will Doing what is right for the patient at the right time every time AN AKRON BEACON JOURNAL ADVERTISING SPECIAL SECTION A TIME TO HONOR THE NURSES IN OUR COMMUNITY 2015 National Nurses Week Wednesday May 6-Tuesday May 12 2015 1 ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz _1234567890-. Akron Beacon Journal Ohio.com INFORMING. ENGAGING. ESSENTIAL.D2 Monday May 4 2015 Wednesday May 6 - Tuesday May 12 AN AKRON BEACON JOURNAL ADVERTISING SPECIAL SECTION 2015 National Nurses Week BPT - The Journal for Nurses in Professional Development defines the art of nursing the human connection between nurse and patient as a combina- tion of compassionate concern openness physical availability and empa- thetic attention. Nurses from a related study who demonstrated this type of care fostered stronger relationships with patients encouraging them to be more proactive participants in their care plan. Nurses provide their pa- tients with a sense of safety and calmness through simple nonverbal com- munication cues such as eye contact or a reassuring touch. While the modern health care industry de- pends on nurses far beyond the bedside enhanced patient engagement re- mains nurses strongest tool for improving a patients well-being. Enhanced direct patient care helps maximize patients time in the hospital and ensures their families are equipped with the knowledge and support they need when discharged. As the health care landscape continues to evolve the significance of the connection between nurse and patient is more important than ever. The largest segment of the U.S. health care workforce - more than 3 million nurses possess what Dr. Joanne Disch a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Execu- tive Nurse Fellow refers to as the nursing lens the unique perspective to treat the whole person and not just a specific illness or injury. This person- and family-centered care extends beyond the limits of the physical body to a person and familys social mental and spiritual needs. Most nursing schools in- corporate tools for building nurse-patient relationships into their curricula. Lead- ers at Chamberlain College of Nursing have gone a step further and made care of students a part of their edu- cational culture with the belief that extraordinary care of nursing students is more likely to lead to extraordinary patient and family care. Chamberlain prepares nurses to practice the art of nursing through its concept of Chamberlain Care. Faculty and staff display behaviors of care respect and professionalism creat- ing a culture that fosters collaboration respect and cooperation among all including student nurses. By modeling a care-based set of beliefs values and behaviors expected to be exemplified by professional nurses Chamberlain fac- ulty impart the qualities of extraordinary nurses into their students. Chamberlain Care is demonstrated through the support faculty and staff provide students from the beginning of their academic career through graduation preparing each student with a strong foundation for academic success. Support services including early introduc- tion to comprehensive academic resources and unique hands-on experi- ences engage students and empower them to achieve their career goals. Nursing at its core is about caring says Dr. Su- san Groenwald president of Chamberlain College of Nursing. But caring has to be more than an intention. It has to be demonstrated in concrete acts. By infus- ing care into all facets of our educational experience we serve our students in a way that helps them exem- plify care within the health care setting as clinicians and educators positioning them to achieve the ulti- mate goal improved well- being empowerment and education for enhanced self-care and increased satisfaction for patients. Once in the field nurses need continued support and encouragement to enhance patient care. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement in partner- ship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation devel- oped Transforming Care at the Bedside TCAB to bring the art of nursing back to the forefront of the profession. The program is designed to help hospitals increase the amount of time nurses spend in direct patient care to 70 percent. In turn hospitals are altering practices to give nurses more time to de- velop strong authentic relationships with patients and redesigning orientation programs to emphasize the importance of the nurse- patient relationship. New nurse hires are encour- aged to put themselves in patients shoes to gain perspective and refine their bedside manner. Hospital stays often evoke feelings of anxiety whether it is you or a loved one being admitted and navigating the care system during the stay and post-discharge can be daunting. Yet continuous improvement in health care delivery is possible through compassionate care. Nurses who provide enhanced patient care - even through subtle body language ges- tures like sitting alongside the patient - can ease these stresses bolster the nurse- patient relationship and increase overall patient sat- isfaction and outcomes. Re- flecting and fostering these qualities in nurses through education that combines curriculum and a culture of care is an integral first step to propelling them to the Nurse-patient relationship is key to improved health outcomes Continued from page 1 allow us to meet the de- mands of an evolving health- care system and patient population. The development of nurse directors at Akron General is critical both to our ongoing success and our sustain- ability as an organization. Nurse leaders are expected to possess five essential competencies as outlined in the American Organization of Nurse Executives AONE Nurse Executive Competen- cies communication and relationship management professionalism leadership skills business skills and management and knowl- edge of the healthcare envi- ronment. Nurses prepared at the practice doctoral level with a blend of clinical organizational economic and leadership skills are able to significantly impact healthcare outcomes. Several Akron General leaders are engaged in attaining the doctor of Nursing Practice at Waynesburg University. Patient satisfaction a priority We continually assess patient satisfaction through internal surveys and through our participation in national- ly administered government studies such as The hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey HCAHPS. HCAHPS is administered on behalf of The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Ser- vices CMS to gauge patient satisfaction with hospital services. Patients are asked to pro- vide an overall rating of the hospital. The chart reflects the percent of patients who rated the hospital a 9 or 10. Ratings are on a scale of 0 to 10 with 0 being the worst hospital possible and 10 the best hospital possible. Akron General has made steady progress in im- proving scores through the use of patient all backs and nurse leader rounding as well as staff initiatives such as quiet at night bedside hand-off and bedside report. Our nurses demonstrate con- tinued improvement in their relationships with patients and families and in the ap- plication of new knowledge and evidence utilizing relationship-based care. The heart of nursing Prioritizing communica- tion skills and patient safety is a formula that ensures Ak- ron General patients receive the very best care at the right time every time. Akron General nurses are the true champions of this concept. In our community Akron General is known for the compassion and expertise of our nurses. Akron General nurses are truly the cream of the crop. Thank you nurses for your selfless and devoted care every day. We com- mend honor and salute you. EATING WELL DURING THE HOLIDAYS With holiday parties and busy schedules its easy to let our healthy eating habits fall to the wayside.You can still eat well during the holidays by think- ing ahead and being mindful of your choices. Dont go to holiday parties hungry. Eat a small healthy snack before heading to holiday parties. Try an apple low-fat yogurt or a handful of almonds. Youll be more likely to stick with healthier options at the party and youll be less likely to overindulge since you dont feel hungry. Load your plate with healthy items rst. Go for the veggie tray salad or fruit. Focus on the company not the food. Remember why youre there to enjoy the company of others. Focus on conversation and activities not the food. Drink water. This may seem like a no-brainer but drinking water before a meal can help you feel full and will keep you hy- drated. Sugary drinks like soda and alcoholic beverages are lled with calories that can sideline your healthy eating choices. Remember all good things in moderation. The holidays wouldnt be the holidays withouteat drink and be merry. In moderation theres nothing wrong with indulging here and there. GET MOVING Finding time to exercise can the holidays however it can be even more challenging. While there are plenty of other things that would love to occupy your time its important to make time for exercise during the holiday season. Set aside time to exercise. Just as you set aside time for running errands or writing holiday cards set aside time for exercising. Even if you only have 20 or 30 minutes at a time you can still t in a quick workout or brisk walk. visit the gym to get a workout and chances are youll have even less time to make it to the gym during the busy holiday season. There are plenty of exercises you can do at home including crunches push-ups and jumping rope. Make it fun. Exercise doesnt have to feel like exercise. Go sled riding with the kids or take a walk to check out the neighbor- hood decorations. There are plenty of activities you can enjoy while getting a little exercise in. DONT LET IT STRESS YOU Sometimes life during the holidays feels more like a balanc- ing act than the happiest time of the year. 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ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz _1234567890-. D3Monday May 4 2015 Akron Beacon Journal Ohio.com INFORMING. ENGAGING. ESSENTIAL. Its National Nurses Week The Zielony Nursing Institute is proud to honor our 12000 Cleveland Clinic nurses for making a difference in our patients lives and helping us deliver on our mission of patients first. National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6 also known as National Nurses Day through May 12 the birthday of Flor- ence Nightingale the founder of modern nursing. During National Nurses Week Cleveland Clinic cel- ebrates the caregivers who of- fer their clinical expertise and high quality care to patients every day. The mission of the Zielony Nursing Institute is to be the global leader in the pro- fessional practice of nursing through education research innovation collaboration and quality care and Cleveland Clinic Nurses bring this vision to life. Cleveland Clinic Nurs- es Delivering on the Promise of World Class Care Often described as an art and a science nursing is a profes- sion that embraces dedicated people with varied interests strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers. Nurses have many roles from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitio- ner and nurse researcher and serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety. Nurses are seen as one of the most trusted professions by the public yet few people really understand the rigor- ous training and education required to be a nurse notes Kelly Hancock MSN RN NE-BC and Executive Chief Nursing Officer for Cleveland Clinics Zielony Nursing Institute. Though most nurses would be slow to sing their own praises they are providing care that is thorough compassion- ate and professional. Nurses Week is important because it gives us a chance to celebrate this dedication and to raise awareness about what is truly involved in nursing care. Nursing is more than what each caregiver does during their shift its a calling and power that comes from within. Not only do nurses serve as the primary caregiver and coordi- nator of care for their patients but they embrace new technol- ogies resolve emerging issues and adapt to change. The roles of nurses have shifted stretch- ing far beyond the here and now nurses are now leading the way. In fact the American Nurses Associations National Nurses Week 2015 theme Ethical Practice. Quality Care recognizes the importance of ethics in nursing and acknowl- edges the strong commitment compassion and care nurses display in their practice and profession. In addition to the personal wins accomplishments and successes of our Cleveland Clinic Nurses the Nursing Institutes program has flour- ished including The successful implemen- tation of a formalized nurse residency program New pilot programs and ini- tiatives introduced to improve patient care Magnet and Pathways to Excellence designations and recognitions Nurses are undeniably going places - and are leading as they go said Hancock. As we cel- ebrate our amazing caregivers this week its important that we recognize how far weve come but also focus on where we are going. As Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Of- ficer for Cleveland Clinics Medina Hospital Mary R. Kennedy MBA BSN RN sees the amazing contributions from nurses displayed on a daily bases. Nurses are true profession- als but so much more. They are key players in the future of healthcare and their presence strongly contributes to the healing process for patients and their families said Ken- nedy. Besides being ambassadors for patient care and their own research and education our nurses are deeply involved in the community said Kennedy. From speaking at community events to providing screenings and classes our nurses are highly valued for the impact they make in the lives of our community members. Consult QD For Nurses To connect with the commu- nity of healthcare profession- als Cleveland Clinic nurses are sharing their best practices in the form of Consult QD a blog created for healthcare profes- sionals. Updated several times a month Consult QD features the latest research insights innovations treatment trends and more. Recent articles include Documentation During EMR Downtimes Mobile App Makes It Easy to Deliver Meds A Nurses Nutrition Guide New Bed Assigning Program Visit consultqd.cleveland- clinic.orgnursing today for inspiration and insight. Cleve- land Clinic offers same-day appointments. A group of aspiring leaders from Medina Hospital attend an event where Kennedy and other members of Cleveland Clinic leadership spoke from left to right Barbara Scheufler Stephen Depp Bruce Starkey Christine Falkosky Ashley Jones Mary Kennedy Brittany Caroccio and Meredith Molnar Cleveland Clinic celebrates Nurses Week 2015 National Nurses WeekWednesday May 6 - Tuesday May 12 AN AKRON BEACON JOURNAL ADVERTISING SPECIAL SECTION Mary R. Kennedy MBA BSN RN Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer for Medina Hospital a Cleveland Clinic hospital. About Cleveland Clinic Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence The Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence encompasses all nurses and nursing activitiess at Cleveland Clinic. Its more than 12000 nurses include nearly 1000 ad- vanced practice nurses. All pro- vide compassionate care at the highest level of professional ex- pertise through specialty-based units in hospitals outpatient and surgical settings at Cleveland Clinic locations in Northeast Ohio Florida Nevada Canada and Abu Dhabi. Three Cleve- land Clinic hospitals Fairview Hillcrest and main campus have been granted Magnet recognition by the American Nurse Credentialing Center and six more Cleveland Clinic Florida Euclid Lakewood Lu- theran Marymount and South Pointe have achieved Pathway to Excellencedesignation. The Zielony Nursing Institute is one of 27 institutes at Cleveland Clinic a nonprofit academic medical center ranked among the nations top hospitals U.S. News World Report where more than 3000 physicians and research in 120 specialties collaborate to give every patient the best outcome and experi- ence. www.clevelandclinic.orgnursesweek D4 Akron Beacon JournalOhio.com InfOrmIng. EngAgIng. EssEntIAl. monday m may 4 2015 Akron Beacon JournalOhio.com InfOrmIng. EngAgIng. EssEntIAl. D45 www.summahealth.org ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz _1234567890-. Akron Beacon Journal Ohio.com INFORMING. ENGAGING. ESSENTIAL.D6 Monday May 4 2015 by Shannon Miller advertising writer In 1975 Barb Brunt wanted to be an English teacher or so she thought. After finishing her Bach- elor of Arts degree in English with a certification in education she set out on a course to teach high school. As is often the case life had other plans. She and her husband were living within an apartment complex housed within a county home for elderly. Her husband was an administrator for the home. When one of the nurses who came to dis- pense medications called off Barb stepped up to the plate to help dispense medications and care for the people within the home. I knew everyone by name and knew what they needed said Brunt. She enrolled in nursing school the very next day. I knew if I was going to be in that situation again I wanted to know what I was doing. Education and caring for others has been a hallmark of Brunts career. Shes been employed by Summa Health System for 23 years where she found her niche doing both as a nurse educator. After working as a floor nurse in pediatrics she moved into staff de- velopment which she said was an ideal blend of both nursing and education. From there her career blossomed. Barb went on to become certified in nursing profes- sional development in 1992 a certification she still maintains. She has also been a certified nursing executive since 2008. The list of achievements on Brunts Curriculum Vitae is impressive. Be- cause of her background as an English teacher she has published four books seven book chapters and 33 articles in addition to serv- ing as section editor for all four editions of The Core Curriculum of Nursing Professional Development. Additionally her career as a nurse has taken her all over the U.S. she has been a featured speaker and poster presenter at nurs- ing conventions in Ari- zona California Florida Georgia Illinois Indiana Louisiana Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Nevada Ohio Pennsylva- nia Tennessee Texas. The list of professional memberships and advisory boards Brunt is part of is equally noteworthy. She is a long-time member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Delta Omega Chapter for Nursing she is a charter member of the Association for Nursing Professional Development she is a member of the Ohio Nurses Association a member of the Stark- Carroll District Nurses Association the National League for Nursing and the National Association of Professional Women. She also acts as a board member for several col- leges in the area including Herzing University Akron Institute Walsh Univer- sity Stark State College of Technology and Uni- versity of Mount Union. Finally she is a member of the University Park YMCA Advisory Board and a member of the Pen- tagon Council of Nursing Professional Development Educators. The award Brunt is perhaps most proud of is the Certified Specialty Nurse of the Year Award by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2009. This coveted national award is given to nurses for activities related to certifications for profes- sional involvement and re- cipients receive the award based on nominations by their colleagues and professionals in the field. Brunt was very pleased and very much surprised by the award. It was quite an honor she said with a smile. From this award Brunt received funds to attend the National Mag- net Conference. At the time Summa Health Sys- tem hadnt yet achieved the coveted Magnet Status recognition which it received in January of 2011. This achievement is a pinnacle within the nursing and healthcare community. Lanie Ward senior vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer always mentions that Summa was the first adult hospital to receive Magnet status in the area said Brunt proudly. As if these involvements werent enough Brunt finds time to volunteer in the Akron area a task that is very near to her heart. Im proud of the time I spend volunteer- ing she says humbly. My philosophy is I want to give back to the commu- nity and Summa Health System has been very receptive to that said Brunt. For 13 years she has volunteered as a tutor for Akron Reads. She says she has seen both good results from the school standpoint with improved grades for students but also she re- ceives personal satisfaction from this. When you see the improvements students have made over the school year and see their DIBELS scores increase it is very satisfying says Brunt. DIBELS Dynamic Indica- tors of Basic Early Literacy is a series of short tests that assess early childhood literacy in grades K-6. Brunt is also a mentor for Destination College for se- niors in the Akron Public Schools who are interested in a career in nursing. Brunt has also volun- teered for Habitat for Humanity through Summa Health System. Three or four times I have gone with a group of colleagues to work on various habitat programs recounts Brunt. Once I even helped build a home for a Summa employee She also finds time to volunteer with a variety of community services like Open M the Haven of Rest The Greater Akron Canton Regional Foodbank and as a team captain for Relay for Life. She says I enjoy the personal satisfaction of volunteering and ap- preciate the support of Summa for allowing those activities because a lot of them are during regularly scheduled work time. Brunt practices what she preaches in healthcare by taking care of herself. She is a self proclaimed avid swimmer and swims 25 laps at the University Park YMCA five days a week. She says swimming is a great stress reliever and great way to start the day. She also enjoys kickboxing yoga and Pilates. Finally Brunt says family is very important to her. She enjoys spend- ing time with her mother two daughters and their spouses and her three grandchildren. Her oldest granddaughter is a sopho- more studying forensic chemistry in the honors college at Ohio University and her two youngest grandchildren are 5-year old twins one boy and one girl. 6 Summa nurse exemplifies a life of caring commitment Wednesday May 6 - Tuesday May 12 AN AKRON BEACON JOURNAL ADVERTISING SPECIAL SECTION 2015 National Nurses Week Barb Brunt 3127882 The rst Tuesday of each month kicks off with Your Health followed by Healthcare Tuesdays the following weeks. Medial eld specic Expert advice from local professionals To advertise in this special feature call 330-996-3410. Healthcare Tuesdays Tuesdays To advertise in this special HealthcareHealthcare Q AQ AQ AAUDIOLOGY Christopher G. 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ESSENTIAL.7 By Jennifer LeClaire Monster Contributing Writer Just as patients evaluate dif- ferent settings for their medi- cal treatment nurses should too to find the one that best fits their career goals and life situations. And there are many choices. In addition to hospitals acute care teaching and rehab to name a few nurses can work in prisons schools public health departments clinics nursing homes home health- care physicians offices colleg- es and universities workplaces and research facilities. With all these options nurses must carefully examine their skill sets professional goals and personality types to deter- mine the best venue for their careers. Location Pay and Schedules Unless you want to see the world as a traveling nurse you will probably choose a facility close to home. Hospitals pub- lic health departments clinics nursing homes and schools are found in communities of all sizes but metropolitan hospi- tals and rural hospitals offer very different opportunities and pay rates. If you want to work with higher-acuity patients then look for a larger hospital says Kathy Murphy clinical director for Nursefinders a healthcare staffing service in Arlington Texas. Such experi- ence will allow you to move more quickly into critical care emergency and other special- ties. If you want a greater connection with the commu- nity and less acuity then com- munity and rural hospitals are the better choice because you have a much more intimate re- lationship with your patients she says. Not surprisingly metro- politan hospitals typically pay more than rural hospitals and this may be a significant factor in your decision. But if a slower-paced environment with a more predictable sched- ule is more important than higher wages then smaller hospitals are a good match as are schools prisons commu- nity clinics and public health departments. As for other settings home healthcare nurses have the sat- isfaction of being able to draw on their assessment and educa- tion skills to treat patients but they must work solo. That can be stressful when its midnight and you are trying to decide if your patient is having a heart attack says Murphy. Psychiatric facilities offer good pay and challenges unique to other healthcare settings but unless you possess considerable patience and empathy you may be dis- satisfied with not seeing much improvement in your patients. If you would find helping disabled patients regain func- tionality rewarding consider rehabilitation hospitals. If you want to work with the latest technology look into teaching hospitals. Third-Party Validation Regardless of the size setting or location of a healthcare organization accreditation awards and Magnet designa- tion can give you nonbiased clues as to the working condi- tions at a particular facility. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations evaluates and accredits more than 16000 healthcare organizations in the US based on strict guidelines. State and public hospitals also have accreditation programs that ensure nurses a measure of commitment toward patient care. Awards can say a lot about a venues staff and management. A good place to look is in best places to work reports in Fortune Working Mother and regional business journals. Recognition in a specialized area of treatment can also be telling. You can find those rankings in US News World Reports guide to the nations top hospitals. Finally Magnet designation from the Magnet Recognition Program is awarded to orga- nizations that have a proven level of excellence in nursing care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center devel- oped the program to recognize healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nurs- ing care. Whatever setting youre considering be sure to review its policies and to ask around. For example some hospitals are moving toward restricting mandatory overtime. Other facilities are increasing whis- tleblower protection so nurses can report unsafe conditions without fear of a backlash. The bottom line for all nurses is that we come into the profession to provide quality care to patients says Valerie Magee RN director of nursing for Beitler Staffing Services in Chicago. We want to give the best patient care in the best possible care setting that we can. Accreditation awards and Magnet status are important and so is word of mouth. 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As a Fortis nursing student who graduates from a Fortis nursing program you will be prepared to take the NCLEX licensure exam with pride and con- fidence. Nursing is regularly ranked as one of the most highly respected profes- sions and the Bureau of Labor Statistic consis- tently reports the employ- ment prospects for RNs and PNs will be strong for years to come. With your dedication and nursing education from Fortis you can chart your road to career of suc- cess helping patients and serving your community. Get started today Visit us online at www. fortis.edu for consumer information or give us a call at 1-855-445-3276 to schedule a tour of our Cuyahoga Falls campus. By Wendy J. Meyeroff Mon- ster Contributing Writer If youre a graduating or practicing nurse theres good news The US nursing shortage means healthcare employers are offering nurses all sorts of interesting lures to work for them. For those fortunate enough to have more than one offer to consider how do you pick the best one -- the job that will provide the compensation youre looking for as well as an environment thats conducive to your career development and day-to-day job satisfaction Consider these points as you make this important decision. Salary and Benefits If salary is your highest prior- ity make sure its competitive geographically especially if an employer wants you to relocate. Remember that what seems like a great salary in Birmingham Alabama prob- ably wont be enough to cover your living expenses in New York City. Look for other ways to boost your compensation too. Is there a sign-on bonus Do you bring certain highly desirable skills -- such as fluency in a second language including American Sign Language to the table If so make sure the salary offer reflects those skills. Most employers especially hospitals offer health life and disability insurance plus reimbursements for continu- ing education. Some also offer long-term-care insurance. Get specifics about those benefits. For example a small com- munity hospital might provide health insurance for you but not the rest of your family. If youre a veteran nurse returning to the field after a hiatus or making a career change to nursing in your 40s or 50s pension and retirement plans are probably on your mind. If so ask about a spin on the child-care benefits younger nurses often receive adult day care for aging spouses or parents. Transferability of benefits is another issue. Its usually not possible to take your retire- ment plan for example from one private hospital to another. If thats a concern for you consider signing on at a state hospital and moving around to other facilities in their network. For nationwide versatility the Department of Veterans Affairs might be a viable option. Intangible Benefits For many nurses the intangi- bles are just as important as the compensation. What intangible benefit do nurses seek most of all Respect. Ask prospective employers how they ensure a smooth relationship among doctors and nurses among nurses at different levels and among nurses and the facilitys administration. Of course ask the nurses already there about the realities of their working environment. The employer may assure you theres a sufficient nurse-to- patient ratio but do the nurses agree Find out if the organization has a mentor program in which an experienced nurse guides a newcomer through the techni- cal details such as the com- panys paperwork computer systems and drug regulations of the new-hire process. Get a sense as to whether youll be able to turn to your mentor beyond the first day for help in navigating the organizations political and bureaucratic minefields as well as for career- development advice. Consider the overall environ- ment in which youll be work- ing. For instance if youre a mother who needs to get home to young children at a certain time every day then an urban emergency room is probably not right for you. Instead check out smaller community hospitals senior care or rehab centers where you can pretty much be assured of clocking out at a regular time. If youre looking to develop expertise in a specialty ei- ther now or down the road research the organizations reputation in that area and ask about opportunities for mov- ing into it. Also check with nursing associations geared to that specialty. Theyre another great place to find mentors and get all the information youll need for working in that field. The bottom line Nursing offers numerous opportuni- ties for finding exactly whats right for you wherever you are in your career. And with the current market youre in the drivers seat when it comes to negotiation. Evaluate a Nursing Job Offer ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz _1234567890-. Akron Beacon Journal Ohio.com INFORMING. ENGAGING. ESSENTIAL.D8 Monday May 4 2015 In the coming months Akron Childrens will be adding 170 more employees to their staff many of them nurses. The growing ranks will help care for patients coming to the new Kay Jewelers Pavilion opening May 5. To learn more about what its like to be a nurse at Akron Childrens heres an insiders look at a day in the life of 3 Kris McCully Katy Howell and Michelle Weber who all share the same title of nurse coordinator but have very different jobs. McCully a veteran clinical coordinator on the hospitals floor 6200 has worked at Akron Childrens for 30 years. Because 6200 is the floor designated for patients 12 and older with cystic fibrosis and congeni- tal heart disease McCully and her team see a fair share of adult patients these days. We just discharged a 63-year-old she said. Our oldest patient was 88. For McCully its all about prioritizing her busy days. Her job duties include reviewing patient orders tests treatment plans and progress notes assigning nurses their patients for the day handling staffing and workflow projections and conducting performance evaluations for the units nurses medical assistants child life specialists and secretary. On this day with 22 patients in the 24-bed unit prioritizing is a must. Down on the 4th floor PICU performance im- provement coordinator Ka- tie Howell is at the bedside of 11-week-old Bailey this is part of her formal safety rounds as part of an ongo- ing quality improvement project on central line- associated bloodstream in- fections otherwise known as CLA-BSI. I talk with the families about what they can do to help prevent these types of infections she said. When your child is hospitalized you often feel helpless. This is a way they can par- ticipate in caring for their child. Howell stresses proper hand hygiene and recogniz- ing neon green caps that should be attached to the end of a babys IV to pre- vent germs from accessing the line. Many of our perfor- mance improvement initia- tives are based off CDC guidelines she said. Im part of a team that helps translate them from paper to practice. Howell works closely with the nursing educa- tion coordinators one of whom is Michelle Weber to make sure new hires have the knowledge they need to keep kids safe. Today Weber is con- ducting an orientation session for newly hired nurses. Addressing CLA- BSI protocols will be one of the tasks her new recruits will simulate. All new nurses spend a week with Weber learning about patient safety and education medication administration palliative care pediatric assessment code carts and other topics. I enjoy nursing orienta- tion because I like helping new hires understand our priorities and culture to en- sure they are comfortable either starting or continu- ing their nursing careers here. Back on 6200 McCully is tending to a patient. Although she has multiple administrative duties she is still involved in patient care. Today that included getting a urinal for a pa- tient changing a diaper and troubleshooting an IV. Howell has spent a good portion of her day in meet- ings about patient safety. Howell is 1 of 3 perfor- mance improvement coor- dinators hospital-wide. Part of my job is to tell people what theyre doing wrong however I try to focus on what people are doing right too she said. To get an appreciation for what the bedside nurse encounters Howell chooses to spend roughly 20 hours a month as a bedside nurse. If its my job to try and change the work under- standing and doing the work is essential. Back in the Austen Cen- ter Weber is finishing up a review on central line dressing changes before wrapping up the long day of instruction. As a nurse youre con- stantly learning especially at a pediatric hospital Weber said. I feel like all the nurses here work hard to make sure their patients are receiving the best care possible. In the end thats what nursing is all about quality care. Wednesday May 6 - Tuesday May 12 AN AKRON BEACON JOURNAL ADVERTISING SPECIAL SECTION 2015 National Nurses Week An Inside Look at Akron Childrens 3 Nurses 1 Busy Day www.akronchildrens.org