The Blood and Marrow Transplant team the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center has won first place for Best Nursing Team from ADVANCE for Nurses magazine. The award evaluates nursing teams for initiative, adaptability, expertise and outreach, and is given in conjunction with National Nurses Week, which is observed May 6-12. UMGCC's team is featured on the cover of the magazine's May issue.
"These nurses have demanded professional respect and autonomy which resulted in them being involved in every aspect of patient care and patient medications that can't be altered or changed without the nurses first being informed," said Maj. Guy D. Lewis, M.S., R.N., C.N.O.R., Army Nurse Corps, weekend operating room nurse at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, and a judge in the contest. "The profession will benefit tremendously from the actions of these nurses."
"This team is an example of the powerful impact nursing advocacy has on patient satisfaction and outcomes," noted judge Barbara J. Romig, M.S.N., R.N., C.P.H.Q., director of clinical practice, nursing administration, Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading, PA. "Rounds have resulted in decreased medication errors, increased patient satisfaction and increased RN satisfaction."
Amanda Choflet, R.N., O.C.N., nurse manager on the 16-bed unit, agrees the team is exemplary. "I can’t stress enough how much this group sees themselves as resident experts in their field,” Choflet said proudly. “They take what they do seriously. They have created a culture of excellence on this unit that spills over into other units they work with. These nurses go above and beyond to ensure their patients get the best care," she noted. "They take each patient and make them feel like a top priority."
Dozens of nursing teams from across the MD/DC/VA region participated in the competition.
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