Jayne Febbraro, MSN, RN, CRNP, an educational specialist in Lehigh Valley Health Network’s division of education, has been honored with a Nightingale Award of Pennsylvania. She was announced as the winner in the nurse educator–staff category during the Nightingale Awards Gala at the end of October.
The awards recognize and honor exceptional nurses who practice in the state of Pennsylvania. The awards program has been in existence for 22 years, and the health network has had 17 nurses who have received Nightingale Awards during that time.
Endowed chairs are common in higher education but rare at community teaching hospitals. Lehigh Valley Health Network currently has 13 endowed chairs and recently announced new holders for three of them: Michael Pasquale, MD, in surgery; Ann Panik, RN, senior vice president for patient care services, in nursing; and Alex Rosenau, DO, in emergency medicine. “Our endowed chairs allow us to enhance patient care through education and clinical research, thereby creating a healthier community,” said Ronald Swinfard, MD, the health network’s president and chief executive officer. Some of the services the new chair holders hope to fund through their appointments include the development of mobile health care apps to give doctors key health information about patients on their cell phones; boosting the number of registered nurses with baccalaureate degrees; and adding a pediatric emergency medicine simulator to further the education of caregivers in the area’s only Children’s ER at Lehigh Valley Hospital—Cedar Crest. The chairs are made possible through the generosity of donors including the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust, the Auxiliary of Lehigh Valley Hospital and community members.
Carole Handley, RN, of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s neuroscience intensive care unit (NSICU), doesn’t know for sure if her patient made it back to his family and community in Kentucky before he passed away. But in her heart, she believes he made it. Initially, her patient traveled from Kentucky to Pennsylvania to receive care in one of the nation’s only facilities that provides behavioral health care to members of the plain community. Knowing our reputation for providing culturally-appropriate care, the patient’s family brought him here. That’s where caregivers realized he wasn’t suffering from depression, but from a terminal neurological disease. “I had to be sensitive to their wishes,” Handley says. “When they asked if they could bring him back to Kentucky, I didn’t think about saying no. I knew how important it was to them. I only asked myself how we can get this done.” When his family and friends arrived to pick him up in a van, Handley and her colleagues positioned him so he could be transported safely. “I think they made it,” says Handley. “I have to believe they made it.”
Inspired to become nurses at an early age, Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Eileen Wasson, RN, (left) and Angela Strausser, RN, (right) wanted to do something to inspire children to become nurses. So, they co-authored a children’s book called “Mommies and Daddies Are Nurses” to show all the ways that a nurse can help patients and the community. Local illustrator Roey Ebert did the illustrations to make the book come alive. Wasson and Strausser recently read the book at the health center’s Early Education and Development Center. The book is available at amazon.com and authorhouse.com.
Lehigh Valley Health Network is one of only 27 health care facilities nationwide to receive the National Award to Recognize Achievements in Preventing and Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Critical Care Societies Collaborative. Judith Jacobi, PharmD, past president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, presented the award to health network president and chief executive officer Ron Swinfard, MD. Jacobi recognized the health network’s successes in reducing the incidence of central line-associated bloodstream infections through education and toured several units where central lines are commonly used.