Grand View Hospital will honor its nursing staff May 6-12 during National Nurses Week. The week-long celebration will recognize nurses for “Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care,” the 2013 theme chosen by the American Nurses Association.
Nearly 500 nurses are employed by Grand View Hospital, according to Clinical Educator & Student Nurse Coordinator Kristin Davies, MSN, RN. This number does not include registered nurses (RNs) or licensed practical nurses (LPNs) employed by the hospital’s physician practices, but does take into account nurses employed in some of the hospital’s outpatient settings, such as Healthy Beginnings Plus, the Short Procedure Unit (SPU), and Industrial Medicine. Grand View’s nurses work in a variety of areas including Cardiology, Pediatrics, Maternity, Wound Care, Employee Health, Surgical Services, Orthopaedics, Medical/Surgical, Case Management, the Emergency Department, and Intensive Care, and can even extend to non-clinical areas of the hospital such as information services and the Senior Management team.
“Nursing is a job that is often described as both an art and a science because of the range of professional opportunities available,” says Davies. “At Grand View, we have nurses with such diverse interests, strengths, and passions who are employed in a number of different settings and roles. Each of our nurses brings his or her own personality to the job, and we’re proud to celebrate the great work of each unit during Nurses Week.”
Davies notes that Grand View is one of few hospitals to employ a special, round-the-clock intravenous (IV) team. In charge of inserting IVs on most of the units, the IV team also manages central lines to ensure they are clear, sets up PCAs, and changes dressings—which keeps Grand View’s infection rate among the lowest in the region.
“With the ability to stay on top of the standards specific to the care of IVs, the expertise of Grand View’s IV Team is an excellent resource to be able to provide patients with the highest quality of care while minimizing the risk of catheter-related blood stream infections,” says Davies.
Events around the hospital for Nurses Week include poster presentations on quality-improvement projects for many of the hospital’s clinical departments, giving nursing staff an opportunity to share key projects with staff in other units throughout the week; the 23rd annual Ellis Greenspan Awards Ceremony, established to recognize an RN or LPN at Grand View who is a role model of nursing professionalism and delivers excellence in patient care; and the 50th anniversary reunion of the 1963 class of Grand View Hospital Nursing School. Twelve of the 13 alumni and their families will attend, and will tour areas of the hospital.
National Nurses Week begins with RN Recognition Day on Monday, May 6 and ends on Sunday, May 12, the birthday of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale.
Grand View Hospital is a Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) location of continuing education in the nursing profession.
About Grand View Hospital
Grand View Hospital, Bucks County’s first hospital, has provided residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties with comprehensive health care services since 1913. Now a century strong, Grand View offers a range of care – particularly emphasizing the areas of cancer treatment, women's and children's health, surgery, orthopaedics, and heart and vascular care. Visit www.gvh.org for more information about the hospital, its programs, and services.