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A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

May 16, 2011

Vol. 67 No. 16

Nurses Week 2011:

A Week of Recognition of the Achievements of Our Nurses, and Celebration of the Art and Science of the Nursing Profession Last week was National Nurses Week, and it was full of activities and celebrations honoring the 1,416 registered nurses who work at Hartford Hospital, as well as the other staff on the patient care teams. The Nursing Flag was raised at the hospital’s main entrance on Friday morning, May 6, signaling the beginning of the festivities. Attendees enjoyed the debut performance of the Hartford Hospital Nurses’ Choir, which was so popular that they performed again later in the week. That ceremony was followed by a breakfast honoring those nurses who chose to get certified in their specialties. At noon, there was an interfaith service in the Chapel during which there was a Blessing of the Hands for nurses. “Many nurses appreciate this spiritual acknowledgment,” said Elizabeth Brinkley, nurse manager on Bliss 6 Maternity.

Nightingale winners (left to right): Pamela Hannon, Daniel DiTomasso, Helen Perez, Stephanie Badalucco, Shelly Dube, Ramona Kondracki,Janet Rigor, Samantha Van Voorhis, Pamela Gregg, Rebecca Joiner, Nancy Barrow, Sharon Clark, Ginger Goddu, and Claire Quaggin.

Saturday morning featured a breakfast nurses, the Dedicated to Caring Award with nursing leadership. In the after- for PCAs and the Doris Armstrong Award noon, a Good Humor Truck passed out for Nursing Leadership. free ice cream novelties to nurses. Throughout the week, there were giftOn Monday afternoon, Maria Tackett, di- giving rounds, Blessing of the Hands by rector of ENT/EEG lab/neuro/ortho/re- Pastoral Care Services on units for each hab/trauma, spoke on combat trauma shift, massages and reflexology treatcare in Iraq. She repeated her lecture on ments at the IOL, and pastry and snack Thursday. Wednesday’s activities includ- tray deliveries to nursing units. Also ed an awards ceremony, which featured part of the Nurses Week festivities was the Linda Richards/June Long award for a ceremony on May 5 celebrating the

winners of the 2011 Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing. Fifteen registered nurses from Hartford Hospital received the honor, along with 87 other nurses from 29 other institutions in Connecticut. The 2011 National Nurses Week celebration wound up on Thursday, with a flag lowering and closing ceremony. See page 2 for more photos from Nurses Week.

Hartford Hospital has been named Best Hospital in the Hartford Advocate’s 2011 Best of Hartford Readers’ Poll. The results were announced on April 18.

Highlights From Nurses Week

National Nurses Week May 6-12, 2011

“Trusted to Care”


Donnelly 1 North Receives Donation Towards Family Library Last summer, Jeanne Kessler, an RN on Donnelly 1 North at the IOL, conducted a CARE Camp summer workshop for teens at Buckingham Estates Memory Care Community, a senior living community in Glastonbury. The workshop was designed to teach the young people about Alzheimer’s disease, and encourage them to interact with residents there. At right: To thank Jeanne, representatives from Buckingham Estates, Danette Brown, community relations coordinator (left) and Kevin Horan, executive director (right), presented Jeanne with a check for $200 to go towards a family resource library being developed on Donnelly 1 North to help families who have loved ones with dementia.

IOL Investigators Shine at Society of Biological Psychiatry Annual Meeting There were three notable hot topic posters: Dr. Balaji Narayanan, “Effects of memantine on resting state EEG in subjects with and without family histories of alcoholism;” Dr. Sharna Jamadar, “Effects of NMDA receptor antagonism and response inhibition in individuals The work was presented by Olin direc- with and without a family history of altor Dr. Godfrey Pearlson and labora- coholism;” and Krishna Pancholi, “Retory directors Dr. David Glahn and Dr. ward-punishment outcome in cocaine Michael Stevens, and staff from their dependence a modified monetary inlaboratories. centive delay task study.” Multiple investigators from the IOL’s Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center presented a total of 12 posters and/or talks at the Society of Biological Psychiatry annual meeting May 11-13 in San Francisco.

Dr. Beth Anderson

Dr. Beth Anderson received a top poster award for “Effects of memantine and alcoholism family history status on a monetary incentive delay task.”

The Olin Center conducts neuroscience research in severe psychiatric illnesses and to translate that research into new treatments. Conditions studied include schizophrenia, manic-depressive illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol use disorder, teens with conduct problems, ADHD, PTSD, driving while intoxicated and Alzheimer’s disease.

Nursing History Display in IOL Donnelly Lobby The newly renovated Donnelly Lobby at The Institute of Living is featuring an exhibit of school caps, pins, and other memorabilia from IOL nurses, all commemorative of the nursing profession. Lining the walls are pictures of years past at the IOL, depicting the historical development of psychiatric nursing here. Lillian Ruiz, the Donnelly Lobby receptionist, organized the items throughout the lobby. All are invited to take a walk on the beautiful IOL campus, just in bloom for spring, and enjoy this special exhibit through the end of May.

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Happening at Hartford Hospital Pledge to the Employee Giving Campaign, and Win Great Prizes!

Workplace Violence Workshop May 18

The Hartford Hospital Safety Action Group is sponsoring a one-hour presenThe Employees Giving Campaign Raffle tation on workplace violence prevenis back and will be held Monday-Friday tion, on Wednesday, May 18, at 4 p.m. during May. The earlier you pledge, the in Gilman Auditorium. The session will greater the opportunity to win, because cover a review of the violence prevenyour name will be included in ALL the tion policy and the armed intruder/acdrawings from your date of entry. Wintive shooter policy. ners select the gift basket of their choice, and there are some fabulous prizes, in- A representative of the Hartford Police cluding gift certificates to restaurants Department will speak on their response and spas, tickets to the Hartford Stage to a possible armed intruder, and give and sporting events, hotel stays, mov- tips for handling an on site crisis. Someie passes, and much more. Look on the one from EAP will speak on the services intranet under “Employee services - Em- they offer for workplace stress reduction ployees Giving Campaign” for a pledge and other EAP services; and Heidi McKform and complete list of raffle prizes. lowski from the IOL will address han-

Integrative Medicine Degree Session May 17 You are invited to an information session May 17 from 4-5:30 p.m. to learn about an innovative master’s degree in integrative medicine that celebrates health as the optimal alignment of body, mind, and spirit. This opportunity is available to all those interested in holistic, humane, and empathic approaches to health and wellness. Discover how you can contribute to the shift in health care delivery by becoming a part of the integrative medicine movement. This program is offered under the academic direction of Drs. Bernie Siegel and Steven Horowitz. Class cohorts are available at Hartford Hospital in collaboration with the Integrative Medicine Department. It will be held in the Special Dining Room, Main Cafeteria. Call 203-874-4252 or visit for more info.

Patient Relations Dept. Requests DVD Donations Patient Relations is seeking donations of DVDs for patients to borrow while they are in the hospital. Movies can be romantic comedy, action, mystery, documentaries-anything PG13 and under. You can drop the movies off in Bliss 104. Questions, call Laura at 860-545-1400.


dling pre- and post-violent events. The session is open to all staff. Please enroll via HealthStream.

Schwartz Rounds May 25 The Schwartz Center Rounds is an opportunity for colleagues to connect with each other and understand the complexities and concerns of everyday patient interaction. Join your peers for an informative time where you can share your ideas about things that come up in your day-to-day dealings with patients, their families and staff members. The 25th meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 25 in Gilman Auditorium from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The topic is “Creating Core Beliefs to Sustain and Enhance What We Do: A Hole in the Wall Gang Story.” All are welcome. Box lunches provided. For more information, call Kathy Burns at 860-545-5712 or Evan Fox at 860-545-2629.

Becker’s Buying Gold In Auxiliary Store May 26

Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium May 18

On Thursday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Becker’s Jewelry will be in The Auxiliary Store buying your old unThe 10th Annual Henry Low Heart Cen- wanted gold, sterling silver jewelry, silter Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium ver hollowware and silver flatware, and will be held Wednesday, May 18, 8 a.m.– diamonds half carat or larger. A por3 p.m., in the ERC. For more information tion of the proceeds will go to The Auxor to register online visit www.harthosp. iliary Store and HH Auxiliary programs. For more information, call the store at org/CVNursingSymposium. 860-545-2155.

Weight Watchers at Work Informational Meeting May 25

Join the Cardiology Study on Vitamin D and BP

The Preventive Cardiology Department is seeking volunteers for a research study to examine the effects of vitamin D on blood pressure. Eligible participants must be 18-50 years old; have slightly elevated blood pressure (over 120/80); not be taking any BP medications; not have diabetes or a history of heart, liver, or kidney problems; and be willing to perform seven visits to the hospital. Schedule a blood pressure and Costs would be $152 for 12 weeks, which Vitamin D screening to determine your can be paid in 2 installments of $76; or eligibility and you will receive $25. Eli$197 for 17 weeks, which can be paid in gible individuals will be compensated three installments of $65.66. Both offers between $25 and $150 for participating. include free access to Weight Watchers Call Amanda Augeri at 860-545-3454 or e-mail her at e-tools. There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, May 25 between 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. for anyone interested in a Weight Watchers at Work program. A minimum of 15 people is needed to offer the program here.

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Newsletter for Hartford Hospital staff. Vol. 67, No. 16.