Beebe nurses to present at conference on older patients April 6-8

Beebe Healhcare's NICHE-certified nurses include (l-r) Mary Koyanagi, RN; Patti West, RN; Dareth Penuel, RN: nurse manager Margaret Porter, RN, MSN; Jessica Neville, RN; and Amy Balasus, RN. Four of them will attend an international conference in April on caring for older patients. SOURCE SUBMITTED
April 4, 2014

Four specialized nurses from Beebe Healthcare were chosen by a national nursing organization to present information on how nurses were able to improve hospital care for Beebe’s older patient population. The Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders conference is taking place April 6-8 in San Diego and attracts nurses from across the country and from Canada.

NICHE, based at NYU College of Nursing, includes a network of 500 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Bermuda. It is a nurse-driven program focused on helping hospitals improve the care of older adults.The organization collects information from research and from nursing hands-on experience and shares it with its members.

“We know that older patients can experience specific medical problems related to their hospitalization, such as delirium, when they are in a hospital environment for longer than a day,” said Margaret Porter, RN, MSN, a nurse manager on one of the inpatient units in Beebe’s Medical Center in Lewes. “We have nurses certified by NICHE as geriatric resource nurses who are alert to the problems and can better care for the patients, as well as support other Beebe staff members.”

Beebe became a NICHE-certified medical center in 2011. Four NICHE-certified Beebe GRN nurses will be attending the conference and presenting information on how care has been improved at Beebe. They will cite examples including a decrease in the number of patient falls and infections, and an increase in the attention Beebe staff has been giving to the special needs of the older patients. The four Beebe nurses are Mary Koyanagi, RN; Amy Balasus, RN; Jessica Neville, RN; and nurse manager Margaret Porter, RN, MSN.

“We are looking forward to sharing our experiences and to learning what other nurses are doing so that as we learn, all can continually improve the patient care that we provide,” Porter said.

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