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April 2016

Show Me Your Stethoscope Networking Social – 5.12.16 Washington DC 4-6pm. Limited Tickets Available

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Washington DC!

Monuments, museums, the seat of our government…. History practically oozing out of the buildings.  The Ford Theatre…

Nurses raising awareness of Safe Nurse Staffing Ratios.

After a hard day of talking to your legislators and listening to awesome speakers (and me) why don’t you come and relax at the Show Me Your Stethoscope Meet and Greet Reception?!  Rally attire is fine, or business casual if you want to change.

The event will be held two blocks from the Capitol building at….The Stanton Loft at Stanton & Greene

There will be..

  • Prizes
  • A Raffle
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Cash Bar
  • Networking
  • An opportunity to be part of something AWESOME for nurses!
  • Camaraderie
  • A GORGEOUS venue
  • And your favorite Show Me Your Stethoscope leadership, and SMYS personalities! 🙂

Naturally, we are subsidizing it so it is affordable.  $15.00 tickets, payable in advance so we can get an accurate headcount.  Kelsey Rowell from yourheartismine has been talking to companies all over the country to get prizes for you guys! I hear we have some great stuff…including..

See you there!

 

Love,

Janie

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Baby Jude

By | Good Works | 3 Comments

A guest Post by Jennifer Lombardi Story

Hello, SMYS. Today, I would like to introduce you to Baby Jude.

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You may have seen posts on the page asking for prayers and well wishes for this little one. This is Paul Pendleton, also known as Baby Jude. He was born on November 25, 2015 at 38w5d weighing in at 6lbs and measuring 18.5in. By all accounts, he was early, but healthy. But for parents Jake and Samantha, that would change after 8 days. At that time, he went into respiratory distress and was taken to their local hospital. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and respiratory acidosis and transferred to Children’s Hospital of Birmingham and placed on life support. He finally was discharged on December 30, after being intubated twice, RSV, a collapsed lung, and necrotizing enterocolitis requiring TPN. He ended up being admitted 2 more times, only for short amounts of time. Things were going well, until March 12. At that time, he was again taken to his local ER for respiratory distress and transferred to Birmingham. He stopped breathing shortly after arrival and was intubated. He was taken of the ventilator at one point for less than 24 hours. His little lungs just could not tolerate it. So what was wrong with Baby Jude? Why couldn’t he tolerate being taken off the vent? What was causing the respiratory distress to begin with? That answer would come on March 31, after a bronchoscopy. Baby Jude was diagnosed with tracheomalacia.

So what is tracheomalacia? Tracheomalacia in a newborn occurs when the cartilage in the windpipe has not developed properly. Instead of being rigid, the walls of the trachea are floppy. Because the windpipe is the main airway, breathing difficulties begin soon after birth. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and may include: Breathing noises that may change with position and improve during sleep. Breathing problems that get worse with coughing, crying, feeding, or upper respiratory infections (such as cold). High-pitched breathing. Rattling or noisy breaths. (source: www.nlm.nih.gov).

Baby Jude was finally able to be taken of the ventilator on April 2, but continued to need support via BiPAP, but that only lasted 2 days. He was once again intubated and his lung collapsed. His doctors said the only treatment option they had available for him was to give him a tracheostomy until age 2. Dad Jake, a RN, knew there had to be other options available for his son. He and mom, Samantha starting researching different facilities that may have more options for Baby Jude. They found one at Boston Children’s. After a few hiccups in arrangements, he was finally flown to Boston on April 9.

We had been following this story for a while as it was posted on the page as a prayer request. After he was transferred to Boston, I paid them a visit and brought them a care package from Show Me Your Stethoscope’s members. My heart absolutely melted when I saw his little face. I was fortunate when I got there, he was awake and alert. He held my finger and I couldn’t help but smile. This little man is precious! No wonder he has a whole town rallying around him back home in Alabama. And now, he has another 680,000 people on our page pulling for him.

His current situation- he is still on the vent and has been since his last intubation on the 4th. He just had a bronchoscopy a couple of days ago which revealed severe collapse of his airways as well as a major artery compressed against his trachea. On Tuesday, April 25th, he will be taken to the operating room at 7:30am to undergo 2 major procedures at the same time. One, to open up his airways by securing them to the surrounding structures. Two, reroute the artery compressed on his trachea to its proper position. He needs your thoughts and prayers now, more than ever. His parents do, too.

So that’s the story of little Baby Jude. Hopefully, surgery will go well  and he will not require ventilation support for much longer, let alone until he is a toddler. Boston Children’s is one of the best in the country with some of the best doctors on staff. He is in good hands. If you would like to follow Baby Jude’s story yourself, you can go to his facebook page: Prayers for Baby Jude. sharethecare1https://www.facebook.com/prayersforpauljude/?fref=ts

One more thing to note- the kindness of strangers is a beautiful thing. While on the train, care package in hand- a big metal bucket type thing filled with fresh fruit for mom and dad, Pats and Red Sox gear for Baby Jude, and gift cards for places around town (thank you to all who donate to the SMYS foundation). The Mickey Mouse balloon I had tied on the handle caught the attention of 2 little children, a boy and a girl. Mom asked me where I was going, so I told her. She proceeded to take $20 out of her wallet, had her children give it kisses and put it in the bucket to give to Jake and Samantha. I got a lump in my throat. I do not know this person, she has requested to remain anonymous. But, she is a wonderful person. Shout out to her and her children!

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UPDATED Rally Press Release

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Safe Nurse Ratios Rally in Washington DC

On May 12, 2016, a rally event organized by a collaboration of three grassroots nursing organizations; Nurses For National Patient Ratios, Show Me Your Stethoscope, and A Voice for Nurses now to raise awareness for proposed safe staffing legislation, will be held in Washington, D.C.

The event is supported by the Illinois Nurses Association, HireNurses.com, and Show Me Your Stethoscope (SMYS), a health care advocacy group based in St. Louis, Mo. Support will be shown at the rally for S. 864 (National Nursing Shortage Reform and Patient Advocacy Act) and H.R. 1602 (Nurse Staffing Standards for Patient Safety and Quality Care Act). The proposed bills seek to establish a federally mandated requirement of nurse-to-patient staffing ratios in acute care hospitals.

This legislation would strictly regulate the number of patients nurses would be allowed to care for during a given shift. Patient acuity—the degree of care a patient requires—would be considered, but not allow nursing assignments to exceed the proposed ratio. The event Facebook group is: Rally for National Nurse-to-Patient Ratios

Suggested attire includes scrubs, a stethoscope, and event-centered t-shirt. Representatives from the health care field will address attendees during the event. Current speakers include the sponsor of the Bill, Congresswoman Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), Andrew Lopez, RN, CEO of NurseFriendly; Sandy Summers, RN MSN MPH, Executive Director of The Truth About Nursing; Caroline Thomas, BSN, RN, EmpoweRN; and Janie Garner, RN, founder and Executive Director of Show Me Your Stethoscope.

The rally will take place at the corner of First St. NE and Constitution Ave, permit area 9. The informational session will take place between 10am-3pm; the rally, from 11am-2pm. Health care workers of all practice levels, health care students and faculty, and interested members of the public are invited to attend. All of those attending are encouraged to make appointments with their elected legislators for May 12, 2016. For more information, please contact Show Me Your Stethoscope at smysofficial@gmail.com or visit smysofficial.com for more details. Media Requests to jalil.johnson@SMYSOfficial.com.

 

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Workplace Safety….Shoes

By | Workplace Safety | 4 Comments

The sky is blue, the grass is green, and someone is talking about the best shoes to wear to work on Show Me Your Stethoscope.

It would also help if they looked something like these.....just for fun

It would also help if they looked something like these…..just for fun

These are absolutes.

This topic is so prevalent that searching shoes in the group will actually take a moment.  There are literally thousands of posts about the the most comfortable shoes for healthcare workers.  I am going to give you a peek into the admin world here…. every now and then someone will go insane and say “Why don’t they JUST SEARCH THE TOPIC? There are thousands of these posts!”

And yet, they are always popular.  Because we are all looking for THE SHOE.  The shoe that makes you feel like you have had a week off after a 3-in-a-row.  You know, the shoe that makes your back stop hurting, never lets you fall, and doesn’t mess up your pedicure?

I am a Dansko girl.  I have been wearing them forever.  I have home Danskos, between-home-and-the-hospital Danskos, and EP Lab Danskos.  I also have interview Danskos in black patent leather.  I rotate them this way:

  • New shoes are lab shoes
  • Then they get passed down to travel shoes
  • Then they get sanitized and become ‘outside’ shoes at home.
  • Interview shoes – in a box. Don’t touch!

See? There is a system.

So….Don’t be shocked, but I am going to try new work shoes for the first time in a decade.

We have met the owner of Akesso.  Bruce has a pretty interesting product and we decided to promote it for him, but after a few weeks of dropping his ads in postsakesso_logotype and around the website, nada! And I think I know why.  You have no idea what they are! So, I am going to wear Akesso shoes for a month and give you updates about the break-in process and how they perform.

So, know this.  I am not going to ruin my rep with you by telling you I adore shoes that I do not like.  If I hate them, you are going to know.  I kind of doubt I will, though.  There was all kinds of science involved in the design of these shoes. They have been tested by healthcare workers, and they were made FOR healthcare workers.  Bruce tells me they are non-skid, supportive, comfortable, and prevent gross, wet body fluids from penetrating.  So that is totally a win. I see his point, but it is going to be hard sell to pry me away from my clogs.  Seriously.    So, when Bruce did his studies, these shoes felt more non-skid and stable to the people who participated.  We can decide if we agree!shoe

Akesso shoes aren’t quite clogs.  You can look at the website here.  There are a bunch of styles and the site is designed really well.  It’s easy to navigate.  Go take a peek and see if you like them.

Also, some of them are really cute.  I will let you know how we are doing in the blogs entitled ‘Akesso Diary’.  Also, he is interested in letting a few of you try out these innovative shoes, so if you are interested send me an email at janie.garner@smysofficial.com.  Tell me what your specialty is, what your activity is like during a workday, what size shoe you wear, and if work has a dress code that makes you wear a certain color shoes.

I love SCIENCE! 🙂

Love,

Janie, the shoe guinea pig.

 

SMYS20:  this is a 20% discount for SMYS members and a $10.00 donation to SMYS for each pair sold – SMYS20 is good on ALL akesso products.
SMYS30:  this is a 30% discount for SMYS members and a $5.00 donation to SMYS for each pair sold – SMYS30 promo code is good ONLY for white shoes.
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Last call for Red Rally Shirts!

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#nursestakeDC Support Staffing Safety Awareness!

The Staffing Ratios Matter shirt. All funds go to overhead costs of the event and SMYS events, projects and operating costs only. SMYS is a not-for-profit organization.

Do you want to go to the Safe Staffing Rally in DC, but you have nothing to wear? Never fear, you still have 9 HOURS LEFT to get our Staffing Ratios Matter t-shirt to party in! Be part of the Sea Of Red that will occupy Washington, D.C. on May 12, 2016 (Florence Nightingale’s birthday—and yes, there will be cake to celebrate).

It’s on sale through April 22, 2016—estimated delivery May 6, 2016, so it should be in your hands and ready to travel with you to the DC Rally.

About the shirt:

  • The shirts are sourced from well-known producers; they normally are of a cotton-poly blend. The specific shirt is chosen by Bonfire based on what they can bid out for a reasonable production price.
  • Available in unisex, women’s, youth, long-sleeve unisex and hoodie cuts! NO V-NECKS, sorry.
  • The women’s shirts do run small—order up at least one size!
  • You can order it here.
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Why, yes, you *will* see this handsome devil at the rally. Jalil Johnson, National Director of SMYS, in his Staffing Ratios Matter shirt.

What you can do to support safe staffing, t-shirt or no t-shirt:

  • Tell your health care friends, teachers and students about how unsafe staffing levels increase the number of adverse patient events, up to and including death
  • Also mention that it can increase the number of workplace injuries
  • Invite them to join us in Washington on May 12, 2016
  • Or, attend a state capitol event on the same day
  • Share this press release with your colleagues, coworkers and friends: http://smysofficial.com/advocacy/safe-staffing/

 

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