Leading an Interprofessional Project to advance the practice of nursing took the form of attaining organizational designation as a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) facility. Steps to accomplish this included attending a Leadership Training Program sponsored by the NICHE organization; establishing and leading an interprofessional Steering Committee comprised of occupational and physical therapists, a registered dietician, unit nurse managers, clinical nurses; and organizing clinical nurses to launch their on-going professional education regarding the elderly as Gerontology Resource Nurses for specified units throughout the hospital. In addition, the project has resulted in Quarterly Gerontology Nursing Grand Rounds, a Gerontology Introductory Conference for Registered Nurses, two gerontology-focused conferences for Licensed Nursing Assistants and planning for a fall 2017 Geriatric Pharmacology for the Interprofessional Team conference as well as a Gerontology Certification Preparation course.
Expanding my scope of influence is demonstrated through Board Membership in the following organizations: The New Hampshire State Committee on Aging, Psi Sigma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (Governance Chair), the Upper Valley Medical Reserve Corp and the New Hampshire Task Force on Falls. This fall I will be facilitating a visit to our state by AARP’s Vice President for Policy. Another outcome has been to conduct a podium presentation at the 25th NICHE Conference regarding work completed in a pilot project regarding tools to support the early recognition of sepsis in hospitalized medical patients. Additionally, I am leading a monthly quilting retreat presently focused on creating twenty-four quilts for a Hospice and Palliative Care Center under construction on our medical campus and scheduled to open in November of this year.