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Warm Welcome

Push to improve infant care earns hospital baby-friendly designation A nurse’s capstone project spurred The Johns Hopkins Hospital to finalize its certification as a baby-friendly facility—a designation that less than 20 percent of hospitals in the country have achieved. Joan Diamond, MSN, RN, a registered nurse and nurse manager at the hospital, will complete her
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First Things First

New CNO Veronica Martin shows individuals that they count with her As Veronica Martin knows well, establishing relationships is a major part of being an effective leader, which may be why she’s been so successful just six months into her new position. “It’s important when you go into a new organization to get into the
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Pregnant Pause

By Lester Davis Center helps babies by helping mothers get clean Amanda Seldomridge was in search of a miracle when she walked through the doors at the Center for Addiction and Pregnancy at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Close to nine months pregnant with her third child, a girl she’d already named Faith, Seldomridge, 35,
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Meet in the Middle

Vascular specialist helps put intravenous lines, patients, and staff in a better place Howard County General Hospital’s commitment to innovation, collaboration, and safety is in its veins—and those of its patients. HCGH welcomed a vascular access specialist last year to increase the satisfaction of patients who need intravenous fluids. Loida Lacson, RN, is currently the sole
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Warm Welcome

Push to improve infant care earns hospital baby-friendly designation A nurse’s capstone project spurred The Johns Hopkins Hospital to finalize its certification as a baby-friendly facility—a designation that less than 20 percent of hospitals in the country have achieved. Joan Diamond, MSN, RN, a registered nurse and nurse manager at the hospital, will complete her
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Back to Basics in Ethiopia

Nurses provide essential surgical care to prevent needless deaths Katie Kloss may be a surgical nurse, but she’s never wanted to be a surgeon. Her passion is providing primary health care to families. That’s why she became a nurse practitioner. But a visit last summer to Ethiopia gave Kloss an inside look at the dearth
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Suddenly in Harmony

There’s little time for staff to prepare and even less time to think when code blue is called…

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For Patients and Families, a Greater Voice

Communication initiatives empower them to become part of the care team Recent research released by the Journal of Patient Safety suggests that medical errors are the third-leading cause of fatalities, behind only cancer and heart disease. Moreover, roughly one-third of medical errors could be prevented by improved communication. At Suburban Hospital, a recently formed group called
On the Pulse
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100% NP Pass Rate

Photo by Jon Christofersen Every Johns Hopkins School of Nursing student who took the most recent American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner primary care certification exams passed. Hopkins scored 70 points above the national average in the FNP exam and 46 points above the average in the AGNP exam.
Cells to Society
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In Trouble Before They Even Get Started

Not being socially and behaviorally ready for kindergarten has future consequences Illustration by Lindsey Balbierz Children who enter kindergarten behind in social-behavioral development are more likely to be held back, need more individualized supports and services, and be suspended or expelled, write Deborah Gross, DNSc, RN, FAAN, Grace Ho, PhD, RN, and Amie Bettencourt, PhD, 
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Alumni Update

Dear Alumni, I hope everyone is well and enjoying all that 2016 has to bring. We had quite a winter here on the East Coast with the epic snowstorm and welcome spring. Despite the winter doldrums, the alumni association stayed busy with activities including the student mentoring program, providing mock interviews for current students, participating
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Alumni Update

Dear Alumni, I hope everyone is well and enjoying all that 2016 has to bring. We had quite a winter here on the East Coast with the epic snowstorm and welcome spring. Despite the winter doldrums, the alumni association stayed busy with activities including the student mentoring program, providing mock interviews for current students, participating
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Church Notes

Save the Date: Reunion Weekend 2016 September 22-25 are the dates set for another wonderful Reunion Weekend. The Reunion Weekend Committee is hard at work to plan activities that will afford for another not-to-miss event. There is a room block reserved this year at the Hotel Indigo in Mt. Vernon. This will be an enjoyable
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Class News

1943 An energetic 96 years old, Helen Wilcox Gordon keeps in touch with the Alumni Association through email. Most of her career focused on public health and school nursing, but now she claims to be an expert in geriatrics as she interacts with all her friends at her retirement community in California. 1955 Ann Rae