From Debi’s Desk: Winding Down the Summer

Debra Albert, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC, speaks at the  first Patient Experience and Engagement Best Practice Forum hosted by UChicago Medicine, in the Dora De Lee auditorium on June 24, 2014. (Photo: Matt Wood)

Debra Albert, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC, speaks at the first Patient Experience and Engagement Best Practice Forum hosted by UChicago Medicine, in the Dora De Lee auditorium on June 24, 2014. (Photo: Matt Wood)

Welcome to the August issue of the At the Forefront: Nursing Edition. We hope you enjoy our new digital format, as we work to provide you with more frequent updates on all the excellent work being undertaken by our nurses each and every day.

While summer winds down here in Chicago, UCMC nurses, faculty, and staff remain busy and active on a number of different fronts. In this issue, you’ll hear about how our nurses have been lowering rates for catheter-associated urinary tract infections, are preparing to launch a new API tool, and are working to help our neighbors in the community.

We kicked off negotiations with National Nurses United (NNU) on August 25th. This was the first in a series of bargaining sessions through which we will seek to reach a new contract that is fair and equitable for our NNU-represented nurses, and for UCMC. We will continue to meet with NNU throughout September and October in hopes of reaching an agreement before the current contract expires on October 31st.

We have established a variety of channels to help you stay updated as negotiations progress. You can expect to receive update emails from me when there are important developments. In addition, we will again have a web site – ucmcnurses.org – through which we will share important news and background relating to the bargaining process. You can also follow me on Twitter at @DebiAlbertUCM.

Another major development is our continued work toward a September launch of our API tool. This tool will be essential to tracking the acuity of our patients and staffing units appropriately to ensure we are providing the best possible patient care. I applaud our nurses who have been integrally involved in redesigning the tool, giving input, and testing it over the past few months. We look forward to seeing it implemented across UCMC in the weeks ahead.

Thank you for all of the good work that you do every day to advance the professional practice of nursing at UCMC. Best wishes for a safe and restful Labor Day holiday.

Debra Albert, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC
Follow Debi on Twitter: @DebiAlbertUCM

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Debra Albert, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC, is the Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services at the University of Chicago Medicine
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