Nursing News In Brief – September 2014

Lung Run Nurses and Dr. Salgia

Team Sylvia raises more than $2,000 during Chicago Lung Run

Hematology/oncology nurses raised almost $2,200 at the 10th Annual Chicago Lung Run 5K/10K in honor of their colleague Sylvia Watson, RN, BSN. The straight-talking Watson died in January.

“(She) would have told us that we did a good job, and that she loved us,” said organizer Victoria Frazier-Jones, RN, BSN.

Team Sylvia members wore green t-shirts bearing Watson’s portrait and her signature greeting, “what’s the good word?”

Proceeds from the Sept. 13 race benefit cancer research.

UChicago Medicine honors Jackie Robinson West

The South Side’s own Jackie Robinson West had a fantastic run in the Little League World Series, earning the title of U.S. Little League champs. The city held a rally and parade in the team’s honor in late August. We extended the celebrations to our medical campus in Hyde Park.

As part of the festivities, UChicago Medicine asked employees to submit photos of themselves and their families playing baseball. From young to old, youth baseball (and softball) has a long tradition in the UCM community and Chicago. We’re so proud of the kids from JRW for what they accomplished. Look at the photo gallery here.

Burn Center Nurses in Diaster Drill

Burn Center nurses participate in O’Hare disaster drill

Two of our burn center nurses, Anne O’Connor and Kelli Yukon, participated in a disaster drill at O’Hare Airport in September with the UCAN flight team. UChicago Medicine works together with the government and other hospitals in the area on a disaster plan in case of an accident, and our team received high scores for the event.


Melissa Chiu, RN, BSN, Daisy Award winner, July 2014

Melissa Chiu, RN, BSN, Daisy Award winner, July 2014

Melissa Chiu, BSN, RN, won the Daisy Award in July for her positive attitude and friendly disposition, which helped alleviate a patient’s anxiety following a spinal surgery. “Melissa’s incredibly positive attitude and friendly disposition helped alleviate my anxiety and made my recovery as restful as possible,” the patient wrote in the nomination. “She not only helped with my immediate need but was forward looking and suggested other things she could do to comfort me.”


An article by Kirissa Vukin, RN, Sherwin Morgan, RRT, Steve Mosakowski, RRT, Patti Solan,o RRT, Lolita Stanton, RRT, Lucille Lester, MD, Romeen Lavani, MD, Jesse Hall, MD, and Avery Tung, MD, titled Use of Heliox Delivered via High-Flow Nasal Cannula to Treat an Infant with Coronavirus-Related Respiratory Infection with Severe Air-Flow Obstruction will be published in the November 2014 issue of Respiratory Care. 


Peggy Hasenauer, MS, RN, was named the president of the Illinois Diabetes Policy Coalition.  Hasenauer is also the executive director of the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center.

Nursing Grand Rounds

October 21:

Interpreting statistical results

Sydeaka Watson, PhD, RN,

November 18:

Conducting a systematic literature review

Mark Lockwood, MSN, RN, Co-chair

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