ONE-DC Announces New Officers

 

 

ONE-DC is a non-profit organization consisting of nurse leaders and nurses aspiring to be leaders. This includes nurses from all settings and specialties, who hold positions as nurse executives, administrators, nurse managers, nurse educators, nursing quality managers, nursing staff leaders and researchers from across the District of Columbia. The organization addresses the nursing workforce, administration, education, evidence-based practice, research, health policy, and professional practice issues.

Mission
The mission of ONE-DC is to strengthen and promote nursing leadership and networking, to advance and advocate for the Nursing profession and to drive positive health outcomes for patients, staff, and the community.

Vision
The vision of ONE-DC is to shape the future of nursing and health care for the District of Columbia through innovative leadership, evidence-based practice, and education.

ONE-DC is a non-profit organization consisting of nurse leaders and nurses aspiring to be leaders. This includes nurses from all settings and specialties, who hold positions as nurse executives, administrators, nurse managers, nurse educators, nursing quality managers, nursing staff leaders and researchers from across the District of Columbia. The organization addresses the nursing workforce, nursing wellness and resiliency, administration, education, evidence-based practice, research, health policy, and professional practice issues.


ONE-DC Officers:

Scott Croonquist – President
The George Washington University Hospital

Hazel Darisse – President-Elect
The George Washington University Hospital

Tameika Langston – Treasurer
Sibley Memorial Hospital

Gia Oliveira Silvera – Secretary
Sibley Memorial Hospital

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Jennifer Hirt, MPA
Senior Director, Communications & Member Engagement
District of Columbia Hospital Association
1152 15th Street NW | Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005
202-682-1584 | www.dcha.org
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Want to Respond to the Opioid Crisis? Fight Stigma, Peer Coach Says

As communities across the country cope with the opioid crisis and the dangers of fentanyl, anyone who wants to help must work to fight stigma and misconceptions. The peer coaches are part of a peer recovery support program launched in early 2020 and funded by DCHA and the DC Department of Behavioral Health. The program supports an initiative of the Medicaid provider AmeriHealth Caritas that aims to connect people to treatment and support services. The coaches are trained in part through a city program to certify peer specialists who are “successful in the recovery process and who help others who are living with mental and/or substance use disorders.”

Nurse Executive Fellowship

Develop critical executive competencies to lead, influence and inspire your nursing workforce through the American Organization for Nursing Leadership’s 9-month program. Participants will earn a minimum of 50 contact hours, with the opportunity to earn more. Deadline to submit is August 31, 2022.

The AONL Nurse Executive Fellowship is a highly interactive nine-month program designed for nurses who are new to the C- Suite in a senior executive role (CNO or comparable positions). Participants in the fellowship will develop critical executive competencies to lead in complex systems and to influence and inspire the nursing workforce and others.

This program uses expert faculty, thoughtful dialogue with peers, experiential simulation methodology and situational analysis to engage participants and equip them to address the challenges that nurse executives face.

Participants complete a validated personality assessment process used extensively in the corporate world and adapted for use in health care. Results indicating usual tendencies, stress tendencies and motivators are discussed 1:1 with certified coaching professional.

DCHA Announces 2022 Patient Safety & Quality Award Winners

On June 8 DCHA awarded its 2022 Patient Safety & Quality Awards recognizing two exceptional individuals and seven teams participating in the DCHA’s third poster competition. The individuals and teams were recognized at DCHA’s Fifth Annual Patient Safety and Quality Summit.

“We are so pleased to recognize and celebrate individuals and teams for working tirelessly every day on behalf of patients and families,” said DCHA President & CEO Jacqueline D. Bowens, “We owe a wealth of gratitude for the sacrifices from hospital personnel and salute their resiliency as we still cope with the pandemic. Their efforts help us prepare for a better health care system for the residents of DC.”

The 2022 Patient Safety & Quality Awards were given to the following individuals and teams:

Individual Award Winners                                                                                             

  • Elizbeth Gardner, Oncology Nurse at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, in recognition of her tireless efforts to help the hospital to accomplish a 79% decrease in serious safety events through collaboration with clinical teams and her dedicated work to decreasing risk and increasing safe behaviors.
  • Richard Verstraete, Nurse Coordinator, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, in recognition of his instrumental work in building a culture of blood conservation and rising to the challenge of caring for patients without blood transfusions during the national blood shortage and by reducing the risks of anemia to maternal health patients.

Team Winners-Poster Competition

  • Gold: The George Washington University Hospital, Impact of Six Sigma on Verbal Orders Process and Patient Safety Performance Improvement
  • Silver: Children’s National Hospital, A Customized Triggers Program: A Tertiary Care Children’s Hospital Experience
  • Silver: The George Washington University Hospital, Rising to the Challenge: Reduction in Opioid Use in Weight Loss Surgery Patients
  • Bronze: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Steering the Ship on Opioid Safety: Reducing Opioid Induced Oversedation Events in Hospitalized Patients
  • Bronze: MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, Addressing Associate Wellbeing, Supporting Resiliency
  • Bronze: MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Reducing Alarm Fatigue

Individual winners were presented with a $2,500 prize, the Gold team winner was awarded a $5,000 prize and the Silver winners received $2,500, thanks to support from Ascension. The award winners were chosen by a panel of independent judges from the health care industry.

2022 Quality Showcase highlighting the winning team members with posters and video presentations.

 

2022 Opioid Response Symposium Recordings Available

All of the sessions from DCHA’s 2022 Opioid Response Symposium are available for viewing here.

Sessions include:

  • Opioid Data Trends in the District
  • How Hospitals are Addressing SUD Stigma and Bias
  • Stigma and Survival – Giving an Identity to Victims, Witnesses and Survivors Through the Medium of Art
  • Regional Best Practices in Hospital-Based Harm Reduction
  • Innovative Approaches to Care for Special Populations with Substance Use Disorder

 

Thank You Hospitals, Nurses and all Health Care Workers

May is a month to celebrate and honor our hospitals, health care workers and nurses who have sacrificed so much in the last few years. Nurses are the heart of heath care and hospitals help miracles happen! The District of Columbia Hospital Association loves our DC health care community!

Every day, more than 30,000 dedicated health care professionals go to work in DC hospitals. Thank you to all the HEROES working to take care of us – no matter what!

#HospitalProud #NursesWeek

The Joint Commission Releases Requirements for COVID Vaccination of Health Care Personnel

On February 16, 2022, The Joint Commission shared required documentation for COVID vaccination among health care staff.  The Joint Commission will now be requiring health care facilities to provide the following documentation:

  1. Overall COVID vaccination rate of eligible staff
  2. A list of all staff, including positions/titles, including COVID vaccination status
  3. All policies regarding health care staff COVID vaccinations
    • Policies for COVID vaccination exemptions
    • Policies for COVID vaccination requirements
    • Policies for mitigation of unvaccinated staff
  4. List of newly hired staff in last 60 days

New Requirements

  • A process for tracking and securely documenting the COVID-19 vaccination status of all staff.
  • A process for tracking and securely documenting the COVID-19 vaccination status of any staff who have obtained any booster doses as recommended by the CDC.
  • A process by which staff may request an exemption from the staff COVID-19 vaccination requirements based on an applicable federal law.
  • A process for tracking and securely documenting information provided by those staff who have requested, and for whom the organization has granted, an exemption from the staff COVID-19 vaccination requirements based on recognized clinical contraindications or applicable federal laws.
    • Surveyors will not assess the appropriateness of clinical contraindications or religious exemptions.
  • A process for ensuring that all documentation that confirms recognized clinical contraindications to COVID-19 vaccines and supports staff requests for medical exemptions from vaccination has been signed and dated by a licensed practitioner who is not the individual requesting the exemption, and who is acting within their respective scope of practice as defined by, and in accordance with, all applicable state and local laws. Such documentation contains:
    • All information specifying which of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines are clinically contraindicated for the staff member to receive the recognized clinical reasons for the contraindications.
    • A statement by the authenticating practitioner recommending that the staff member be exempted from the organization’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements for staff based on the recognized clinical contraindications.
    • Surveyors only evaluate that the documentation is complete; they do not assess the appropriateness of clinical contraindications or religious exemptions.

Vaccination Rate Calculation

  • Numerator Includes
    • Pending religious or medical exemption (during first 30 days of implementation)
    • Approved religious or medical exemption
    • Persons having an approved CDC temporary delay for vaccination
    • Persons with clinical contraindication to receiving COVID vaccine
    • Staff who have received at least one dose of a vaccine should be placed in the numerator of the calculation during first 30 days
  • Who Must be Vaccinated?
    • Facility employees
    • Licensed practitioners
    • Students
    • Trainees
    • Volunteers
    • Contracted staff
    • Staff who perform duties offsite (e.g., home health) and to individuals who enter CMS regulated facilities (i.e., a physician with privileges in a hospital who is admitting and/or treating patients onsite)

DCHA Partners with XFERALL to Provide DC Hospitals Access to a Solution to Accelerate Transfers of Medical and Behavioral Health Patients

The District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA) and XFERALL, the nation’s leading mobile patient transfer platform, have entered a partnership that offers DC hospitals a new process for transferring acute and behavioral health patients to clinically appropriate health care facilities.

The District, as is the country, is experiencing a high volume of behavioral health patients, which results in an increased need for crisis services. DCHA and XFERRAL both recognize the importance of a collaborative approach to creating innovative solutions with diverse partners to support behavioral health access.

XFERALL reduces transfer times for medical and behavioral health patients between health care facilities.

This is one of many projects DCHA works on to ensure behavioral health needs are being met. DCHA works on many initiatives that focus on serving the behavioral health community.

“Partnering with XFERALL on this important effort provides our members with an additional tool to continue our commitment to safe, high-quality patient care for all of the individuals our hospitals serve,” said Jacqueline D. Bowens, President & CEO, DCHA.

XFERALL’s partners in other states have achieved reductions in wait times for transfer to appropriate care by as much as 86 percent.

“We’re excited to bring our innovative platform to DC hospitals to help reduce wait times for essential medical and behavioral health care,” said Nathan Read, CEO, XFERALL. “Too many patients in crisis are waiting too long for care. We know that outcomes are better when patients care is not delayed and is accessible in their community. In partnership with XFERALL, DC hospitals are working to deliver solutions that address the serious challenges of crowded emergency departments, clinician burnout, and delays in care.”

DCHA is the unifying voice for hospitals and health systems in the District of Columbia and works to advance health policy to strengthen the District’s world-class health care system to ensure that it is equitable and accessible to all.

© 2022. District of Columbia Hospital Association.