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Nursing assistants will be honored in June
BATH — The National Network of Career Nursing Assistants (NNCNA) has announced the 36th Annual National Nursing Assistants Week will take place June 13-20.
The theme for 2013 is “Nursing Assistants @ the Heart of Caring.”
“Nursing Assistants provide as much as 90 percent of the hands-on care in this country. For many, this is a lifelong mission,” said Genevieve Gipson, director of the NNCNA.
As a part of this nationwide observance, the Ohio Career Nurse Assistants Programs will honor area nursing assistants from nursing homes, home care, hospitals, assisted living and other long-term care settings at its annual conference and recognition event.
The Ohio 36th Annual Nursing Assistant Recognition Convention will take place June 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Akron General Medical Center’s Health and Wellness Center-West, 4125 Medina Road.
Recognition will be given to nursing assistants who have provided two, five, 10, 15 and 20 or more years of service. Those who have fewer than two years of service will participate in the New NA event, “Walk in My Shoes,” sponsored by the Twenty Year Club.
A special “Wisdom Keepers” tribute will be presented to the nursing assistant who has the most service years.
To be a Gold or Silver sponsor, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To sponsor a nursing assistant for the convention day only, the cost is $75 or $35. Registration is necessary to attend the convention by calling 330-725-9342.
Summa Western Reserve launches e-records system
CUYAHOGA FALLS — Summa Western Reserve Hospital (SWRH) recently implemented its new electronic medical record (EMR) system called C.A.R.E. One (Connecting-Across-the Reserve-Electronically) to replace paper records and filing.
According to hospital officials, the technological move, which was months in the making, is another measure that the physician-led hospital is taking to improve the patient care experience and further enhance safety throughout the hospital and its six outpatient locations in Akron, Green, Hudson, Kent, Stow and Streetsboro.
“C.A.R.E. One represents a substantial investment in resources, and every physician, nurse and staff member in our community have embraced the advantages this technology offers our patients,” said President and CEO Dr. Robert Kent.
“The primary advantage of C.A.R.E. One for both physicians and patients is that a single record is available anywhere, anytime and followed throughout the care process to ensure safety and to reduce duplication of information,” said Pam Banchy, chief information officer at SWRH. “One file can be shared and tracked throughout a patient’s lifetime, so anyone administering care is not only fully aware of a patient’s care history, but also informed of any immediate treatment needs in a ‘real-time’ platform as their records are being updated. The savings in printing, copying, faxing and transcription is also a benefit from an operational standpoint.”
The system utilizes bar code scanning and verification to initiate care upon arrival. Every patient receives a bar-coded wristband that is scanned with the patient’s identification information. This is used for verification prior to tests and when medications are given.
Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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