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DeKalb Medical Oncology Nurses Voted 2010 Best Nursing Team By ADVANCE

May 13, 2010

DeKalb Medical's 4200 Partnership Council of the inpatient Oncology unit, has been named 2010 Best Nursing Team by Advance for Nurses magazine and was featured on the cover of its May issue. The 11-member Council competed with nursing teams throughout Southeastern states of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama to earn the award for innovation in initiating continuous quality improvement to enhance care. The award evaluates nursing teams for expertise, initiative, adaptability and outreach.

Mylene Perez James, R.N., M.S.N. O.C.N., who co-chairs the 4200 Council, wrote the winning essay detailing how her team accomplishes the goals set out in the contest criteria by focusing on people, service, quality and finance. The Council aims to improve the customer service experience through shared collaboration and education. With more than 40 nurse-initiated process improvements to its credit so far, the Council has become a model for other Medical/Surgical units at DeKalb Medical. Among the most useful "best practices" have been nursing education and orientation manuals, a discharge phone call system, welcome letters for patients, a streamlined admissions system, a front-line fall prevention program and a pain management and pain reassessment awareness campaign.

“Dekalb Medical understands that to achieve clinical excellence, our bedside caregivers must have influence. This award is our reward for valuing the opinion and contributions of our nursing staff,” says James. “It’s a reaffirmation that we’re doing what’s right and respect the input and impact of our staff on patient care.”

Read the full story “Partnership Council at DeKalb Medical, Decatur, GA, promotes professional growth and quality care” at Advance for Nurses.


Standing (left to right): Ingrid Haughton-Blair, LPN; Bincy Browner, RN, BSN; Edna Brisco, RN, BSN, OCN (Nurse Manager); Pamela Wicker, PCT; Kendra Holland, OSA; Daphne Davis-Patrick, RN (Clinical Coordinator). Front: Mylene Perez James, RN, BSN, OCN (Co-chair of 4200 Partnership Council); Jacqueline Atkinson, RN, OCN (Co-chair of 4200 Partnership Council); Regina Duncan, RN, OCN (Clinical Coordinator); Janice Sandiford, RN, BSN, OCN (Clinical Coordinator). Not pictured: Portia Bell, RN.

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