Congratulations to our third Nurses' Choice Awards winner:
Elizabeth Bajc, BSN, RN
Staff Nurse, Medical Intermediate Care Unit
Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Nominator Victoria Schirm, Director of Nursing Research, recognized Liz for her leadership and effective communications with patients, families and colleagues. Here’s what she had to say…
Elizabeth Bajc consistently demonstrates outstanding nursing excellence as she delivers high quality patient care. She is actively involved in Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Council and is chair of the Medical Intermediate Care (MIMCU) Education Council.
Liz recently stepped into a leadership role as charge nurse. She received special 2014 Nurses Week Recognition for Excellence in Acute Care Nursing as well as distinction at the unit level for her exceptional nursing skills and abilities. Elizabeth is leading a Quality Improvement Project that is evaluating IV access and administration of diazepam and lorazepam in the adult alcohol withdrawal inpatient population. She has been instrumental in advocating for better care of alcohol withdrawal patients and has been participating with an interdisciplinary team of physicians and nurses in development of a policy for care of alcohol withdrawal inpatients at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
This policy was put into effect January of 2013. To track the efficacy of this new policy, Elizabeth designed a quality improvement project to compare patients admitted to the MIMCU both before and after the policy became effective. The population includes all adult inpatients in the MIMCU who have been admitted with a primary or secondary diagnosis of alcohol withdrawal and are being treated with diazepam and lorazepam. The focused assessment includes evaluation of the number and type of IV access sites during admission, the effectiveness of treatment, and timeliness of transfer and/or discharge from the MIMCU. This evaluation is important because medication administration is crucial to the care of alcohol withdrawal inpatients. When delays in medication administration occur, these patients are at increased risk for serious complications that include worsening of symptoms, delirium, tremors, an upgraded level of care, and in some cases even death.
This information will be used to evaluate the efficacy of the current Alcohol Withdrawal Treatment Protocols and recommendations will be made for nursing policy and procedures leading to improvements in patient care. Liz is at the helm of this effort, making a difference at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.From the Tangent Medical Team, Congratulations Elizabeth for your leadership in aiding adult alcohol withdrawal patients. Your careful attention to their IV therapy will surely increase both patient safety and comfort!