The BCU is excited to welcome Lauren Sauer, MSc, as the new director of research. Lauren is an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response in The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Lauren has been working in the field of disaster and public health emergency (PHE) research and education for over ten years. Her current work focuses mainly on disaster and outbreak healthcare infrastructure, including rapid diagnostic systems and novel therapeutics in PHEs, clinical resource availability and access and the impact of policy on preparedness and response capabilities. She has been a part of the Hopkins response to Ebola from the outset of the crisis in 2014 and will help to frame the research agenda of the BCU with an eye towards expanding our capabilities to other pathogens.
On June 6-7, Mallory Reimers, the BCU nurse educator, and Sam Gutner, one of the BCU staff nurses, attended a NETEC simulation conference at Bellevue Hospital in New York. Representatives from hospitals across the country attended, which created an excellent opportunity to network. Mallory and Sam practiced a number of patient care skills while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and returned from the conference with many ideas on how to improve our own protocols to keep our patients and staff safe on the BCU.
Our new quarterly training program begins in July. As part of this new program, we will be having quarterly staff meetings with special guest speakers. Our first speaker will be Patricia Ann Tennill from Bellevue. She is the head nurse for the Special Pathogens Program, lead nurse for nursing education and assistant director of nursing. The name of her talk will be “The Importance of Quarterly Training and Nursing Engagement.” We invite anyone who would like to join us. The date is August 19 from 9-11 a.m. The location is TBD. Please contact Jordan Hughes at email@example.com for more information.
-The BCU leadership team
- Lisa Maragakis, MD, MPH
- Brian Garibaldi, MD
- Neysa Ernst, RN
- Mallory Reimers, RN
- Hailey James, MHA
- Elaine Nowakowski, MSN, MBA, RN-BC