On July 1 the BCU said goodbye to Hailey James, our star program manager. Hailey was a core member of the leadership team who helped to build the administrative structure of the BCU and was instrumental in securing our federal grant funding. She has moved on to the University of North Carolina to pursue her PhD in health policy and management. We can’t thank Hailey enough for her time and energy over the last two years!
While we are saddened by Hailey’s departure, we are incredibly excited to welcome Jordan Hughes as our new administrative manager! Jordan is completing a one-year administrative residency in the Department of Medicine and will graduate in May 2017 with a Master of Health Administration from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In her role on the BCU, she will be responsible for managing the BCU’s finances, developing new educational and research programs, coordinating and facilitating trainings and managing our partnerships with external organizations. Welcome Jordan!
The BCU nurses are currently completing their onsite quarterly training with our nurse educator, Mallory Reimers, and our HEIC liaison, Elaine Nowakowski. The staff are participating in patient care activities such as changing dirty bed linen, placing a foley catheter and placing an IV while wearing enhanced personal protection equipment (PPE). They will also practice spill clean-up and trash removal from the patient room. So far the staff are enjoying the in-room patient care scenarios as part of our revamped quarterly training curriculum.
Our next quarterly staff meeting will take place on August 19. We will be joined by Patricia Tennill, the nurse educator for the Bellevue biocontainment unit and the assistant director of nursing at Bellevue Hospital in New York. She will be giving a talk entitled “The Importance of Quarterly Training and Nursing Engagement.” Please contact Mallory Reimers (email@example.com) if you are interested in attending as space is limited.
-Brian Garibaldi, Associate Director of the BCU