Spreading good cheer...and clean hands

SAMC Public Relations team members Debbie Ingram-Ward and Steve Pearce pose for a photo 4026DebSteveSantaBooth310x153 during the Downtown Group's Christmas festival on Dec. 6. SAMC sponsored Santa Claus' appearance and also gave out free popcorn, miniature footballs imprinted with heart attack warning signs, hand sanitizer and information cards on the importance of handwashing during cold and flu season.

Senior driving classes offered

SAMC is offering four driver safety classes for older drivers in 2015 through its Senior Discovery 4303DrivingClasses310x153 program. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. in the 7th Floor Conference Room of the Doctors Building on the SAMC campus. Classes are scheduled for Monday, February 23; Tuesday, May 12; Tuesday, August 11; and Tuesday, November 10.

The cost of the program is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members; the cost includes a light lunch. Free diabetes and vision screenings and blood pressure checks will be conducted. Registration is required. Call the Medical Center at (334) 712-3336 or 1-800-735-7998.

Nurses publish research in prestigious journal

Two Family Birth Center nurses have had their research published in The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 2814NursesPublished310x153 Brenda Maddox, clinical educator, and Renece Waller-Wise, clinical nurse specialist, co-wrote "Perinatal Nurses' Perceptions of Competency Assessments" with Diane Weed, PhD, RN, of Troy University. Their research article appears in the October issue of the international publication. It is the first SAMC nursing research to be published.

As members of the Nursing Research Team, Maddox said the two decided a revision of the nursing competency assessments might be appropriate. "We wanted to revitalize our program to ensure better patient outcomes and increase job satisfaction for nurses."

The team surveyed nurse perceptions on switching from a check-off system to a team approach that included hands-on drills. Participating nurses were surveyed on the new approach.

Key findings:

  • Competency assessments focusing on knowledge and technical skills only do not take into account the need to promote and assess critical thinking, teamwork and interpersonal communications.
  • Nurses' perceptions of assessment are important, as their views influence participation, outcome, etc.
  • Understanding nurses' perceptions of competency assessment is critical in improving the assessment process.

In the photo, Brenda Maddox, MSN/Ed, RNC-OB, C-EFM, and Renece Waller-Wise, MSN, RNC-OB, CNS, CLC, LCCE, CNL, pose with a copy of the publication carrying their research article on nurse perceptions of competency assessments.