The goal of the Medical Surgical Unit is to create an individualized plan of care that will provide high quality nursing care and establish an emotional connection with the patient and his/her family.
Over the last three months we were developing the reorganization of the Medical Surgical Units Leadership. The purpose of this reorganization is to increase clinical support, increase overall staff education, provide 1:1 mentoring of staff, and provide Unit Manager support. Since nursing is the heart of the healthcare team, the goal in implementing the Unit Leads is to:
- Improve patient outcomes
- Improve the customer experience
- Improve communication between patients, families, physicians and other members of the healthcare team.
The Unit Leads responsibilities involve overseeing daily operations of the unit with the patient at the center of all activities. These responsibilities of communication and coordination of nursing care on their respective units include, but are not limited to:
- Daily evaluation of the number and complexity of the patients in coordinating care
- Responsible for orientation, training programs and ongoing educational opportunities
- Daily staff mentoring and coaching related to patient care issues
- Oversight of the ancillary staff in assuring all aspects of the patient’s ADLs are being completed
- Assist with patient care as needed
- Perform daily rounds on the patients to ensure nursing is communicating and meeting the emotional and physical needs of the patients
- Facilitate nurse/physician rounding and assure the nurses are prepared to discuss the patient’s plan of care
Investigate concerns and make changes that will improve patient care.Please congratulate and continue to support the following Unit Leads:
Emma Mentz-Unit Lead MS3
She has been with the hospital since 1989. Previously she was the Clinical Educator. She has now assumed the responsibilities of Unit Lead on MS3. Emma shares her extensive nursing knowledge and skills with the staff and facilitates the overall orientation process. She has an interest in developing the Palliative Care Program for the hospital.
Laura Alexander-Unit Lead MS2
She has returned to the Medical Surgical Unit in 2009 after working in Virginia for two and half years on a cardiac unit. She is respected by her peers and has been able to share her past cardiac knowledge and skills with our telemetry unit nurses. Laura is an active member of the Heart Failure Committee and Readmission Task Force.
Christine Gehris De-Jesus- Unit Lead MS1
She has been with the hospital since November of 2008. She has been instrumental in the organization of the Bariatric Program. In addition, she is a member of the Stroke Committee and Chairperson of the Medical Surgical Unit Council.
Carolyn Wheeler-Surgical Telemetry
She has moved to the Surgical Telemetry Unit after working on MS3 since 1989. Carolyn demonstrates knowledge, excellent nursing skills and leadership in her role.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kathy Musser, BSN, RN (Unit Manager Medical Surgical Unit) at 738-6352 or click here.