Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin nurses lead the way to excellence

7-year-old Carter and Lynn Estacio, BSN, RN

The parents of 7-year-old Carter were one of many families who nominated Lynn Estacio for Nurse of the Year. Carter is pictured with Lynn.

In celebration of National Nurses Week, we are honoring our Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin nurses in many ways.

Day in and day out, each and every one of them demonstrates excellence — excellence in patient care, leadership, mentoring and furthering nursing science through evidence-based practice and research. I am so proud of the many accomplishments of our nurses!

Recognizing the excellence of our nurses extends far beyond me. Each year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provides an opportunity for readers to …Continue reading →

Now accepting 2014 Nurse of the Year nominations

Every year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel offers an opportunity for members of our community to nominate a nurse for Nurse of the Year. This is an awesome way to publicly recognize a nurse who has touched your life or a member of your family’s life. 

I encourage you to watch the video above to learn more about this special opportunity to …Continue reading →

Helping kids feel safe when they are scared

All of us at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin have learned how to talk to kids about scary things — from common medical procedures to complex surgery.

When violence occurs, we’re usually the experts about communication: use the right words, watch for signs of fear and offer distractions to make things easier.

Yesterday, Children’s Hospital was in the middle of the frightening incident. Our hospital …Continue reading →

Nurses share why they love working at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

At Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, we are celebrating the tremendous care our nurses provide for children and families and their professional accomplishments as a part of our Nurses’ Week celebrations.

We are recognizing our nurses for their demonstration of excellence, quality and innovation in all they do. As chief nursing officer, I’m so proud of what it means to be …Continue reading →

How have nurses helped you and your family?

National Nurses Week is celebrated each year May 6-12 to raise awareness about the value of nursing and educate the public about the many roles nurses play in meeting the health care needs of our community.

Nursing often is described as an art and a science. We are a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities it offers. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin nurses work in schools, outpatient surgery centers and clinics, serving in roles like staff nurse, nurse educator, …Continue reading →

What does it take to keep a children’s hospital running during a storm like today’s?

What does it take to keep a children’s hospital running during a storm like today’s? A lot of preplanning and dedicated, caring staff!

We began preparations yesterday as the storm approached. We have a structured way we approach challenging situations. The model we follow is the same one FEMA uses to manage disasters.

Yesterday afternoon, our Warehouse and Distribution staff made extra deliveries of food and supplies to our inpatient operations. We made plans for the visiting siblings and family members who would be unable to safely leave the hospital during the storm. Staff members who were already on duty yesterday signed up to spend the night, knowing that …Continue reading →

Embarking on an adventure

Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa

Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa

As a member of a team assembled by the Center for International Health, I visited Johannesburg, South Africa this year to consult with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Trust on a project to build the city’s first children’s hospital.

Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa, with a population of more than 9 million people. I was overwhelmed with the state of the city – poverty, shantytowns and the devastating effects of AIDS.

Currently, one-third of all pregnant women in Johannesburg test positive for AIDS. This …Continue reading →

Nurses reaching new heights

National Nurses’ Week is celebrated each year on May 6 and ends May 12, on Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nurses’ Week brings public awareness to the nursing profession and allows us time to reflect on the remarkable work of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin nurses. Each and every day our nurses make a difference in the lives of children and families. I thank our nurses for their compassion, professionalism and commitment to providing the best and safest care on behalf of the patients and families we serve.

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Spread the word about Safe Haven

A press conference – Protecting Our Children, Strengthening Our Community  – was held this afternoon at Children’s Health Education Center in Milwaukee, in reaction to the many tragic cases of infant death and child abuse we have been seeing in Southeastern Wisconsin. Representatives from Children’s Hospital and Health System, the City of Milwaukee Health Department, Department of Children and Families, Parenting Network and Children’s Trust Fund came together to bring to light the many resources our community has to offer to keep children and families safe. One of the resources I personally have been part of working on is the Safe Haven Law in Wisconsin.

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In case you haven’t heard . . .

It’s official! Our new west tower opened to the public this morning. Over the weekend, we held several events, including one for our staff and their families to tourchildrenshospitalsign. It was really exciting to see their reactions to the new spaces where they soon will be working. It also was a really nice opportunity for their families to see where they work. We offered tours of the new hospital rooms, were serenaded by Children’s own chorus and had face painting and other activities for kids.  The words, “awesome,” and “wow,” were used repeatedly!  The acknowledgement of the attention to detail that was put into the design confirmed our commitment to listening to our staff and families.

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