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2015 Johns Hopkins Nursing Shining Star Finalist

Posted on Sep 29, 2015

Congratulations to Our 2015 Johns Hopkins Nursing Shining Star Finalist

Elizabeth Halterman, R.N., PICU clinical leader, has been selected as a finalist for the Johns Hopkins Nursing Shining Star Award. This program recognizes outstanding nurses, preceptors, nursing students and faculty from the Hopkins member hospitals and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. It's an opportunity to recognize some of the brightest stars in the galaxy of Johns Hopkins Nursing.

She will travel to Baltimore with her husband, Kevin, to represent All Children's at "An Evening with the Stars," a celebration held at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing on Saturday, Sept. 26, where the winners will be announced.
Elizabeth, a member of the multidisciplinary Barcode Medication Administration (BCMA) team, volunteered the 28-bed PICU to pilot the new technology. An important patient safety initiative, BCMA is designed to prevent medication errors from reaching the patient by verifying the “Five Rights”: right patient, medication, time/frequency, dose and form. Originally scheduled to last for one month, the pilot project stretched to 13 months, with Halterman and her colleagues uncovering dozens of issues that needed solutions. Now, all inpatient units are successfully using BCMA and over the past year the technology has been rolled out to other areas of the hospital.

In nominating her, one colleague wrote:
Liz has been an amazing role model and leader not only within her home unit, Pediatric Intensive Care, but also with her peers throughout our hospital.  She is approachable and professional and is highly respected by her peers and coworkers for her level of expertise and work ethic that she brings to the organization.  Liz’s enthusiasm and drive for nursing excellence is truly infectious and inspires others to go above and beyond with her leading the way.  Over the past 2 years, Liz has been working on the Barcode Medication Administration (BCMA) Steering Committee and has been instrumental in supporting her unit through the BCMA pilot that assisted in preparing the technology for our housewide roll-out in October 2014.  Liz managed to keep her team motivated and vested in this valuable technology that now helps us keep our patients safe from harm.

In addition to her leadership and motivational skills, such as being a member of six ACH committees and leading her unit-based CUSP team, Liz has also excelled in many areas of her clinical career.  She has received the Leap Program Gold Medal award twice for her various efforts and accomplishments under the five pillars of Treatment, Research, Education, Advocacy and Teamwork based on the “TREAT” professional practice model.  She is a certified Critical Care RN, a Certified Chemotherapy RN, and a trained CRRT and MARS specialist. Her poster presentations on Standardizing ETT suctioning and the PICU Rounds Checklist (winner of the ACH Nursing Research Poster Award in 2014) demonstrate her commitment to evidence based practice and improving the care of our ACH patients.  The list could go on and on - Liz is truly an amazing individual and represents the best of our hospital.  We are so very proud of her!

Congratulations to Elizabeth on being named a finalist for this system-wide nursing honor.

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