Nursing Quality Conference: Optimizing Stroke Outcomes

On October 21, 2022, Riverside sponsored the Nursing Quality Conference at Kankakee Community College (KCC). This continuing education event featured four presentations delivered by Riverside’s own subject matter experts with a focus on Optimizing Stroke Outcomes. Many healthcare professionals from various disciplines, KCC Nursing faculty/students, and community members attended. Many thanks to our speakers for sharing their expertise:

Dr. Zakaria – Surgical Management of Stroke
Chris Mitsdarffer – Stroke: Warning Signs, Prevention, & Recovery
Dr. Gilbert-Baffoe – Stroke Rehabilitation & Spasticity Management
Natalie Lacer & Margaret Ondrey – Stroke Risk Factors and the Impact of Social Determinants

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Riverside Medical Center Joins/AACN Nurse Residency Program™

To help ease the transition of newly licensed nurses from the classroom to clinical practice, Riverside Medical Center recently announced the implementation of a new Nurse Residency Program based on the Vizient and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (Vizient/AACN) Nurse Residency Program™. 

The goal of the program is to promote quality and safety, along with reducing turnover for first-year nurses. All newly licensed nurses hired by Riverside Medical Center will participate in the 12-month program.  

“The shift from classroom didactic into the practice environment is the most difficult transition for newly licensed nurses. Therefore, it is important that we support this transition with the resources, guidance, and infrastructure that ensures they are successful,” Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, LaTivia Carr, said. 

The Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™ has provided hundreds of healthcare organizations with a transition-to-practice program for new graduate nurses since 2002 and is nationally recognized as a model program. 

“As a three-time Magnet-designated organization, we are always looking for new ways to better support our clinical nurses,” said Laura Fitzpatrick, Nursing Professional Development Manager. 

“The Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™ is a trusted, evidence-based program that provides a framework to help us meet the needs of our newly licensed nurses – ensuring we are developing confidence and competence so they can provide the highest quality care to our patients,” Fitzpatrick continued. 

To learn more about the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™ click here

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Erika Ohlendorf Named to Illinois Nurses Foundation’s 2022 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders List

Riverside Healthcare is proud to announce that Erika Ohlendorf, MSN, MBA, RN, CCRN-K, the Magnet Program manager at Riverside, has been named to the Illinois Nurses Foundation’s 2022 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders list.

The award highlights and celebrates young nurse leaders who are making an impact on health care and the nursing profession today, and who will shape the future of the profession.

“Riverside Healthcare is a three-time Magnet Designated hospital. We could not achieve such a distinction without our nursing leaders, such as Erika,” said LaTivia Carr, chief nursing officer at Riverside Healthcare. “I want to extend my congratulations to Erika for this well-deserved recognition and honor and thank her for her continued commitment to nursing excellence here at Riverside.”

The Illinois Nurses Foundation hosted a reception to honor those named to the 2022 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders list on September 22, in Lisle, Ill.

Erika Ohlendorf MSN, MBA, RN, CCRN-K, Magnet Program Manager

Ohlendorf currently serves as the Magnet Program manager and has been an active member of two of Riverside’s three Magnet Designation teams. As the Magnet Program manager, she oversees the nurses who make up the Riverside Shared Governance Council. The Shared Governance Council gives nurses the ability to take an active role in research, professional development, and a platform to bring new ideas to the leadership teams to better care for the community we serve. Ohlendorf works alongside nursing leadership to encourage the Riverside nurses to offer their highest thinking, kindest touch and a strong commitment to nursing excellence.

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