Two JGH nurses receive highest award by l’Ordre des
infirmières et infirmiers du Québec
The lives of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has become a little easier, thanks to an innovative partnership between the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) and Mount Sinai Hospital. This connection is now a key element in a local network of integrated services for managing COPD, including the use of a nurse navigator and an integrated interdisciplinary care program involving both hospitals and the community.
Esther Dajczman, a Clinical Nurse Specialist with expertise in the care of patients with COPD at the JGH and Mt. Sinai, travels between the two centres to ensure continuity of care for patients who are transferred from one institution to the other. Transfers to Mt. Sinai for sub-acute care and pulmonary rehabilitation have become smoother, because Ms. Dajczman divides her time between the two centres.
“There is a long history of cooperation between the JGH and Mt. Sinai,” says Ms. Dajczman. “What we have done here is add a nurse navigator who follows patients throughout their care, so that they are not alone. Our goal is to help patients cope with this debilitating condition and provide them with the means and knowledge to help them do their best to live with this chronic lung condition.”
In addition to the partnership with Mt. Sinai, additional COPD programs have been established by the JGH, such as a pre-admission testing procedure and an innovative therapeutic exercise program at the YM-YWHA. The objective is to go beyond preserving their ability to simply get by, and actually improve the quality of their lives. Participants in the program have demonstrated increased endurance and confidence and they have reported feeling better. The program is “innovative and one of a kind,” says Ms. Dajczman, “and is designed help patients continue to make healthy lifestyle changes after their care at either of the hospitals.”
Ms. Dajczman’s hard work was recognized with the 2012 Prix Florence, the highest honour bestowed by the Order of Nurses of Quebec. The award, presented on May 3 in the Illness Prevention category, was presented during the annual Nurses’ Week (May 7-13). It acknowledges Ms. Dajczman’s rigourous monitoring and the quality of her interventions that have helped patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time. As a result, Emergency Department visits and hospital stays are being avoided for many patients with COPD.
Also recognized with a Prix Florence in the Nursing Research category was Dr. Carmen Loiselle, a Senior Nurse Scientist in the Lady Davis Institute at the JGH and in the JGH Centre for Nursing Research. In her research, Dr. Loiselle has investigated the way cancer patients seek and benefit from the information they acquire in cancer clinics and online. By systematically studyng the psychosocial impact of searching for infomration online when one is affected by cancer, Dr. Loiselle has uncovered profiles of preferences for cancer information and their effect on people’s well-being.
"By awarding the Prix Florence to two JGH nurses, the Order of Nurses of Quebec has confirmed, yet again, the high calibre of professionalism and the compassionate care of our nursing staff," says Dr. Hartley Stern, Executive Director. "Ms. Dajczman's award demonstrates the great benefits of building innovative partnerships with other healthcare institutions, while Dr. Loiselle's prize represents our wish to reach out with better care to under-served members of society. These two nurses exemplify the JGH's determination to work within the team of Quebec healthcare institutions to strengthen the entire pubic healthcare system."
Glenn J. Nashen, Director
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