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NA councils work hard for nurses

by Kelly Anne Caraviello, R.N.
Nurse Alliance chair-elect
The Nurse Alliance (NA) councils are working hard to help registered nurses give the best care possible at MUSC. At the last NA meeting, each of the five councils presented the previous month’s minutes.

  • Education Council is looking at EKG training and the competency check-list is being finalized. The Super User Validation (SUV) retreat went well. SUVs are a method where each unit signs off each other’s competencies.
  • Practice Council is revisiting the medication safety task force and will be including disciplines outside of nursing. They are also working on anticoagulation guidelines and testing.
  • Research Council members are working on different projects around the hospital. The Journal Swap Project is awaiting the final surveys and it will be completed. The Beach Chair Position study has enrolled the 200 patients and will spend December completing data entry for analysis to be completed by February. TEDS vs. SCDs and DVTs literature search is under way. MUSC College of Nursing has the first nursing online PhD program in South Carolina.
  • Quality Council is following up on the NA Quarterly Assembly initiatives, the anticoagulation template and continues to track the administration of Pnuemovax to MUSC patients. An option for patients to request the vaccine is being added to Get Well Network.
  • Leadership Council meeting has been working on the strategic goals of Nurse Alliance for 2009-2011 and the Nurses Parternship Advancement Program revalidation checklist is in its final stages.

The Nurse Alliance Council hopes that you will find an interest in one of the council’s topics and join. More information can be found at or call 792-0258 or e-mail

Friday, Dec. 12, 2008

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