By Natalia Cineas, RN, DNP(c), NEA-BC
The enthusiasm and commitment to quality care was palpable at Mount Sinai Saint Luke’s Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Prevention Education Day that was held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Natalia Cineas, RN, DNP(c), NEA-BC, Senior Director, Patient Care Services, who spear-headed the program, described the role of the CAUTI champions as a dedicated team of health care professionals who are passionate about improving the quality of patient care with a particular interest in protecting patients from catheter associated urinary tract infections.The program included presentations on Best Practices for Preventing CAUTIS by Alan Multz, MD, CMO MSSL, Bruce Polsky, MD, Chair, Dept. of Medicine, Jonathan Bodenhorm, RN, Bard Medical/Critical Care, Jeannine Bernstein, RN, Nursing Education, Barbara Smith, RN, Infection Control, and David McCoy, LEAN Team. In addition, a vendor fair provided an opportunity for the staff to view the new equipment and supplies that are available to assist in our efforts to prevent CAUTI. The CAUTI champions also brainstormed next steps to share with their peers. The plan is for the champions to meet every 6-8 weeks to continue to develop strategies to prevent CAUTIs.
Attendees included: L. Alfeche, J. Berba, S. Bookal, G. Bronzo, D. Butler, I. Cabatbat, M. Cajoux, A. Chambers, G. Flores, D. Francis, R. Gamboa, O. Gabriel, S. Malcolm, Y. Marimba, J. Meehan, M Moore, A. Mornet, M. Murray, M. Nietes , J. O’Connor, K. O’Neill, E. Porras, D. Quow, M. Ramos, E. Rodriguez, C. Smart, I. Thomas, S. Walsh, and C. Chantal from MSSL and J. Cagigas, P. Cruz, N. Galang, M. Robes, E. Rosette, J. Tiu and M. Hui-Yun from Mount Sinai Roosevelt.
Each participant received a certificate and a CAUTI Champion pin. According to Cineas “it is gratifying to see the commitment of the CAUTI Champions in making a difference in our patients’ care”.
Natalia Cineas is the Senior Director of Nursing at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital. Ms. Cineas is a doctoral candidate at The George Washington University School of Nursing. A fellow of the Leadership Institute for Black Nurses at New York University and graduate from the State University of Stony Brook, New York University College of Nursing and Wagner School of Public Service. She is an experienced nursing manager with proven skills in managing employee relations and improving patient quality processes. She has managed teams to excel in areas of patient centered care, project management, operations improvement, change management and organizational development.