American Diabetes Association Recognition

On August 15, 2012, the UTMB Stark Diabetes Clinic at Victory Lakes Town Center was notified by the American Diabetes Association of the continued Recognition of the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide state-of-the-art information about diabetes management for participants. The process of the Education Recognition program gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of the services they provide and helps consumers to identify these quality programs. All approved education programs cover the following topics as needed: diabetes disease process; nutritional management; physical activity; medications; monitoring; preventing, detecting and treating acute complications; preventing, detecting and treating chronic complications through risk reduction; goal setting and problem solving; psychological adjustment; and preconception care, management during pregnancy and gestational management. Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, the patient can assume a major part of the responsibility for his/her diabetes management. Unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education.

Ambulatory Orientation—August 7, 2012

 Welcome our new hires! 

Kisha Poole, Nurse Clinician III Out PT—Victory Lakes Surgery Center, Pre-op/PACU; Mayra Gutierrez, Nurse Clinician III Out PT—UHC 5th Fl Clinics; Andrea Williams, Nurse Clinician III Out PT—CBC Pedi Assoc Friendswood; Cheryl Houston, PSS I—Victory Lakes Surgery Center; Jessica Duckworth, MA—UHC 4th Fl Clinics; Natalie Bass, LVN—UHC 4th Fl Clinics; Janet White, PSS I—League City Pedi Urgent Care.

Kerry Powell, MA—UHC 5th Fl Clinics; Tomeka Crowe, PSS I—Island Pediatric Urgent Care; Elizabeth Lute, Nurse Clinician III Out PT—Island Pediatric Urgent Care; Taylor Ulmer, LVN—CBC League City Fam. Hlth; Manuela Carlos-Torres, MA— UHC 5th Fl Clinics; Kristin Moorehead, PSS II—Bay Colony Pediatrics.


Nurses rank among the best in the nation

UTMB Health is Magnet Recognized


The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston achieved a milestone in nursing Tuesday that puts it among the nation’s elite hospitals. After a lengthy application and review process, the hospital received Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association.
Only 395 hospitals in the United States have earned this recognition. UTMB joins 30 hospitals in Texas, including six in the Texas Medical Center, to achieve this elite status.

The announcement came via a conference call from Craig Luzinski, director of the Magnet Recognition Program, who said it was his “honor and privilege” to notify UTMB of its Magnet status. Luzinski noted it was “quite an accomplishment” as several dozen nurses and administrators cheered the news.

“Magnet recognition shows that patient care in UTMB Hospitals meets the widely accepted gold standard for excellence in nursing and quality patient care,” said David Marshall, chief nursing and patient care services officer. “The hospital, its staff and physicians, and — most importantly — patients all benefit from Magnet status.”. Continue reading

Nursing Technology Webinar August 29th

“NURSES: Are You Ready For Your New Role In Health Information Technology?”
Webinar Presenters: Mari Tietze PhD, RN-BC &
Susan McBride, PhD, RN

When: August 29, 2012

What Time: 12:30PM to 1:30PM

Where: RSH – Conference Room 1.124 It’s good to know about unintended consequences of using electronic health records. You know there are some. You might even know others have experienced similar event to yours. What’s really good to know though is what to do about them – where to find more information, how to share your experiences for the greater good, and how to collaborate with colleagues in quality, patient safety and informatics to realize safe, effective electronic health records use. -
Texas Nursing Association
This Professional Development activity has been approved for 1.0 contact hour(s) of Continuing Nursing Education.

Contact: Barbara Bonificio –

Free CNE content on Cultural Competence

Free CNE Course on Cultural Competence in Nursing Care online through our School of Nursing website:

 You will need to register once but then will have access to the module. They have future offerings coming up as well and I will keep you posted. At this time, the CNE credit is being offered for RN’s only due to grant restrictions. However, if you take the course and are not an RN, please just note the date and time that you reviewed the material and you can request credit for this as part of your professional development goals in your evaluation.


Cultivating the Spiritual Dimensions of Healthcare

Nurses, physicians and other interprofessional healthcare members, students, clergy, and community members are invited to attend this professional development activity.

Kenneth Pargament, Ph.D., Distinguished Scholar                                 

Dr. Pargament is professor of clinical psychology at Bowling Green State University, and is the Visiting Distinguished Scholar at the Institute for Spirituality and Health, giving engaging lectures throughout Houston and collaborating on multiple research projects in the TMC. His research focuses on the roles of religion in coping with trauma. He is widely published and brings great expertise to this topic. Continue reading

Back to School Healthy Checkup


Although it may feel like the summer break just started, it won’t be long before the yellow buses will be rolling again, and colorful lunch boxes and school supplies have already sprouted in stores. All parents want their kids to get a great and healthy start to the new school year. It’s not too early to start making it happen. Visit our Back to School website here to view a few health-related tips for your back-to-school checklist.

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