High Level Disinfection & Steam Sterilization – Epidemiology Visits!

Please help me welcome Michelle Guigneaux, RN HCE, to our clinics for 2013 visits! Michelle will schedule the visits (as she is able) for your convenience and with avoidance of patient flow interruptions in mind. 

During these visits, Michelle and I want to use your time prudently; if it is helpful for you to email me in advance of the visit, in order to let me know what continues to be confusing on the processes established in 2012, feel free. If I don’t hear from you, then we will use our standard process established to hopefully spot ’things’ missed in 2012 audits, as well as how best to improve our program in 2013. We hope to engage ’all’ staff conducting the procedures for HLD, steam autoclave and Steris using ’Staff Knowledge’ questions.

As always, I enjoy interacting with clinic staff, and look forward to the opportunity to be in our terrific clinics! Thanks in advance! Peggy

October 2012 Switchboard for Ambulatory Nursing Service Posted

Please take a look at some articles of interest to healthcare personnel as well as upcoming Professional Development and Educational Offerings recently posted on the Nursing Councils Webpage of the Ambulatory Blog at:


Have a great day.

The first World Sepsis Day-September 13

Sepsis is a toxic response to infection that kills 258,000 Americans each year. It is a medical emergency that requires early detection and treatment for survival. Learn more by viewing the sites below.

» Sepsis Alliance Website
» Sepsis: Emergency (Video)
» Sepsis Material
» Sepsis Presentation (Video)

The first World Sepsis Day was held on September 13. Major events took place all around the world, including here at UTMB and with the Texas Medical Center. Below are pictures of Ambulatory Nursing pledging to increase Sepsis Awareness!



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 – babonifi@utmb.edu

Free CNE content on Cultural Competence

Free CNE Course on Cultural Competence in Nursing Care online through our School of Nursing website: http://son.utmb.edu/SonApps/ccnch/core-modules.aspx

 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