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West Penn Nurses in the News


On December 7, 2006, West Penn Hospital achieved Magnet Recognition status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). 

West Penn Hospital is the first hospital in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania to receive this prestigious recognition, which has been achieved by only about 6% of all healthcare facilities in the nation.


Nurses at West Penn Hospital have been recognized for their professional accomplishments and expertise and for going above and beyond for their patients. 




Each year, The Western Pennsylvania Hospital Nursing Division participates in the Cameos of Caring© Program of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.

In 2012, West Penn Hospital selected Leslie Geier, BSN, RN, Bone Marrow Transplant/Hematology/Oncology Unit, to receive the hospital's Cameos of Caring Award.  Nominees for this year's staff nurse award, in addition to Ms. Geier, were Jeanne Clancey, MSN, RN, West Penn Allegheny Oncology Network; Stacy Claypool, RN, Progressive Care Unit, Brandi Mason, RN, Medical Short Stay Center; Toni Johnson, RN, Operating Room; Kimberly Richards, RN, Ambulalatory Surgery Center; Linda Matich, RN, Intensive Care Unit; David Lau, RN, Emergency Department; Jennifer Marafka, BSN, RN, Mother/Baby Unit; Marylynn Donaldson, RN, Pediatrics Unit; Monica Reda, RN, Radiology; Carolyn Bolton, BSN, RN, IBCLC, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Karen Havrilla, RN, Registry; Susan Anderson, RN, Rehabilitation Unit; and Lindsey Zupsic, RN, Burn Unit.

Colleen Sullivan, MSN, AONP, West Penn Allegheny Oncology Network/ West Penn Hospital Outpatient Services, was nominated for one of five Cameos of Caring Advanced Practice Clinical Focus awards.

Jane Miller, MSN, RN, CNML, Manager, Emergency Department, was nominated for one of three Cameos of Caring Advanced Practice Manager Focus awards.

Awardees and nominees will be recognized at the Cameos of Caring Gala to be held Nov. 3, 2012, in downtown Pittsburgh.


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Publications and Presentations


Andrea Babbie, MSN, RN-BC, Education and Development Specialist, presented her poster "Education Newsletter - A valuable tool for staff education" at the National Nursing Staff Development Organization Annual Convention held July 12-15, 2012, at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, Mass.

Research by Maternal Child Health Services nurses at West Penn Hospital was presented at the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Conference held June 23-27, 2012, in Washington, DC/National Harbor, MD:  "See One, Do One, Teach One: A different way to teach vaginal exam/cervical assessment" by Monica Kraynek, MS, RNC-LRN, RN-BC, Education and Development Specialist, and "Baby Cuddler Program" by Christina Westbrook, MSN, MBA, RN, Manager, Pediatric Unit, and Ms. Kraynek.

Nurses from West Penn Allegheny Oncology Network (WPAON)/ West Penn Hospital Outpatient Services presented two posters at the 37th Annual Congress of the Oncology Nursing Society, held in New Orleans, May 3-7, 2012.  Marjorie Leslie, DNP, CRNP, AOCNP, director, Clinical Services, was first author of the poster “Development and implementation of an acuity model for a combined oncology office and infusion center” and Robyn Best, BSN, RN, OCN, clinical coordinator, was first author of the poster “Applying evidence-based practice to hypersensitivity and anaphylactic reactions in the outpatient oncology infusion center.” Co-authors for each poster were Ms. Best; Ms. Leslie; Noreen Doyle, MSN, RN, OCN, clinical coordinator; Sandra Rupert, MSN, RN, OCN, clinical coordinator; and Colleen Setzenfand, MSN, RN, OCN, clinical coordinator. Amanda Visnick, BSN, RN, OCN, clinical coordinator, was an additional co-author of Ms. Leslie’s poster.

Janis Sikora, MSN, RN, instructor, West Penn Hospital School of Nursing, and Donamarie Wilfong, DNP, RN, and Laura Daniel of the STAR Center at West Penn Allegheny Health System presented the poster “Advancing nursing education through innovation, collaboration and technology” at Mercy Hospital on March 3, 2012.

Congratulations to West Penn Hospital Education and Development Department nurses on publication of their article “Nursing U: a new concept for nursing orientation” in the Professional Growth column of Nursing 2011 (2011 Nov;41(11):59–61. The article’s authors, who were all members of the department at the time it was written, are Tom Culley, MBA, BSN, RN, CVRN; Andrea Babbie, MSN, RN-BC; Jeanne Clancey, MSN, RN, CNRN; Kathy Clouse, MSN, RN-BC; Rosemerry Hines, MSN, RN, CMSRN; Monica Kraynek, MSN, RNC-LRN, RN-BC; Josephine Tutro, MSEd, BSN, RN-BC; and Susanne Wittmann, MSHSA, BSN, RN.

Congratulations to Carol Haus, PhD, RN, CNE, Director, The Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing, who co-authored the article by Oermann MH, Hallmark BF, Haus C, et al., “Conducting multisite research studies in nursing education: Brief practice of CPR skills as exemplar” published in the November 2011 issue of Journal of Nursing Education.

Three WPH nursing posters were selected for presentation at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (SWPONL) Conference held Sept. 1 and 2, 2011, in Hershey, Pa.:

  • “Leading an Interdisciplinary Fall Prevention Program on an Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit” by Susan E. Simms, MSN, CRRN, Manager, and Teresa Hagg, MSN, RN, Clinical Coordinator, Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
  • “Exemplary Professional Practice and Outcomes: Engaging Staff in Patient Satisfaction, Quality, and Magnet Review Meetings” by Clare Fletcher, BS, Coordinator, Service Excellence; Susanne Wittmann, MSHSA, BSN, RN, Nursing Performance Improvement and Education; and Jacqueline Collavo, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Director, Magnet Recognition Program
  • “Scrub the Hub: Reducing Central Line–Associated Bacteremias in a Bone Marrow Transplant Setting” by Josephine Tutro, MSEd, BSN, RN-BC, Manager, Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Unit; Patricia Reiser, RN, OCN®, Interim Manager, Medical Short Stay Center and IV Team; Amanda Watson, RN, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit; and Ken Vignevic, BS, RN, IV Team

At the 13th Annual National Magnet® Conference held Oct. 4 to 6, 2011, in Baltimore, Md., Kari Smith, BSN, RN, OCN®, Clinical Coordinator, West Penn Cancer Institute, presented the poster she coauthored with Jacqueline A. Collavo, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Nursing Director, West Penn Hospital, “A Journal for Nurses by Nurses: Mentoring Staff to Captain the Publication Ship”.

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