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Practice Council

Vision: Nurses at York Hospital provide state of the art evidence-based care to patients utilizing the nursing process in collaboration with nursing leaders and expert clinicians.
Mission: To promote excellence in the delivery of high quality nursing care throughout York Hospital by means of coordination of standards of care across the service lines, development of policies and procedures that are evidence-based, and ensuring the ongoing development of a professional practice model environment.

2009 Practice Council

Megan Keeney RN RRT, BSN - MTCUMegan Keeney RN RRT, BSN - MTCU 2009 Practice Council

2008 Practice Council

Leslie Johnston, RN, BSNLeslie Johnston, RN, BSN 2008 Practice Council

Leslie Johnston, RN, BSN is the 2008-2009 chair of Practice Council. She is a clinical nurse III on the pediatric unit with over 20 years of experience caring for children at York Hospital. Leslie has been an active member of Practice Council since its launch six years ago and was inspired by the Shared Decision Making Process to become chair elect and now chair. Her background includes a BSN from Cedar Crest College in 1979 and clinical experience at Franklin Square Hospital, Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and the Children's National Medical Center in D.C.

Practice Council Accomplishments 2008-2009

  • Provided ongoing oversight of the Relationship Based Care model of nursing
  • Prepared for Magnet survey in November 2008 through evidence collection, education and mock surveys
  • Approved changes for Foley catheter insertion and care
  • Approved implementation of new sepsis screening tool
  • Approved a new forensic chain of custody form
  • Developed sub-group to look into and make recommendations on tubing misconnection issues
  • Continued evaluation and improvement of ticket to ride form
  • Explored use of state-wide color-coded wristbands
  • Learned about the A3 process utilizing Ticketto-Ride issues
  • Reviewed and revised Commitment to Care document
  • Kept apprised of the implementation of the Crew Resource Management program in the OR
  • Reviewed/revised over 350 nursing policies over the year

2007 Practice Council

Patti PollackPatti Pollack 2007 Practice Council

Patti Pollack has been a WellSpan employee for 13 years and is currently a Clinical Nurse III in the Emergency Department. She began her career in 1994 as a Patient Representative in the ED where she fell in love with the role and the responsibilities of the emergency nurse. Patti returned to college to obtain her nursing degree and has been working in the department since 1999. She received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Glassboro State College and her nursing degree from HACC. She incorporates her nursing and journalism degrees by serving as creator and editor-in-chief of ED Talk, the department newsletter. Patti is married and has four grown children.

2007 Practice Council Accomplishments

  • Utilized an evidence-based practice approach to develop the guiding principles for Relationship Based Care and the Caring Model. The Council and the Chair have played an integral part in the development and implementation of RBC.
  • Standardized the Caring Model to be implemented hospital-wide to improve patient satisfaction and build better patient and caregiver relationships.
  • Revised and redesigned "Ticket to Ride" form and educated staff before trialing and implementing this hand-off communication form that better serves patients in compliance with Patient Safety Goal #9.
  • Created new process for how nurses implement medication information sheets to ensure patients have a better understanding of their medications and are actively involved in their own care.
  • Developed a "Hot List" for medication teaching for each nursing unit to simplify the discharge process when printing out medications for the patient.
  • Improved Hand-Off communications between Respiratory Therapy, Unit Secretaries and Nursing house-wide.
  • Missed respiratory treatments identified when transferring treatments from respiratory therapists to nursing.
  • Standardized protocol and educated staff. Three-month follow-up study showed significant decreases in missed respiratory treatments.
  • Exchanged minutes with Gettysburg Hospital Practice Council and attended meetings to promote a streamlined communication for both institutions.
  • Represented on York Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
  • Created new standard of practice for two-hour rounding on fall risk patients.
  • Changed the policy of using IV tubing to 96 hours using EBP and aligned policies with Gettysburg Hospital.
  • Updated and reevaluated current equipment and products used in the nursing practice.
  • Completed hospital-wide bed labeling project.
  • Continued to focus on National Patient Safety Goals.
  • Reviewed and revised more than 340 policies per year.
  • Developed Communication Tree as a mechanism to assist members in communicating meeting highlights and talking points back to units and service lines. 

2006 Practice Council

Kelly GipsonKelly Gipson 2006 Practice Council

Kelly Gipson is the Chair of the Practice Council and has been a member of the council since its inception in 2003. Kelly is a 1998 graduate of York College, and has worked at York Hospital since graduation. Kelly's clinical experience is on 6 Main, PACU and is a CN3 in MSICU since 2000. Kelly is the Treasurer for the Eta Eta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and has participated in graduate classes at York College.

2006 Practice Council Accomplishments

  • Reviewed and revised all nursing policies and procedures and developed new policies based on evidence based practice.
  • Consolidated IV pump programming to one medication library throughout the hospital.
  • Approved animal visitation policy.
  • Initiated Blood Administration Guideline education blitz.
  • Participated in evaluation of numerous products and equipment to enhance care and improve patient safety
  • Reviewed National Patient Safety Goals; continue to discuss implementation of suicide risk screen.
  • Passed the use of insulin pens as recommended by pharmacy.
  • Accepted the Cardiac Cath Lab checklist to ensure continuity of pre-procedure care.
  • Accepted policy modification regarding chart checks after noting inconsistencies in policy implementation throughout the hospital.
  • Developed an electronic hand-off template for communication between the Emergency Department and nursing units.


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