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Nursing Excellence

The Online Newsletter for Children's Nurses
e-Edition, Issue 11 

Collaborative Relationships

Partnerships between nursing and the patient/family, peers,
the organization, academia and the community.

Community Partnerships and Education

High-quality patient care is the single greatest contribution Children’s Hospital Central California makes toward advancing the health and wellbeing of children, the Hospital is also uniquely positioned to support the needs of children through community-based partnerships. These partnerships include outreach education programs with the community and academic partnerships.

The outreach education program is an interdisciplinary collaborative effort at Children’s. The program is designed to promote the education and knowledge of healthcare and interdisciplinary professionals within the Hospital’s service area. The program encompasses; community (injury prevention and child advocacy), provider, neonatal, pediatric and transport. Highlights for 2011 included the Hospital’s injury prevention outreach activities.

Children’s Hospital’s community outreach education program was very active this past year, providing training and injury prevention techniques to local schools, law enforcement and other organizations on a variety of topics. Led by Carlos Flores, RN, MICN and C. Leanne Kozub, RN, the injury prevention and child advocacy teams provided education and training programs; the Kohl’s Water Safety program was led by Mary Jo Quintero, RN, CCRN, CPN. Highlights of the program include:

  • Children’s Hospital Central California Trauma Services includes injury prevention and professional teaching/outreach activities. This very dynamic program, first established in 2003, has continued to grow with partnerships of well over 100 agencies and groups.
  • In 2011, Children’s Hospital completed a second year as the lead agency for Safe Kids Central Valley (SKCV), a coalition of local agencies comprised of law enforcement, public health, education, and child welfare groups. SKCV is one of 650 member coalitions and chapters of Safe Kids USA.
  • A total of 75 Children’s Hospital staff members volunteered for local and regional educational outreach events.
  • In 2011, a total of 12,330 children and families were educated on child injury prevention and safety topics such as shaken baby syndrome, childhood injury and illness, the choking game, burns, child abuse, wheeled-sport safety and distracted and reckless teen driving.
  • In 2011, a total of 25,100 children and families, through over 50 programs and projects, were educated on water safety.

Healthcare professional outreach education programs provide pertinent education to our referring providers and healthcare facilities. In collaboration with healthcare leaders, our partnerships provide educational support through conducting needs assessments, making recommendations of available or customizable education, and offering training to meet their identified needs. Highlights include:

  • Over 61 professional education events were provided to a total of 1,955 attendees through injury prevention outreach in 2011. The audiences included child welfare agencies, healthcare agencies, and law enforcement agencies
  • The neonatal outreach program, led by Ashley Peerson, MSN, RNC-NIC, CNS, provided education and training to area healthcare and interdisciplinary professionals on various topics related to newborn physical assessment, care of the neonate, neonatal skills, stabilization course, and neonatal infant mock codes.
  • The critical care transport program, led by Jennifer Reyes, BSN, RN-NIC, and Evelyn Denise Johnson, BSN, RN, has been active for over 30 years, transporting critically ill and injured infants and children 24/7. This program provided outreach education to healthcare and interdisciplinary professionals focusing on the care, treatment and transport of the pediatric patient.
  • The clinical education and informatics department coordinated a number of educational experiences for healthcare professionals and organizations in the Central Valley. This included didactic courses on caring for the pediatric patient and observational experiences throughout the organization.
  • Training on the care of patients with tracheostomy and gastrostomy tubes was provided to school nurses in several counties.

Children’s Hospital is the primary provider of clinical pediatric education for nursing students throughout the Central San Joaquin Valley. Schools of nursing have partnered with Children’s Hospital to provide students with a pediatric clinical rotation. This rotation is a critical element in providing future nurses with an understanding of the pediatric population. Children’s has affiliation agreements with numerous academic agencies to support the education of nursing students, with an average of 676 nursing students each year participating in a clinical rotation at Children’s. Nursing student experiences are provided to support pre-licensure registered nurse programs, licensed vocational nurse to RN, degree completion programs RN-BSN, bachelor’s to master’s, and doctoral students. Children’s Hospital participates on academic advisory boards.

Children’s Hospital Central California is committed to providing quality education and training to healthcare and interdisciplinary professionals in its service area, partnering with the community to enhance the care and treatment of children.


In This Issue

Professional Practice

Professional Values

Theoretical Framework

Professional Practice


Collaborative Relationships

Care Delivery


Research / Evidence-Based Practice

Professional Development

Reward and Recognition