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Nursing Excellence

The Online Newsletter for Children's Nurses
e-Edition, Issue 8 

Contributions to Practice

Magnet nurses at Children’s Hospital have continued the journey of nursing excellence through developing clinical expertise, integrating evidence-based practice in innovative ways and conducting nursing research to enhance our understanding of nursing care and practice. The results of these endeavors have been shared with healthcare professionals and the community throughout the state and nation through publication in professional journals and presentations.


Kitt, Garrett, BSN, RN

Xu, C., Kitt, G., & Dimand, R. (2010) Highly Successful Bedside Transpyloric Feeding Tube Placement by Nursing Staff in Pediatric Intensive Care Patients.  Peds Crit Care Med 11, 674. 

Quintero, Mary Jo, RN, CCRN, CPN

Quintero, M. (2010, July) Pediatric Drowning Surveillance in the Central Valley, American Academy of Pediatrics Drowning Surveillance Handbook.   

Mountcastle, Keitha, PhD, RN, CNNP

Pinzon-Perez, H. & Mountcastle, K. (2010).  Proposed Recommendations for Health Policies in Childhood Diabesity Prevention in the Dominican Republic: Implications for Nursing.  Hispanic Health Care International, 8(3).

Mountcastle, K. (2010). An Ounce of Prevention: Decreasing Painful Interventions in the NICU. Neonatal Network, 29(6): 353-8.

Sutters, Kimberly, PhD, RN, VA-BC 

Sutters, K. (2010 February) A randomized clinical trial of the efficacy of scheduled dosing of acetaminophen and hydrocodone for the management of postoperative pain in children following tonsillectomy. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 26(2), 95-103.



Cooper, Carole, MHA, BSN, RN, CPN and Mary-Ann Robson, BSN, RN, CCRN; “Evaluation of Pediatric Early Warning Scoring Tools.” 11th Evidence-Based Practice Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona June 2010 

Ferrer-Heyne, Cecilia, BSN, RN, CPN and Maria Juarez, RN, “Profile of a Pediatric Nurse”; “Quality, A Personal Attitude”; and, “Early Stimulation and Its Impact on Child Development.”  200-250 area nurses in Cuatitlan, MX July 2010 

Flores, Carlos, RN

“CHCC Injury Prevention Program”, Pre-game Information Table, CSUF Basketball Game, Fresno, CA January 2010

“Shaken Baby Syndrome”

Educational Booth, 2010 Central Valley Teen Parent Conference, Fresno County Office of Education, First 5, Fresno, CA February 2010

Prevention Booth, Rebounding to Success-Teen Conference Reedley College, Reedley, CA April 2010

“Dangerous Driving Behaviors Every 15 Minutes”

Madera High School, Madera, CA March 2010

Dos Palos High School, Dos Palos, CA April 2010

“Safe at Home Event and Develop the Helmet Habit” Booth focusing on Wheeled Sports Safety, Mariposa, CA March 2010

“Choking Game & Childhood Injury Prevention” Booth, Corcoran Teen Summit, Corcoran, CA March 2010

“Childhood Injury Prevention”

Breakfast with the Animals, Party for the Planet, Univision Event, Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Fresno, CA April 2010

2010 Making the Grade with Fresno Grizzlies, Fresno, CA April and May 2010

Cinco De Mayo-Fulton Mall, Fresno, CA May 2010

Preconception Task Force Health Fair Injury Prevention Booth, Manchester Center, Fresno, CA, May 2010

Child Safety Fair, Adventure Park, Visalia, CA May 2010.

Dreamnight, Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Fresno, CA, June 2010.

MADD Walk & Health Fair, Woodward Park, Fresno, CA June 2010

Zoobiliation Event, Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Fresno, CA June 2010

Table Mountain Health Fair, Friant, CA June 2010

Madera Farmers Market, Madera, CA August 2010

Ice Cream Zoofari, Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Fresno, CA August 2010

Back to School Health Fair, Adventist Health Community Care, Selma, CA August 2010

Health, Wellness & Character Event, Sanger Community Center, Selma, CA August 2010

Color the Skies Day 1 and Day 2, Ripon, CA September 2010

“Childhood Injury Prevention” Information Booth

Sunshine Day - Susan B Anthony, Fresno, CA April 2010

United Christian Church - Block Party, Fresno, CA May 2010

Chukchansi Health Fair, Coarsegold, CA June 2010

“Childhood Injury Prevention, Spot the Tot, Distracted Driving, Water Safety, Where’s it Safe to Play”? May Day! May Day! Events, Chukchansi Ballpark, Fresno, CA May 2010

“Preventing Wheeled Sports Injury”

Picnic in the Park, Madera Courthouse Park, Madera, CA May 2010

Fresno City Firefighters Box Cart Races Helmet Booth, Woodward Park, Fresno, CA May 2010

Jefferson Elementary School - Healthy Fair, Fresno, CA June 2010

“Spot the Tot” Madera Farmers Market, Madera Courthouse Park, Madera, CA June and July 2010 

“Sports Injury & Concussion Prevention.” Clovis West Baseball Clinic, Clovis, CA August 2010

“Wheeled Sports Injury Prevention” - Movies in the Park, Eaton Plaza, Fresno, CA

June 2010 (four events) July 2010 (four events)

August 2010 (two events) September 2010 (four events)

Back to School Health Fair, Franklin Head Start Center, Fresno, CA August 2010


Giannetta, Terea, MSN, RN, CPNP - "Nutritional Anemia" and “Adolescent Menorrhagia", NAPNAP National Conference, Chicago, IL April 2010 

Herrera, Susan Erickson, RN, RLC, IBCLC - "Feeding the NICU Infant: Interventions and Therapies", 2010 NICU Regional Conference, Children's Hospital Central California, Madera, CA August 2010  

Kaur, Sukhwinder, RN, PNP – “Detrimental Effects of Obesity on Hispanic Minority Children” (Poster Presentation). Sigma Theta Tau - Annual Nursing Research Conference, Fresno, CA April 2010 

Kozub, Christine Leanne, RN, BHCA

"Multi-Agency Identification of Near Fatal Child Abuse.” San Diego International Child Maltreatment Conference, San Diego, CA January 2010

"Child Abuse." Children’s Services Network Annual Conference, Visalia, CA. April 2010

“Child Abuse Prevention.” Panel Speaker for Kern County Junior League Event, Bakersfield, CA April 2010

"Mandated Reporting." Hanford, CA April 2010  

Le, Jennifer, NP-C, CDE

“Evaluation of the Utilization of a Nurse Practitioner Led Intensive Diabetes Management Program: The Effect of Frequent NP Diabetes Follow-up Visits on Hemoglobin A1C Results in Poorly Controlled Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes”. Sigma Theta Tau, "A Night of Research." (Poster) Modesto, CA May 2010

“Obesity and Diabetes Prevention in High Risk Populations.” Central Valley Indian Health Network, Clovis, CA November 2009

Lindsey, Patricia, MSN, RN, CNS, CPN - "A Walk Down the Pediatric Airway." Merced Hospital Out-Reach Education, Merced, CA July 2010 

Loo, Kamela, MSN, NNP-BC, FNP-BC, RNC-NIC - "Name That Diagnosis - An NICU Masquerade." Co-Presenter with Dr. Indira Chandrasekar, CCANN Conference at University of Phoenix, Fresno, CA September 2010 

Miranda, Linda, BSN, RN – Co-presented with Barbara Paliughi, RN, "How to Implement a Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatic Disease Education (C.A.R.E.) Conference." The Annual National Conference for the American College of Rheumatology, Philadelphia, PA October 2009 

Norgaard, Jennifer, MSN, RNC-NIC, CNS - "Impacting Neonatal Care - Balancing the Art and the Science." CHCC Bright Horizons Regional Conference, Madera, CA August 2010 

Paliughi, Barbara, BSN, RN – Co-Presented with Linda Miranda, BSN, RN, "How to Implement a Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatic Disease Education (C.A.R.E.) Conference." The Annual National Conference for the American College of Rheumatology, Philadelphia, PA October 2009  

Quintero, Mary Jo, RN, CCRN, CPN

"Pediatric Respiratory Assessment." Children's Hospital Regional Pediatric Conference, Madera, CA December 2009

"The Pediatric Sepsis to Septic Shock Continuum." EMSC Conference "Rescue Me", Boise, ID October 2010

"How to Keep Your Child Safe Around Water!” "What's New with Drowning.” Pulmonology Conference, Fresno, CA April 2010

"Don't Be Shocked by Shock!” Merced Medical Center, Merced, CA March 2010

"Pediatric Respiratory Illnesses!” Emanuel Medical Center, Turlock, CA May 2010

“New Onset Pediatric DKA and other Pediatric Life Threatening Disorders (that you may not know!).”  EMS Conference, Bakersfield, CA October 2009

“Oh, NO!  It’s a KID!” Fresno County Paramedic Class Fresno, CA November 2009

“Be Safe Around Water.” Bakersfield Public Health Symposium, Bakersfield, CA May 2010

"How to Keep Your Child Safe Around Water!"

Fresno Unified School Nurses, Fresno, CA May 2010

Fresno Parent Association, Fresno, CA May 2010

Teen Parent Conference, Selma, CA May 2010

Madera Workforce Assistance Center, Madera, CA June 2010

Cal Works Teen Parent Conference, Fresno, CA July 2010

Exceptional Parents Unlimited, Fresno, CA July 2010

“Safe Surrender and EMS Update.” EMSC State Conference, Sacramento, CA June 2010 

Shadle, Randy, BSN, RN 

"Newborn Screening - Beyond PKU" 

Central California Association of Neonatal Nurses, Madera, CA October 2009

Society of Pediatric Nurses - Fresno Chapter, Fresno, CA November 2009

St. Joseph's Hospital - Quarterly M&M Conference, Stockton, CA December 2009

CHCC - NICU M&M Conference, Madera, CA April 2010

"Newborn Screening - Maintaining Perspective"

Chico State University - Nursing Program, Chico, CA August 2010

Northern Inyo Hospital L&D Conference, Bishop, CA September 2010

Mammoth Hospital L&D Conference, Mammoth, CA September 2010
Fresno City College - Nursing Program, Fresno, CA September 2010


Venkatesan, Stacie, MSN, RNC-NIC, CNS – “Parents as Partners in Care: Involving Families in the NICU”, VON Collaborative Conference Minneapolis, MN September 2010 

Vermeltfoort, Denise, MSN, RN, NE-BC

“Believe, Engage, Achieve!” Nurse’s Week Speaker, Sierra View District Hospital, Porterville, CA May 2010

 “Law of Influence, Laws of Navigation and Priorities and Law of the Lid and Process.” San Joaquin Valley Nursing Leadership Academy, Fresno, CA September 2010



In This Issue

Nursing Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow - Making A Difference

Nursing Through The Generations

Family Footsteps: Generations of Influence

Family Footsteps: Born To Be…

Family Footsteps: Nursing, It's In The Family

It's Not Your Grandma's Student Program

Nurse of the Year 2011

Evaluation of the Humpty Dumpty Fall Risk Screening Tool

Enhancements to Nursing Professional Practice

Contributions to Practice

Leadership in Professional Nursing Organizations