The Maternal Mortality Review Committee in Illinois, made up of nurses and other providers, is studying whether pregnancy-associated deaths in the state, those that occurred from any cause within one year of pregnancy, were linked to complications of pregnancy. Nicole Williams of the Gynecology Institute of Chicago said people incorrectly assume that if the birth goes well there will not be postpartum complications.
Chicago-area hospitals are adopting strategies to reduce opioid use and potential abuse among patients, including monitoring prescribing, changing care protocols and using post-discharge follow-up. Rush University Medical Center screens all patients for substance use during admission and psychiatric nurse practitioner Kathryn Perticone, director of hospital's substance use intervention team, said the goal is to offer treatment for those identified as having have opioid use disorder.
As we drive down the street, we are seeing more and more nurses plates -- have you ordered yours? The license plates are available on the Secretary of State's Pick-a-Plate page. We are excited to begin funding grants for nurse-initiated projects and award additional scholarships as we move forward. Check it out here -- select "Specialty" from the dropdown menu.
Join us Sept. 13 at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville as we recognize 40 outstanding nurses in Illinois under 40. Each has demonstrated exemplary dedication to the nursing profession, dedicated service within the community or the promise to grow in leadership for the advancement of nursing in Illinois. Learn more.