Patient care techs feted
When patient care technician Musya Kurmakayeva noticed the activity carts on a clinical floor were geared for an elderly audience, she thought of an innovative way to satisfy the needs of a younger patient on the unit.
"Musya went on the Internet and printed off 15 pictures for this patient to color," nurse manager Alison Small, RN, told the crowd gathered for BIDMC's PCT Recognition Luncheon and Awards.
Although awards have been given out in years past, this is the first time a formal luncheon was held in the PCTs' honor marking National Nursing Assistants Week, said nurse manager Kathy Clark-Hussain, RN,one of three chairs of the PCT Council. Awards for spirit, excellence and patient advocacy were bestowed on seven PCTs.
Chief Nurse and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services Marsha Maurer, RN, praised the PCTs in her opening remarks.
"It's a tough job, often thankless," Maurer said. "You catch patients trying to get out of bed, standing between the patient and an injury."
Kurmakayeva joined PCT Leo Matos as winners of the Overall Excellence award given to a PCT who embodies overall excellence in practice including clinical expertise, collaboration and customer service.
"I've never won anything before so this took me by surprise," said Matos.
The Patient Advocate award went to Marlyn Manaiza and Arielis Pena for demonstrating a commitment to a patient's comfort and optimal wellbeing. Paul Curley, Rose Dorceus, and Kathy Ladd received the Spirit award for having a presence that makes a difference. Ladd has spent the past 12 years as a PCT in the Newborn Nursery feeding, changing and comforting the babies there.
"We spoil the babies, giving them warmth and love," Ladd said. "I'm a nana so I like to take care of the newborns. And it gives the parents a needed break."