And that's not all: many of the staff members work on process-improvement projects so they can deliver better and more efficient care. Several members belong to SGNA and attend the meetings on a regular basis. The nurse liaison is certified in GI and is encouraging several colleagues to follow suit.
Many members are active participants of the Shared Governance Council, and are involved in nursing advocacy, professional development, clinical performance, and informatics. All of this productivity and improvement must be contagious, as several staff members are going back to school to further their education.
The nurses in the GI clinic at the Orlando VA are dedicated and strive to give the best possible care to veterans, according to the team members.
"The staff works together very well with each other and the providers," McRae-Matthews said. "There is also a great working relationship between the nurses and the SPD staff that processes the scopes. The staff has started recognizing each other's birthdays―although this may be a small thing, it helps to show the staff that they are special and are appreciated."
The team plans activities for Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and GI Nurses and Associates Day, and does a poster display for the entire month to help promote cancer screening. Plus, two of the nurses gave a "Lunch n Learn" to the SPD staff to help the colleagues there understand more about colon cancer and getting screened.