Penn State Hershey Nursing

Welcome to Penn State Hershey Nursing

Sherry Kwater, M.S.M., B.S.N., R.N., Chief Nursing Officer

Sherry Kwater, M.S.M., B.S.N., R.N., Chief Nursing Officer

Welcome to the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, central Pennsylvania's only academic, Level I regional trauma center, and tertiary care provider.

Thank you for the opportunity to share with you why I am so proud to be a Penn State Hershey Nurse!

Our prestigious recognition as a Magnet accredited hospital is an honor that reaffirms the value of the hard work and dedication we exhibit everyday.  Learn more >>

Daisy Award Nominations

The DAISY award is an award recognizing nurses for delivering skillful, compassionate care. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The award was created in memory of Patrick Barnes who died at the age of 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The DAISY Foundation was established by Patrick's family to keep his spirit alive. The primary mission of the DAISY Foundation is to express profound gratitude to nurses for the work they do for patients and their families every day.

Click here to nominate one of our staff members and for additional information regarding this award.

Darla Marks, MSN, RN, BAYADA Award

Darla Marks, MSN, RN, director of clinical informatics, has received, on behalf of the Medical Center, the 2015 BAYADA Award for Technological Innovation in Health Care Practice for the development of the quality indicator dashboard (QI). 

The dashboard was created by Michael Ward, technical programmer working with an interprofessional team of clinicians, nurses, nursing informatics and information technology to provide real-time quality indicator information. It is an interactive dashboard contained in the electronic medical record, allowing clinicians to review quality metrics at the moment care is provided.

The electronic medical record (EMR) view includes quality care indicator icons for vaccines, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, falls, restraint use, ventilator-associated pneumonia and central line-associated blood stream infections. By clicking on an icon, clinicians access documentation and care requirements related to the specific indicator.

According to Lori Bechtel, nurse manager of the Neuroscience Unit, Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) have been a particular issue. Since the implementation of the QI dashboard in March 2013 the unit has reduced catheter device utilization by 24 percent in the first year and 32 percent overall. By reducing actual catheter days, the unit has shown a corresponding percent reduction in CAUTI in the first year and 75 percent reduction overall.

The QI dashboard is now a fully integrated technical tool within the electronic medical record that contains core elements of care bundles in one place for access by all members of the care team. Data contained in the dashboard is readily translated into point of care information used by the interprofessional team during patient rounding and for handoff communication. Equally important is that real time use of the QI dashboard provides connections that nurses need to make to how individual patient data contributes to achieving internal and external performance benchmarks for safe quality care for all patients.

The BAYADA Award for Technological Innovation in Health Professional Education and Practice was created in 2004 to acknowledge health care professionals who have made a significant contribution to health care professional education or practice via the development and/or adoption of a new technology.

The Clinical Practice Award is awarded for demonstrating innovation in patient care, improving efficiency of health care delivery, preventing/decreasing errors and improving outcomes. The award is through Drexel University and sponsored by J. Mark and Ann Baiada, founder and President of BAYADA Home Health Care.

QI dashboard also received a 2014 Accelerator Award from Clinical Innovation + Technology magazine and was the topic of a presentation at the ANCC National Magnet Conference, poster presentation at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement research symposium and the Nursing Informatics Symposium at Health Information Management System Society.