MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Kristine Sadlek, B.S.N., R.N., has been named 2018 Nurse of the Year at WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals. She was honored at the Nurse Recognition Luncheon held today, May 9, in celebration of National Nurses Week, which is celebrated May 6-12 annually.
Sadlek came to WVU Medicine from Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina on a leap of faith during a time that most nurses in the system had ties to West Virginia University or Morgantown.
Since her arrival, she has revolutionized vascular access nursing at WVU Medicine. Her knowledge has saved many lives from infection, and she has mentored other nurses not just at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, but across the system.
“I have directly observed the professional growth and contributions this nominee has made for our patients and staff,” Mary Fanning, D.N.P., director of nursing administration, said in her nomination. “As a clinical nurse providing vascular access care, she consistently contributes to our professional practice model.”
Other finalists included Janet Griffin, B.S.N., R.N.; Laura Schmidle, R.N.; Rebecca Weidman, R.N.; and Tara Rozzo, B.S.N., R.N.-B.C.
WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals has held an American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet® designation for excellence in nursing services since 2005.
The first national week of recognition for nurses was celebrated October 11-16, 1954, to observe the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission to Crimea. National Nurses Week was first observed on the current dates, which coincide with Nightingale’s birthday on May 12, in 1991, and it became an annual event in 1994.
West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute Pioneers Promising New Alzheimer’s Therapy
Investigators at the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute performed the first procedure in the world of a phase II trial using focused ultrasound to treat a patient with early stage Alzheimer’s. The procedure took place yesterday, and the blood brain barrier was opened successfully; the patient was sent home earlier today. Led by neurosurgeon Ali Rezai, M.D., the WVU team tested this innovative treatment in collaboration with INSIGHTEC, an Israeli medical technology company. Earlier this year, INSIGHTEC was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin a phase II clinical trial of the procedure, and selected the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute as the first site in the United States for the trial.
The Mountain Loggers Cooperative Association (MLCA) has pledged $500,000 to name the cafeteria in the new WVU Medicine Children’s tower.
The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute’s Center for Esophageal Disease is offering a new treatment for patients with achalasia, a disorder that causes the esophagus to spasm and prevent proper swallowing. The peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) procedure provides a minimally invasive way to treat the condition.