Bold Voices - August 2017 - 10

AT THE BEDSIDE

Former ICU Nurse Collects 100K
Objects for Medical Mosaic
"I hope young nurses and
young doctors see this, and
hopefully it makes them
remember that all these
little things we do are huge
for the patient."

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ilda Shalof, a former ICU nurse
in Toronto, Canada, created a
mosaic from caps, lids, connectors and stoppers she collected during
28 years in the ICU.
In a video from Toronto Star, Shalof
describes how she collected over
100,000 objects from her work to
create the colorful mural, which hangs
on a wall at Toronto General Hospital.
The 9-foot by 4-foot artwork started
with a cap for adrenaline during
cardiac arrest, with an orange cap
from a blood culture bottle on top,
ringed by the purple tops of lancets for
blood sugar tests.
"I hope young nurses and young
doctors see this, and hopefully it
makes them remember that all
these little things we do are huge for
the patient," Shalof says. "We do it
hundreds of times a day, and nights,

©Toronto Star

and for all these years, but each thing
that we did with each little piece of
plastic meant so much to the patient.
And that's really what this mural
represents."
Shalof and an artist friend also
created images of hands and people
talking, using caps from a medication
to avoid transplant rejection. For those
who did not survive, Shalof says, the
mural memorializes them "at least

in my mind and hopefully in other
people's.
"One thing by itself is meaningless,
but it's all of it together is what makes
it possible to do the work that we do,"
she says. "You do nursing for this long,
and medicine, you use these things
and they to me represent all that work
and all of that care that I gave."
Although she left the ICU, Shalof
hasn't retired. She works in the
Radiology Department at Toronto
Western Hospital, notes a related
article in From the Grapevine.

Hospital Rooftop Is a Hive of Activity

A

fter successfully harvesting honey from his
own beehives, Tony Vancauwelaert installed a
colony on the rooftop of his workplace, Swedish
Covenant Hospital Health in Chicago.
"Beekeeping Doc Tends Chicago Hospital Rooftop
Colony," in MedPage Today, notes that the green roof
consists of a "waterproofing membrane, soil, and
vegetation placed on top of the traditional roof to take
advantage of environmental benefits such as insulation
and reducing storm water runoff." The hives have also
become a popular part of the open house hospital tour.
Vancauwelaert, a family medicine physician and the
hospital's medical director, took up beekeeping as a
hobby in 2011, to keep himself well-rounded and intel-

lectually stimulated. He netted 35 pounds of honey that
first year and has since set up additional colonies on his
Indiana property and neighboring land.
After consulting with senior engineers who installed
similar urban green projects on rooftops at City Hall, the
Cultural Center and the Marriott, Vancauwelaert asked
them to speak to hospital administration. He subsequently received permission to install the hives in 2015.
So far, 500 people "have been up to the roof to see
the hives and no one has been stung," Vancauwelaert
adds in the article. He also sells honey and beeswax
products, and offers beekeeping lectures and guided
tours.


https://www.thestar.com/life/2017/04/03/nurse-spent-28-years-collecting-medical-waste-to-create-a-massive-medical-art-mural.html http://www.aacnboldvoicesonline.org https://www.fromthegrapevine.com/videos/health/tilda-shalof-toronto-hospital-mosaic-art-cap# https://www.fromthegrapevine.com/videos/health/tilda-shalof-toronto-hospital-mosaic-art-cap# https://www.medpagetoday.com/HospitalBasedMedicine/GeneralHospitalPractice/64561?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2017-04-15&eun=g432835d0r&pos=2 https://www.medpagetoday.com/HospitalBasedMedicine/GeneralHospitalPractice/64561?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2017-04-15&eun=g432835d0r&pos=2

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - August 2017

Another Angle
Pres Note Front Teaser
Masthead
New Online Toolkit Shows Crucial Roles of Nurses in Serious Illness Communication
Oct. 31 Deadline to Apply for AACN Research Grants
PCCN or CCRN: Which Certification Is Right for You?
Failed Resuscitations May Increase Stress for Nurses
Updated Cardiac Nursing Course and CMC Review Course Online
New Behavior-Based Pain Assessment Tool
Hospital Rooftop Is a Hive of Activity
Former ICU Nurse Collects 100K Objects for Medical Mosaic
Interventions Reduce Wrong-Patient Orders in NICUs
Increasing Acceptance of Pediatric Telemedicine
The Privilege of Nursing
Effects of Dexmedetomidine
Seizure Risk Much Higher for Sepsis Survivors
Studies Provide Insights Into Reducing Opioid Use
Short-Term Oral Corticosteroids Increase Risk of Adverse Effects
Hospital Staff Becoming Product Innovators
Addressing Barriers to APRN Practice
Survival Rates Higher During Joint Commission Surveys
Effect of Rudeness on Pediatric Team Performance
Glasgow Coma Scale Stands the Test of Time
ECRI Introduces Patient Identification Tools
Reducing Risk Factors in Pediatric Delirium
Bundle Compliance Increases Survival, Reduces Delirium
Fostering Resilience in Healthcare Professionals Who Are Also Moms
Members: Enhance Your Career With an AACN Scholarship
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President’s Note
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Cover1
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Cover2
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Pres Note Front Teaser
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Masthead
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Oct. 31 Deadline to Apply for AACN Research Grants
Bold Voices - August 2017 - PCCN or CCRN: Which Certification Is Right for You?
Bold Voices - August 2017 - 7
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Updated Cardiac Nursing Course and CMC Review Course Online
Bold Voices - August 2017 - New Behavior-Based Pain Assessment Tool
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Former ICU Nurse Collects 100K Objects for Medical Mosaic
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Increasing Acceptance of Pediatric Telemedicine
Bold Voices - August 2017 - The Privilege of Nursing
Bold Voices - August 2017 - 13
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Seizure Risk Much Higher for Sepsis Survivors
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Short-Term Oral Corticosteroids Increase Risk of Adverse Effects
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Addressing Barriers to APRN Practice
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Effect of Rudeness on Pediatric Team Performance
Bold Voices - August 2017 - ECRI Introduces Patient Identification Tools
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Bundle Compliance Increases Survival, Reduces Delirium
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Members: Enhance Your Career With an AACN Scholarship
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Transitions
Bold Voices - August 2017 - President’s Note
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Cover3
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