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Tanya Osborne-McKenzie Wins AMN Healthcare ACNL Scholarship
Date:3/26/2009

Association of California Nurse Leaders Supports Research Efforts for Improved Patient Care

SAN DIEGO, March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- AMN Healthcare congratulates Tanya Osborne-McKenzie, RN, who was the recipient of a $2,500 scholarship presented at the 31st annual Association of California Nurse Leaders (ANCL) Conference.

This is the first research scholarship awarded by ACNL. Osborne-McKenzie is the director of OrthoNeuroSpine nursing at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital in Salinas, CA. She was awarded the scholarship for her research on patient hand-off's and change of shift reports.

"I truly appreciate AMN and ACNL for this scholarship," said Osborne-McKenzie. "I was very surprised but also excited about how interested other people are in this subject. It's something nurses know we need. People in formal leadership areas are interested but it is very meaningful that the staff nurses that are actually going to be using this research are interested and engaged. The scholarship is huge."

Osborne-McKenzie's interest in the role of communication during patient hand-offs started when she began working on the Med-Surg unit at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital in 2007. She saw inconsistencies in the change of report and the comprehensiveness of reporting. One of the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals call for standardized language in reporting and Osborne-McKenzie began her research of creating better efficiency and understanding during patient hand-offs.

"It's a passion of mine," she said. "The most important part of a nurse's job is communication and we don't teach people how to do that."

Osborne-McKenzie is hoping her research will validate recommendations from the World Health Organization and the Joint Commission for verbal shift reports. She will present her findings at the University of Pennsylvania at the Sigma Theta Tau International
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