To accelerate patient outcomes after surgery and enhance quality of care, Bayhealth has hired Neurosurgical Services Nurse Navigator Olivia Washinski, RN, of Houston, Del.
“We created the Neurosurgical Services Nurse Navigator position by looking at the big picture – the broad view of the patient,” said Bayhealth Vice President, Ancillary and Clinical Services Brad Kirkes, MBA, MHA, OTR/L, CHT, FACHE. “Our goal is to provide a continuity of care for our patients to ensure we provide the best possible outcomes and improve the quality of care for our patients.”
In this role, Washinski is responsible for creating a spine class for patients needing elective surgery, providing inpatient education and discharge information for all neurosurgical patients, assisting with the coordination of care for neurosurgical patients, collecting and analyzing data on neurosurgical patients and creating and ensuring standardized care for craniotomy and hemorrhagic stroke patients. She will also assist in working toward the creation of a comprehensive outpatient spine program.
“I was very interested in this nurse navigator position because in the ER we get more acute patients and don’t get to see their progress,” she said. “Neurosciences is a growing field where there is always new development and changes. I get to spend more time with the patient and their families, from pre-op to after surgery to when they are discharged from the hospital.”
Indeed, Washinski will assist with pre-surgical classes, mobilizing patients earlier in the ICU after surgery, coordinating inpatient physical therapy, and transitioning patients to either a rehab or home, and follow up on patients when they return for post-operative office visits.
“Early ambulation for the patient is a big component and key to their recovery,” she added.
For the past two years, Washinski worked as a nurse in the Emergency and Trauma Services Departments at Bayhealth, serving one and a half years at Milford Memorial and six months at Kent General. Before joining Bayhealth, she worked as an Emergency Department nurse at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, Md.
Washinski received her bachelor’s degree in community health from the University of Maryland at College Park and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She certified in Maryland as a forensic nurse examiner and is a member of the Emergency Nurse Association.