RN, MN, CNS
Center for Nursing Excellence
Laurie has followed patients from birth to sometimes death and is aware of the resources needed to keep these vulnerable patients safe.
As Clinical Nurse Specialist for 30+ years, Laurie has been the "go-to" person throughout the hospital on all matters Parenteral and Enteral. She has set high standards for line care and infection prevention. She supervises the TPN nurses and mentors bedside nurses. She has participated in numerous research articles, is a regular speaker at the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, where she was recognized in 2012 with the Distinguished Nutrition Support Nurse Award and is also a frequent presenter at The Oley Foundation, where she was also honored with an Oley Nan Couts Award for the Ultimate Volunteer in 2011. “As a Subject Matter Expert (or “SME”) her expertise and education on infection prevention has benefited countless patients and helped to reduce hospital-acquired infections as well as readmissions. As examples, in IV lines/CLABSI prevention, she collaborated with the infection prevention team to introduce products that would reduce patients' risk of infection. Additionally, Her knowledge and advocacy led to the system-wide implementation of the Curos caps and CHG bathing. She has been a strong advocate for patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings and has worked tirelessly for a smooth transition from hospital to home. She has followed patients from birth to sometimes death and is aware of the resources needed to keep these vulnerable patients safe. She encouraged and promoted the practice of not discharging new TPN patients home on Fridays to ensure their safety, given easier access to the TPN Team on weekdays. She has been a strong advocate for pediatric patients at their schools, guiding school nurses, teachers, and staff on how to deal with a child on TPN or feeding tube. She is available to her patients 24/7 and has always put patients and families first.