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Electronic Pay Stubs

This month, a new Web pay statement will be available to all Hopkins employees regardless of whether they receive their pay by check or direct deposit. The statement is easy to read and will include detailed information—such as retroactive pay increases by pay period—that cannot be printed on a paper pay stub or on the current Web pay stub for university employees. Under the new system, staff also can have an e-mail sent when a new pay statement is available (usually the day before pay day). To access the site, go to: http://ssc.jhu.edu/payroll/Web_Pay_Stub.html. For more info, contact Payroll Shared Services at payroll@jhu.edu.

Zero Infections

For the second time in two years, Hopkins Hospital’s surgical intensive care unit/intermediate care unit has gone more than a year with no catheter-related bloodstream infections. Karen Earsing, the unit’s nurse manager, attributes their success to a battery of interventions that have been put in place over the years—full barrier precautions, a line cart, education for providers and nurses, as well as a system of checks and balances to make sure that people wash their hands and follow sterile technique. The unit will be celebrating with gifts for the staff and recognition from Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control. Is Earsing proud? “Oh my gosh, yes,” she says. “This is pretty amazing given the patient population that we have—immunosuppressed patients, transplant patients, patients with open abdomens and dirty wounds. The staff is remarkable.”

Diabetes Awareness

More than 23 million adults and children in the United States—roughly 7.8 percent of the population—have diabetes, but only about 17.9 million have been diagnosed. That means that approximately 5.7 million people are unaware that they have the disease which causes abnormally high blood sugar. Unchecked, diabetes can trigger serious complications, including heart disease, kidney failure and blindness. On Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Diabetes Center, located on the second floor of the outpatient center, is hosting a health fair in honor of Diabetes Awareness Month. Experts will be available to answer questions, but the center’s staff also promises fun and games throughout the day. A story on diabetes will follow in the December issue of Dome. Meanwhile, for more info, call 410-955-7139.

Nursing Facts

This summer’s ABC series, Hopkins, was a ratings winner that paid off for the network and the hospital as well. In the Department of Nursing alone, job applications increased during the series by 140 compared with the same period last year. Web hits increased by 4,500 and unique visitors increased by 1,100.

In addition to the spike in interest, there are other concrete numbers to report in Nursing. Every year for the past seven years, Nursing has been funded for incremental positions. As a result, and thanks to the department’s dogged recruitment and retention efforts, there are now 500 more nurses on staff than there were seven years ago.

 

 

 

 

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