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Pain Management Team Coordinator
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3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, Kansas,66160
Pain Management Team Coordinator and Educator and Consultant In Pain Managment and Palliative Care
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GKCC ASPMN - News & Events
Quality: The Race Without a Finish Line by Melanie Simpson, PhD, RN-BC, OCN, CHPN
Melanie Simpson will be the Keynote speaker at the ASPMN Conference October 9-12 to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Melanie Simpson is the Team Coordinator for the Pain Management Resource Team at The University of Kansas Hospital. It is a nurse-run, inpatient, pain management consult service. In this position, she consults on all types of pain management issues including acute, post-operative and persistent/chronic pain syndromes. She has worked in pain management full-time for more than 17 years, starting as Nurse Coordinator for Cancer Pain Management and moving to inpatient to begin the Pain Management Resource Team in 2001. Dr. Simpson has bachelorâ€™s degrees in both Nursing and Human Relations, a masterâ€™s degree in Health Services with a focus in Community Health and a doctoral degree in Health Administration. She is nationally certified in Pain Management, Oncology and Hospice and Palliative Nursing. Dr. Simpson is the recipient of the 2012 National Magnet Nurse of the Year Award for Exemplary Professional Practice. She is very active in the American Society for Pain Management Nursing both locally and nationally and is a frequent speaker to health care professionals on all aspects of pain management.
The University of Kansas Hospital 2013 Nursing Annual Report
Simpson honored as
National Magnet Nurse of the Year Melanie Simpson, RN, PhD, couldn't imagine why she was asked to a meeting at the Hospital Executive Offices last fall. The invitation was used to announce her selection as one of five National Magnet Nurses of the YearTM. "Described as an innovator and role model by her peers, Melanie Simpson has dedicated her nursing career to the prevention and alleviation of pain. ... Simpson won in the Exemplary Professional Practice category. ANCC also awarded The Magnet Nurse of the Year award for each of the other four Magnet model components. Coordinator of our Pain Management Resource Team, she founded the Coalition for Comprehensive Pain Management. It brings together clinicians from the hospital and scientists from the University of Kansas Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions to discuss the latest pain management research. As for Simpson, she said, "I feel extremely honored to receive national recognition for my work. But I am rewarded every day when I see patients' pain eased or our nurses making a difference in patients' lives. Awards like this belong to the entire nursing staff that puts patient care first." Simpson is representative of the nearly 2,400 outstanding nurses at our hospital who continually provide excellence in patient care. Melanie Simpson, RN, PhD, is one of five National Magnet Nurses of the Year.
Melanie H. Simpson, PhD, RN-BC, OCN, CHPN, coordinator of the Pain Management Resource Team at The University of Kansas Hospital, has been named one of five National Magnet Nurses of the Year by The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Melanie H. Simpson, PhD, RN-BC, OCN, CHPN, coordinator of the Pain Management Resource Team at The University of Kansas Hospital, has been named one of five National Magnet Nurses of the Year by The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the same organization that awards Magnet status on hospitals.
Melanie Simpson, Magnet Nurse of the Year The ANCC said Simpson is "described as an innovator and role model by her peers, Melanie Simpson has dedicated her nursing career to the prevention and alleviation of pain. She incorporates evidence-based pain management strategies into practice. Certified pain management nurses meet with patients, identify risk factors, and collaborate in order to provide individualized treatment plans. Simpson also founded the Coalition for Comprehensive Pain Management, in which hospital clinicians and representatives from the university and schools of medicine, nursing, and health professionals convene quarterly to discuss the latest evidence-based pain management research. She uses her breadth of clinical knowledge to educate others about evidence-based pain management." Leaders at The University of Kansas Hospital noted nurse-led pain management programs are rare, but so are nurses like Simpson. "Melanie is someone who has put the comfort of the patient at the top of her priority list. As for Simpson, she noted the award is a thrill but so is the satisfaction she gets every day. "It is certainly overwhelming to receive a national recognition for years of hard work. But, I am rewarded every day when I see patient's pain eased or provide a resource to a caregiver on how to make a patient more comfortable. I get to see hundreds of nurses at the hospital every day who are working to make a difference in patient's lives. I look at awards like these as belonging to the entire nursing staff who put patient care first," said Simpson. As an example, Peterman noted, Melanie Simpson has her PhD.
11:00 am - 11:30 am "Take a Moment and Take Care of Yourself" - Presenter: Melanie Simpson, PhD, RN-BC, University of Kansas Medical Center
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm "Take Stock and Know Your Limits" - Presenter: Melanie Simpson, PhD, RN- BC, University of Kansas Medical Center