Jilma Haynes, Director, Critical Care Nursing, joined BronxCare in 2014. Since then, Ms. Haynes has directed her efforts to managing Patient Care Nursing Services across the continuum of critical care. “Our Critical Care Nursing Team is consistently striving to ensure that the experience of patients and their families is at the highest level, and we are achieving excellent results,” stated Ms. Haynes. BronxCare nurses, under Ms. Haynes’ direction, follow the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) standards of practice, as well as those of regulatory agencies.
Ms. Haynes speaks glowingly of BronxCare nurses. “They are resilient and adapt to any kind of situation, which is most important in the Critical Care/ICU area,” stated Ms. Haynes. She is especially proud of the delirium initiative in MICU and CCU. The CAM-ICU delirium assessment tool was revised to accurately assess as positive/negative for delirium. The Critical Care team, composed of nurses, respiratory therapists, physicians, and the clinical pharmacist, reviews the use of sedatives and selects the appropriate medication to manage critical patients. In addition, early mobility of ICU patients also remains an ongoing priority for Ms. Haynes. It helps to enhance the healing process and to lower the number of incidences of delirium and other ICU-related complications. Another key area for Ms. Haynes is overseeing a new patient-centered care initiative to improve the experience of family members who have lost a loved one. “This initiative is being led by a multi-disciplinary team that includes a physician, a patient care manager, pastor/priest, social worker, and nurses,” stated Ms. Haynes.
Prior to joining BronxCare, Ms. Haynes was Director of Critical Care, Nursing, at Queens Hospital. She also previously served as Manager and Associate Director, Nursing, at Interfaith Medical Center, where Patricia Cahill, BronxCare Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer, once worked. It was the opportunity to once again be part of Ms. Cahill’s team that attracted her to BronxCare. The challenge of taking on a leadership role for a health care organization that serves a patient population with major health care needs was also very important to Ms. Haynes.
"Our Critical Care Nursing Team is consistently striving to ensure that the experience of patients and their families is at the highest level, and we are achieving excellent results."