The 70-bed rehabilitation nursing units at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital have the overall mission of "bringing quality to the lives of the patients we serve." For more than 30 years, we have helped patients with disabilities, disease processes, or chronic disease to achieve maximum health and function.
The nursing staff on these units is extremely competent and well versed in assessment of patients, as well as confident in their ability to handle difficult situations and medical crises. We now have 18 certified rehabilitation registered nurses who practice on our units and care for our patients, and the number continues to grow yearly. In addition, we are fortunate to have nurses certified in gerontology and medical-surgical nursing.
Our rehabilitation nursing units make a tremendous difference in the lives of the patients that we treat each day. If you are looking to do the same, then our rehabilitation nursing units will provide the opportunity you seek.
Meet the Rehabilitation Patient Care Managers
Carol Zeller, RN, BSN, CRRN
Patient Care Manager
Q: Carol, what is your educational background/experience?
A: University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Nursing - RN, BSN. MedStar Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Units since 1987
Q: Lisa, what is your educational background/experience?
A: Towson University School of Nursing - RN, BSN. MedStar Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Units since 1991
Q: What is the care philosophy of your unit?
A: The mission of our units is to bring quality to the lives of the patients whom we serve. The goal of our program is to assist patients in reaching their maximal functional ability, while caring for their medical, spiritual, and psychological needs. Our approach is very team-oriented and wholistic.
Lisa Leyrer, RN, BSN, CRRN
Patient Care Coordinator
Q: What types of patients do you care for on your unit?
A: The patients on our units are acute. We care for diagnoses such as stroke, spinal cord injury (traumatic and non-traumatic), amputations, orthopedics, general debility, multi-trauma, pulmonary disorders and ventilator-dependent patients. In addition, we care for general medical and surgical patients.
Q: What type of clinical ladders/professional growth opportunities do you offer?
A: Education and personal/professional growth are very important to us. We support staff in applying for our clinical ladder, which we offer to both RNs and LPNs. In addition, we believe greatly in national certification. We assist staff in preparing to sit for various national exams, assist with funding for the exam, and assist in meeting the continuing education requirements for recertification. We also support our staff with flexible scheduling if they are interested in going to school to pursue further education/degrees.
Q: What is your nurse/patient ratio?
A: Day and Evening Shift - 1:4-5
Night Shift - 1:6-7
Q: What sort of credentials/certifications do your nurses have?
A: We have RN staff that are at every level of the Clinical Ladder (RN I, II, III, and IV). We have LPNs that are at every level of the Clinical Ladder as well (LPN I, II, and III). We have RN staff that is certified in various specialties (Medical-Surgical, Gerontology, and Rehabilitation Nursing). It is noted that we have the greatest number of Certified Rehabilitation Nurses (CRRN) in the Baltimore City area. In addition, we have LPN staff that is certified in Gerontology as well.
Q: What kind of support staff do you have, ie. IV therapy, blood draw, etc.?
A: IV therapy, Phlebotomy, Respiratory Therapy, unit based Pharmacy support, escorts
Q: Does your staff participate on nursing shared-governance councils?
A: Yes, both unit based and department councils.
Q: What unit-based shared governance councils do you have?
A: We have 5 councils on our unit - Education Council, Professional Practice Council, Performance Improvement Council, Unit Operations Council, and Recruitment and Retention Council.
Q: What is the best part of working on your unit?
A: Teamwork, growth opportunities, and being able to see the progress in patients and knowing that you contributed largely to it.
Q: What staff/unit awards/recognition has your unit received?
- The Joint Commission accredited
- CARF accredited with an accreditation in Stroke Specialty
- Received an award from the Advance for Nurses magazine for 5th place in the best
- Nursing Teams contest
- Dena Bailey, RN awarded the "Trusted Nurse" award during the 2007 nurses
- week celebration at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital