Dr. Kate Robb Joins the Division of Critical Care

Please welcome Dr. Katharine Robb to the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.

Dr. Robb received her BS from University of Wisconsin 2005. She then earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa in 2012. Dr. Robb completed both her pediatric residency and critical care fellowship training at the University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics from 2012-2018. Subsequently, she recently completed fellowship training in Cardiac Intensive Care and ECMO at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, United Kingdom. She is board certified in Pediatrics and board eligible in Critical Care.

Dr. Robb will attend on both of the PICU inpatient teams, share on-call responsibilities, participate in teaching and educational activities within the Department and to help continue the development of the Critical Care program in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Robb back to the Department, University, and the community!

Meet the New Child Life Manager, Jodi Bauers

Ms. Jodi Bauers, MM, CCLS, CPI! joined the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital team as Manager, Child Life Program on June 24, 2019.

Jodi received her Bachelor of Science degree in Leisure Studies (therapeutic recreation emphasis) from the University of Iowa in 1991. She completed graduate studies at Aquinas College, receiving her Masters of Management degree in 2012.

Jodi brings to Iowa extensive and diverse experience in the Child Life profession as a leader, educator, and children’s health care professional. This includes over 11 years as Manager, Child Life Services at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Additionally, Jodi’s professional practice has been informed by experience at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and most recently, Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

Actively involved at the national level in the Association for Child Life Professionals (ACLP), Jodi currently serves on the Volunteer Recognition and Engagement and Leadership Development Mentor committees.

  • Office: 22130-C [Level 2] SFCH
  • Phone: 319-356-4469
  • Email: jodi-bauers@uiowa.edu

Watkinson Named Nurse of the Year by National Hemophilia Foundation

Congratulations to Karla Watkinson, RN on receiving the Nurse of the Year Award from the National Hemophilia Foundation!

Nominated by Tami Bullock, Karla has proven to be a great resource and pillar for the many individuals and families at the University of Iowa Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center for nearly 30 years. She is admired for her dedication and kindness to the bleeding disorder community.

The award will be officially presented at the NHF Bleeding Disorders Conference at the Marriott Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Congratulations, Karla!

Drs. McBrien and Lin-Dyken Receive Positive Patient Comments

Drs. Dianne McBrien and Deb Lin-Dyken, both from the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, received a couple glowing patient comments recently.

Dianne McBrien, MD

“Dr. McBrien is phenomenal and did the best job I’ve seen of balancing efficiency with listening to us and thoughtfully explaining/asking for our input. The best part was Dr McBrien’s understanding and help with all questions and concerns! By far the best Dr EVER!!!”

Deb Lin-Dyken, MD

“We truly felt listened to and that the best interest for our child was in mind.  The evaluations were thorough and we got results/feedback at the end of each appointment (face-to-face).  It was really nice to be able to talk to the person who did the evaluation and be able to ask questions right there.  We have been very happy with the care.”

PICU NP’s Nominated for a DAISY Award

Top, left to right: Jodi Bloxham, Kristen Brown, Tricia Michna, Haley Stoll
Bottom, left to right: Liz Espinoza, Brittany Pechous, April Schmitz, Cassie Wagner, and Heather Elmore

Congratulations to the 9 PICU NP’s who have been nominated as a group for a DAISY Award. From the nomination below:

“The PICU Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner Group started several years ago with two nurse practitioners. Today the team has grown to a 9-member team of primary and acute care certified nurse practitioners with the majority of members practicing at the doctoral level (five of eight members). Almost all members are certified as not only acute care nurse practitioners, but also primary care nurse practitioners (the only requirement is acute care certification). The eight members together have over 130 years of nursing experience with three members that have been practicing in acute care pediatrics for over twenty years. All members are actively involved in research, (several are published authors) unit groups to improve patient care, and unit projects. For example, one team member recently completed a DNP project for PICC lines, published her work, and presented her work at a national conference. Another team member implemented an evidenced based tool in the PICU to assess pediatric patients for delirium. Several members participate in the PICU quality group, which seeks to improve patient care and quality improvement projects for PICU. Several members provide lectures to nurses, fellows, and residents on a variety of critical care topics to promote and improve knowledge. PJCU NPs also serve as preceptors for nurse practitioner students at The University of Iowa and other NP programs to further nursing education. These are just a few examples to demonstrate the commitment the NP group has to education, evidenced based practice, and improving the PICU environment.

The PICU NP team has adapted to change over the years and currently manages the cardiac intensive care unit of the PICU. The team provides holistic. comprehensive care to all the patients they serve. The NP team knowledge of critically ill children is extensive. All members are intelligent, innovative, detail oriented, and astute. The team recognizes acute changes in patients and appropriately alerts staff physicians. The NPs are a resource to new faculty/staff, fellows, nursing staff, and residents on a daily basis. Available 24/7 the NP team is always willing to help team members with questions or concerns. The nurse practitioners provide continuity of care in an ever-changing environment. Physician staff members change on a weekly basis and the nurse practitioners are present to provide an accurate history and physical for all patients.

Each member of the team is skilled in vascular access. NP team members are often utilized for central line access, arterial line access, and PICC line placement. The NP team teaches the fellows how to use ultrasound guidance and assists them with line placement. In addition, the NP team is sought out for difficult blood draws and peripheral IV access when nursing requires help.

Large!)’ regarded as experts in vascular access, the NPs are frequently asked to obtain access for critically ill children on presentation to the PICU. These children are often very ill and timely central access plays a key role in the ability to further manage these patients.

The NP group in the PICU is easily one of the hardest working groups at the University of Iowa. They care for the sickest children in Iowa everyday with smiles on their faces. Without question, when a child needs help the nurse practitioners are always available. You will find them staying late beyond their shift and corning in early when needed. If my child were acutely ill, I would want to see one of the PICU NPs at their bedside. The NP group cares for their patients, but their entire family as well. The PICU would be a very different place without the nurse practitioners. As this group has grown they have improved immensely in their knowledge and abilities. This team deserves to be recognized for their outstanding service and dedication to their patients.”