August 19, 2015 was a very special day for MWH, as we received notification
of our Magnet redesignation. This was a proud moment for MWH nurses, recognizing
their commitment to excellence in their nursing practice and highest quality
of care for their patients. Their commitment is unwavering, whether during
times of high census, complex patient care needs and/or staffing needs.
The challenge of achieving Magnet redesignation is surpassed by the challenge
to maintain it. We now focus our attention on nurse engagement, falls
prevention, patient satisfaction and the other nurse sensitive indicators
(eg., HAPU, CAUTI, CLABSI).
Each year, MWHC nurses achieve great things. In 2016, we have already
celebrated MWHC nurses’ focus on professional development. Over
55% of our bedside nurses are prepared at the BSN level (up from less
than 40% four years ago). Our Advancing Clinical Excellence professional
development/advancement model recognized our first 18 nurses to pursue
advancement from Level II to Level III.
In 2016, MWHC nurses, again, have the opportunity to commit to professional
practice decision-making. With our redesigned Shared Governance structure,
launching in March 2016, MWHC nurses will ensure their role in clinical
practice and quality care decisions is strong, innovative, collaborative
and evidence-based. (I am especially excited to watch our Night Shift Council.)
MWHC nurses RCARING… ALWAYS! Thank you for all you do. I am PROUD
to be a MWHC Nurse.
MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President &
Chief Nursing Officer
Mary Washington Healthcare