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Jersey City RNs Accelerate Toward Magnet Redesignation

With the theme of “Accelerating on the Road … to Redesignation,” about 275 employees participated in a Magnet fair June 24 at Jersey City (N.J.) Medical Center. With the help of visual boards, interactive games, hands-on learning and PowerPoint presentations, educators and clinical nurse leaders developed Magnet stations, and along with 50 Magnet champions, they educated attendees about the latest programs and initiatives at JCMC.

Presentations covered clinical practice activities related to five components of the new Magnet model: empirical outcomes; exemplary professional practice; transformational leadership; new knowledge, innovations and improvements; and structural empowerment. Participants learned about perinatal safety and the new preemie simulator “Hal,” the clinical nurse leadership program with Seton Hall University School of Nursing, and differentiated practice and the clinical ladder program. Other ongoing initiatives were featured, such as Transforming Care at the Bedside, a wander prevention program, advanced directives and safe patient handling practices.

“We continue to be innovative and grow as a result of our Magnet designation two years ago. Now, this fair helped to re-energize all of us in the Magnet redesignation process,” says Rita Smith, RN, MPA, NEA-BC, DNP, chief nursing officer.

Staff nurses Vivian Chang, RNC, left, and Laura Alves, RN, discussed perinatal safety and demonstrated how to use preemie “Hal,” a simulation model at Jersey City (N.J.) Medical Center.

As a result of becoming a Magnet hospital, Jersey City has joined the New Jersey Council of Magnet Organizations to support and mentor hospitals that are on the Magnet designation or redesignation journey. Hosted by the New Jersey Hospital Association, this group shares and facilitates best practices as they relate to the new Magnet model and discusses current issues and concerns.

“About 20 out of the 23 Magnet facilities have participated in this statewide group since last fall, and we are ready to reach out and help those facilities in New Jersey who are going through the Magnet process,” said Cheryl Owens, RN, MSN, CNOR, director of nursing and perioperative services.

Also a member of the Northern New Jersey Council on Research, Jersey City participates in a six-hospital consortium and its education and research activities. “The group is in the process of building shared resources for evidence-based practice and research projects, so that we can help one another in the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of research practice,” said Mabel LaForgia, RN, CCRN, MSN, clinical nurse leader and chairperson of the Nursing Research Council at Jersey City, whose hospital group publishes a quarterly newsletter about research practice and theory.

During the fair, Mary Daley, RNC, NICU staff nurse, left, and Kelechi Odimma, RN, med/surg staff nurse, encouraged Jersey City Medical Center nurses to take a specialty certification exam of their choice.

The New Jersey consortium is looking at several clinical research studies that could be conducted at all six facilities.

Nurses at Jersey City are engaged in many ongoing research projects, such as “The Experience of ICU/CCU Nurses as He/She Progresses from Advanced Beginner to Expert” and “Do Families Approve Tissue Donation More Often When Approached by an RN Trained by Sharing Network?” Jersey City RNs also have research projects ready for the Institutional Review Board review, as well as EBP projects, which include a surviving sepsis campaign protocol and a heart failure teach-back program. View a photo gallery from Jersey City Medical Center at

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