Saint Peters University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., is one of only six hospitals worldwide to earn Magnet redesignation for the fourth time.
I am honored to be part of an organization that has been recognized for our fourth redesignation as a Magnet facility, said Elizabeth Wykpisz, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC, CNO. Two best case examplars that the site visitors highlighted are our community outreach services and our professional practice model.
Saint Peters professional practice model embraces the values of calling, caring, collaboration, commitment and culture. Through the Professional Practice Council, the nurse-driven transcultural committee recently held a one-day training program to instruct bilingual staff on the dual role of healthcare interpreters. The first of its kind in central New Jersey, nurses, physicians, dietitians, and housekeeping staff were educated in medical translation using a standardized medical interpreter curriculum.
To qualify, participants were required to take a pretest that demonstrated their competency in speaking another language. Funded by the New Jersey Hospital Association, the bilingual training program is coordinated by transcultural committee chairwomen Susan J. DAngelo, RN, CCRN, NICU staff nurse, and Yolanda Delgado, RNC, MSN, NICU charge nurse. This program helps us to communicate even more effectively with our patients who come from so many different cultural backgrounds, said Debbie Strauss, RN, CCRN, NICU staff nurse and professional practice council cochairperson.St. Peters University Hospital nurse leaders, from left, Linda Carroll, RN, director of professional practice; Donna Weeks, RN, perinatal clinical specialist; Cheryl Saffer, RN, co-coordinator of clinical education and nursing research; and Elizabeth Wykpisz, RN, CNO, celebrate their fourth Magnet redesignation.
In addition, Delgado and DAngelo offered a CEU program, Is Your Hospital Culturally Competent, which gave nurses and physicians tips on how to meet the cultural needs of patients and their families at Saint Peters. Other initiatives already in practice at the facility are the Spanish Quick guide, a reference tool to assist Spanish speaking guests and patients, the communication picture board, telephonic interpreter services and cultural holiday celebrations.
In partnership with Rutgers University, Saint Peters recently offered an onsite 13-week geriatric workshop for healthcare workers who serve the adult community. Participants came from various disciplines, such as nursing, pharmacy, medicine and social services. We are a designated NICHE hospital and use the geriatric resource nurse model at the hospital, said Linda Carroll, RN-BC, MSN, director of professional practice. Attendees learned about topics such as polypharmacy and community services from Rutgers faculty.
Through the Community Mobile Health Services Department at Saint Peters, nurse practitioners and RNs have served the community with blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, breast exams and education on topics such as preventive health, diabetes, breast health and using sunscreen. With two grants from the Central and South Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Saint Peters University Sports Breast Health and Action program has educated more than 10,600 female student athletes from 180 schools about breast health.
Students get excited and develop fundraisers in support of the Komen Foundation. Just last week, our nurses attended three fundraising events organized by students and accepted more than $2,500 for Komen, said Marge Drozd, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, director of the community mobile health services. In addition, nurses have educated more than 18,000 women at numerous community sites about breast health.
The appraisers were very impressed with how we live our professional practice model every single day throughout the facility and how we have such strong support from our community partners, Carroll said.