Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, N.Y., and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., were two out of six top-performing hospitals in the nation that were honored with the 2011 National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality by the American Nurses Association. The honor was announced Jan. 26 during the sixth annual Nursing Quality Conference in Las Vegas.
Burke was recognized for its achievement in the rehabilitation hospital category and RWJUH was recognized in the academic medical center category. Both facilities were selected based on the nursing performance measures they collected and reported for four consecutive quarters to NDNQI, which demonstrated superior results and sustained improvement in patient outcomes. The data was analyzed on measures indicating the structure of nursing care, such as nursing care hours and skill mix; processes of nursing care, such as steps taken to prevent pressure ulcers and falls; and patient outcomes. More than 1,800 hospitals report to NDNQI, the only national database of nursing quality indicators.Teresa Veneziano, RN, vice president of nursing at RWJUH, center, accepts the 2011 NDNQI Award from Karen Miller, RN, dean and professor of the University of Kansas School of Nursing, left, and Marla Weston, RN, CEO of the ANA. “We don’t always stop to realize that we are special in our high-quality performance, our monthly bedside auditing methods performed by staff nurses on every unit, and our feedback circle of our nursing performance improvement and task force committees, nurse educators and unit-based staff,” said Anne Cusack, RN, staff nurse on the bone marrow transplant unit and co-chairwoman of the Nursing Performance Improvement Committee. “We top off our high-quality nursing with compassion for our patients, for we treat them the way we would want to be treated.”
“We received this award because of the dedicated nursing staff who continue to strive each day to maintain nursing excellence,” said Marie Spencer, RN, PhD, CRRN, Burke’s CNO. “We have 56% of our nurses with ANA certifications, and they are vigilant in maintaining our low fall and acquired-pressure-ulcer rates. We are proud of this accomplishment because it demonstrates Burke’s commitment to patient care and process improvement.”
Each unit was assessed only in comparison to other units of the same type, with one of every three hospitals nationwide reporting to the database. ANA made side-by-side comparisons of similar nursing units at different hospitals. The scores then were averaged across units in each hospital to yield a hospital score. The highest ranking hospital in each category received the award.
“RWJUH received this prestigious quality award by creating a true culture of safety,” said Teresa Veneziano, RN, MSN, vice president of nursing at RWJUH. “Our nurses care for and keep their patients safe by rounding, participating in daily safety huddles and bedside handoffs, just to name a few. This award could not have been achieved without every staff nurse being engaged and accountable for safety, and it is my honor and privilege to accept this award on behalf of my Robert Wood Johnson nursing colleagues.”
The other winning facilities were Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City, Ind. (community hospital); Poudre Valley Hospital, Fort Collins, Colo. (teaching hospital); Shriners Hospital for Children, Chicago (pediatric hospital); and Linden Oaks Hospital in Naperville, Ill. (psychiatric hospital).From left, Brandi Handel, RN, performance improvement coordinator; Kathy Easter RN, assistant director, RWJ Magnet recognition program; JoAnn Hussey, RN, performance improvement coordinator; Anne Cusack RN, staff nurse, bone marrow transplant unitditto; Teresa Veneziano, RN; Joyce Coakley, RN, staff nurse, mother-baby unit; Shiow Lan Wang, RN, clinical nurse specialist, adult medical services; Myrna Young, RN, clinical nurse educator, perioperative services; Linda Palkoski, RN, nursing director, pediatric intensive care unit; Annlouise Moran, RN, director, nursing education, nursing quality and RWJ Magnet recognition program.
Established in 1998, the NDNQI, a program of ANA’s National Center for Nursing Quality, tracks a broad range of outcomes that indicate the quality of nursing services, such as hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, patient falls and infections. It also establishes links between patient outcomes and nurse staffing characteristics, such as nursing care hours, education, certifications and turnover rates. NDNQI allows nursing units to compare their performance to similar units at hospitals on the community, regional and national levels, and to use data to set benchmarks for excellence.
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