The nursing department at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx was awarded first prize Jan. 31 at the hospitals annual Performance Improvement Fair.
Nursings poster, Reducing Restraints: Nursing Engagement Initiative to Reduce Patient Restraints on Hospital Unit, won top prize from more than 70 entries.
The Department of Nursing recognized an opportunity to reduce restraint use hospital-wide and a restraint reduction task force led by several nurse managers was organized in March 2013, said Ann Marie McDonald, RN, EdD, CEN, vice president of patient care services. This placed the power to make change in the right hands.
McDonald said the team implemented best practice guidelines; educated nurses and nursing attendants on alternatives to restraints; and identified unit nursing staff to champion reduction and change.
Nurse team members included Marie Bontemps, RN, MSN; Mary Carmel, RN, nurse manager; Shallynet Depusoir, LPN; Shatawn Ferguson, RN; Amanda Gomez, NA; Lilian Habana, RN, MSN, nurse manager; Beverly Johnson, RN; Claudette Johnson, NA; Elena Maldonado, RN; Vicotrina Martinez, RN; McDonald, RN, EdD, CEN, VP, patient care services; Emelda Nolisa, NA; Constance Okpa, RN; Donna Reid, RN; Tarique Stewart, RN; Sharon Vanzie, RN; and Merelda White, NA.
It was the hospitals 15th annual performance improvement event.