Friday, May 10, 2013

MGH honored for nursing excellence


STANDING PROUD: Ives Erickson congratulates colleagues



With that one word, the crowd gathered in the Their Conference Room on May 6 celebrated with a standing ovation. It was official – the MGH had once again been redesignated as a Magnet organization, the highest available honor for nursing excellence. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) designation recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. In 2003, the MGH became the first hospital in the state to earn Magnet status. To date, fewer than 7 percent of all U.S. hospitals have received this recognition. Research demonstrates that Magnet hospitals have better patient outcomes, patient satisfaction and nursing satisfaction, as well as lower RN turnover.

“While the Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations that provide the best in nursing care, this honor truly acknowledges the MGH community as a whole. It is the depth and breadth of our community of caring, combined with our interdisciplinary, patient- and family-centered practice that sets us apart,” says Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN, senior vice president for Patient Care Services and chief nurse. “I thank each and every member of the MGH community for their hard work and commitment to excellence every single day. It is a true honor to work alongside such a talented and dedicated group.”

The redesignation process included a comprehensive assessment of evidence to support the hospital’s claim to Magnet status, resulting in 5,024 pages describing individual and collective efforts that illustrate Magnet standards. In March, a four-person ANCC appraisal team conducted a site visit to meet with staff, patients and their families and observe what they had read about in the written evidence – reviewing every location where nurses practice. “The evidence reflected the environment of care and nursing practice throughout the MGH community, looking through the lens of the Magnet criteria,” says Marianne Ditomassi, RN, DNP, MBA, executive director of Patient Care and Magnet Recognition at the MGH. “It is the staff who bring this to life every day.”

MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD,  expressed his gratitude to the MGH nursing staff and congratulated them on the prestigious honor. “This recognition is a wonderful testament to what we at the MGH already know – that MGH nurses represent the heart and soul of patient care, day in and day out, providing the highest quality of
care to patients.” 

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