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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/182370
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Empowering Unit-Based Safety Nurses to Achieve Enhanced Patient Outcomes
Author(s):
Witzel, Patricia; Harris, Jennifer; Lambert, Anna
Author Details:
Patricia Witzel, RN, MS, MBA, CNAA-BC, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York, USA, email: Pat_Witzel@urmc.rochester.edu; Jennifer Harris, RN, MS, CNA-BC; Anna Lambert RN, MS, CCRN
Abstract:
Podium Presentation: BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Healthcare institutions are facing state and federal initiatives requiring public disclosure of patient outcome data and non-payment for preventable events. A unit-based safety and infection prevention staff nurse role was created at one academic medical center to improve selected patient outcomes. ABSTRACT: Healthcare institutions are facing state and federal initiatives requiring public disclosure of patient outcome data and hospitals will no longer receive Medicare payments for preventable events. A unit-based safety and infection prevention staff nurse role was created at one academic medical center to achieve greater staff nurse participation in improvements in selected patient outcomes. The safety nurse, in addition to providing direct patient care, is given dedicated time for overseeing the available resources, consultants and educational programs needed to promote safe care delivery practices. These practices, focused on both patients and employees, include: ensuring nursing staff adherence to scientifically accepted principles of infection prevention; assisting in the monitoring of staff performance concerning the prevention of hospital acquired infections and pressure ulcers; and partnering with the unit leadership team to achieve targeted patient outcomes related to safety and infection prevention. Nurses promoted to the position have achieved a senior level (expert) nurse designation in the organization's clinical advancement system and receive additional compensation for this enhanced role. Performance appraisal is based on achievement of patient safety and infection prevention goals. A unit-based safety scorecard has been developed and includes information on line-related infections, employee injuries, pressure ulcer incidence and urinary tract infection data obtained through the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI). The safety and infection prevention nurses receive specialized training through an initial one week training program. Content includes risk reduction strategies and best practices for prevention of hospital acquired infections, pressure ulcers, and improved employee safety through safe patient handling. Continuing education is provided on a monthly basis to support continuing role development. To date, safety nurses have been instrumental in the peer vaccination program for flu immunization, quarterly pressure ulcer surveillance for the NDNQI, identification of equipment requiring replacement, completion of chart reviews related to line related infection investigations, and have assumed the lead role in a MRSA surveillance project. In addition to patient care outcomes, a cost benefit analysis associated with this new role is in process to evaluate the over-all success of this exciting nurse driven program. REFERENCES: Center for Disease Control, May 2005 Report. McKibben, Linda MD, "Guidance on Public Reporting of Healthcare Associated Infections: Recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee," May 2005. Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals. Medicare Rules 2008.
Repository Posting Date:
28-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
28-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2008
Conference Name:
ANCC National Magnet Conference
Conference Host:
American Nurses Credentialing Center
Conference Location:
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Description:
The 12th American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference, held 15-17 October, 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEmpowering Unit-Based Safety Nurses to Achieve Enhanced Patient Outcomesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorWitzel, Patriciaen_US
dc.contributor.authorHarris, Jenniferen_US
dc.contributor.authorLambert, Annaen_US
dc.author.detailsPatricia Witzel, RN, MS, MBA, CNAA-BC, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York, USA, email: Pat_Witzel@urmc.rochester.edu; Jennifer Harris, RN, MS, CNA-BC; Anna Lambert RN, MS, CCRNen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/182370-
dc.description.abstractPodium Presentation: BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Healthcare institutions are facing state and federal initiatives requiring public disclosure of patient outcome data and non-payment for preventable events. A unit-based safety and infection prevention staff nurse role was created at one academic medical center to improve selected patient outcomes. ABSTRACT: Healthcare institutions are facing state and federal initiatives requiring public disclosure of patient outcome data and hospitals will no longer receive Medicare payments for preventable events. A unit-based safety and infection prevention staff nurse role was created at one academic medical center to achieve greater staff nurse participation in improvements in selected patient outcomes. The safety nurse, in addition to providing direct patient care, is given dedicated time for overseeing the available resources, consultants and educational programs needed to promote safe care delivery practices. These practices, focused on both patients and employees, include: ensuring nursing staff adherence to scientifically accepted principles of infection prevention; assisting in the monitoring of staff performance concerning the prevention of hospital acquired infections and pressure ulcers; and partnering with the unit leadership team to achieve targeted patient outcomes related to safety and infection prevention. Nurses promoted to the position have achieved a senior level (expert) nurse designation in the organization's clinical advancement system and receive additional compensation for this enhanced role. Performance appraisal is based on achievement of patient safety and infection prevention goals. A unit-based safety scorecard has been developed and includes information on line-related infections, employee injuries, pressure ulcer incidence and urinary tract infection data obtained through the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI). The safety and infection prevention nurses receive specialized training through an initial one week training program. Content includes risk reduction strategies and best practices for prevention of hospital acquired infections, pressure ulcers, and improved employee safety through safe patient handling. Continuing education is provided on a monthly basis to support continuing role development. To date, safety nurses have been instrumental in the peer vaccination program for flu immunization, quarterly pressure ulcer surveillance for the NDNQI, identification of equipment requiring replacement, completion of chart reviews related to line related infection investigations, and have assumed the lead role in a MRSA surveillance project. In addition to patient care outcomes, a cost benefit analysis associated with this new role is in process to evaluate the over-all success of this exciting nurse driven program. REFERENCES: Center for Disease Control, May 2005 Report. McKibben, Linda MD, "Guidance on Public Reporting of Healthcare Associated Infections: Recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee," May 2005. Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals. Medicare Rules 2008.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-28T15:21:18Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-28en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-28T15:21:18Z-
dc.conference.date2008en_US
dc.conference.nameANCC National Magnet Conferenceen_US
dc.conference.hostAmerican Nurses Credentialing Centeren_US
dc.conference.locationSalt Lake City, Utah, USAen_US
dc.descriptionThe 12th American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference, held 15-17 October, 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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