We are just 6 months, 16 days, and a few hours away from the final Magnet Document submission, February 1st, 2024! Our Magnet Writing Team has been busy writing the stories of Nursing Excellence from across UAMS Health. We are inspired to read about how nurses lead initiatives to change nursing practice. Your writing team has completed 66 stories and is currently working on 17 more! A few examples of nursing excellence include:
- TeleSANE program to address care for sexual assault victims in the ED and throughout Arkansas
- A reduction in falls with implementation of Avasure units on F6
- A reduction of readmissions before 30 days for patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction and Heart Failure
- Improvement in blood pressure monitoring in ambulatory primary care clinics
- Change in scheduling processes to reduce missed/cancelled appointments in Infusion B clinic
- A reduction of door to puncture times for stroke patients
- A reduction on physical violence in the ED with implementation of the BERT team
These are just a few of the amazing stories of nursing excellence we will share with the public and the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Program as part of our Magnet Document submission. It is your engagement, your commitment, and your dedication to improving quality of care for patients and advancing nursing practice that has made writing these stories possible. I am so proud of UAMS nurses and it is an honor to lead the organization to achieve Magnet Designation, the greatest distinction of nursing excellence an organization can achieve.
In addition to amazing stories of nursing excellence, we have seen great performance in Nursing Sensitive Indicators (NSIs, a measure of nursing quality) and Patient Experience survey results. This is a tremendous accomplishment by the nurses and leadership teams providing direct care to patients in addition to our Quality and Patient Experience offices, in the improvement initiatives that deliver better care and experience to our patients.
For the first time ever, we saw 100% performance in the question related to Patient Engagement and Family Centered care for inpatient on the Patient Experience survey. This is a sign of your dedication to Patient and Family Centered care delivery. We also have 100% performance in device-related pressure injuries and door to needle times in the Emergency Department. This is an unbelievable achievement given the staffing challenges and patient volumes that we are continually faced with. Inpatient falls with injury continue to be our main area of concern and object of focused attention. Patients and nurses must partner together to create safe environments and we need to continue utilizing best practices to address falls in the inpatient units. Overall, UAMS leadership is amazed by your commitment to excellent patient care and your achievements in quality and patient experience. Every day you overcome challenges to care for patients as a team. It is a privilege to lead you in the journey that will culminate in the designation o