As your Chief Nursing Officer, I am proud to present our Nursing Annual Report for 2012. It spotlights key nursing achievements of the past year, brought about by the collaborative efforts and dedication of our entire staff. Working towards the common goals of providing the highest quality of patient care, improving mobility, and enhancing the quality of life of all our patients, we have once again been able to realize many achievements.
Fifteen HSS nurses attended the 2012 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference to celebrate the Hospital’s third Magnet Designation. While there, they were recognized for this achievement as they both shared and acquired new knowledge about what makes a Magnet healthcare organization – excellence in nursing philosophy and practice, adherence to national standards for improving care and leadership, and sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity.
During 2012, the Nursing Staff’s collaborative approach to care extended to the Hospital renovation and facility expansion. Nurses provided vital input to help in the expansion of the Hospital’s infrastructure and support patient care delivery for the opening of a Step Down Unit, a Special Procedures Unit on 75th Street, and four new operating rooms. Expansions were also made in Rheumatology and Pediatric practices and clinics, including the highly anticipated Lerner Children’s Pavilion.
An intensive interdisciplinary effort with key nursing input and oversight along the way ensured that a smooth and seamless transition to new and renovated spaces would take place, and there would be ample and appropriately trained nursing staff and leadership to provide support.
The Operational Excellence program at Hospital for Special Surgery is an organization-wide initiative focused on eliminating waste and driving greater efficiency throughout our care delivery system. The program is guided by Lean principles and brings together multidisciplinary teams focused on driving process improvements that increase patient satisfaction, enhance employee engagement and improve overall quality and safety. Nursing is an integral part of this program and uses a solid foundation of nursing practice to guide changes that are evidence-based.
During Nurses Week, many of the accomplishments of the staff were celebrated, especially the extraordinary achievement of HSS Nursing’s third consecutive Magnet Designation. Some of the activities during this week included a luncheon for nurse leaders, a “High Tea for Board Certified Nurses”, the presentation of two scholarship awards, and the recognition of nursing award honorees.
Published articles, poster presentations, speaking engagements, teaching opportunities, certifications, community service, advanced degrees, promotions, appointments, elected positions within the nursing community, awards, and special recognitions are among the many accomplishments of the talented nurses and nursing leaders that make up our HSS nursing staff.
In 2012, HSS nurses integrated best practice and research into clinical and operational processes. The Nursing Research Council provided mentorship and guidance to staff across various clinical settings supporting evidence-based practice and research projects and the dissemination of knowledge during journal clubs.
HSS Nursing Department demonstrated extraordinary dedication, generosity, commitment, courage and professionalism as it supported patients and other members of the Hospital staff and community during and after super storm Sandy, an unprecedented crisis for the region. Nursing leadership played a pivotal role in all facets of the Command Center operations, while nursing leaders collaborated with the HSS Executive Team to develop extensive disaster plans, strategies and preparations.
More than 100 members of HSS Nursing stayed at the hospital during and after the storm. Many of those who were dealing with significant challenges at home came to work – by foot, by carpool, or stayed with fellow nurses who lived nearby. At the height of the storm, even when the lights flickered and nurses switched to paper documentation, the team never lost focus on their immediate patient care responsibilities. We are grateful to the entire HSS family for their dedication to our patients during this unprecedented storm.