UCSF Nurses Recognized Nationally for Excellence in Patient Care and Innovation

By Kristen Bole on October 20, 2017

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco have earned the prestigious Magnet Recognition® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), acknowledging their excellence in nursing, quality of patient care and innovations in professional nursing practice. It is the highest level of recognition awarded by ANCC.

In announcing the credential, ANCC officials noted that UCSF met the 98 standards for excellence with no deficiencies and outperformed national benchmarks the majority of the time for indicators that reflect nursing quality. Those include falls, pressure ulcers, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, patient satisfaction and nurse satisfaction.

“This recognition is a testament to the outstanding and exemplary professional practices of our nurses, nurse leaders and interprofessional colleagues,” said Tina Mammone, PhD, RN, CENP, NEA-BC, vice president and chief nursing officer of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco. “The Magnet designation not only recognizes UCSF nurses, but all of our staff and providers for their tremendous teamwork and interdisciplinary care.”

Only 8 percent (469) of the more than 5,500 hospitals registered with the American Hospital Association have achieved ANCC Magnet Recognition® status, according to the ANCC. California claims 33 of those hospitals, including five University of California medical centers. UCSF is the only hospital in San Francisco to hold this distinction.

UCSF received its initial Magnet designation in 2012 and was reevaluated over the course of the past year for the four-year designation. The extensive review, which included more than 3,000 pages of documentation and a four-day onsite visit, evaluated such areas as leadership, empowerment, exemplary practice, and improvements and innovations.

“The requirements to achieve Magnet status are rigorous and reflect years of hard work on the part of our entire team to establish and maintain the highest standards of nursing care,” said Sheila Antrum, RN, MSHA, senior vice president and chief operating officer of UCSF Health. “It was essential that we not only maintain, but continually improve our structures, processes and outcomes from the previous four years to meet the rigorous requirements of the program.”

Since the ANCC launched the Magnet program in 1994, the designation has become a standard for nurse recruitment efforts and patients seeking the best care. According to the ANCC, studies assessing links between the work environment for nurses and the patient safety climate find that Magnet hospitals experience increased patient satisfaction; decreased mortality rates; decreased pressure ulcers and falls; and improved quality and patient safety.

In a letter to staff, Mark Laret, president and CEO of UCSF Health, commended the UCSF nurses, interprofessional care teams, staff, and nurse leadership, and noted that designations like Magnet are becoming increasingly important as patients look for information about where to get their care.

“Our nursing teams elevate the practice of nursing to new levels and serve as models for all health care professionals,” Laret wrote. “It is truly impressive that our nurses achieved this while at the same time caring fo record numbers of patients, advancing health care policy and discovery, and educating our students.”

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals are ranked among the top hospitals in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report, which uses Magnet status as a primary indicator in its hospital assessments. UCSF Medical Center/Moffitt-Long Hospitals also earned an A for patient safety in 2017.

Originally published on UCSF.edu

Happy Nursing Professional Development Week!

Please join me during National Professional Development Week (September 24-30, 2017) in thanking the Clinical Nurse Educators (CNEs; also known nationally as Nursing Professional Development Specialists) for all that they do for the Department of Nursing!  The Association of Nursing Professional Development Specialists (ANPD) has identified four major domains of practice for the CNE:  

  • Partner for practice transitions
  • Learning facilitator
  • Change agent
  • Mentor

 

In addition, the entire INEx team in our INEx model (including the CNEs) provides four critical services to ensure excellent nursing practice:

  • Provides education and training
  • Fosters clinical inquiry
  • Enhances skill acquisition
  • Promotes professional development

We are fortunate to have such a stellar group of CNEs represent the entire enterprise:

  • Christine Andrade, Student Coordination & Ancillary Staff
  • Lindsay Bolt, Adult Acute & Transitional Care
  • Sabina Gonzalez, Adult Critical Care
  • Sherrie Nameth, Pediatric Critical Care
  • Dawn Pizzini, Pediatric Acute Care
  • Anjal Pong, Pediatric OR
  • Mary-Ann Rich, Adult OR
  • Michele Sibley, Ambulatory

Please join me in thanking them for their endless enthusiasm, clinical expertise, and skilled facilitation of learning! 

Adam Cooper
Education Manager, Institute for Nursing Excellence; Deputy Director for Evidence Synthesis, UCSF Centre for Evidence Synthesis & Implementation:  A Joanna Briggs Institute Centre of Excellence

UCSF Medical Center Ranked 5th Best Hospital in US

U.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings of best hospitals in the United States. I am very pleased to share the results: UCSF Medical Center is the fifth best hospital in the nation, the best hospital in California and the best hospital in the West. 

Further, of the 16 specialties that U.S. News evaluates, UCSF ranks in the top 25 for 15 specialties and in the top ten for 13. 

2017 Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award

Lee Greenholtz 

 

 

2017 recipient of the Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award

This award is presented to recognize a professional nurse who through various professional activities in leadership and mentoring roles displays professionalism through effective communication of the vision and mission of professional nursing, advocacy and support for patients and staff, and whose leadership qualities demonstrate such exemplary practice as to merit recognition from peers and other professional colleagues.

Selection Criteria:

  • Knowledge of nursing leadership principles
  • Sharing the vision and mission of professional nursing
  • Advocacy and support for patients and staff
  • Encouraging participation by others in decision-making processes
  • Valuing feedback from all levels of the organization
  • Advancing nursing through innovative ideas and initiatives
  • Teaching by example
  • Providing advice, counsel and support
  • Facilitating professional development

The 2017 Nurses’ Week Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 10th from 3-5pm in the Millberry Union Conference Room on the Parnassus campus of UCSF Medical Center.