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RWJUH earns ANA award for outstanding nursing quality

Monday March 18, 2013
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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J., was named last month as one of six national winners of the American Nurses Associationís 2012 Outstanding Nursing Quality Award. It was the second consecutive year that RWJUH has won the award.

The ANA recognized the hospital for its fall prevention efforts, which resulted in a 50% decrease in falls. The prevention initiative involved staff "safety huddles" at the beginning of each shift to identify at-risk patients and implement prevention strategies, such as bed alarms and risk mitigation during hourly nursing rounds.

The ANA also recognized RWJUH for its success in reducing central-line infection rates and scoring within the high satisfaction range on the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicatorsí Job Enjoyment Scale for nursing staff, according to a news release.

"Earning this recognition re-affirms what we at RWJ have known for years — our nurses are talented leaders in research, community outreach and provide outstanding bedside care," Stephanie Conners, RN, BSN, MBA, NEA-BC, senior vice president of operations and CNO, said in the release. "It took the collective focus and drive of an entire team to make this happen, and our nursesí commitment to reaching this goal serves as an example and inspiration to the entire [hospital] family."

"Nurses recognize that our healthcare system is becoming more focused on performance standards and patient outcomes," ANA President Karen A. Daley, RN, PhD, FAAN, said in the release. "Thatís how it should be. Thatís how nurses approach their work, and thatís what this award is all about. Nurses have the power to influence a patientís hospital experience and, most importantly, their ultimate health outcome through their teamwork, innovation, leadership and dedication. The award winners show they have performed the best in that regard."

The honorees were identified by researchers from among more than 1,900 hospitals that report results to NDNQI. •