Advancing Nursing Excellence
Those who have experienced care at New England Baptist Hospital appreciate its distinctive culture, which combines personalized care with a passion for excellence shaped by legendary service, known as The Baptist Way.
Nursing is at the heart of this distinctive approach to patient care. Today, nursing staff play an increasingly dominant role in the ongoing transformation of patient care. By focusing on achieving new levels of quality and efficiency, nurses are critical to maintaining the Baptist’s status as the dominant regional center of excellence in the care and management of individuals with musculoskeletal diseases and disorders.
Magnet Designation: the Next Step in Nursing Excellence
The next step in further achieving nursing excellence at the Baptist is the pursuit of Magnet designation, which is acknowledged as the highest credential for quality nursing. Nationwide, only 6 percent of nursing departments have achieved this status.
The Center for Nursing Leadership at the Baptist was established by Mary Sullivan Smith, RN, MS, Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, to support the increasingly dominant role of nursing in patient care.
“Magnet requires a significant commitment of resources, including time, effort and financial investment,” explains Ms. Sullivan Smith. “It is a major process improvement initiative, but we are well-poised to take it on."
"You can’t transform health care without very knowledgeable people who have innovative ideas,” says Trish Hannon, NEBH President and CEO. “Those ideas come about through education, scholarly activity and research. It’s a powerful story, because it leads to exceptional patient outcomes.”
Funds are essential to support the following multi-year Magnet designation initiatives:
Advanced education -- Baptist nurses need financial assistance in order to achieve their Bachelor of Science, Advanced nursing degrees (Master’s and Doctorate), professional certifications and opportunities to attend and present at special conferences. In addition, the Baptist plans to establish a “path into nursing” program that will provide unit secretaries and others with tuition assistance as they begin their nursing education.
Patient education redesign -- nursing and rehabilitation staff will take the lead on newly redesigned patient education care initiatives. Given the trends of notably shorter hospital stays and advances in pain control and post-surgical rehabilitation—the time is right and there are no better contributors for the Baptist to refresh its approach to how patients are prepared in advance of surgery.
Your gift in support of nursing will play an important role in enhancing the patient experience at New England Baptist Hospital and securing the role of nursing into the future. Please support this critical initiative, which is designed to enrich the Baptist nursing team. To learn more about the Baptist’s nursing excellence please contact John Hannigan at 617-754-6621.