Message from the CNO

Dear Nursing Colleagues:

Deb Mals HSThis is both a challenging and exciting time in health care and in our profession. As a nursing team, we are guided by our commitment to excellence and our values. We have built a strong foundation that allows us to quickly respond to the changing health care dynamics and the needs of our patients.

Over the last several years, our work has been guided in many ways by the Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which described the pivotal role nurses play in managing patient care. The report stressed that nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training and become partners in the health care team, alongside physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning how care is provided. In fact, because nurses are the providers with whom patients spend the greatest amount of time, we are uniquely positioned to be full partners in providing care.

Unquestionably our nursing staff has responded to this important call to action. In 2012 more than 7,000 RNs participated in Center of Nursing Excellence programs. Over 575 clinical nurses were recognized for professional practice in the ACE Clinical Ladder Program, and we had a 13 percent increase in nurses certified in their area of specialty. We provided on-site certification courses and implemented a new curriculum for unit leaders to help build the competencies required for distinct nursing leadership roles.

We’ve done a remarkable job recruiting, retaining, and recognizing a diverse and highly skilled nursing workforce. We continue our efforts to increase the diversity of nursing leadership and we are grateful for the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation’s funding of the Minority Nursing Leadership Fellowship. The fellowship has been key to our success in expanding the pipeline of minority nurse leaders with 2012 serving as a hallmark year. In addition, we ended the year with a 55 percent BSN workforce while experiencing one of the lowest vacancy rates for nurses in our history.

Quality of care is top of mind and we have accelerated our improvement in many of our patient safety measures. For example, we continue to make significant improvement in fall reduction, pressure ulcer prevention, and achievement of all Magnet® quality requirements (exceeding national benchmarks on nurse sensitive indicators in more than 50 percent of units for eight consecutive quarters). Likewise, we continue our focus on the Patient Experience: quality, safety, service and inclusion – every patient, every time.

The evidence is clear: The more educated nurses are, the better the care provided. A key directive for our future is to ensure nurses engage in lifelong learning that will enable them to lead changes to advance health care.

I am so proud of all of our nursing accomplishments and the pivotal role nurses are playing at Miami Valley Hospital. Thanks to them, we are well positioned on our path to Magnet re-designation in 2013.

Our course is a path of excellence that health care demands, our organization supports, and our community expects. Thanks to each of our nurses as we reach for even greater heights and live our mission of making a difference in the lives of patients and families through professional, expert, and compassionate care.

Deb Mals
Vice President, Hospital Operations, and Chief Nursing Officer

View the 2012 Miami Valley Hospital Nursing Annual Report


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