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Quality and Outcomes

• Evidence Based Practice
• Nursing Research
• Nursing Research Council
• Nursing Research Highlights
• Current Research Activities
• Past Research Activities
• Performance Improvement
• Excellence in Action 2007
• Centers of Excellence

Evidence Based Practice (EBP)

EBP promotes a clinical environment where the most up to date clinical evidence (derived from either research or best practice initiatives) and clinical expertise is fused to provide the best care for patients.  EBP is seated firmly in our daily practice as evidenced through our policy development, standards of care, patient care delivery models, and quality improvement initiatives. The ARMC Nursing Research Council has obtained permission from the University of IOWA to utilize the IOWA Model of Evidence-Based Practice to Improve Quality Care.  This model provides a guide for clinical decision-making, details regarding implementation of evidence-based practice, and includes both the practitioner and organizational perspective. To find out more about the Iowa model click here.

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quality_outcomesNursing Research

Nursing research is integral to professional practice at AtlantiCare.  Nurses at all levels are involved in research activities to explore, predict and discover practice applications. Nursing research is used as the scientific basis for confirming or enhancing existing knowledge as well as generating new knowledge. The result is validation of existing practice, implementation of changes in practice, and enhanced evidence based provision of patient care.   

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Nursing Research Council

The Nursing Research Councils comprised of nurses at all levels of practice including staff working at the bedside, advanced practice nurses, to executive nursing leaders. We enlist the support of Barbara Chamberlain, DNSc, APN, C, CCRN, WCC as our consultant to the Council.

Purpose: The Nursing Research Council is responsible for promoting the conduct, evaluation, and practice integration of relevant nursing research at ARMC .

Goals:

• Encourage and assist individuals through the research process.
• Oversee the availability of ARMC research resources.
• Facilitate research application submission to the ARMC Institutional Review Board (IRB).
• Assist in the dissemination of research findings.
• Enhance nursing research process knowledge to members of the council and nurses throughout AtlantiCare
• Promote nursing research throughout the Forces of Magnetism

 

nursingresearchpic2013 Nursing Research Council Members
The NRC facilitates the conduct and dissemination of nursing research at
AtlantiCare, working in consort with the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The council reports to the Nursing Advisory Council (NAC) and the Nursing Leadership Council (NLC). The NRC is comprised of nursing staff, nursing leaders, advanced practice nurses. Barbara Chamberlain, DNSc, APN, C, CCRN, WCC supports nursing research as a consultant to the Council. Membership is open to any ARMC nursing staff member.

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Current research activities

• Recognition, Reporting and Managing Blood Transfusion Reactions
• The Relationship of Spiritual Wellness and Depression Psychiatric Acute Partial Care Program
• Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome study
• RN Advocacy Research study

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Research Highlights 2013

Celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Nursing Research Day April 26, 2013 at Harrahs Resort in Atlantic City. Theme for this year “Studying the Present Caring for the Future.”

Keynote Presentation: Caring Inquiry: Giving Voice to the Art and Science of Nursing Practice Through Research.  Marian Turkel, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN Director,

Professional Nursing Practice and Research and President, International Association for Human Caring Einstein Healthcare Network was one of the highlights of the day .
This well attended full day program provided diverse presentation of topics by all levels of nurse researchers. AtlantiCare staff nurses and advanced practice nurses participated as both podium and poster presenters alongside nationally renowned researchers

Performance Improvement

Nursing at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center is committed to providing safe, state of the art care to all patients. Nursing Services recognizes that nursing is an integral component of the Mission, Vision and Values of the Medical Center and, as such, is dedicated to serving our patients and community.

Nursing quality and performance improvement extends from unit based efforts within specific departments and flows through our council and committee work. We are aligned with organizational structures including the “5 B’s,” Best Quality, Best Finance, Best People and Workplace, Best Community Health, Best Customer Service. We strive to continuously assess and evaluate quality of care, provision of a safe environment for patients, customers, and staff, and adherence to regulating agencies.

We utilize the Plan–Do-Check-Act (PDCA) model to develop, implement, and evaluate performance improvement efforts.

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Excellence in Action

Nurses at all levels of the organization are involved with Quality initiatives. Nursing leadership has created a culture where nurses feel empowered to utilize meaningful data to initiate change in patient care delivery. Nurses are encouraged and rewarded for participating as “champions” and change agents. Champions are mentored in a specific patient care delivery initiative and become experts and consultants to their colleagues. Champions lead colleagues in exploring and strategizing initiatives best suited for their patient populations and unit needs. This integrative approach has created a culture of “ownership,” positive patient outcomes, and staff satisfaction.

Nursing Leadership sets the stage annually by aligning the nursing annual plan with the organizational strategic priorities under the “5 Best” performance excellence domains (Best Quality, Best People Best Workplace, Best Customer Experience, Best Financial Performance, Best Growth).
Nurses at all levels of the organization are involved with quality initiatives. Each nurse actively participates in contributing to organizational outcomes through daily activities and personal goals and commitments.  
Nursing leadership supports a culture where nurses are empowered to utilize meaningful data to initiate change in patient care delivery. Nurses are encouraged and rewarded for participating as “champions” and change agents. Champions are mentored in a specific patient care delivery initiative and become experts and consultants to their colleagues. The champions lead colleagues in exploring and strategizing initiatives best suited for their patient populations and unit needs. This integrative approach has created a culture of “ownership,” positive patient outcomes, and staff satisfaction and contributes to AtlantiCare’s commitment to quality excellence.
Notable Outcomes: 

• ARMC Mainland Intensive Care Unit received the ANCC Silver Beacon ® Award for Excellence in 2013

• HealthGrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award™ 2012, 2011, 2010

• Achieved Joint Commission re-accreditation for CHF and Stroke

• City Campus: received the Silver Medal of Honor from the Department of Health and Human Services for achievement of 75% Transplant conversion rate

• Wound Healing Center in Egg Harbor Township and Hammonton Healing 2012 Outcomes demonstrated a 92% heal rate

• Acute Care inpatient fall rate decreased by 12% in 2012

• Hospital Acquired Pressure ulcer rate in critical care decreased by 77% in 2012

• Hemodialysis Unit received the AtlantiCare Presidents Award for Quality 2012

• City Campus Critical Care : 21 consecutive months zero ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) and zero catheter associated infections (CAUTI)

Through the Tender Lifting Care program decreased RN patient handling injuries by 93%

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Centers of Excellence

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