Not all health care is created equal. Some hospitals and health care facilities stand out among the rest and earn themselves a reputation for promoting excellence within the world of health care. This summer, Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) proved to be one such hospital by being awarded Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Magnet designation is reserved for health care organizations that provide quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in the professional nursing practice. Patients rely on Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high quality nursing.
When the award was announced, it was cause for celebration at Queens' Presbyterian School of Nursing. As part of an ongoing partnership, CMC has created a program in which current nurses can apply to earn their Master of Science in Nursing with a Clinical Nurse Leader track at Queens. The majority of Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNLS) at CMC are graduates of Queens' Presbyterian School of Nursing. Once through the two-year program, CNLs take the skills they've mastered at Queens and put them to work for the patients they serve at CMC.
CNLs are highly skilled nurses who focus on the improvement of quality and safety outcomes for patients. They oversee patient care coordination, assess health risk, develop quality improvement strategies, implement evidence-based solutions and facilitate team communication.
At CMC, CNLs contribute greatly to daily "Lean Huddles," which are brief meetings held every morning to improve communication flow among the team. As part of Magnet designation, the CNLs were recognized for their innovative ideas to improve quality and safety in patient care, such as automating patient documentations during hourly rounds.
"The most exciting part about CMC’s Magnet Designation announcement for us is that the daily Lean Huddles were one of the first exemplars highlighted as leading to their newfound status."
- Grace Buttriss, Assistant Professor, Presbyterian School of Nursing
CNLs have mastered the art of team communication. They start each morning with a 15-minute Lean Huddle, and often times meet throughout the day around the bedside of a particular patient to ensure the entire team understands the patient's health care plan.
"We are so proud of all of our Clinical Nurse Leader graduates," said Tama Morris, Director of the Presbyterian School of Nursing. "CMC's Magnet designation is testament that our students are taking what they learn and using it every day to improve outcomes for their patients."