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Queens Nursing Alumni, Faculty Receive Accolades

imageAnnette Hines, professor and chair of graduate studies in the Presbyterian School of Nursing
07/26/17 -  

Queens Presbyterian School of Nursing, housed in the Blair College of Health, continues to reach high achievement. Recently, the nursing program has announced two impressive achievements of faculty and our alumni.

Annette Hines, professor and chair of graduate studies in the School of Nursing, alongside adjunct faculty members Veronica Rankin, Nancy Gardner and Valerie Short were named members of the 2017 Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina. These faculty members will receive their awards and join the other honorees on October 14 for the 2017 Great 100 Gala.

The Great 100, Inc. exists to recognize and honor Registered Nurses in North Carolina for their commitment to excellence and to promote a positive image of the nursing profession. Queens' faculty have repeatedly been included on this list.

This year, another award complements the faculty-focused one and praises the accomplishments of our alumni. Rankin, an alumna, is the clinical nurse leader (CNL) coordinator at Carolinas Medical Center. Rankin nominated her CNL team for STTI Helen Henry Excellence in Care Award, which is an award which measures positive patient outcomes and improvements in health care quality that were directly impacted by implementation of the CNL role. The majority of these CNLs are alumni of Queens University of Charlotte, and while this award reflects the impact of clinical care they've had within the practice setting, it is also reflective of the exceptional education training received for Queens University.

 The STTI Helen Henry Excellence in Care Award was established by a nurse in honor of her mother "to recognize nurses and their interprofessional partners working at the bedside." Eligibility requirements include a team of nurses with a baccalaureate degree or higher along with an interprofessional partner working together at the bedside to improve care quality and patient outcomes, and applicants had to write a short narrative demonstrative of clinical care provision that also reflected: compassionate, hands-on-care, evidence-based care at the bedside; mutuality with patients and families, individualized plans of care; courage and critical thinking; exemplary partnerships with peers and people in their clinical care setting; inspiration to peers, patients and families; the importance of integrated competency across all disciplines in order to individualize care; and desire to continuously learn and grow.

Additional application requirements included three letters of support that attested to the team's collaboration and its impact on improved quality of patient care. One such example includes reductions such as "falls (28%), catheter associated urinary tract infections (63%), central line infections (5%) and hospital acquired pressure ulcers (38%)". The coordinator also noted the growth of the CNL program at the Academic Medical Center growing from "4 within the first year (2010) to more than 35 year to date." The nomination noted the CNL efforts to encourage and actively support nurses through clinical advancement, conference presentations as well as assistance in NICHE designation and Magnet designation.

The CNL group they will be awarded with the Helen Henry Excellence in Care award in October 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

These awards come after the exciting announcement from the Blair College of Health on the addition of an online Master of Health Administration in the new department of Interprofessional Health Studies.

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