AS A NURSE, you are well aware of just how complicated the delivery of healthcare has become in this country. Today we care for sicker hospital patients in less patient days or even totally in the ambulatory environment. Treatments and technologies are increasingly sophisticated. In this challenging environment, nurses must keep asking “How can we deliver better and smarter care?” The answer, I believe, is through an uncompromising commitment to quality care.
Everything we do at Beth Israel Medical Center is focused on delivering quality care: our people, practice, technology, research and education. Care rests on an Evidence-Based Practice Model and is delivered in a collaborative team approach. Because our patients are at the center of everything that we do, we strive to ensure that we deliver safe, effective and compassionate care. Toward that end, we benchmark ourselves against and participate in a variety of local, regional and national initiatives including the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) and the IHI 100,000 lives campaign, to name just a couple.
Much of our attention is focused on issues such as fall prevention and elimination of hospital-acquired infections and pressure ulcers, as well as other patient-specific quality indicators. We have implemented programs such as our award-winning programs to prevent falls and prevent MRSA infections. Our innovative Skin Savers Program pairs nurses and Patient Care Technicians (PCAs) to “team up” and become skin champions.
Our nurses are well educated and well qualified. Technologically savvy, critical thinkers, they are empowered to make changes and work closely with the entire team: doctors, social workers, PCAs and other members of the multidisciplinary team to coordinate and lead patient care at the bedside. Interacting with educators, mentors, preceptors and each other, they are continually learning and growing.
I believe that the more we learn, the more we do, the better we get. Every time we turn around, there is something new at Beth Israel. This constantly evolving environment is a quality workplace for talented, compassionate, smart nurses who want to practice nursing at its highest levels and are ready to meet the demands of the ever-changing health system.
We invite you to spend some time on this site. Learn more about nursing – and the nurses – of Beth Israel Medical Center.
Mary Walsh, MSN, RN
Patient Care Serivces and Chief Nursing Officer
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