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Patty Nedved, MSN, RN, CENP, FABC, Acting Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Clinical NursingPatty Nedved, MSN, RN, CENP, FABC, Acting Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Clinical Nursing

It is my pleasure to share with you the Rush University Medical Center Nursing Annual Report for fiscal year 2016 (July 2015 – June 2016). During this past year, we celebrated much success, from our Joint Commission visit without any nursing findings to our fourth Magnet designation, which demonstrates that our 2,500 Rush nurses are among the best of the best! These achievements are only possible through teamwork and dedication.

This report instills a sense of pride in nursing and highlights the many accomplishments of Rush nurses in FY2016. Rush nursing continues to be a driving force towards improving quality, safety and outcomes for our patients. Some examples of improving patient care highlighted in this report include the following:

  • Reducing nasogastric-related pressure ulcers
  • Implementing nurse-driven protocols for heparin and C. difficile

Additionally, our clinical nurses led evidence-based practice and research projects, which have become more robust and include topics like these:

  • Reducing the use of alteplase for clotted lines
  • Improving temperature measurements in pediatric intubated patients
  • Using music to reduce anxiety and pain in the perioperative areas

In my time as the interim CNO, one of the initiatives I’m most proud to have been involved with is improving nursing engagement, which lays the foundation for retention and satisfaction.

Our commitment to increasing employee engagement begins with listening to nurses’ needs through employee surveys, focus groups, biweekly meals with the CNO and leadership rounding. This helps us identify and prioritize improvements that allow nurses to do their best work.

Addressing stress and burnout was a key focus, as well as reducing vacancy rates. Through programs like Pet Pause, Code Lavender and end-of-life care training, we saw a 9 percent improvement in positively impacting stress and burnout and a 3.4 percent overall increase in engagement.

I hope that you enjoy learning about the important contributions of nurses at Rush in our goal to provide the highest quality of care to patients of the Chicagoland community and beyond.

Thank you to Rush nurses for embracing and enculturating our mission to provide the very best care for our patients.