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Transformational Leadership in Nursing at Inova

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Inova Alexandria Hospital (IAH)

During the February 2017 monthly Shared Governance team meeting called Strategic Initiative Nursing Group (SING), Ashley Rostek, BSN, RN, CMSRN, had an idea to start a new staff recognition award for non-nursing staff. The idea was derived from the existing quarterly nursing recognition award, the Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem (DAISY®) Award. Ashley felt there was more recognition for the direct care nurse, but not as much for the clinical technicians who are valued members of the team. She wanted a way to recognize individual technicians for going above and beyond their normal duties on the job. The IAH Nursing Shared Governance Team (SING) supported the idea and formed a subcommittee to pursue creating this new award. She sought the approval and input of the existing DAISY committee. The proposed recognition was approved by SING and then by Nursing Leadership in March 2017.

This recognition award was titled Techs Utilizing Leadership In Patientcare (TULIP). Since implementation, multiple awards have been issued and there has been an increase in the number of nominations during the last few months of 2017. Ashley also has been working with leadership and the professional development team to create an article and poster about the TULIP recognition. She plans to present this concept at a professional conference.

Inova Fairfax Medical Campus (IFMC)

Transformational leaders advocate for the resources required to support nursing unit and organizational goals. In 2017, Patricia Hill, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, CNO successfully advocated for resources required to enable IFMC nursing to embark on their journey to Magnet® Excellence. Dedicated hours were budgeted for a new Shared Governance Model which includes Unit-based Practice Councils, Nursing Practice Congress Subcommittees and Nursing Practice Congress meetings. Additionally, dedicated resources for Professional Practice, a Nurse Residency Program was implemented and a Magnet Program Director was hired in 2017.

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital (IFOH)

Transformational leaders advocate for resources and lead nursing practice and patient care to achieve goals. In 2017, Deborah "Debbie" Fulbrook, BSN, RN, EdM, MHS, NEA-BC, CNO advocated for resources to support IFOH to submit our Magnet document for our third designation. Resources and dedicated hours were allocated to achieve this goal. Debbie advocated for resources to launch the Nurse Residency program at IFOH to support the transition of the new graduate into practice. Nurse leaders advocated for additional resources, equipment and technology to provide patient care.

Inova Loudoun Hospital (ILH)

2017 was a year of transition for ILH. We said goodbye to our transformational leader, Lisa Dugan, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CNO, when she passed away in May 2017. Lisa had successfully led ILH through three Magnet designations and developed a culture that supported nursing practice. We were fortunate that Marissa Jamarik, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CNO, a transformational leader who "grew up" at ILH, was available to step into Lisa's shoes and continue to lead our organization and face the challenges in our ever-changing world of healthcare. Dr. Jamarik has advocated tirelessly for the clinical mentor position at ILH in order to support our new hires and also has campaigned for additional equipment and technology, such as the Get Well Network.

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital (IMVH)

CNO Dr. Alquietta Brown, PhD, RN strategically positioned IMVH nursing to align with the health system’s key priorities through improving the nursing practice environment. By advocating for resources, nursing changed their staffing grids and were staffed to the matrix 99% of the time. She advocated for four clinical mentor positions to support onboarding of the new graduate nurse. In addition, IMVH Nursing developed a Quarterly Professional Development Program for the RN unit supervisors to support their growth in leadership.