Our CNO, Patricia Hill, MSN, RN, NEABC, CENP, successfully advocated for resources that changed staffing patterns in several units. In addition, we welcomed a Clinical Educator of Evidence-Based Practice and Research to support the marked increase in evidence-based practice (EBP) and research among our nurse residents and nursing staff.
First-year RN turnover dropped significantly, from 20.1% to 14% thanks to the collaborative efforts of our professional practice team and nurse residency facilitators.
We continue to make significant strides in our journey to zero harm, realizing a 50% reduction in CLABSIs, a 49% reduction in HAPIs and a 30% reduction in CAUTIs.
Our nurses’ commitment to professional advancement is evident in BSN and certification rates which reached 84% and 32% respectively. Nurses pursue lifelong learning through local, regional and national conferences. Twelve RNs from IFMC attended the 2018 National Magnet Conference® in Denver.
Our culture of clinical inquiry rose to new heights in 2018 with the development of 50 EBP projects. We disseminated results internally and externally at local, regional and national conferences. Two EBP fellowships were awarded to Socheat Long Elliott, BSN, RN, CCRN and Katie Scully, MSN, RN, CCRN, CAPA.
The 2017 Inova Nursing Annual Report noted that for Inova Fairfax Medical Campus nurses, reductions in falls, hospital acquired pressure injuries, Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSIs) and CatheterAssociated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs) illustrate the nurses’ focus on exemplary clinical outcomes as the results of clinical practices grounded in evidence.
Another example of an improved clinical outcome was the significant reduction in time to electrocardiography (EKG) at the Reston ED. In addition, a project in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) focused on reduction of alarm fatigue through implementation of evidence-based critical alarm parameters. This resulted in a 30% reduction in the number of alarms per bed per day; equating to 40,000 fewer alarms per month.
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