Here at Scrubbing In, we try not to brag too much about Baylor. Our mission is to give our readers helpful, relevant, and quality health information that can help them lead a healthier lifestyle.
But when it comes to our nurses, please allow us to brag a little. They deserve it!
In honor of National Nurses Week, we would like to share some of the greatest accomplishments this year in the life of our nursing staff at Baylor Scott & White Health. They deserve special recognition everyday, but especially during this week that is devoted to them.
Here are some of the highlights…
- Nurses comprise 45 percent of our workforce and are the backbone of the medical staff.
- Many of our nurses now hold a bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN).
- Our nurses are involved in research, hold significant leadership roles, are mentors and teachers—but first and foremost, they are caregivers who work tirelessly on behalf of their patients.
- This year, 20 Baylor nurses were named to the 2014 Great 100 Nurses list, which recognizes nurses in Dallas and Fort Worth for excellence in the art and science of nursing. Great 100 Nurses are nominated by their peers, patients, families, physicians and administrators. The award is highly regarded as an esteemed honor throughout the North Texas health care community.
- Six Baylor nurses were named to D Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing list. Fifteen nurses were finalists for this annual award. Local hospitals, private practices, doctors and patients ranked nurses on how well they “impacted their lives, communities and profession,” according to the magazine. Editors selected the best nominations from 456 nominations that were submitted. A panel of registered nurses in various fields from around the country selected the winning list of nurses.
- Nurses in the intensive care unit at Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital earned the silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). The award recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six standards for a healthy work environment.
- Thanks to our dedicated and hard-working nursing staff, six of our hospitals have earned Magnet designation. Texas has only 32 Magnet hospitals—and six of them are Baylor facilities. To qualify, hospitals must show a demonstrated commitment to quality nursing resulting in the delivery of excellent patient care. These Baylor hospitals are in an elite group. Only about 400 hospitals nationwide share this distinguished recognition. In 2013, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas earned its third consecutive Magnet designation, putting it in the elite 1 percent of all hospitals with Magnet status. Hospitals must reapply for and earn Magnet designation every four years. Baylor Medical Center at Irving earned Magnet status this year.
- Four Baylor hospitals have earned Pathway to Excellence designations, second only to the Magnet designation in difficulty of degree to earn and maintain.
We also created this infographic to give you a better idea of just how big an impact the nursing profession has not only on the health care industry, but throughout the country as a whole.
To all of the nurses out there: Thank you for your compassion, selfless attitude, and healing touch. Even when you’ve worked a long shift or had a rough day, you always put your patients first. We thank you for holding our hands, calming our fears, and most of all, we thank you for your kindness and understanding during our times of need.
Don’t forget to thank a nurse this week!