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Magnet celebrates nursing excellence
Magnet Nurses of the Year winners talk about what the experience has meant to them
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By Janice Petrella Lynch, MSN, RN
EDITOR'S NOTE: Janice Petrella Lynch, MSN, RN, is a nursing consultant for Nurse.com by OnCourse Learning. She is the director, Help and Resource Center, for the Marfan Foundation.
Receiving the national Magnet Nurse of the Year Award in the category of Structural Empowerment in 2015 has been one of the most humbling experiences of my life. I have dedicated my professional career to caring for cardiac patients in a variety of inpatient and outpatient programs. Receiving this award has given value to my work. This award has provided me with the opportunity to share outcomes and models of care with my peers in the state and across other disciplines in the country. Last year we gave a podium presentation about our unique outpatient TIA (transient ischemic attacks) program at the Magnet conference and other evidence-based practice conferences. At Porter Adventist, I have autonomy and the tools to improve the quality of care for my patients, and I am grateful and thankful to my colleagues who make our excellent outcomes possible. My Magnet-recognized institution has fostered my enthusiasm for life-long learning, giving support to evidence-based practice and nursing research. I hope that all nurses feel they can and do make a difference every day. We are the backbone of our healthcare system, and the magnitude of our work enables us to heal our patients’ minds, bodies, souls and hearts. From the bedside to the boardroom, we have the power to advocate and strive for quality care. As members of nursing profession, we should be proud of this.
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Toni Standley, MS, RN, ANP-BC Nurse Practitioner, Cardiology Porter Adventist Hospital Denver
Every year the American Nurses Credentialing Center recognizes the outstanding contributions of clinical nurses in each of the five Magnet® model components: Transformational Leadership, Structural Empowerment, Exemplary Professional Practice, New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements, and Empirical Outcomes. Five Magnet Nurses of the Year from 2015 and 2016 talked with Nurse.com about what it meant to receive the prestigious award; how working at a Magnet facility has empowered them in their roles; and how the award has inspired them in their nursing practice and when working with their colleagues.
Anne Boatright MSN, RN State Forensic Nursing Coordinator Nebraska Attorney General’s Office Lincoln, Neb.
Being honored as the Magnet Nurse of the Year in Transformational Leadership in 2016 was one of the most rewarding highlights of my career. By being acknowledged in this way I felt that it wasn’t as much about the work that I had accomplished but rather it was about the realization that we had begun to shift the culture. By recognizing nurses who work with victims of crime, we support the idea that nurses are able to connect with patients and assist them and others in changing the cycle of violence. When organizations empower their nurses to do this, we can and will change the world. Nurses are positioned to be change agents, and we can make a difference whether we practice at the bedside or work in the legislature. Working for the Attorney General’s Office for the state of Nebraska, I feel I am able to make a real impact and assist others in our state to end violence. This award inspires me to encourage nurses everywhere to affect change, to get involved and raise their voices to improve the lives of those we serve. For those nurses who are “fighting the fight,” do not give up. See the need in your communities and be the change agent. Be kind to yourselves and others … and you will change the world.
It has been an honor to be awarded the 2016 National Magnet Nurse of the Year for Exemplary Professional Practice. I am incredibly proud and fortunate to work alongside all the dedicated professionals who improve care for patients with Ebola and other infectious pathogens. And so, I share this honor with them. This recognition has served as a motivator for me. Exemplary professional practice focuses on quality, safety, excellence, collaboration and best practices in order to improve patient outcomes. It highlights the importance of developing and disseminating best practices to improve patient care. As activity director for education in the National Ebola Training and Education Center, a federally funded collaborative between Emory Medicine, Nebraska Medicine and New York Health and Hospitals/Bellevue, I strive to share best practices through training and education. Working at a Magnet-recognized organization such as Emory University Hospital is also an ignitor for exemplary professional practice. The shared governance structure at Emory empowers nurses to own their practice and deliver safe, quality patient- and family-centered care. I feel this award has pushed me to be a better nurse. I want to continue to advance my professional and academic development so I can best demonstrate exemplary professional practice. I would encourage all nurses to identify what motivates them so they can tap into that igniter to be their best every day.
Sharon Vanairsdale, MS, APRN, ACNS-BC, NP-C, CEN Program Director for Serious Communicable Diseases Emory University Hospital Atlanta
I am humbled to have been recognized as a 2015 Magnet Nurse of the Year in New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements. Magnet hospitals embrace innovation and dissemination of new knowledge, and I have been fortunate to work at a Magnet facility where I use evidence-based knowledge to create improvements in women and infant services. I have been able to continue new “best practices,” and co-lead multidisciplinary Banner committees, affecting the management and practice of obstetric and neonatal patients across the Banner Health System. I have the opportunity to pilot new research and implement process improvement and program development at our facility and extend new practices to organizations across the state and worldwide. Since my publication on the peanut ball for laboring women, organizations in the U.S. and Canada have requested my insight and mentoring to implement this practice, and I have presented on this topic at the last Magnet convention and other national conferences. I am honored to be recognized for my accomplishments, but it is only because of the support and assistance I receive from management, the research committee, physicians and our direct patient care nurses. Nurses at Banner achieve the best evidence-based patient outcomes because they are empowered to lead and establish new norms, are supported in pursuing advanced degrees and work in an environment that promotes strong partnerships with physicians and all healthcare professionals.
Christina Tussey, MSN, CNS, RNC-OB, RNC-MNN Maternal-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist Banner University Medical Center Phoenix Women and Infant Service Phoenix
In 2016, I was recognized as a Magnet Nurse of the Year in Empirical Outcomes. The award acknowledged the work my research group and I accomplished in developing and testing a pamphlet and video decision aids for patients considering a left ventricular assist device. My colleagues and I recognized the complexity of the decision to pursue an LVAD for patients and their caregivers as well as the lack of available resources for the LVAD population. Individual qualitative interviews were performed with patients, caregivers and LVAD coordinators to inform the content of the decision aids. The award is a reflection of the successful work of our research group and the entire organization. My leaders and mentors were supportive, and my nursing colleagues were instrumental in my success — helping to recruit participants and encouraging people to watch the video and read the pamphlet. I am privileged to work within a Magnet culture at the University of Colorado. The organization embraces innovative nursing study and new initiatives. It moves research forward while keeping patient education, improvements and outcomes at the forefront. Through this award, I hope I have shown others the opportunities and limitless possibilities the nursing profession can provide. As a new nurse, I would have never envisioned being a Magnet Nurse of the Year and being involved in such important work. I know now that anything is possible!
Colleen K. McIlvennan, DNP, ANP Assistant Professor of Medicine University of Colorado Division of Cardiology, Section of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Aurora, Colo.
Read more about all of the 2015 and 2016 Magnet Nurses of the Year. The 2018 National Magnet Nurses of the Year® will be announced on Oct. 25 at the ANCC National Magnet Conference in Denver.
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Understand Magnet nursing
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Interim director discusses past and future of the Magnet program.
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The Magnet difference
Experts discuss some of the unique characteristics of Magnet hospitals.
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Find your Magnet hospital
A breakdown by state of all the Magnet hospitals in the U.S.
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Magnet has global appeal
Hospitals in other countries are seeking Magnet recognition.
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Frontline nurses take the lead
Nurses are taking on leadership roles as Magnet Champions.
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Free CE: From Novice to expert
Build your expertise by adding to your skills and experience.
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Magnet can be a lifesaver
Read first-hand account of how Magnet hospitals saves lives.
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Seeking Magnet: Pros and cons
A look at some of the benefits and costs of pursuing Magnet status.
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Improve patient care
Research suggests Magnet status can improve patient outcomes.
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Nurses battle Hurricane Harvey
Nurses at Magnet hospitals in Houston stepped up during crisis.
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Achieve accreditation
Key steps hospitals can take to help them in the Magnet process.
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Lifelong learning in nursing
Magnet program places a strong emphasis on continuing education.
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Continuing education catalog
A look at courses that can help nurses on the Magnet journey.
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APRNs and Magnet nursing
Magnet status can elevate nurse educational standards.
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When you get the Magnet call
Read testimonial from CNO of one of the newest Magnet hospitals.
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What being Magnet means
Learn about the continuing journey of the nation's first Magnet hospital.
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Achieve nursing excellence
Read stories of recent Magnet Nurses of the Year winners.
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It takes a special leader
Find out how transformational leadership leads to satisfaction.
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RNs gain support
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The Magnet culture dictates fitting education into nurses' routine.
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IOM goals are top of mind
Magnet supports education targets for 2020.
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RNs are at the helm
Transformational leadership plays big role in Magnet process.
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