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Could we learn something from the US about nursing excellence?


I was fortunate to have been a Nurse Executive at a hospital in Riyadh during our Magnet journey. Having started out with a huge dose of British scepticism, I became a convert. Through empowering our Nurses, skilling them up, dealing with poor performers, improving the quality of collaborating with other disciplines, increasing our focus on research and evidence-based practice and encouraging innovation at the bedside we began to see measurable benefits. These included in patient safety, in nursing practice and in the perception and experience of nursing amongst non-nursing colleagues. Nurses on my units knew their quality data and could readily speak to their areas of excellence as well as those for improvement. We also used our patient satisfaction and staff satisfaction data to make meaningful changes in the way that we delivered care and worked with our staff. I am sure that there were sceptics. However, we had enough of a critical mass of engaged staff and the results spoke for themselves. We achieved our Magnet Hospital Accreditation in 2015. I have now moved to a new organisation and I am embedding the Magnet practice standards from day 1 so that it is what we do every day and not a special initiative. We will definitely be starting our Magnet journey as early as possible. There will be genuine concerns about cost from some organisations but the return on investment is worth it.

Posted date

6 May, 2017

Posted time

9:45 am