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University Hospital and Ross Heart Hospital Wins 2021 ANCC Magnet Prize®

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SILVER SPRING, MD —The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) announced today that University Hospital and Ross Heart Hospital at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, OH, has received the 2021 ANCC Magnet Prize®, sponsored by Cerner Corporation, a global health care technology company.  The award was presented at the 2021 ANCC National Magnet Conference® and the ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference® in Atlanta.

The prize honors innovative nursing programs and practices within ANCC Magnet® recognized organizations. University Hospital and Ross Heart Hospital will use the $75,000 purse to further develop their winning proposal – a novel IV insulin therapy protocol for COVID-19 patients in the medical intensive care unit (MICU).

As the COVID-19 pandemic intensified in early 2020, MICU nurses needed a way to administer glucose safely and effectively to their COVID-19 patients with hyperglycemia. A multidisciplinary, nurse-led team developed a hybrid system that combined continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) with external IV infusion, which allowed insulin to be dispensed from outside the room. The team then created a program to teach every MICU nurse to apply, assess, and maintain CGM as the standard of care for their COVID-19 patients.

“It is truly a testament to our profession that despite the challenges we all face with the COVID- 19 pandemic, we are able to remain resilient and create innovative solutions to enhance the care for our patients,” said Jacalyn Buck, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAONL, Health System Chief Nursing Officer, University Hospital and Ross Heart Hospital. This groundbreaking innovation designed by my team at the University Hospital and Ross Heart Hospital has made a lasting impact on the care for COVID-19 patients with hyperglycemia and will continue to improve care for many more.”

Combining CGM and IV pump externalization not only benefited patients, but also protected nurses by limiting their risk of exposure and conserving critical personal protective equipment. It transformed how MICU nurses obtain and evaluate glucose and improved glycemic control for more than 100 critically ill COVID-19 patients. Outcomes included reducing the frequency of point-of-care testing by 71%. Nurse leaders have shared their experience and implementation strategies with health systems throughout the nation.

“Even as technology takes on a larger role in healthcare, especially over the past 20 months, nursing skills are more vital than they were before. Nurses are the faces patients see as they walk into a practice or hospital, and nurses are there during the difficult moments for patients and their families,” said Dr. Eva Karp, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Safety Officer, Cerner. “Cerner congratulates University Hospital and Ross Heart Hospital for their innovative approaches and nursing excellence.”

“Nurses are highly-skilled, natural innovators and the resourcefulness of these MICU nurses in the face of COVID-19 challenges shows just how much their ideas and creativity enhanced patient care,” said Rebecca Graystone, MS, MBA, RN, NE-BC, Vice President, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® and the Pathway to Excellence® Program. “University Hospital and Ross Heart Hospital’s nurse-centric approach highlights the vision inherent in Magnet organizations to continually raise the bar and break the mold of traditional glycemic management. "


About the American Nurses Credentialing Center
The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, is to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC recognizes health care organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits health care organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education and accredits transition-to-practice programs that prepare nurses for new practice roles. For more information about ANCC, visit us at and follow us on Twitter. ANCC is the only nurse credentialing organization to successfully achieve ISO 9001: 2015 certification.

About the Magnet Recognition Program®
The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on the Magnet® designation as the ultimate credential for high-quality nursing. Developed by ANCC, Magnet is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.

About the ANCC Magnet Prize®
The ANCC Board of Directors established the Magnet Prize to encourage the pursuit of excellence. The prize recognizes organizations with unique programs where innovative action transforms nursing practice. The interventions and outcomes benefit the nursing profession as a whole and have direct impact on patients in various settings. This award serves as a means for acknowledging peak performance within credentialed Magnet® organizations and is the highest organizational honor ANCC bestows within the Magnet community. Cerner has sponsored the award since 2007.


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