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SILVER SPRING, MD —The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) announced today that St. Joseph's University Medical Center in Paterson, NJ, received the 2022 ANCC Magnet Prize®. The award, sponsored by Oracle Cerner, was presented at the 2022 co-located ANCC National Magnet Conference® and ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference® in Philadelphia.
The ANCC Magnet Prize is presented to a Magnet® designated organization whose care delivery team initiative best represents exemplary achievements in patient care services, including initiatives in healthcare delivery and research leading to innovations that result in positive outcomes. St. Joseph's University Medical Center will use the $75,000 award to further develop its innovative program, Tunnel Vision: APN-driven Innovations in Vascular Access—a novel way to provide bedside ultrasound guided vascular access on critically ill pediatric and adult patients.
The medical center’s vascular access nursing team sought to improve the comfort and safety of long-term IV access for vulnerable patients, including high-risk neonates, children with sickle cell disease, and adults with end-stage renal disease, cancer, and long-haul COVID-19. Led by an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), the team developed an ultrasound-guided vascular access program delivered at the bedside. Performing insertions with guided ultrasound saves patients the pain of multiple needle sticks or incisions. Conducting these procedures at the bedside reduces the need to transfer patients to Interventional Radiology.
“Bedside subcutaneous tunneling (ST) has transformed the vascular access possibilities for acute, critical and chronically ill patients—from micro-preemies to adults,” said Kevin P. Browne DNP, RN, CCRN-K, Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Executive, St. Joseph's Health. “The benefits have exceeded expectations and provided our patients with a favorable patient experience and positive patient outcomes.”
In developing the program, the team sought interprofessional collaboration. Infectious disease physicians, critical care intensivists, nursing staff, and transition-of-care teams provided input for adult patients. Neonatologists and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nursing staff partnered to create the subcutaneous femoral catheter for tiny neonates. Direct care nurses work so closely with the vascular access team that they often suggest the best options to meet each patient’s needs.
Bedside ST has resulted in a number of patient care improvements, such as eliminating infection risk from catheters and the first non-central catheter to provide uninterrupted therapy for palliative care patients. The program has saved the hospital money in staffing and resources, including the need for procedure rooms and surgeons. This advanced vascular access model can be replicated at hospitals around the world.
“As technology takes on a larger role in health care, nursing skills are even more vital. Nurses are often the first face seen by patients as they walk into a practice or hospital, and nurses provide key support during the difficult moments for patients and their families,” said Liz Harvey, chief nursing officer, Oracle Cerner. “Oracle Cerner congratulates St. Joseph's University Medical Center for their innovative approaches and nursing excellence.”
“St. Joseph’s University Medical Center’s vascular access nursing team exemplifies how nurses rise to the challenge in Magnet organizations by asking ‘How can we make this work for the patient?’” said Rebecca Graystone, MS, MBA, RN, NE-BC, Vice President, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® and the Pathway to Excellence® Program. “The team’s tenacity and ingenuity has revolutionized long-term IV access for patients from the NICU to the ICU, and improved care nationwide.”
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 nursingworld.org/ANCC 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 in which 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 recognition serves as a means for acknowledging peak performance within credentialed Magnet® organizations and is the highest organizational honor ANCC bestows within the Magnet community. Oracle Cerner has sponsored the award since 2007.