Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2011). The Characteristics of this Organization Current Strengths - Current strengths of This Organization include multiple Joint Commission, disease specific certifications including spinal, vascular and orthopedic surgery, cardiology and stroke and the large number of staff and physicians to meet the needs of the community. It also provides many top rate services, that, in some cases are unique in the local market, or even regionally. Page 8
Essentials of Advanced Nursing Practice Another great strength is that is a private hospital, and, therefore, competitive with cost and offerings and is part of a huge parent company that is a good source of advice and new information as well as large pools of funding if needed. Perhaps one of the most important strengths is the reputation in the community. It is known locally as the heart hospital and, according to media reports and facebook followers, it is known for the kindness and compassion of nurses, administrators and staff as well as for competence. According to HCAHPS scores, nearly 80% (in contrast with around 70% at state and national levels) of patients said they would definitely recommend this hospital to someone else. Current Weaknesses - During this consultation, HCAHPS scores were directly evaluated for This Organization. While they generally scored well when compared to state and national averages, there were several areas for opportunity. One was that only 68% felt that their rooms and bathrooms were always clean, as compared to state and national averages of about 75%. Another was that fewer than the average number of people felt well-equipped to manage their condition when they got home. There are also some staff who report that patients are often not optimally compliant with the plan of care after discharge. These things appear to be related to appropriate communication with and teaching of patients and their families. Current Evidence-Based Practice Activities - The education department creates education initiatives within This Organization to encourage nursing staff to stay current in the latest in evidence-based practices. The current policies and procedures are current to national Page 9
Essentials of Advanced Nursing Practice standards and these national standards are reviewed on a set schedule to monitor for any changes and ensure that policies remain up to date with the latest Evidenced-Based Practice recommendations. One activity that is currently a priority in This Organization involves congestive heart failure. There is a great deal of best practice information available on left sided congestive heart failure, with new information still being provided regularly as it is made available. There is an evidence-based practice initiative to help tackle patient wellness and readmission rates which involves the core measure recommendations of specific testing like Pro-BNP levels and an echocardiogram, as well as an evidence-based beta blocker prescription and a significant patient
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