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May 11, 2012 > Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring

Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring

Washington Hospital Honors Its Nurses During National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week, celebrated May 6-12 each year, recognizes the contributions of nursing professionals across the country. During this time Washington Hospital Healthcare System pays special tribute to these health care professionals who serve as advocates, leaders, and caregivers in Washington Township Health Care District.

Not only do nurses at Washington Hospital treat patients, they also educate the community about various medical conditions and provide critical support to patients and their families. The professional nurse collaboratively directs the patient care and strives for quality outcomes.

A magnet for quality patient care professionals

Washington Hospital continues to be a magnet for top-notch quality nurses. All decisions and actions are based on the mission statement, which is Patient First Ethic.

To reinforce this dedication to high-quality nursing standards, Washington Hospital's leadership pursued Magnet Status Recognition, a prestigious designation for nursing excellence. This designation is awarded to only a small percentage of hospitals.

As a result of its efforts, Washington Hospital received Magnet Status last September. The Magnet Recognition Program(r) was developed by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC), an affiliate of the American Nurses Association, and recognition is granted only to hospitals that satisfy a set of criteria designed to measure the strength and quality of their nursing.

For a hospital to become a Magnet-recognized institution, it must demonstrate that:
* Nursing care delivers excellent patient outcomes
* Nurses have a high level of job satisfaction
* There is a low staff nurse turnover rate and appropriate grievance resolution
* Nursing is involved in data collection and decision-making in patient care delivery

A Magnet(r) designation is the highest level of recognition that a hospital can achieve for nursing excellence. Washington Hospital has also been recognized for demonstrating seven exemplary practice areas, ranging from its patient first ethic to a focus on staff education and training. At Washington Hospital, there are a large number of advanced degrees, which demonstrates our commitment to education and evidence-based practice leading to high quality patient care.

Ultimately, designation by the Magnet Recognition Program(r) means that the hospital provides a high level of health care. Displaying innovative practices, and teamwork. Washington Hospital is only the fifth hospital in the Bay Area and 24th in California to achieve this recognition. Only 6.7 percent of hospitals in the United States have earned this status.

Washington Hospital is proud to offer a comprehensive New Graduate Nurse Program through which new nursing graduates are provided with both hands-on and classroom simulation.

The program lasts between eight and ten weeks. During the preceptorship, an experienced nurse and the new graduate nurse work collaboratively to provide quality care, develop critical thinking skills and demonstrate clinical skills in the practice setting.

As leader, advocates, and caregivers, nurses at Washington Hospital provide high quality patient care every hour of every day.

Excellence in patient care

For more information about Washington Hospital's Magnet Status, visit and click on "Washington Hospital Earns Prestigious Magnet Status Designation."

To learn about nursing careers at Washington Hospital, visit and click on the "Careers" tab.

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