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April 1, 2014 > Washington HospitalÕs Reputation for Excellence Attracts Japanese Nurse Educators

Washington HospitalÕs Reputation for Excellence Attracts Japanese Nurse Educators

Washington Hospital has a growing reputation as community hospital that provides high quality patient care. As part of its focus on quality, it is committed to leading edge nursing education and support for the next generation of nurses at its facility and beyond. In its latest rankings, U.S. News and World Report named Washington Hospital the fourth best hospital in the Bay Area.

The Hospital is also known for its Magnet¨ status, the highest level of recognition a hospital can achieve for nursing excellence. Washington Hospital earned Magnet status recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in 2011. Less than 7 percent of U.S. hospitals have earned Magnet Recognition and Washington Hospital is one of only six in the Bay Area to do so.

The Hospital also has a longstanding tradition of sharing its knowledge and accomplishments with other providers to improve health care for all people, including those in other countries. Sharing best practices to benefit others is an important element of continuous quality improvement and an essential factor in the HospitalÕs role as a Magnet-designated hospital.

For these reasons, Washington Hospital didnÕt hesitate to say ÒyesÓ when a team of nurse educators from Japan recently requested a visit. The group was researching ways to build a learning support system that will effectively help new graduate nurses gain their clinical nursing skills. Washington Hospital was one of only two U.S. hospitals visited by the delegation.

The team of educators came from The Japanese Red Cross College of Nursing, among the top ten nursing schools in that country. The visitors were especially interested in coming to hospitals in or near Silicon Valley, because of its reputation as a hub for high tech innovation. E-learning is considered to be one of the key elements of the growing trend in advanced nursing education.

ÒWe were delighted to welcome the group to Washington Hospital,Ó said Katie Choy, R.N., the HospitalÕs nursing director for patient and staff education, who helped facilitate the visit and led the group on a tour of the facility. ÒBecause of our high quality of nursing education, Washington Hospital has become a solid resource that other institutions are seeking to emulate.Ó

The centerpiece of the tour was a visit to Washington HospitalÕs Richard M. Warren Skills Lab and patient simulation room, located next door to the Hospital in the Washington West building. The Lab includes patient rooms with patient simulators, which can be programmed to show signs and symptoms of nearly any condition or ailment based on instructions from a controller. Using the LabÕs technology, Washington HospitalÕs nurses and physicians hone their skills by simulating many important aspects of hands-on care in a hospital-like setting. The Lab is also available to nursing students from Ohlone College and California State University East Bay.

Washington Hospital is one of only a few hospitals in the Bay Area to have a skills and simulation lab for nursing education. The HospitalÕs comprehensive teaching program is supported by a highly trained staff of nurse educators.

ÒOne of the most helpful things for our Japanese visitors was to witness how we do nursing education in the U.S. and particularly here at Washington Hospital,Ó said Choy.

The visit was also seen as the beginning of an ongoing relationship with information sharing between Washington Hospital and health care providers in Japan.

ÒWe are so pleased and honored to have such an extraordinary opportunity,Ó said Tomoko Nishida, Ph.D., a lecturer at the College of Nursing, who participated in the visit. She included her comment in a post-visit thank-you letter to Washington Hospital CEO Nancy Farber. ÒWe will be in touch based on our long-term relationship.Ó

Washington HospitalÕs Choy commented: ÒThe most exciting aspect of this visit was opening the doors to international relationships. Based on the quality of nursing education at Washington Hospital, we are reaching out beyond our local community. In this way, we will continue to expand the resources we have to improve health care for all.Ó

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