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Nursing Magnetism

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In 2003, The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Department of Nursing became the first and only hospital in Maryland—and today is one of only 286 of the nation’s 7,569 hospitals—to be awarded the prestigious Magnet Recognition status. The status, granted for four years by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, requires that an institution demonstrate 14 “forces of magnetism”-benchmarks for excellence in nursing practice. In preparation, Patty Dawson, the Hospital’s Magnet and quality outcomes coordinator says her team of Magnet “ambassadors” has spent more than a year culling 164 sources of evidence demonstrating their efforts to address key issues, like infection control. Now Nursing is gearing up for Magnet status redesignation. From April 14-16, five ANCC appraisers will conduct a site visit to verify, clarify and amplify the evidence of magnetism provided in a seven-volume written report submitted in October. Mock site visits on the units are also under way. “We’re ready,” says Dawson. “It’s a celebratory time and gives us a chance to share our nursing excellence and our contribution to patient care.”

Radiothon High

The 19th annual Mix 106.5 Radiothon for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center has raised a record $1.1 million during its four-day March marathon broadcast, bringing the total to date to more than $11.6 million. During the broadcast, patients and families shared stories of tragedy and triumph over medical adversity while caregivers attested to the everyday work that has earned Hopkins Children’s high marks.

Wall of Honor

Since 1999, the Hopkins Hospital’s organ donor memorial wall, located near the Wolfe St. entrance, has paid tribute to those who have chosen to donate organ and tissue upon their deaths. Every April, those extraordinary acts of generosity are recognized in a special “Honored for Life” ceremony. This year’s event, which honors donors from the Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview, will take place on April 10, at 7 p.m., in Hurd Hall. In addition to speakers from the Organ Donor Council, transplant recipients from the Comprehensive Transplant Center will present a panel of a “Gratitude Quilt.” Info: Debbi McRann, 410-502-1992.



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