January 22, 2010- The American Nurses Association (ANA), the largest nursing organization in the United States, has recognized The Johns Hopkins Hospital for consistently yielding outstanding patient outcomes that are tied directly to the high quality of nursing care. Other hospitals receiving the award include:

• Poudre Valley Hospital, Fort Collins, Colo. – Teaching Hospital (three-time winner)
• Columbus Regional Hospital, Columbus, Ind. – Community Hospital
• Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, Ind. – Pediatric Hospital
• Moss Rehab, Elkins Park, Pa. – Rehabilitation Hospital
• Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic of UPMC, Pittsburgh, Pa. – Psychiatric Hospital
Karen Haller, Johns Hopkins Vice President for Nursing and Patient Care Services, said “we are all very gratified that the ANA recognized the commitment of Hopkins’ nurses to quality improvement; and the results achieved in such areas as reducing patient injuries from falls, eliminating hospital-acquired infections, and preventing pressure ulcers.”

Patty Dawson, M.S.N., R.N., Magnet Program and Clinical Outcomes Coordinator for Hopkins, noted that “as health care becomes more complex and technical, Hopkins nursing philosophy has remained the same. Hopkins nurses strive to deliver the highest quality of care, using the best evidence and latest data to make improvements at the patient’s bedside.”
The award-winning hospitals are among the more than 1,500 hospitals — one in every four nationwide — that participate in ANA’s unique National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI), which allows individual nursing units to compare their performance to similar units at other hospitals regionally, statewide, and nationwide.
According to the ANA, the award winners demonstrated superior patient outcomes and high nurse job satisfaction on the 18 nursing-sensitive performance indicators tracked by NDNQI, such as hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, patient falls with injury, infections acquired as a result of hospitalization and nurse turnover.
“The Johns Hopkins Hospital exemplifies the commitment, leadership, data analysis and efficient use of resources that are needed by nursing executives and bedside nurses to produce the best possible patient outcomes,” says ANA President Rebecca M. Patton, M,S,N,, R,N,, C,N,O,R, “The NDNQI program is all about using evidence from the reporting of outcomes to improve nursing care practices, staffing and systems for care delivery, and The Johns Hopkins Hospital has achieved that at a high level.”
NDNQI was established in 1998 as part of ANA’s National Center for Nursing Quality (NCNQ) measurement services. In any given quarter, more than 12,000 nursing units are reporting performance data. This data can be used to determine links between patient outcomes and nurse staffing levels and skill mix, leading to more effective staffing plans. NDNQI also measures nurse satisfaction with their job and practice environment through surveys. NDNQI is managed by the University of Kansas School of Nursing under contract to ANA.
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