We Influence The Johns Hopkins Hospital Professional Practice Model for Nursing
What does it mean to be a nurse at The Johns Hopkins Hospital? It means working collaboratively with colleagues across departments, specialties and roles to improve care and patient outcomes. Nurses Gina Szymanski and MiKaela Olsen of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center saw an opportunity to cut down on patient wait time in the ambulatory oncology clinic. By partnering with pharmacy staff members, physicians and administrators to prepare as much as they could in advance of a patient’s visit — from checking lab results to reviewing chemotherapy orders to conducting a pre-appointment phone call with the patient — they were able to cut chemotherapy treatment wait times in half. This is just one way Johns Hopkins nurses are working across the hospital to influence how patient care is delivered.