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Magnet® Recognition

Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital

Nursing accomplishments

At Baylor Scott & White Health, our nurses are dedicated to the care of a diverse community of patients. As members of our frontline care team, nurses take pride in seeking opportunities to provide a higher level of care. At Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas and Fort Worth, the nursing team collaborates with all clinical staff and medical staff to provide excellence in specialized cardiovascular care.

Our mission is to operate an integrated heart and vascular healthcare delivery system. Founded as a Christian ministry of healing, the Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital exists to serve the Dallas – Fort Worth areas and beyond by offering a continuum of quality service dedicated to quality care, patient safety, medical education, research, and community service.

Magnet® recognition was received for the third consecutive time; a testament to the continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® distinguished healthcare organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence and this credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice. 

The following information is specific to Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital. However, a comprehensive annual nursing report is available for Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Transformational leadership

 

Baylor Scott & White Health received the Bill Aston Award.

  • All-cause readmission rate of 8.3%
  • SIR of 0.00 for hospital onset C. diff infection
  • SIR of 0.00 for hospital onset MRSA bacteremia

Exemplary professional practice

 

In the fiscal year 2020, the nursing team achieved the following key metrics:

 

Additional awards & accolades

 
  • CMS 5-Star Rating
  • Top 10th percentile for all hospitals in the Magnet® Hospital Comparison Group pertaining to:
    • Percent of patient falls that were of moderate or greater injury severity
    • Percent of surveyed patients with hospital-acquired pressure injuries
    • Percent of surveyed patients with hospital acquired pressure injuries stage 2 and above
    • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections per 1,000 catheter days

ASPIRE plan/projects

Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital nursing team participates annually in ASPIRE projects. ASPIRE—short for Achieving Synergy in Practice through Impact, Relationships, and Evidence—empowers nurses to develop expertise in caring for specific patient populations. This is a voluntary program for staff RNS at the bedside, and a cash bonus may be awarded.

Some of the more recent ASPIRE projects include the following:

  • Would the implementation of a mock code system for nurses annually improve knowledge in real-life code scenarios as compared to nurses who have not been through mock code training? Leader: Jonathan Radcliffe, BSN, RN-BC, CCRN, FCCS, TNCC
  • Does implementing a mock code system improve knowledge and comfort in real-life code scenarios as compared to nurses who have not been through mock code training? Leader: Marlena Holt, BSN, RN-BC
  • Would a mock code improve knowledge in real-life scenarios as compared to nurses who have not been through mock code training? Leader: Meridith Smyly, BSN, RN-BC
  • Co-PI in Research Study: Medical Surgical Patients’ and Registered Nurses’ Satisfaction and Comprehensiveness of Patient Assessment of Pain Using the Clinically Aligned Pain Assessment Tool (CAPA). Leader: Ketnarly Estimon, BSN, RN
  • Co-PI in Research Study: Medical Surgical Patients’ and Registered Nurses’ Satisfaction and Comprehensiveness of Patient Assessment of Pain Using the Clinically Aligned Pain Assessment Tool (CAPA). Leader: Mary Vitullo, BSN, BA, RN-BC

Recent updates: knowledge, innovation and improvements

Several internships are offered to registered nurses who wish to excel in specific areas of expertise:

  • An 8 to 10-week Cardiovascular Essentials Internship offers classroom learning as well as clinical experience with a preceptor and provides the knowledge needed for cardiac telemetry
  • Critical Care Essentials Internships are provided for those who wish to excel in EKG interpretation; use of emergency drugs; emergency protocols; ABG interpretation and management; hemodynamic monitoring, including arterial, CVP, pulmonary artery, and cardiac output monitoring; mechanical ventilation management; lab interpretations; and medical ethics
  • Operating Room Internship is also offered regularly for 16 to 20 weeks and is based on AORN standards

The following are innovative research projects and process improvement projects:

  • A Retrospective Cohort, Pilot Study to Examine the Association between B-Type Natriuretic Peptide and Diuretic non-adherence in Adults with a < 30-day Heart Failure Hospital Readmission from 2014 to 2018
  • An investigation of the Mixed-Method Relationship Between Diuretic Medication Nonadherence and Brain-Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) or NT-proBNP (NBNP) among Adults with a 90-Day Heart Failure Hospital Readmission
  • Effects of Virtual Reality as a Non-Opioid Pain Management Intervention for Patients on Bedrest after Percutaneous Sheath Removal at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospitals in Dallas and Fort Worth Campuses
  • Medical Surgical Patients’ and Registered Nurses’ Satisfaction and Comprehensiveness of Patient Assessment of Pain Using the Clinically Aligned Pain Assessment Tool (CAPA©)
  • Moral Distress Moral Distress Among Nurses in a Cardiovascular Specialty Hospital in the Environment of a Pandemic: A Survey Study
  • The Impact of Educational Modality Used for Patient Education for Procedures Requiring Moderate Sedation

Shared governance

 

Shared governance occurs through several key committees led by nurses

 

Shared governance councils that have charters and meet regularly:

  • Electronic Health Record Council
  • Clinical Practice Council
  • Patient Education Council
  • Patient Experience Council
  • Professional Development Council
  • STARRS – Service, Training, Accountability, Recruitment, Retention and Satisfaction Council
  • BRAIN Council – Bridging Research and Innovation Council

Opportunities at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital

For open nursing positions, please check out our careers page

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