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AUSTIN, TX (June 3, 2009) Seton Family of Hospitals is pleased to announce Joyce Batcheller, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow Alumna, Senior Vice President and System Chief Nursing Officer of the Seton Family of Hospitals, has been selected for the Fellowship to the American Academy of Nursing (AAN).


Batcheller, who has been with Seton since 1994, was nominated for this honor by two current Academy Fellows and was selected by the Academy's 15-member Fellow Selection Committee for her outstanding achievements in the nursing profession.

'I am so gratified by this honor,' Batcheller said. 'It represents a public acknowledgment of my long devotion to creating an environment where the collective inherent talent of frontline nurses is unleashed to improve patient outcomes and achieve excellence in care.'

In 1995, Batcheller led the development of a shared governance structure for the Seton Family of Hospitals, the largest integrated hospital system in Central Texas. The governance model has empowered and developed nurse leaders at all levels. Frontline nurses collaborate with colleagues to standardize evidence-based best practices across 10 hospitals and 13 ambulatory sites. Under Batcheller's leadership, four Seton hospitals are designated Magnet and an additional three earned Pathway to Excellence status, both designations of the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Batcheller led strategic planning for the spread of Transforming Care at the Bedside from a Robert Wood Johnson/Institute for Healthcare Improvement project pilot site at Seton to all 15 Seton medical/surgical units across eight hospitals. TCAB has resulted in practice efficiencies, decreased work intensity, improved nurse retention and nurse time at the bedside increasing from 25 percent to more than 60 percent.

Most recently, a Nursing Business Intelligence system and an RN Residency program were implemented. Vacancy and turnover rates have plummeted from double digits to single digits with these improvements.

Batcheller was invited by the Academy to join the elite group of approximately 1,500 fellows who include association executives; university presidents, chancellors and deans; state and federal political appointees; hospital executives; consultants; researchers; and entrepreneurs. Seventy percent of fellows are from academia; 30 percent are from the practice sector.

The Academy is constituted to anticipate national and international trends in health care and address resulting issues of healthcare knowledge and policy. Not only is the invitation to Fellowship recognition of one's accomplishments within the nursing profession, but also it affords an opportunity to work with other leaders in health care in addressing the issues of the day. The Academy's mission is to serve the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis and dissemination of nursing knowledge.

Along with 98 nurse leaders, Batcheller will be inducted into the AAN as one of the 2009 new Fellows during the Academy's 36th-Annual Meeting and Conference on November 7 in Atlanta.

Batcheller received a diploma in Nursing from Hartford Hospital School of Nursing in Connecticut, followed by a BSN and MSN from The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio School of Nursing. In 2008, she completed the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship and, in May 2010, will earn a doctorate of Nursing Practice from the Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing, Texas Tech University Health Sciences.

About the Seton Family of Hospitals

The Seton Family of Hospitals is the leading provider of healthcare services in Central Texas with 24 clinical locations throughout the region. The Seton Family of Hospitals includes the only Heart Transplant Center in Central Texas; the busiest Level II Trauma Center in the state; and the first two Designated Stroke Centers in Texas to receive a Gold Seal of Approval by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The Seton Family of Hospitals has been awarded four Magnet Designations, the highest award for nursing excellence given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC is an independent subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, the nation's largest organization of nursing professionals. In FY 2007, Seton, a member of Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit health network in the nation, provided more than $282 million in charity and community benefit to Central Texans.

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image Seton is proud to have four hospitals – the only hospitals in Central Texas - that have earned the Magnet designation, the highest award for nursing excellence given by the American Nurses Association.