Embracing Innovation to Achieve Quality, Efficiency and Resilience
It is with great pleasure that I share with you the 2018 Ascension Texas Annual Nursing Report. Reading these stories has been a great source of inspiration for me and demonstrate how Ascension Texas nurses are innovating across the network to achieve quality, improve efficiency and build resilience.
Building resilience is especially important these days since we all know that nursing is a tough profession and has gotten even tougher in recent years. We are caring for patients who are sicker, but spending less time in the hospital. How do we continue to innovate to improve patient care, promote efficiency and retain the very best nurses? These are the questions that drive nursing leadership as we work to develop nursing’s two-year strategic plan.
More information on the strategic plan will be shared in the coming months, but as a sneak peak, here are some of our focus areas:
- Giving Voice to Bedside Nursing. How do we ensure that the voice of bedside nurses is consistently heard at the highest level of the organization?
- Improving Nurse Retention. What tools and resources do our bedside nurses need to succeed, stay and grow with our organization?
- Encouraging Educational Advancement. How do we break down barriers that prevent nurses from pursuing national certification? How can we build a mentoring program to help nurses choose the right educational path so they can stay and grow with Ascension Seton?
Thank you again for the warm and genuine welcome during my first few months as your Chief Nursing Officer. Rounding with you at the different sites confirmed what I believed when I accepted this new role: Ascension Texas nurses are in a class of their own—working as a team to deliver the highest quality, compassionate patient care.
Steven Brockman-Weber, DNP, RN, MS(HSA), NEA-BC, FACHE, CENP
Chief Nursing Officer, Ascension Texas