Geisinger Earns Honors For Nursing Excellence
Patients at Geisinger’s two Luzerne County hospitals can rest assured their nursing care is on par with some of the top health care centers in the country, based on some recognition they received this week.
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Twp. and Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre achieved Magnet Recognition on Wednesday as a reflection of their nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care, Geisinger announced Thursday.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.
According to Geisinger, research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as:
• Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information.
• Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure-to-rescue rates.
• Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
• Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.
The credential puts the two hospitals in the ranks of just 484 U.S. health care organizations out of more than 6,200 U.S. hospitals.
“This designation has affirmed the excellent care that is delivered to our patients each day at Geisinger Wyoming Valley and Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre,” Geisinger Northeast Chief Nursing Officer Angelo Venditti said in a news release.
The designation also recognizes Geisinger nurses for delivering unparalleled care, he said.
Venditti said the “intensive” designation process included submitting a 350-page application document with supporting evidence and a three-day visit by Magnet appraisers, whom he said were impressed by the hospitals’ “dedication to quality outcomes, interdisciplinary collaboration and the opportunities for professional growth and development.”
Director of Nursing Education Lindsey Ford said that during the Magnet site visit, “nurses showcased how they have a voice in their nursing practice and the initiatives to continually improve patient outcomes.”
Venditti said Magnet organizations experience higher nurse-recruitment success, employ a higher volume of certified nurses and foster better working environments.
In addition to helping the hospitals attract and retain more high-quality nurses, Benditti said he thinks the designation “is a real confidence booster for patients.”
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