As we prepare for fall the next academic season, I hope you have had a chance to break away and recharge yourself this summer. I want to congratulate this year’s graduates.  Your hard work and perseverance has paid off.  For those of you returning to school, I wish you the best of luck.

Over the summer, the Department of Medicine successfully implemented two new programs: the TeleSitter system and the Quiet Hours initiative. I am pleased to report that both of these initiatives have successfully improved our clinical environment. In fact, the TeleSitter system was able to reduce our fall rate and the quietness at night improved our HCHAP scores.

As we move forward into the academic year, I suspect we will see more evidence-based practice initiatives by our nursing colleagues. I encourage you to participate in these evidence-based practice (EBP) initiatives. Participating in the EBP process is a great way to improve your clinical environment and make a direct impact for your patients.

Happy Labor Day!

-Ron

 

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