National Nurses Week is May 6-12. We adore our nurses, which made it very difficult to narrow the list of things we love about them to only ten.
1. They put patients first. Our nurses consistently put patients at the center of everything that is done here — every patient, every time.
2. They heal. They partner with our community and each other to provide innovative, compassionate and excellent patient-centered care.
3. They learn. Our nurses excel in educational achievement, with 79 percent of nurses holding a bachelor’s or masters’ in nursing and 41.7 percent of nurses earning certification in their specialty practice.
4. They are practitioners. 75% of nursing units are in the top quartile for preventing pressure ulcers and injury from falls.
5. They are community leaders. OHSU nurses are currently leading the work to develop a freestanding, in-patient psychiatric hospital.
6. They value integrity. They hold themselves to the highest ethical standards. Our Chief Nurse, Dana Bjarnason, contributed to the 2015 revised Nursing Code of Ethics.
7. They are scientists. In our fifth year of Nursing Fellowship and Evidence-Based Practice, six groups of nurses are conducting clinical inquiry projects to improve care in their areas.
8. They teach. Last year alone, our nurses precepted 600 nursing students from 18 different schools of nursing.
9. They seize opportunity. Staff nurse champions take the lead to improve glycemic care, pain management, skin care, and infection prevention, demonstrating peer leadership as they effectively change practice.
10. They volunteer. Many of our nurses travel for international medical mission trips across the globe.
Join us in saying thank you to all our nurses who provide excellent patient care every day.
Dana Bjarnason, PhD, RN, NE-BC
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, OHSU Healthcare
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, OHSU School of Nursing
Deborah Eldredge, PhD, RN
Director, Nursing Quality, Research, & Magnet Recognition
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