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Winter 2022

Clinical Center receives outstanding nursing quality award

Nurses celebrate award
Nursing staff circulated the crystal award to all of the hospital’s units and departments. Staff in the 3NW Immunotherapy, Medical and Surgical Oncology section are pictured here.
Image of NDNQI Award
The NIH Clinical Center was among six medical centers recognized with the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators award for Outstanding Nursing Quality.

The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center was among six medical centers recognized with the NDNQI (National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators) Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality for “elevating nursing excellence, and in turn, improving patient outcomes.”

The award was presented by the technology firm Press Ganey, which works with more than 41,000 health care facilities focused on improving the overall safety, quality and experience of care. According to Press Ganey, the NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality honors the best-performing academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, community hospitals, pediatric hospitals, psychiatric hospitals and international hospitals, based on an assessment of 17 areas of nursing measures.

Since the award was due to hard work throughout the hospital, it is circulating on a tour throughout the Clinical Center’s units and specialty areas so all staff have a chance to celebrate the achievement and take a photo with it.

The NDNQI was established by the American Nurses Association in 1998 and is a voluntary database of unit-specific quality indicators that are directly related to nursing care. These data connect the impact of nurse staffing ratios, direct patient care and quality outcomes.

The national database focuses on specific quality measures for hospitals and medical centers and includes six criteria focused on nursing staff:

  • Nursing hours per patient day
  • Registered Nurse education/certification
  • Nursing staff skill mix
  • Nurse turnover rates
  • Nursing care hours in emergency departments, perioperative units and perinatal units
  • Skill mix in emergency departments, perioperative units and perinatal units

“We are honored to be recognized for the commitment and dedication to patient safety and excellent patient care demonstrated every day by our clinical research nurses and interprofessional colleagues. This is a significant achievement for Clinical Center and IC staff members,” said Dr. Barbara Jordan acting chief nursing officer for the hospital.

“Now more than ever, it is important to acknowledge and celebrate the strength and resiliency of these dynamic health systems across the nation who, despite facing enormous challenges, have continued to provide their communities with safe and exceptional care,” said Patrick T. Ryan, the chairman and chief executive officer of Press Ganey.

Review full list of 2021 NDNQI award winners.

- Donovan Kuehn

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