Cook Children's

2016 Nursing Annual Report

Cheryl PetersenDear colleagues,
I am honored to present this year's Cook Children's Nursing Annual Report.

In early 2016, we welcomed Magnet appraisers and then achieved our third consecutive designation. Throughout the past twelve months we have hosted visits by multiple regulatory agencies and accrediting teams. We have filled our walls with awards and certificates; however, these honors only tell part of our story.

Our south tower expansion continues with our Emergency Department occupancy this past August. Next, our Perioperative Services department will move into state-of-the-art suites later this fall. With all of this exciting growth, nursing recruitment and retention is vital. We celebrate Cook Children's nursing commitment with strong nursing retention, favorable nursing engagement results and successful recruitment efforts.

Cook Children's Nursing continues to achieve outstanding patient outcomes as we implement evidenced-based practices and research and provide family-centered patient care. We have created a new nursing strategic plan with some of our goals highlighted in this report. I am confident that you will be inspired by this year's professional accomplishments – all carefully inspired by focusing on our patients and families. Each of us contributes to the spirit of nursing because we are Cook Children's!

At the heart of our care is an inspiring Promise to our community: "Knowing that every child's life is sacred, it is the Promise of Cook Children's to improve the health of every child in our region through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury."

We hope you enjoy our annual report.

Cheryl Petersen
Cheryl Petersen, MBA, BSN, RN
Vice-President and Chief Nursing Officer
Cook Children's Medical Center

Magnet® recognition

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Receiving Magnet® designation is one of the highest nursing honors. Our nurses have received this honor three consecutive times.

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Patient satistfaction

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Cook Children's Emergency Department created four new full-time positions to ease the admission process. How did they do it?

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Engaging families

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Involving families in their child's treatment is important. Find out how our nurses use bedside shift report to ensure families are part of their child’s health care team.

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Boot camp to discharge

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Unprepared or poorly trained caregivers for medically dependent children can result in poor patient outcomes, added caregiver stressors and increased financial strain on families and hospitals.

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A growing team

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What started as a small team of nurse practitioners has grown to include nearly 250 advanced practice providers. Learn how this group impacts the care we give our patients.

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Lowering risk

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Mood disorders were one of our most common readmission diagnoses. Learn how a change in our post-discharge care has decreased these readmissions and improved satisfaction surveys.

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Nursing recognition

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Nurses at Cook Children's can become their own conductor, navigating the exceptional care we provide to the children we serve. We appreciate all that our nurses do.

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Thank you

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Thank you for viewing our 2016 nursing annual report. As you can see, from staff empowerment to collaboration, we're all aboard. Check back often to see what's new in nursing at Cook Children's.