St. Joseph’s University Medical Center Wins 2022 ANCC Magnet Prize®, Sponsored by Oracle Cerner

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SILVER SPRING, MD -The American Nurse Certification Center (ANCC) today announced that St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, NJ has been awarded the 2022 ANCC Magnet Prize®. The award, sponsored by OracleCernerwas presented at the co-located ANCC 2022 National Conference® and the ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference® in Philadelphia.

The ANCC Magnet Award is given to a designated Magnet® organization whose care delivery team initiative best represents exemplary achievement in patient care services, including healthcare delivery initiatives and research. leading to innovations that translate into positive results. St. Joseph’s University Medical Center will use the $75,000 award to further develop its innovative program, Tunnel Vision: APN-Driven Innovations in Vascular Access– a new way to take blood samples from patients with chronic diseases.

The medical center’s vascular access nursing team sought to improve the comfort and safety of long-term IV access for vulnerable patients, including high-risk neonates, children with sickle cell anemia and adults with end-stage renal disease, cancer, and long-carrying COVID-19. Led by an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), the team developed an ultrasound-guided vascular access program delivered at the bedside. Performing insertions with guided ultrasound saves patients the pain of multiple needle sticks or incisions. Performing these procedures at the bedside reduces the need to transfer patients to interventional radiology.

“The bedside subcutaneous (ST) tunnel has transformed vascular access opportunities for patients with acute, critical, and chronic illnesses, from micro-preemies to adults,” said Kevin P. Browne DNP, RN , CCRN-K, Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, St. Joseph’s Health. “The benefits exceeded expectations and provided our patients with a favorable patient experience and positive patient outcomes.”

In developing the program, the team sought interprofessional collaboration. Infectious disease physicians, critical care intensivists, nurses, and care transition teams provided support for adult patients. Neonatologists and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurses teamed up to create the Subcutaneous Femoral Catheter for newborn toddlers. Direct care nurses work so closely with the vascular access team that they often suggest the best options to meet each patient’s needs.

Bedside ST has led to a number of patient care improvements, such as eliminating the risk of infection from catheters and the first non-central catheter to provide uninterrupted treatment to palliative care patients. The program saved the hospital money on staff and resources, including the need for procedure rooms and surgeons. This advanced vascular access model can be replicated in hospitals around the world.

“As technology plays a bigger role in healthcare, nursing skills are even more vital. Nurses are often the first face patients see when they walk into a practice or hospital, and nurses provide essential support during difficult times for patients and their families,” said Liz Harvey, Chief Nursing Officer at Oracle Cerner. “Oracle Cerner commends St. Joseph’s University Medical Center for its innovative approaches and excellence in nursing.”

“St. Joseph’s University Medical Center Vascular Access Nursing Team exemplifies how nurses rise to the challenge in Magnet organizations by asking, “How can we make this work for the patient?” said Rebecca Graystone, MS, MBA, RN, NE-BC, Vice President, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® and the Pathway to Excellence® Program “The tenacity and ingenuity of the team has revolutionized long-term intravenous access. term for patients, from NICU to ICU, and improved care nationwide.”


About the American Nurses Credentialing Center
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About the Magnetic Recognition Program®
The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, excellence in nursing care, and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on the Magnet® designation as the ultimate benchmark for high quality nursing care. Developed by the ANCC, Magnet is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.

About the ANCC Magnet Prize®
The ANCC Board of Directors created the Magnet Award to encourage the pursuit of excellence. The award recognizes organizations with unique programs in which innovative action transforms nursing practice. Interventions and outcomes benefit the nursing profession as a whole and have a direct impact on patients in a variety of settings. This recognition serves as a means of recognizing peak performance within accredited Magnet® organizations and is the highest organizational honor bestowed by the ANCC within the Magnet community. Oracle Cerner has sponsored the award since 2007.