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Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Wins National Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality

Published January 26, 2012
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Wins National Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality
Stephanie Campbell, R.N. (left), with Marie Spencer, Ph.D., R.N., C.R.R.N., chief nursing officer (far right), pose with a patient after discussing ways to reduce his risk of falling during his rehabilitation at Burke.The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital was honored with the 2011 NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality by the American Nurses Association (ANA) on Jan. 26, during the 6th Annual Nursing Quality Conference in Las Vegas.
Out of more than 1,800 hospitals that report to the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI), Burke was selected as one of six top performing hospitals and was recognized for its achievement in the Rehabilitation Hospital category. Along with demonstrating excellence in NDNQI nursing performance measures, the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital increased its percentage of registered nurses with national certification in rehabilitation from 8 percent to 56 percent between 2004 and 2011.

According to Marie Spencer, Ph.D., R.N., C.R.R.N., Burke’s chief nursing officer, “this award recognizes Burke’s on-going and long-standing commitment to nursing excellence and quality. We are both happy and proud of this prestigious accomplishment because it demonstrates Burke’s commitment to patient care and process improvement.”

The winners were selected based on the nursing performance measures they collected and reported for four consecutive quarters to NDNQI—the only national database of nursing quality indicators—demonstrating sustained improvement. The data was analyzed on measures indicating the structure of nursing care, such as nursing care hours and skill mix; processes of nursing care, such as steps taken to prevent pressure ulcers and falls; and patient outcomes, such as hospital-acquired infections.

Each unit was assessed only in comparison to other units of the same type. With one of every three hospitals nationwide reporting to the database, ANA was able to make side-by-side comparisons of similar nursing units at different hospitals. The scores were then averaged across units in each hospital to yield a hospital score. The highest ranking hospital in each category—Academic Medical Center, Teaching Hospital, Community Hospital, Psychiatric Hospital, Pediatric Hospital and Rehabilitation Hospital—received the award.

“Burke Rehabilitation Hospital recognizes the importance of basing its nursing care strategies on data showing what produces the best results for patients,” said ANA President Karen A. Daley, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., F.A.A.N. “By winning the NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital demonstrates it is committed to continuous improvement, outstanding teamwork, effective leadership and evidence-based practices.”

The other winners include:
• Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ – Academic Medical Center;
• Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City, Ind. – Community Hospital;
• Poudre Valley Hospital, Fort Collins, Colo. – Teaching Hospital;
• Shriners Hospital for Children-Chicago, Chicago – Pediatric Hospital; and
• Linden Oaks Hospital, Naperville, Ill. – Psychiatric Hospital.

The NDNQI was established in 1998. It provides links between patient outcomes and the quality of nursing services, and can also indicate connections between patient outcomes and nurse staffing levels, education and skill. It also measures nurse satisfaction through a work environment survey.