Address highlights VUMC Nursing’s achievements, progress

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Marilyn Dubree, MSN, RN, delivers the 2018 State of Nursing address in Light Hall. (photo by John Russell)Executive Chief Nursing Officer Marilyn Dubree, MSN, RN, recounted an epic year for Vanderbilt Nursing and looked ahead to a bright future in her 2018 State of Nursing address on May 22.
In just the last 12 months, Vanderbilt University Medical Center celebrated its third Magnet designation, installed new Epic clinical systems and completed a successful weeklong visit from The Joint Commission.
“We have had some amazing accomplishments this year,” Dubree said, recounting them in front of a full audience in Light Hall.
Throughout it all, VUMC was undergirded by its Strategic Compass — Design for Patients and Families; Discover, Learn and Share; Make Diversity and Inclusion Intentional; and Amplify Innovation. “In 2018, the organization will build on that with a revised strategic plan for nursing, which will be reviewed in groups and conversations starting soon,” Dubree said.
It was those strategic directions that guided Vanderbilt to receive its third Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) last July. The ANCC’s Magnet designation is the highest honor an organization can receive for the provision of nursing care and inter-professional collaboration. Only 475 U.S. hospitals — 7 percent of such facilities nationwide — have the distinction, and Vanderbilt has previously received it in 2006 and 2012. No other health system in Middle Tennessee has achieved Magnet designation.
“We are well on our way now for our fourth designation, and we look forward to that journey,” Dubree said.
Amid the work to demonstrate VUMC’s Magnet status, the organization switched to Epic clinical systems on Nov. 2, 2017. However, it was much more than a one-day operation. “It represented months of planning, training, testing and evaluation,” Dubree said, and work continues to optimize the system for staff and patients and families.
That work did not go unnoticed when The Joint Commission came for its …

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