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Nursing Quality Initiatives

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VA Partners With You for Career Success

VA has a number of training, leadership and recognition programs in place to help develop you professionally. From monthly calls to share best practices across the network to leadership programs and safety initiatives, VA provides you with the programs and support you need to make the most of your VA career. Learn more about initiatives here: Occupation Descriptions

Magnet® Recognition

VA is supporting the achievement of Magnet® designation at all VA facilities. The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes quality patient care and nursing excellence, providing customers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care they can expect to receive. Monthly conference calls across VA are conducted to share best practices, and a Magnet designation toolkit is available to assist local facilities.

Clinical Nurse Leader Program

The Department of Veterans Affairs is at the forefront of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) movement. At VA, CNL's serve as the point person on patient care teams, and are leaders in the health care delivery system across all VA settings. This revolutionary role is providing an increasingly positive impact on patient care outcomes, and professional career satisfaction for many staff nurses. And in an effort to strengthen our support of the program, VA also supports nurses pursuing advanced degrees in this specialty by offering scholarship opportunities.

VA Nursing: Patient Safety Initiatives

Magnet® Recognition:

VA has embraced Magnet principles across all sites of care and is supporting the achievement of Magnet designation at all VA facilities

5 Million Lives Campaign:

This campaign consists of implementing multiple evidence-based practice initiatives including developing targeted nursing interventions to prevent pressure ulcers, implementing rapid response teams, as well as reducing ventilator associated pneumonia, blood borne infections due to central lines, and surgical site infections

ICU Pilot Project:

VA ICU clinicians and nurse executives are partnering with IT professionals to conduct a study that creates benchmarks for risk-adjusted mortality rates, and length of stay rates for ICU patients based on a three-year database. An early finding suggests better patient outcomes in units where evidence-based practice guidelines were utilized

Nothing Left Behind Program:

A VA interdisciplinary care team, along with the National Center for Patient Safety and the Surgical Strategic Health Care Group of Patient Care Services, works together to identify standardized protocols for methodical tracking of Operating Room materials to prevent retained foreign objects

Patient Safety Reporting System:

VA staff members are encouraged to report near miss and adverse events to help identify issues or processes that need to be addressed

VA Nursing Outcomes Database (VANOD):

This national database consists of clinically relevant, nursing-sensitive quality indicators to support strategic decision making through internal and external benchmarking for all care areas

Safe Patient Handling and Movement Program:

This is a top VA initiative that focuses on preventing musculoskeletal injuries to patient care staff members

Regular Work Weeks:

VA is committed to monitoring/preventing direct care RNs from working hours that exceed 12 consecutive hours in one shift or 60 hours in any 7-day period, except in the case of nurses providing emergency care
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