at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus

A Greeting From Our Nursing Leadership

In April, 2018, our nursing staff completed a nursing excellence engagement survey which is a requirement for Magnet designation. The survey focused on the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) nursing excellence category performance on: RN to RN teamwork and collaboration, professional development, leadership access and responsiveness category, inter-professional relationship, fundamentals of quality nursing care, autonomy of practice, and adequacy of resources and staffing. MMCSC’s nursing scores for each category of performance were higher than the national average. RN to RN teamwork and collaboration garnered the highest score of 4.37 (vs. the national average of 4.27), followed by Fundamentals of quality nursing care (4.20), and leadership access and responsiveness (4.17). The leadership access and responsiveness was statistically significant which showed +0.27 above national average. This made MMCSC nursing engagement number one in the RWJBarnabas Health from among all the acute care hospitals in the system. MMCSC Nurses, YOU must be proud!

This is the very reason why we are in our Magnet Designation journey. MMSCS nurses definitely deserve this nursing excellence recognition. Nursing excellence is an ongoing quest. It takes transformational leadership and staff that are engaged in continuous performance improvement on quality, patient safety and patient experience. But most importantly it is driven by our core foundational mission, vision, philosophy of care and our values that we all live by every day.

Why is it important for us to live the values that drive our nursing practice? A value in this context is defined as a person’s principles or standards of behavior that serve as broad guidelines in all situations that the person encounters. The values are exemplified in our daily practice of nursing, and in caring for our patients and their families. These values are consistent to Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring that evolves from the following: holistic approach to care, compassionate caring, practicing with integrity and accountability, respectful and constructive communication, valuing on-going professional development and advancement, and monitoring the effectiveness of our practice through evidence based research to enhance the quality of patient care.

The year 2019 has been going well, and we will continue to focus on our strategic plan to ensure we are meeting our patient care quality, safety and patient experience goal, as well as our professional development and advancement goals. Keep it up and continue the great work you are all doing!

Judy Colorado

Judy Colorado, RN, BSN, MA, NE-BC
Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services
Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
Lakewood, NJ

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