ETMC has earned the Nurse-FriendlyTM hospital designation of the Texas Nurses Association, a superior achievement certifying the hospital as having the ideal nursing practice environment. ETMC joins an elite group of 31 hospitals in the state who have earned the three-year designation.
"This prestigious award comes only to organizations that are truly committed to their nurses and have processes in place to support and promote professional growth of their nurses," said Cherie Murphy, RN, ETMC vice president of patient services. "However, we measure our success by how our efforts improve the quality of life for people in East Texas."
The Nurse-Friendly designation indicates that 12 essential criteria of the ideal practice environment - as defined by nurses and research - are present in the facility's practices, policies and culture. Key to the comprehensive review process, the hospital's nurses verify through confidential survey that the facility is committed to nurses, and values their contributions in its overall pursuit of safe, quality patient care.
According to the Texas Nurses Association, the Nurse-Friendly designation program was introduced in response to evidence-based research that correlated direct nursing care to positive patient outcomes.
"Nurses at Nurse-Friendly designated facilities serve as advocates to promote patient safety and advance the practice of nursing," said Murphy. "Where nurses are involved at all levels of decision-making, patients receive the best care."
Nurse-Friendly is a certification mark of Texas Nurses Association.
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