Selected as one of only 68 hospitals in the nation to participate in a national study titled Transforming Care at the Bedside, Avera Sacred Heart nurses will focus on spending more time with patients at their bedside. "ASHH nurses are always striving to make positive differences for their patients, but now they will be taking this mission to another level," said Barbara Larson, vice president of Patient Care Services, and administrator of the project.
The two-year study is paid by a $1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and executed by the American Organization of Nurse Executives. Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls, are the only South Dakota hospitals participating in the project.
Hospitals participating in the program are challenged to develop models of care at the bedside that would result in improved quality of patient care and service, more effective care teams, improved staff satisfaction and retention, and greater efficiency. "All patients want the same thing � to receive safe, effective and compassionate care," said Larson. "This project will help empower staff to come up with new concepts, evaluate our processes and outcomes, and make appropriate changes that will benefit patients."
Larson said that the hospital staff was very pleased to be on the leading edge of defining what health care delivery will be in the next decade. "It is an honor to be chosen to participate in this innovative program, which has the potential to change and improve the relationship between nurses and other caregivers and their patients."�
Transforming Care at the Bedside will be implemented in the medical and surgical units at Avera Sacred Heart and Larson said all positive changes will be shared with other Avera facilities. "Transforming Care at the Bedside should serve as a learning laboratory for improving the delivery of care in other Avera medical and surgical units � where most of the inpatient care is delivered."