Fifth Magnet Designation for Nursing

Cover-story-Jassman-family-(1).jpegBeloved wife and mother Jean Magnum spent her final days last spring being cared for in the Nancy and Skippy Weinstein Inpatient Hospice and Palliative Care Center. As her family faced this difficult and grief-filled passage, it was the nurses on Simon 3 who helped ease their patient’s transition and guided her loved ones through this most painful time. They kept Mrs. Magnum comfortable, with pain medication and cold compresses, while also dispensing kind words and healing touches to the family.

“The nurses were there for us every step of the way – they offered pure, genuine compassion,” says Jeff Jasmann, who is married to Mrs. Magnum’s daughter, Kristin. “The nurses on Simon 3 are special people doing incredible work. Their level of care was comforting and heart-warming.  They took the time to listen, showing they truly cared. My family is forever grateful.”

So grateful, in fact, that Mr. Jasmann recently donated $30,000 to the Weinstein Center, naming his mother-in-law’s hospital room with a plaque in her memory and in honor of the medical heroines that treated them all so well. The plaque, a surprise to his wife, was revealed recently at a celebration lunch with the nurses and medical staff to show the family’s gratitude.  
This experience marks only one example of the exemplary nursing attentiveness that happens around the clock, day after day, at Morristown Medical Center. Such compassionate nursing care is the cornerstone of the hospital’s recent designation as a Magnet® hospital for the fifth consecutive time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Magnet Recognition Program® honors healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.
“Magnet recognition is the highest and most prestigious nursing credential a healthcare organization can achieve,” says Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, president of Morristown Medical Center.  “Achieving it five times is quite an accomplishment. Less than one percent of all healthcare organizations have achieved this level of excellence.” Only 14 out of 482 Magnet-designated hospitals have achieved the honor five times.
The road to re-designation is a lengthy and rigorous process that measures more than 250 standards of patient care delivery and requires widespread participation from leadership and staff. For this go-around, the hospital raised its percentage from 64 to 73 for BSN credentialed nurses. The recent re-designation also lauded the hospital for nurses earning specialty designations and attending conferences that helped them improve their models of care.
Cover-story-Magnet_web.jpg“The bar is high when you are designated so many times,” says Carol Jones, RN, chief nursing officer. for Morristown Medical Center. “The Magnet appraisers look for areas of clinical excellence and the evidence is provided through data. Our two exemplars, for stroke and wound healing, came from outstanding clinical outcomes.” The hospital also received nods of approval from Magnet appraisers for its facility expansions, commitment to the patient experience and advancements in innovation and research. They were more than impressed with the new EPIC integrated medical record system that allows patient medical records to be viewed at the click of a button.
At Morristown Medical Center, the commitment to nursing innovation is exemplified through its donor-funded Center for Nursing Innovation and Research (CNIR), which opened last spring. Here, nurses design and conduct research to improve patient outcomes, explore evidenced-based practice and create innovations for nurses within Atlantic Health System and across the country. “Our nurses now have a place to innovate and develop new ideas,” says Mrs. Jones. “Thanks to the Foundation of Morristown Medical Center and the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center, we opened this dynamic center that is placing our nurses on the forefront of change.”
One such researcher is Deirdre Byrne, RN, BSN, a 15-year nursing veteran who wanted to develop a uniform method for cataloguing wounds when caring for her patients.  At the CNIR, her idea to develop a photography device to standardize wound care descriptions launched a three-month pilot study using the new device and process. More than 100 photographs later, her evidence-based results showed a 75 percent reduction in pressure injuries for patients with mobility and dietary issues. Now in its fifth ideation, her invention is on the path to a patent. “This little evidence-based research project coming from a bedside nurse is now affecting not only the whole hospital at Morristown, but other hospitals nationwide,” says Ms. Byrne.
Who would know better how to solve patient challenges than clinical nurses like Ms. Byrne who are in the trenches every day noticing medical situations that can be improved upon? It’s at the core of achieving the highest marks for improving patient outcomes and the cornerstone of our Magnet success, times five – and counting.

Pictured above: Standing far left: Nurse Manager Kim Belton and seated (L-R) Sidneia Shariff, Weinstein Center Director Dr. Brenda Matti-Orozco, Director of Nursing Brandee Fetherman and Dr. Lori Kopperman, surrounded by the nursing staff.

Pictured top L-R: Mitchell Jassman, Jeff Jassman, Kristin Jassman and Carl Mangum

Pictured center L-R: Director of Nursing Brandee Fetherman, Nurse Manager Wendy Silverstein, Chief Nursing Officer Carol Jones, Nurse Educator Kathleen Vnenchak, President Morristown Medical Center Trish O’Keefe

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