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PATIENTS' STORIES

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“Every person treated me with much care and affection. I want to thank all the nurses for their care and kindness. Doctor was as good as the nurses! Doctor and nurses treated me like family. I hope no friend or family ever has to go to (Meadowlands) hospital but if they do – they will be in caring hands.”
— Mark S., Meadowlands Hospital Emergency Room Patient, January 2017

“The food was great and I had many channels on my tv. WiFi worked perfectly. I LOVED the nurses. They all genuinely cared and were always willing to listen to me. I honestly LOVE the nurses on the maternity ward. I really wish I was better with names because they were all exceptional!”
— Lillian D., Meadowlands Hospital HCAHPS/Postpartum Patient, December 2016

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Mobile Technology is a Win-Win for Meadowlands Nurses and Patients

By Kate ONeill, DNP, RN

National headlines are reporting something that most providers already knew - medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the US. Hospital acquired conditions, like catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI’s) are one of the most common adverse events in clinical practice. In the spring of 2016, Meadowland’s Hospital Department of Nursing, Nancy Brobeck, Dona Ortiz, and CEO Felicia Karsos embarked on a strategic improvement project with nurse Kate ONeill using mobile technology from iCareQuality. The ICU and Medical-Surgical nurses set out to improve frontline care delivery using the CDI Mobile Toolkit to reduce adverse events, and win the war on hospital infections.

The purpose of the project was threefold to: (1) increase nursing knowledge on CAUTI best practices; (2) improve staff engagement; and (3) increase adoption of mobile technology at the point of care. The quality improvement project was implemented over 10 weeks with 50 RN’s who participated in real-time learning and real-time clinical improvement. The CDI Mobile Toolkit is a staff engagement platform that offers just—in-time learning and gamification. Staff obtained points for various scholarly activities, such as papers, case studies, and quizzes. Overall, nursing staff were highly engaged and accrued reward points for gift cards. Top infection prevention champions were Tessie Cornelio, Alex Tanetov, and Josmaruri Tejeda who were recognized May 11, 2016 at nurse’s week celebration. By the close of the project, CAUTI knowledge increased by 20%; nurses collected over 3800 engagement points; and Foley Free Device Days increased by 300%. The nurses at Meadowlands demonstrated that clinical learning can happen anytime and anywhere when given the right tools. This project also showed that both nurses and patients can be winners when it comes to patient safety.