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Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario recognizes GRH for dedication to best nursing care practices
May 4 2012

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Just prior to Nursing Week, nurses at Grand River Hospital are celebrating a provincial designation that recognizes both their dedication to excellence in patient care and their efforts to bring the latest evidence and research to nursing.

GRH has achieved the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s best practice spotlight organization (BPSO) designation after a three-year effort. The designation recognizes the hospital’s work to put in place the latest evidence-based practices to ensure the highest quality nursing care for patients and families.

"Nurses are the life blood of our hospital and we are very pleased with the extra work and effort they have taken to earn this very prestigious designation. We are very proud of our nursing staff and their continuous efforts to make the care at Grand River the best it can be," said D’Arcy Delamere, chair of the GRH Board. “The BPSO designation is important to ensuring our patients and families understand that the nursing care they receive at GRH is of the highest quality, along with our dedication to compassionate care.”

“Grand River Hospital was selected among many other applicants to implement multiple clinical best practice guidelines developed by RNAO, and we know it will stand as a shining star,” says Doris Grinspun, RNAO’s chief executive officer. “We’re confident that these evidence-based tools are supporting GRH’s nurses to provide the highest quality care and improve patients’ health outcomes and satisfaction.”

GRH has put in place 14 new best practice guidelines in nursing across the hospital. These guidelines bring the latest evidence in patient care into day-to-day nursing practice, helping improve outcomes, quality of care and comfort for patients and families.

“Our communities are fortunate to have such dedicated nurses and nursing leaders focused on providing the highest quality of care, and consistently adopting new practices. I want to congratulate the nursing staff at Grand River Hospital for achieving the BPSO designation, and wish them all the best in their on-going journey to adopt new standards of care,” said John Milloy, Minister of Community and Social Services and Member of the Provincial Parliament for Kitchener Centre.

To date, GRH has implemented the following guidelines:
  • Falls prevention;
  • Care giving strategies for older adults with dementia, delirium or depression;
  • Steps to manage suicide risks for patients;
  • Embracing cultural competence;
  • Assessment and device selection for vascular access;
  • Workplace health and safety;
  • Nursing care of Dyspnea;
  • Professionalism in nursing;
  • Assessment/management of pain;
  • Developing and sustaining effective workload and staffing practices;
  • Screening for delirium and depression;
  • Establishing therapeutic relationships;
  • Reducing foot complications for people with diabetes; and
  • Smoking cessation.

Initiatives such as the falls prevention guideline provide an organization-wide checklist of steps to minimize the chance of falls within the hospital, offer education to patients on how they can manage the risk of a fall at home and link patients to community care resources to help manage their health needs on an on-going basis.

“GRH intends to continue implementing additional BPSO guidelines,” said Sue Robertson, GRH’s vice president of clinical services and chief nursing officer. “The RNAO has 47 guidelines which designated organizations implement depending on their specific clinical priorities. We intend to keep implementing those guidelines as part of our on-going commitment to improving patient care.”

For more information, please contact:
Mark Karjaluoto, Director of Communications
Office: (519) 749-4300 extension 2788
Pager: (519) 244-3088
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