Madison (WKOW) -- from Dept. of Veteran's Affairs: The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital of Madison has received one of the ten 2008 U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Nursing Services Innovation Awards according to Deborah A. Thompson, Director.
Their innovation submission entitled "Patient Centered Shift Handoff" was named one of the "best of the best" national entries by Cathy Rick, VA's National Chief Nursing Officer.
This award recognizes an outstanding group of individuals for their commitment to innovation and quality patient care.
Ms. Rick will be in Madison on October 2nd and 3rd to do just that.
The Madison VA Hospital nurses identified a need for improved communication between staff and patients on medical and surgical units.
Evidence guided the development of this handoff process, which highlights their nursing autonomy and commitment to patient-driven care.
The patient-centered handoff process involves the patient; improves patient safety; satisfies patients; and makes nurses accountable for their professional practice.
Team members worked to develop and implement the handoff process with staff on their respective units.
The team will be formally recognized during the annual VA Nursing Leadership Conference in 2009, where each team will present a poster of its award-winning innovation.