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Contributions of Professional Nursing

Professional Contributions Influenced by the VPH Nursing Team

The pursuit of better quality and safety is happening every day. Here are examples of our progress:

Transformational Leadership


  • Developed a safe and supportive discharge process for individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Advocated for a full-time Chaplain position to address patient and staffs’ individual spiritual needs
  • Implemented a Learning Center that offers technology and space for staff professional development
  • Prepared staff to be nurse leaders of the future

Structural Empowerment

VPH-Nursing Staff 2

  • Acquired a video monitoring device system to prevent patients from falling during their hospital stay
  • Promoted advanced education, achieving and sustaining ≥ 80% of RNs with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree
  • Implemented specialty training and education for physicians and RNs to recognize and quickly treat pregnant patients with severely elevated blood pressure
  • Designed a laboratory testing protocol to decrease the time patients with chest pain spend in the Emergency Department

Exemplary Professional Practice


  • Outscored others across the nation in the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) nursing engagement categories for 3 consecutive years
  • Adopted best practices to lower the rates of bloodstream infections for compromised patients
  • Implemented a nurse-driven process to reduce pain associated with IV potassium infusions
  • Designed and implemented a peer and self-professional performance feedback process completed annually

New Knowledge, Innovations, and Improvements


  • Gained insight through research, about the diversity of patients’ perceptions of compassionate care to influence nurses’ assessment and approach to individuals in their primary language (English, Spanish, & Armenian)
  • Collaborated with pharmacists on the development of a successful drug diversion program
  • Advocated for new products to protect patients’ skin from moisture related injuries
  • Implemented technology to verify medical equipment placement thereby preventing patients from exposure to unnecessary radiation