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RWJ Wins ANA Award for Clinical Excellence

January 26, 2012

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ) today was named a winner of the American Nurses Association’s 2011 Outstanding Nursing Quality Award.  This award recognizes top performers within nursing based on a rigorous analysis of achievement in patient outcomes and a positive work environment for nurses.

RWJ participated in the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators® (NDNQI®), the nation’s most comprehensive database of nursing performance measures.  It is one of only six hospitals – and the only one in New Jersey - receiving national honors today at the ANA Nursing Quality Conference in Las Vegas for achieving outstanding nursing quality.
“RWJ recognizes the importance of basing its nursing care strategies on data showing what produces the best results for patients,” said ANA President Karen A. Daley, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N. “By winning the NDNQI Award, RWJ demonstrates it is committed to continuous improvement, outstanding teamwork, effective leadership and evidence-based practices.”

RWJ was identified as a 2011 NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality® from among more than 1,800 hospitals - about one-third of all U.S. hospitals - that report results to the database.
“Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital nurses constantly strive to improve their practice, including patient safety and the quality of patient care, to ensure good outcomes.  I congratulate our tremendous nursing staff for earning this distinction,” said Terri Veneziano, interim chief nursing officer for RWJ.
The award-winners demonstrated superior results and sustained improvement in patient outcomes that are tied to the quality of nursing services and nurse work environment factors.
NDNQI, a program of ANA’s National Center for Nursing Quality®, tracks a broad range of outcomes that indicate the quality of nursing services, such as hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, patient falls and infections. It also establishes links between patient outcomes and nurse staffing characteristics, such as nursing care hours, education level, certification, and turnover. NDNQI allows nursing units to compare their performance to similar units at hospitals on the community, regional and national levels, and use data to set benchmarks for excellence.
About the American Nurses Association (ANA)
The ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ.  Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ( 

As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties.  The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report three times. In addition, RWJUH was named among the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine and received the Equity Care of Award as Top Hospital for Healthcare Diversity and Inclusion from the American Hospital Association.

Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.

The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center.  The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.