Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

RWJUH Earns 2nd Consecutive Outstanding Nursing Quality Award from American Nurses Association

Hospital Becomes First Academic Medical Center in the Nation to Receive Award Two Years in a Row

Thursday, February 07, 2013

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ) today was named a winner of the American Nurses Association’s 2012 Outstanding Nursing Quality Award for the second consecutive year. RWJ is the first academic medical center in the nation to receive the award two years in a row.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) recognized RWJ for its fall prevention efforts, which resulted in a 50 percent decrease of falls. RWJ’s fall prevention initiative involved staff “safety huddles” at the beginning of each shift to identify at-risk patients and to implement prevention strategies, such as bed alarms and risk mitigation during hourly nursing rounds.
The ANA also honored RWJ for its success in reducing central line infection rates. In addition, RWJ scored within the high satisfaction range on the NDNQI’s Job Enjoyment Scale for nursing staff. Research has linked highly engaged and satisfied nursing staff with consistent quality outcomes.
RWJ participated in the American Nurses Association’s 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 Atlanta for achieving outstanding nursing quality.
“Earning this recognition re-affirms what we at RWJ have known for years — our nurses are talented leaders in research, community outreach and provide outstanding bedside care,” notes Stephanie Conners, RN, MBA, BSN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Nursing Officer at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. “It took the collective focus and drive of an entire team to make this happen, and our nurses’ commitment to reaching this goal serves as an example and inspiration to the entire RWJ family.
“Nurses recognize that our health care system is becoming more focused on performance standards and patient outcomes. That’s how it should be, that’s how nurses approach their work and that’s what this award is all about,” adds ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Nurses have the power to influence a patient’s hospital experience and, most importantly, their ultimate health outcome through their teamwork, innovation, leadership, and dedication. The award winners show they have performed the best in that regard.”
The honorees were identified by researchers from among more than 1,900 hospitals — about one-third of U.S. hospitals — that report results to NDNQI and measure their performance against other NDNQI hospitals regionally, statewide and nationwide. The six awardees demonstrated superior results and sustained improvement in patient outcomes that are tied to the quality of nursing services and nurse work environment factors. A total of 17 clinical process and patient outcome measures are evaluated to determine overall quality.
NDNQI, a program of ANA’s National Center for Nursing Quality® (NCNQ®), 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 other hospitals and use the data to set benchmarks for excellence.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 600-bed academic medical center and the principal hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J.

RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care, from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation; cancer care; and women’s and children’s care, including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (

The hospital is a Level I Trauma Center and serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety. It ranks among “America’s Best Hospitals,” according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2012 survey; it is the sixth consecutive year that RWJUH has achieved this prestigious ranking. Also in 2012, U.S.News & World Report ranked BMSCH among the nation’s “Best Children’s Hospitals.” The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH among the nation's best comprehensive cancer centers. The Leapfrog Group rated RWJUH among the 50 exceptional U.S. hospitals, as published in Consumers Digest, and has given the hospital an “A” grade for safety and quality. Harvard University researchers, in a study commissioned by The Commonwealth Fund, identified RWJUH as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation for clinical quality. RWJUH is a four-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence


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