Wound Care Affinity Group Focuses on HAPU Prevention

Consistency and collaboration are shaping prevention and treatment efforts for hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPUs) at Cleveland Clinic. This is no small task, as the health system consists of a main campus, numerous local community hospitals, one Florida hospital and post-acute care services. That’s where the Wound Care Affinity Group comes in, a group of wound-care focused nurses throughout the system.

Strategic Web Communications Unify Nurses Across Continents

Five years ago Cleveland Clinic’s nurse leaders came together to overhaul the nursing intranet site. Today it is a dynamic site that prompts an average of 16,000 visits a week from nurses across the system. It is the central location for the latest news and need-to-know information, and it is helping to drive nurse engagement and patient care. It is a place for leadership dialogue and two-way communication with nurses from all locations.

Consolidating Nursing Budget Across System Brings Great Cost Savings

Starting in 2008 Cleveland Clinic’s Nursing Institute began the process of consolidating nursing costs across its system hospitals. The Nursing Institute looked at its operating budget in its entirety—looking at costs across all its facilities. The goal was to make sound decisions concerning staffing, pay practices, supplies, capital budget procurement and more. Weekender pay was one of the biggest expenses to be reined in. In one year, the institute was able to save $30 million.

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Honoring Those Who Serve

As Cleveland Clinic health system Executive CNO, K. Kelly Hancock, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, spearheads Cleveland Clinic’s 12,000-member nursing team. An experienced leader, she delivers excellence, compassion and professionalism to nursing. She is a board-certified nurse executive and a member of several prominent national nursing and leadership organizations. Throughout her tenured career, she has been recognized with numerous awards and, in 2012, was honored with an endowment in her name.

Nurses at Forefront of Trialing New Ideas

New I2I program creates a living laboratory for nurses. Nurses can complete product evaluations, quality initiatives and research trials of nursing practices or devices and disseminate results across the system for nursing care.

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