As we look back on 2014 we have much to celebrate; and looking ahead to 2015 – we have much to anticipate! In addition to all of our patient- and family-focused efforts, such as the adoption of the Epic electronic health record, we achieved a huge milestone in our journey to Magnet designation with the submission of our document on September 30. This was a six-year undertaking: 350 pages giving evidence of the excellent care we deliver to our patients complete with data, documentation of our activities, and “stories” to make the data come alive for the appraisers who will be reading and scoring it. The evidence is now in their hands and they will spend the next few months reviewing us. We have every confidence that our score will be strong enough to bring us a site visit in spring or summer 2015. Before that, we look forward to a successful Epic go-live in February. As I said – much to celebrate AND anticipate!
We took the opportunity in this year’s report to showcase some of the evidence we provided in our Magnet document. This is but a small fraction of what we submitted but it gives you a sense of the amazing accomplishments of you, your colleagues and our health care team. As with any enormous project, there was so much more we wanted to share with the appraisers but could not due to space limitations. We will, however, have a chance to showcase even more nursing excellence when they come for their four-day visit. Stay tuned for more – and as always, I’m so proud to be a WakeMed nurse.
Cindy Boily, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President
& Chief Nursing Officer
WakeMed Health & Hospitals