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Nursing Excellence

The Online Newsletter for Children's Nurses
e-Edition, Issue 8

Beverly Hayden Pugh

Nursing Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
Making a Difference

By Beverly Hayden-Pugh, MOB, BSN, RN, NE-BC
Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer

Happy Nurses Week 2011! Our heritage in the nursing profession is rich with nurses, just like you and I, having the vision to make a difference in the life of a child, family and/or community. In this special edition of “Nursing Excellence,” you will read stories of “nursing through the generations” and personal accounts of generations of nurses within a family as well as how nurses of the past have influenced the nurses of today.

The profession of nursing has never been static, and today it continues to advance. The Nurse Practice Act reflects the legislature which “recognizes that nursing is a dynamic field, the practice of which is continually evolving to include more sophisticated patient care activities.”It is no surprise to see evidence of a continually advancing nursing profession at Children’s Hospital. This past winter season we provided lifesaving care for more children than ever before, reaching a peak census of over 300 children. Your ability to apply the science of nursing in partnership with caring and commitment speaks to your excellence. Thank you for your efforts and for making a difference in the lives of so many children and families. Through your efforts we have exceeded or met the benchmark for preventing ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) and central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) the majority of the time. Efforts associated with patient throughput have continued, resulting in approximately 25,000 additional children being served since 2005 that would have previously left without treatment (LWOT). Your commitment to individual professional development resulted in 41.67 percent of nurses being nationally certified and 64 percent of nurses bachelor’s prepared or greater, ensuring we are prepared to meet the complex knowledge and skill requirements now and in the future.

We aren’t stopping there. Ongoing there will be new enhancements and technologies supporting patient care; initiatives critical for the future of nursing. Advanced Clinical Systems (ACS) will be implemented this summer providing a foundation for improved quality and safety outcomes, ultimately resulting in meaningful patient centric clinical decision support. A few things to keep in mind as we implement ACS: 

  • The system is designed around the patient – this will impact all caregivers in delivering care.
  • ACS is a dramatic change in how the core work of the organization is completed.
  • The magnitude of change for clinicians cannot be overstated.
  • ACS, while bringing many advantages for patient care, will not be ideal or perfect on go-live.
  • Our new reality is that we will have tools available that will require ongoing adjustment,
    enhancement and fine-tuning.
  • Everyone using the system will have a period of adjustment where they will be less
    efficient for a period of time.

Together we will navigate through our “tomorrow” achieving success and making a difference for the future.

Lastly, in acknowledgement of the rich history of nursing at Children’s Hospital, a Nursing Excellence display has been created to recognize the nursing profession and our history. It is located in the conference center. Take a moment to acknowledge our past, celebrate our present and be part of the vision for the future.


Happy Nurses Week - thank you for choosing to apply your professional expertise at Children’s!



  1. Board of Registered Nursing. (1997). Nursing Practice Act with Rules and Regulations, Sacramento, CA


In This Issue

Nursing Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow - Making A Difference

Nursing Through The Generations

Family Footsteps: Generations of Influence

Family Footsteps: Born To Be…

Family Footsteps: Nursing, It's In The Family

It's Not Your Grandma's Student Program

Nurse of the Year 2011

Evaluation of the Humpty Dumpty Fall Risk Screening Tool

Enhancements to Nursing Professional Practice

Contributions to Practice

Leadership in Professional Nursing Organizations