The nation's 3 million-plus nurses face unprecedented challenges in 2017. They are on the front lines of a healthcare system that is under tremendous pressure.
To improve surgical outcomes, save costs and enhance patient satisfaction, Atrius Health nurses launched a program to ensure most joint replacement patients recovered from surgery in their own homes rather than in costly skilled-nursing facilities.
Kathey Avery has made it her mission to improve the health and well-being among underserved and uninsured African-Americans in the Asheville area of North Carolina, including all of Buncombe County.
Leslie Thompson, 37, says she has found that in her role as a charge nurse at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. She was promoted to the position in 2014 after three years at the 510-bed facility.
After finding that more than a quarter of premature babies delivered in the regional neonatal intensive-care unit at Sparrow Health System in 2013 developed some degree of intraventricular hemorrhage, the nurses and neonatologists set out to eliminate IVH entirely.
A team of front-line nurses at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, along with physicians and other staff, designed and implemented a standardized inpatient-care model that focused on strong unit leadership and collaboration among nurses and physicians at three Jefferson hospitals.
Now a nurse manager, Torres in 2010 was one of UC Davis Medical Center's founding Quality and Safety Champions, given the mission of improving patient safety and outcomes by reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia.
As interim nurse manager of the inpatient and outpatient pediatric departments at Goryeb Children's Hospital at Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center, Marcello has focused on improving patient-care standards within the hospitals.
As director of emergency services at Midland (Texas) Memorial Hospital, Bredimus has worked to build a culture of teamwork and ownership among caregivers in the hospital's emergency department.
Mary Dee Hacker of Children's Hospital Los Angeles has spent her decades-long career empowering nurses to make clinical decisions and find better ways to deliver care to children.
As a clinical manager at Mercy Home Health in Philadelphia, Bailey serves on the high-risk patient council at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital along with physicians and other caregivers to assess high-risk patients being discharged to Mercy Home Health.
Currently a palliative medicine fellow at Sloan Kettering, Rosa recently participated in a value/quality improvement project at NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses CSI Academy.