This is the eleventh in a series of articles to educate faculty and staff about what it means to be a Magnet® hospital. WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals has been named a Magnet® hospital three times. It became the first and only West Virginia hospital to achieve such recognition in 2005, and was re-designated in 2009 and 2015. The hospital, which remains the state's only Magnet® hospital, is up for re-designation this year. Contact Magnet® Program Director Lya M. Stroupe with questions.

The Nursing Education Council assists with educational plans for nursing practice, as well as competencies for WVU Medicine nurses. It is led by Jennifer Mackovjak and Zach Kochy.

Some of the highlights of this past year include:

Education Plans
⦁ EZ-IO
⦁ Portable oxygen tank education
⦁ Naloxone best practice
⦁ Acute pain service
⦁ Pain block education
⦁ B braun software update education
⦁ Stericycle – controlled substance waste disposal education plan
⦁ Pain scale education
⦁ Thickened liquids
⦁ Telemetry battery management
⦁ Voice care updates
⦁ Unit-based diabetes education

Quality Initiatives
⦁ Medications that require independent double checks assessment
⦁ Lab and phlebotomy Issues
⦁ Code cart contents

Competency
⦁ Annual sub-committee
⦁ Competent observer training
⦁ Annual competency assignments 

HIRE Sub-Committee

⦁ USGPIV competency plan
⦁ Updated RN, LPN job-specific orientation checklists

Nursing Learning Needs Assessment

⦁ Restraint education tracking


Other articles in the Magnet® Matters series:

Nursing Recruitment and Retention Council organizes recognition events and more

Getting to know the Research and Evidence-based Practice Council

Nursing Policy, Procedure, and Standards of Practice Council helps create, set standards

Practice Council reviews patient care challenges, recommends solutions

Examining Nursing's Shared Governance Council

Councils provide forum for nurses to make decisions about clinical practice, quality, and more

What is a Quality Care Model?

What is a Professional Practice Model?

What is the Magnet® Model?

What is a Magnet® hospital?