The nurses of John Muir Health Walnut Creek and Concord Medical Centers are proud to have received Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the highest and most prestigious distinction that a healthcare organization can achieve for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes. We are committed to upholding all of the principles in the Magnet Model: Transformational Leadership, Structural Empowerment, Exemplary Professional Practice, and New Knowledge and Innovation.
Evidence-Based Fellows Program – Bringing Best Practices in Care to Our Patients
Each year, six nurses participate in the Evidence-Based Fellowship program, which supports them in implementing evidence-based projects in their departments. In September, the Fellows present their projects to nursing colleagues at the Evidence-Based Practice and Innovation Symposium.
In the hospital setting, the presence or absence of sound can have profound impact on patients, staff and visitors alike. John Muir Health has implemented a noise reduction initiative to reduce environmental noise and optimize your healing.
A “Quiet Kit” is available at the time of your admission to the hospital, to provide you with a few items that may facilitate your rest, such as an eye mask, ear plugs, and earphones that connect to the television. Additional “comfort” items in the kit include lip balm, hand lotion, hand sanitizer, and a puzzle book.
At 9 o’clock every evening, the operator will announce the Quiet Time that will be in effect until 6 o’clock the following morning. At that time the nursing staff will dim the hallway lights and reduce the ring tone on their phones. In addition, they will round to your room to encourage use of the TV Care Channel and the items in the Quiet Kit, and offer to close the door to your room.
Presentations at National Conferences
Our nurses are active participants in professional organizations, and many attend the annual national conference for their specialty to learn about the latest evidence-based developments in patient care. The following nurses have been selected by their professional organization to deliver a presentation to the national assembly.
- Professional Development Specialist Jamie Vincent RN, MSN, RNC-OB in the Walnut Creek Birth Center published an article in the AWHONN Healthy Mom & Baby magazine. She also presented at the 2018 Perinatal Leadership forum.
- The American Nurses Credentialing Center selected four nurses from the Walnut Creek Medical Center to deliver a podium presentation at the 2017 Magnet Conference about their innovative Unit Council Redesign Project:
Clinical Educator Nancy Gibbs RN, MSN was selected by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for a poster presentation at the 2017 Magnet Conference.
- An article written by Linda Minnich RN, CPAN, of PACU was published in November, 2018 in the Journal for the Association of Operating Room Nurses.
- An abstract submitted by Lorena Tilton RN, MSN, CCRN and Jennifer Roach RN, BSN of the Concord Medical-Surgical ICU was accepted for a poster presentation at the 2019 National Teaching Institute for the American Association for Critical Care Nurses.
- Ernestine Hughes RN, BSN, CPAN, PACU led a meeting of the Geriatric Specialty Practice Group at the American Society of Peri-Anesthesia Nurses National Conference in 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Heather Crowder RN, BSN, ONC and Linda Minnich RN, CPAN, PACU made two presentations at national conferences in 2017: at the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses in Puerto Rico and for the American Society of Peri-Anesthesia Nurses in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Tammy Montoya RN, BSN presented a poster at the 38th Annual Congress of National Association of Orthopedic Nurses in 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- Enie Carbon BSN, CCRN – delivered a podium presentation to an international conference this year. Her presentation was delivered at the 33rd Euro Nursing and Medicare Summit on October 8-10, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.