Edward nurses are all about creating an environment that is focused on the patient. This means offering safe, quality care and outstanding customer service. At the same time, our nurses are devoted to their families and community commitments. Many volunteer at community health fairs or fund-raisers for cancer and heart disease organizations. Others will head out to medical missions in the United States and in Third World countries.
We make every effort to support our employees, both in their pursuit of excellence in the workplace and in their pursuit of a healthy, well-balanced personal life. That's why we offer flexible schedules and ongoing support to help nurses meet their professional and personal goals.
In order to achieve the Magnet designation Edward nurses committed significant time and effort to to continue to improve patient care and professional development. Here are a few key areas of that professional commitment:
Pursuing quality on many fronts
Edward participates in the National Database for Nursing Quality Indicators. This program gives nurses the opportunity to study key nursing factors influencing the patient’s well-being, such as the rate of pressure ulcers and the number of falls. They can then benchmark the frequency of these events against other hospitals and work on strategies for improvement. Our nurses also spearhead and/or support performance improvement initiatives on both the hospital-wide and unit level. These can cover anything from improving pharmacy-nursing relations to finding ways to improve patient through-put from the Emergency Department to the ICU.
Safety is the foundation of good patient care and Edward nurses have played an integral role in promoting the Culture of Safety at Edward. For example, all nurses received “Everybody Speaks Up” training, which encourages staff and patients to speak up about safety concerns. And they have led the charge in several other focused safety initiatives, such as our “Everybody Identifies,” which reminds staff to double-check patient identifiers before tests, procedures or administration of meds; and the implementation of the Bedside Medication Verification (BMV) process.
Edward nurses also lead task forces addressing each of the National Patient Safety Goals.
Education and professional development
Edward nurses receive support and information from dedicated educators on a number of the nursing units such as med/surg, surgery, cardiac services and OB and in other areas, such as immediate care and outpatient surgery. In addition, experienced nurses are educated to serve as preceptors to student nurses and newer graduates. Learn about professional development opportunities available to Edward nurses.
Collegiality and just plain fun
Nursing is serious business but that’s even more reason why we think it’s important to make time for celebrations, collegiality and fun. This philosophy has helped give Edward a culture where teamwork is the norm.
One employee’s answer to “What are the best things about working for Edward?” says it all: “The best thing about working for this organization is the wonderful people that work here. My teammates are reliable and thoughtful. We enjoy working with each other.”
Personal commitments are important too
It’s important to maintain a well-balanced life. This makes balancing work-home responsibilities more manageable. In addition to their family responsibilities, Edward nurses also take full advantage of opportunities to serve the community and beyond. And Edward's award-winning employee wellness program helps staff take good care of themselves as well. Visit our Work Here page to learn more about nursing opportunities at Edward.