Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It is with enormous pride that we – the nurses of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital – share our 2020-2021 report to the community. This document is more than a compilation of achievements for the years highlighted. It offers glimpses into the hearts, minds and caring hands of our remarkable Nicklaus Children’s nurses, who commit themselves daily to improving care practice and the patient experience at our beloved hospital.
The report provides us an opportunity to reflect on the many ways that nurses make an impact through nurse-led research, outreach, and driving organizational initiatives. I hope you will take a moment to review the report and learn about some of the ways Nicklaus Children’s Hospital nurses support and enhance patient care and safety, including:
- Improving care outcomes and experience for dialysis patients.
- Updating the Humpty Dumpty Fall Scale Tool, a signature program developed and managed by Nicklaus Children’s nurses that is now in use in hospitals around the globe.
- Offering telemedicine support for families of babies recently discharged from the NICU, providing them with transitional support and assistance from trusted nurses from the unit.
- Reducing hospital readmissions.
- Developing a Code Bear Response Team to de-escalate challenging patient situations and keep everyone safe.
- Collaborating with Safe Kids to promote car seat safety and keep kids safe.
- Leading our pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinics.
Read on and you’ll be inspired by the stories shared by patients and families describing how our Daisy Award winners positively impacted their care experience.
As pediatric nurses, we have the opportunity daily to make a difference in the lives of children and their families. It is our honor to be champions for children and to provide clinical expertise and a dedicated care to see them through their healthcare journeys, from routine medical visits to challenging procedures and inpatient stays. We proudly live our organization’s commitment to putting patients and families first in all we do.
Shannon Odell, MSN, RN, FACHE, NE-BC, RNC-OB
Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer & Patient Safety Officer
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital