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St. Joseph's nurses are 'Transforming Care'

Barb Makela, RN, is among nurses participating in the Transforming Care at the Bedside initiative at St. Joseph's Area Health Services. (Submitted photo)

St. Joseph's Area Health Services is one of 24 Minnesota hospitals to participate in the "Aligning Forces for Quality: Transforming Care at the Bedside" (TCAB).

St. Joseph's nursing team will engineer ways to improve the quality and safety of patient care as part of an innovative national program led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to improve the health and healthcare of all Americans.

The TCAB initiative engages frontline staff to work together to identify, pilot, test and adopt new practices over an 18-month period. The program aims to increase the vitality and retention of nurses, engage and improve the patient's experience, and build the effectiveness of the entire care team.

St. Joseph's nurses will then share their successes with other hospitals across the country.

Co-leaders heading up the TCAB initiative at St. Joseph's is Jennifer Schauland, RN, and Sonda Tolle, Med/Surg manager.

St. Joseph's nurses have brainstormed more than 70 new ideas and hold the potential to improve care for patients by making staff more available to meet patient needs, four hourly rounding and patient education.

Additionally, TCAB is expected to reduce adverse events, improve evidence-based care practices, and improve patient satisfaction.

In Minnesota, the TCAB program is being convened by the Minnesota Hospital Association and coordinated by the Center for Health Care Quality at the George Washington University Medical Center School of Public Health and Health Services. They serve as the national program office for the Aligning Forces for Quality initiative.