Magnet® Matters: Practice Council reviews patient care challenges, recommends solutions

Monday, August 12, 2019

This is the seventh 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 next few Magnet® Matters will focus on a Shared Governance Council and the projects the members have been a part of over the past year. The Practice Council, led by Eric Small, RN, and Jessica Carr RN, reviews nursing practice issues and solutions, reviews the nursing strategic plan, and recommends new practices or changes to current nursing practices.

The Practice Council has reviewed the following projects within the last year:

  • Heat/cold therapy
  • Patient belonging practice
  • Eye/face protection
  • MiniBag Plus implementation
  • Isolation signs
  • Thicken liquids
  • Electronic documentation for outside facility
  • Bowel regimen for med-surg patients

More Shared Governance facts will be included in the next Magnet® Matters. 

Other articles in the Magnet® Matters series:

Examining Nursing's Shared Governance Council

Magnet® Matters: 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?