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Nurses Choose Emory Healthcare for Personal and Professional Growth

dr sharon pappas with nursing groupLeaders at Emory Healthcare (EHC) share a common goal of providing a world class environment where nurses can thrive and patients can heal. It is this level of commitment that creates an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust, where leaders listen to and value the contributions of nurses.

Chief Nursing Executive Sharon Pappas, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, leads with gratitude and deep appreciation for the nurses who serve at EHC.

“For us, it’s important to let nurses know how valuable they are, and we are serious about hiring nurses who appreciate this culture,” said Dr. Pappas. “Here at Emory Healthcare, we practice patient- and family-centered care where nurses are an active member of the care team.”

This collaborative environment is critical to patient care. Nurses and other members of the care team can make the best, most well-informed decisions with this approach. It is equally critical that we support nurses who are at the bedside every day helping patients heal.

“To me, working at Emory means an opportunity to build and foster nursing excellence. An opportunity to serve patients, families and colleagues and to make a positive difference,” said Jan W., MSN RN in Nursing Education.

Even though Emory Healthcare is a large system — with 60 urgent care and retail clinics and 11 hospitals (including three Magnet®-designated hospitals: Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Emory University Hospital and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital) — nurses are leaders and receive the support, resources and growth opportunities they deserve.

Improving Patient Outcomes

“I like working for Emory because patients receive the very best care academic medicine has to offer. We have the best health care providers in the world,” said Tracey P., APRN in Interventional Radiology.

At EHC, patients receive compassionate and high-quality care in a safe environment. Nurses are the Emory difference, and when it comes to serving patients and families, they provide a true healing experience. They tend to spend more time with patients and often understand their subtle nuances and unique needs.

Dr. Pappas recalls a conversation she had with a nurse recently. “I had the best day!” the nurse exclaimed. Dr. Pappas asked what made her day great and the nurse delightedly said that the provider listened to and followed her recommendation and they worked as a team to get the best patient outcome. This experience is not isolated, but it is reflective of the culture at Emory Healthcare.

EHC’s low nurse turnover rate also improves patient outcomes. When nurses and other members of the care team work consistently together, patients’ lives are better for it. Dr. Pappas warmly remembers a familiar saying when she thinks of a nurse’s role in healthcare: “The doctor saved me, and the nurse made me well.”

Advancing Nursing Science

As the region’s most comprehensive academic health system, nurses at EHC can participate in learning opportunities, patient improvement projects and collaborate to ensure patients get the best possible care.

“I like working for Emory because this is an organization that fosters the professional practice of nursing, supports staff and focuses on clinical excellence!” says Curlissa M., RN, Magnet Program Director.

By actively pursuing new challenges and making discoveries, nurses are at the cutting edge of providing clinical quality and patient safety. At EHC, nurses work with others to solve complex problems, influence change and transform healthcare.

Career Advancement and Growth Opportunities

On day one, whether you are a new or seasoned nurse, the opportunity for growth begins. Nurses throughout the EHC system work in rich environments, where learning and professional growth are encouraged. Nurses have access to advancement from within the organization, continuing education classes, career path planning, tuition reimbursement, peer mentorship, and awards and recognition programs. EHC encourages nurses to get clinical certification, join professional organizations and bring their voices to the table.

“I like working at Emory Healthcare because they offer the tools, guidance and support to develop skilled leaders. This support boosted my confidence as a person and a nurse. I was able to obtain my degree and now work in a leadership position,” said Robin S., BSN RN in the Department of Radiology.

Nurses also enjoy the bonds they create with colleagues, patients and families. These connections enrich the personal experiences nurses have at EHC.

“The relationships and quality of nursing is what keeps me here,” said Emily B., RN in Bone Marrow Transplant.

“We are thrilled to know, when nurses come here, they stay here,” said Dr. Pappas.

In hospitals and clinics throughout the state of Georgia, one thing is for certain: EHC nurses are making a real difference in improving patient outcomes, advancing nursing science, and developing their careers. At EHC, you can be the difference. We invite you to come grow with us!

Find a nursing position within the Emory Healthcare family.

To learn more about what drives Dr. Pappas as a leader and her vision for the future, read her feature story in the February 2019 issue of Nurse Leader.

Emory Ebola Team to Receive Award for Exceptional Nursing

Obama at Emory

Last year, President Obama met with Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff involved in the treatment of Ebola patients.

Emory Healthcare has been given the privilege of treating multiple patients infected with Ebola virus. Emory University Hospital’s special isolation unit, built in cooperation with the CDC, is one of four Serious Communicable Disease Units (SCDU) in the U.S. Our highly trained, exceptional staff and physicians are now being honored for the extraordinary care they provided to critically ill patients diagnosed with Ebola virus disease.

The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and the DAISY Foundation will award Emory’s Ebola Team with the National Patient Safety Foundation’s DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at the NPSF Patient Safety Congress on April 29-May 1 in Austin, Texas.

This award stems from the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation’s signature program, the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, which is given in over 1,900 health care facilities in all 50 states and in 14 other countries. Nurses who received the DAISY Award within their organizations in 2013 or 2014 were eligible for this new, national award, which places special emphasis on patient and workforce safety. This national award recognizes some of the most exceptional contributions to patient safety by nurses.

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Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is Third in the World to Receive Fifth Magnet® Designation!

Emory Saint Joseph's Magnet Designated HospitalCongratulations to our team at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, who just received its fifth Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center! Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is one of only three hospitals – and the only community hospital — in the world to receive five consecutive designations.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital became the third hospital in the world to receive Magnet designation when it received its first designation in 1995. And, every four years since, the hospital has successfully achieved re-designation. While every designation is special in its own way, we like to think that our nurses live Magnet every day with every encounter. So, what does Magnet mean to you, our patients? Magnet designation means that:

  • We’re all in this together. Our nurses work in a collaborative environment and benefit from each other’s knowledge and breadth of experience.
  • Our nurses are the cream of the crop! Magnet facilities regularly attract and retain top nursing talent.
  • You can feel confident that you’re in good hands. The Magnet Recognition Program establishes standards of excellence which health care organizations like ours must attain and maintain.

We’re particularly proud that Emory Healthcare is the only health system in Georgia to have two hospitals designated as Magnet facilities – Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Emory University Hospital, which wasrecognized for the first time in January. Currently, there are fewer than 400 Magnet-designated facilities around the globe, and six of those are in the state of Georgia. We couldn’t be prouder of the hard work that our team has put in for years to get to this point!

We’d also like to thank all of our Emory Saint Joseph’s amazing nurses and nursing leaders for their perseverance and dedication on our road to Magnet designation. If you have an Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital nurse you’d like to give a special shout out to, let us know in the comments below!

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A Glimpse Into our Magnet® Journey

Achieving Magnet designation is a journey years in the making. Our Emory University Hospital team worked tirelessly to prepare and submit the required Magnet documentation to the ANCC last June. After the ANCC reviewed our lengthy submission, they came on-site last month to meet the nurses, physicians and staff at Emory University Hospital to get a better feel for how our teams collaborate in providing exceptional care. Each and every one of our nurses and the entire Emory University Hospital team embraced the spirit of collaboration and teamwork that it takes to achieve Magnet.

Nurses Week Group Photo Emory University Hospital Nurses

Becky Provine

And, it is as a team that we commemorate this fantastic milestone while also pausing to remember our beloved friend and colleague, Emory University Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Becky Provine, who passed away last year.

Magnet was Becky’s passion, and she was a key driving force behind this amazing achievement. We’ll always be grateful for her leadership, commitment and vision.

A Peek Into Our Future

As we look forward to a bright future, here’s what you can continue to expect from us.

  • Teamwork – Our nurses, physicians and staff work in a collaborative environment and benefit from each other’s knowledge and breadth of experience. That’s not going to change. Throughout Emory Healthcare, we recognize that nurses play a pivotal role in creating outstanding outcomes and experiences for our patients and their families.
  • Excellence – Only seven percent of hospitals in the United States have been recognized with the prestigious Magnet designation. And, it’s more than just an honor. Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits such as lower mortality rates, lower hospital acquired infection rates and higher patient satisfaction.
  • Top talent – As leaders in nursing excellence, we are able to attract and retain the best and brightest nurses from around the country. And, nurses who work at Magnet facilities report higher job satisfaction.

Join Our Team

You, too, can become part of a winning team. Nurses looking for the opportunity and challenge to learn from our amazing nurses can join us at one of our upcoming nursing fairs on January 31 from 7 am to 3 pm or February 1 from 9 am to 3 pm at Emory University Hospital in the second floor auditorium or Emory University Hospital Midtown in the Glenn Auditorium.

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