Magazine article Nursing Economics

The Value of a Nursing Annual Report

Magazine article Nursing Economics

The Value of a Nursing Annual Report

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Executive Summary

* Nursing annual reports have been increasingly published by acute care facilities and provide a record of accomplishments for the year.

* Nursing annual reports provide yearly documentation of accomplishments.

* As future goals are set, they provide value as a record of past accomplishments.

* A community hospital reports on the content and timeline for a nursing annual report along with the advantages.

REMEMBER RECEIVING REPORT cards at the end of each school year charting accomplishments, strengths, and areas for improvement? A nursing annual report can be compared to a report card for the nursing division and provides a public forum for recognizing achievement of goals.

In the past 10 years, nursing annual reports have been increasingly published by nursing divisions in acute care facilities primarily to have a record of the work accomplished by nursing in the past year. These nursing annual reports, which are needed when seeking the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet® designation, provide a mechanism to inform other hospital staff, physicians, hospital board members, and the community about the work of the nursing division (American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2009).

Saint Clare's Health System, a multi-campus community hospital in northern New Jersey, published an annual report for the first time last year. The visionary chief nursing officer (CNO) was the inspiration behind the report, stating, "We need to inform our audience, the nursing staff, the medical staff, the board of directors and our community about the great accomplishments we achieved last year. An annual report shows that we are accountable for demonstrable results that improve the care of our patients and their families and the work environment for our staff."

Getting Started

Funding for this first annual report, including hiring a photographer and printing the report, was obtained in part from the hospital foundation. The CNO also determined the time period for this report: it would reflect the nursing accomplishments in the past calendar year. The marketing department was involved from the onset to set the timeline, select a publisher, and determine the style or look of the report.

Nursing annual reports from other hospitals in the United States were reviewed and studied. These reports generally contained a letter from the CNO, a listing of nurses who have received awards, and those who presented oral or poster sessions at conferences or published in scholarly journals and other publications. After reviewing these reports, the two nurse leaders who were charged with preparing the report commenced with selecting a theme and creating an outline of contents. The nurse leaders chose to follow a theme of the hospital's strategic pillars: best people, clinical quality, resource stewardship, and strategic growth (see Table 1). These pillars outline the work of nursing: to uphold the promise to serve patients and provide high-quality compassionate care. The nurses responsible for the related projects, which included staff nurses and nursing directors, wrote the content for each of the pillars. …

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