Wednesday, August 15, 2012

University of Kansas Hospital nurses help earn a new honor

The University of Kansas Hospital is among the first three academic hospitals in the nation to receive a new honor bestowed by the National League for Nursing (NLN).
A new award category created by NLN recognizes health care organizations by establishing a new category: Creating Workplace Environments that Promote Academic Progression of Nurses. This type of honor was previously only given to nursing schools.

“This recognition is certainly a reflection of the great work our nursing staff does every day to promote the profession of nursing and support nursing education.” Tammy Peterman, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer said. “It’s also a reflection of the important relationship we have with the KU School of Nursing.”

The University of Kansas Hospital nursing staff and leaders have long supported the advancement of nursing education through many program and initiatives to assist new graduates on the job as well as attracting students to the profession of nursing.

One example is the Nursing Academy which introduces high school students to nursing.

“When they leave the program they are often very excited about nursing,” Peterman added.  “We know many of the students go on to join the ranks of nursing.  It really is about promoting academic progression and we’re starting with the high school student.”

The University of Kansas Hospital also offers a Nurse Residency program to first year registered nurses.

The NLN awards ceremony is Sept. 19-22, in Anaheim, CA.