Rush Nursing Annual Report – FY 2020

This past year was a year full of constant change and challenge. The FY 2020 Nursing Annual Report celebrates how our Rush nurses came together to face those changes and challenges. From providing the highest level of care to our patients as the COVID-19 pandemic descended upon us, to quickly pioneering better ways to care for our patients beyond data outcomes. This fiscal year our nurses exuded flexibility and courage, day in and day out. We are Rush Nurse Proud.

Shared Governance

Rush nurses know how to work together. They know that the best way forward is through collaboration and cooperation. The Professional Nursing Staff gives Rush nurses a structure to achieve and to move forward together.

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Recognition

Rush nurses have a lot to be proud of. We celebrate the awesome achievements of our nurses, from winning prestigious awards to writing research papers, making presentations to share their findings and advancing the practice of professional nursing.

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Transformational Leadership

This year brought Rush nurses face-to-face with radical transformation due to the pandemic. But through it all, Rush nurses stayed focused on improving the patient experience as well as the student experience.

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Structural Empowerment

Rush nurses put the power in empowerment. They are empowered to analyze and change established practices to be even more effective and efficient. These structural changes ultimately result not only in a better work environment, but also in improved patient care

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Exemplary Professional Practice

Rush nurses keep finding better ways to do nearly everything. Rush nurses can’t see a problem without seeking a solution. They are supported in their efforts to develop research projects that result in improvements to our processes and better outcomes for our patients.

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New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements

A Rush nurse is innovative and excited for the opportunity to take nursing practice to the next level. Nuse-led projects improved the organization's hypoglycemia rate and increased patient education on safe sleep practices for infants. And the PNS Evidence-Based Practice and Research Committee had a successful year promoting nursing and multidisciplinary research.

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COVID-19 Initiatives

Rush nurses always rise to the challenge. The rapid emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the winter of 2020 brought us new challenges every day. Innovation ruled the day. How to better care for existing patients, many with chronic conditions who needed ongoing care. How to provide the most effective care to our COVID-19 patients, when new information was emerging every day. How to keep ourselves and our patients safe. It was a time when we depended on our “health care heroes”.

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