We are very proud of our nursing staff and their contribution to the exceptional care that we provide to patients and families. We are honoured to be a Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) since 2002, which is a designation awarded by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) to organizations that implement and evaluate best practice guidelines (BPGs). The BPG program is a multi-year initiative that supports Ontario nurses by providing them with evidence-based, best practice guidelines for client care. RNAO BPGs are recognized provincially, nationally and internationally.
The NHS is committed to maintaining its BPSO designation by focusing on engaging nurses within the organization to adopt and sustain an evidence based culture. The implementation and evaluation of BPGs raises the professional profile of nursing at the Niagara Health System and contributes to the provision of safe, quality care for our patients and families.
The NHS has strong academic partnerships with Brock University, Niagara College, McMaster University, and Mohawk College. We have been able to engage in unique opportunities with our academic partners and I-Equip is one such example. I-Equip stands for Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement Program. The mission of the program is to create a culture of continuous quality improvement by strengthening partnerships between community, academic and healthcare organizations. Nursing staff in the front line have played a key role in advancing the organization’s quality agenda through their close work with the I-Equip students. Several quality improvement initiatives have been successfully developed, implemented and evaluated through I-Equip in the areas of falls, antibiotic stewardship, sepsis, surgical safety checklist, medication reconciliation, order sets, patient flow, patient engagement, stroke prevention, and reducing hysterectomy rates.