BWFH nurses take part in ONL Leadership Academy
The Organization of Nurse Leaders (ONL) of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut is an affiliate of the American Organization of Nurse Executives dedicated to providing direction and leadership for the advancement of professional nursing and patient care and to the achievement of excellence in nursing management practice. Recently, nurses from Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital took part in the organization’s Leadership Academy.
The Leadership Academy is a two-month, multifaceted, executive-style program dedicated to developing and continuously expanding the knowledge, practice and character of nursing leadership for the benefit of patients and nurses across the continuum. Participants meet four times over the course of two-months where they develop an evidence-based project. At the final session, the participants present their projects.
BWFH’s Program Manager of Informatics for Nursing/Patient Care Services Paula Wolski, MSN, RN, CCRN, used the opportunity to work on a project titled “Initiating Plan of Care Based Documentation.” She says the ONL Leadership Academy helped her to put structure around the process of planning a project. “I really enjoyed the ONL experience. It reaffirmed for me that I have the skills needed to be an effective nursing leader,” she says. “The content of the sessions also gave me valuable information to ponder. This would include the benefits of being mentored/coached in helping one to think through different scenarios with different approach options to use to solve a problem. But perhaps the biggest lesson learned is that we are all in the same place with the same issues and others may have a different way of looking at things that can help you solve your local issues.”
Susan FitzMaurice, RN, BSN, MPA, BWFH’s Nursing Director for the Outpatient Infusion Center (OPIC) and Gregory Endoscopy Centre, participated in the Leadership Academy, but was unable to attend the final presentations. She will present her presentation in the spring when ONL holds their next Leadership Academy. Her project is titled “Implementation of Schegistration in the Outpatient Infusion Unit.” BWFH has implemented schegistration in the OPIC to decrease the time from scheduling the appointment to treatment of the patient. “The goal is to achieve a prior authorization for treatment in a more timely manner,” says FitzMaurice. “Long-term goals are to decrease denial rate, increase revenue, increase utilization of available appointments and increase patient satisfaction.”
In addition to Wolski and FitzMaurice, BWFH’s Director of Emergency Nursing Robin Powell, BSN, RN, attended the Leadership Academy and presented a project titled “Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital Handoff Task Force: ED Patient Throughput.” The project focused on reducing the time from when a bed is assigned to a patient to when the patient departs the Emergency Department and arrives on the inpatient unit.