Nurses at Women & Infants Hospital practice in a culture that places high value on accountability, caring and teamwork. Nurses are empowered to actively participate in a shared leadership structure. Council examples include unit based shared governance, clinical practice, quality, safe patient handling and mobility, and professional development.
Nurses play an integral part in the care we give each patient.
Vision for the Department of Nursing and Patient Care Services
Exceptional patient and family care provided by a professional team, learning and practicing together, in a culture committed to respect, safety, and innovation.
Women & Infants Hospital in 2015 received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly® Designated birth facility. Women & Infants is the second-largest hospital in the nation to achieve this designation, and Rhode Island now ranks number one in the country in the percentage of babies born at Baby-Friendly® hospitals.
Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and promote the best, evidence-based feeding practices for all babies.
Over the past few years, Women & Infants has implemented a number of maternity care practices that encourage breastfeeding and offer parents and babies the support and resources they need. These practices include rooming-in, skin-to-skin, and not distributing formula or artificial nipples (including pacifiers).
Rewards and Recognition
The DAISY Foundation Award
The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Women & Infants Hospital is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every month.
DAISY was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. According to Bonnie Barnes, president and co-founder of the DAISY foundation, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Women & Infants Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”
Each DAISY Award honoree is recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and will receive: a beautiful certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer's Touch. Additionally, everyone in the unit will celebrate with Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick's during his illness. The Barnes Family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.
Mary Dowd Struck Award for Excellence in Nursing
The Mary Dowd Struck Award for Excellence in Nursing, established in 2006 by Women &Infants’ Board of Trustees to honor our former senior vice president of patient care services, is awarded annually to a nurse exemplifying:
• Clinical excellence
• Professional collegiality
• Patient and family advocacy
• Passion for women’s and/or newborn health
Carol Opiekun Award
The Carol Opiekun Scholarship Fund was established in December of 2012 as a means of supporting the continuing education efforts of nurses at Women & Infants Hospital. The $500 scholarship may be used to support education related expenses.
The Home Loan Unsung Hero Award
For a nurse whose caring knows no boundaries.
In December 2003, Christine Provencal, an operating room nurse at Women & Infants Hospital, jumped into the freezing waters of the Providence River to rescue a woman whose car had skidded off the road. Inspired by this act of bravery, John and Kevin Murphy of Home Loan created the “Home Loan Unsung Hero Award” with a $10,000 endowment established at Women & Infants. This award is presented annually to a Women & Infants nurse who has performed a heroic act and/or demonstrated heroism in the workplace or the community. While it is recognized that nurses perform miracles every day in their jobs, and often go “above and beyond the call of duty,” the purpose of this award is to recognize a nurse who, like Christine, is truly an unsung hero, and admired for acts of courage and kindness.
Life Long Learning
Orientation is provided on all nursing units. Orientation begins with a competency assessment. Each orientation is individually designed based on clinical skill and knowledge. Length of orientation is determined by the orientee, preceptors, educators, and managers. Learn about nursing orientation.
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