I read with great interest and pride the article in the BND on Aug. 15 regarding Memorial Hospital being cited for excellence in nursing. I can think of no other hospital any more deserving of such an award for professional nursing practices.
According to American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Magnet status and recognition attained by Memorial Hospital recognizes specific benefits such as higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information. As a former patient in Memorial Hospital, I will vouch for those attributes and even more. I have found the nurses at Memorial to be the most dedicated and most caring. They take interest in their patients and go out of their way to be most helpful. Any hospital stay is only as good as its nursing staff and nurses are the backbone of patient care. For any hospital stay I would require, there is none I would rather do it with than the nursing staff of Memorial Hospital.
As was said by Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Weston, the award obtained by Memorial Hospital is, "... an award that many organizations aspire to but are not able to get. It has stringent criteria and it is a very rigorous process." There is no doubt that Memorial rightfully earned the award. I can think of no other hospital more deserving.
Well-deserved and well earned are attributes that go hand in hand. With Memorial Hospital cited for excellence in nursing, we have seen that principle brought to forefront.
Frank B. Austin