Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes. Jennifer Van Dyke isn’t a physician or a nurse, but she works to prevent complications for which hospitalized patients are at risk. Van Dyke, a process improvement leader, has spent dozens of hours in the surgical and intensive care units to understand how to reduce the likelihood that patients will develop blood clots, known as deep vein thrombosis, and a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism, where the clot lodges in the lungs. Her hands-on approach involves rounding with physicians and nursing directors to emphasize how the conditions can be prevented through consistent compliance with protocols. Her efforts have made a difference. This complication was reduced hospital wide by more than 50 percent last year.
Only six percent of the nation’s hospitals have earned Magnet status, the gold standard for nursing excellence and quality care. Research shows Magnet hospitals report fewer patient falls, less medication error, lower mortality and higher patient and family satisfaction. Magnet hospitals tend to have lower nursing turnover and improved nurse work environment. Northwestern Memorial Hospital was awarded Magnet recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2006.