Letters of Love. When a patient with terminal cancer asked for help writing letters to leave behind for her husband and two young children, staff nurse Patricia Strimel, RN, was there to assist. The patient shared her thoughts and memories and they both shed tears as Strimel immortalized messages of love and encouragement. Several hours passed before Strimel noticed she had stayed long beyond her shift, but she knew the patient’s bedside was exactly where she needed to be. “It was incredibly emotional,” Strimel said. “I was honored to help her leave keepsakes for her family.”
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.