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Why Excellence in Nursing Is Important To You: Rebecca Graystone to Speak October 24

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There’s a great anonymous quote that goes like this –

Nurse: just another word to describe a person strong enough to tolerate anything and soft enough to understand anyone.

RG: My name is Rebecca Graystone.

Graystone has 26 years of acute care nursing practice and leadership experience primarily in the Washington DC area. We spoke to her by phone on Monday.

RG: I’m the vice president for the Magnet Recognition Program and Pathway to Excellence Program at the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

She’ll be in Fort Pierce this Thursday October 24 at 5 pm, to give a presentation on…

RG: …the focus of excellence in nursing…

…at the Treasure Coast Public Safety Complex, as a guest of the Indian River State College Honor Society for Nursing.

RG: My belief is that the driver of wellness and health in the hospital setting and in ambulatory settings is nursing. Nurses are the safety net. They are the sharp tip of the spear we like to say. They are very much the link as patients go through the continuum of health and wellness.

We asked her to explain her work at the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

RG: We are the world leader in credentialing health care organizations and recognizing health care organizations for excellent in nursing practice.

They do that through a variety of different programs – the two she’s responsible for and will be speaking on…

RG: …are Magnet and Pathway.

The Magnet Recognition Program…

RG: …is really the highest honor that a health care organization around the world can receive for their excellent in nursing care.

It recognizes health care organizations that have…

RG: …amazing nursing practices… nurses are happy and fulfilled in their environment. The work that they do is recognized empirically…

…by means of observation or experience rather than theory or pure logic.

RG: …meaning that they have data that they track and monitor.

The second program - the Pathway to Excellence - is awarded to hospitals and healthcare organizations that have…

RG: …what we call a positive practice environment. So, Pathway’s focus is really on the environment in which nurses are practicing. How fulfilled are they in their nursing practice? Are they involved in decision making?

If the caregivers – the nurses - are also cared for, everybody benefits.

RG: Nurses are there 24 hours a days 7 days a week… and really provide that pathway for people to get better or if it is an end of life situation to really help them have a dignified end of life.

She encourages people of all ages to become a nurse.

RG: The best thing that I ever did in my professional life was to go to nursing school. Nursing is a profession like no other. It’s hard work but it’s so rewarding. We have many people who are second career nurses. You spend most of your waking hours in your profession doing your work, and so why not do something that you love.

There is also a critical shortage of nurses.

RG: We’re going to be one million nurses short in 2020

One million?!

RG: There’s a real call. A million nurses short in the United states. And so we need to fill the pipeline at the top of the funnel so to speak. We need to fill the funnel.

You can hear Graystone speak this Thursday, October 24 at 5 pm at the Treasure Coast Public Safety Complex, in Fort Pierce. Admission is $10 per person and free for IRSC Honor Society for Nursing members and IRSC nursing students. Learn more here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8C6PPLM