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Inside the news: Two Texas hospital systems boom with nurses

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, September 16, 2008

Despite a nationwide nursing shortage, two Texas hospital systems are seeing fewer vacancies— and ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® designation is part of the solution.

The Seton Family of Hospitals, which comprises nine acute care hospitals, has a nurse vacancy rate of about 8%. Improved retention and a better work environment, including flexible scheduling—both results of designation—have boosted the nursing numbers. Within the system, the University of Medical Center at Brackenridge, the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, and Seton Northwest Hospital have achieved designation.

St. David’s HealthCare System, which comprises five hospitals, has a nurse vacancy rate of 3%. All five hospitals have improved staff retention by achieving Texas Nurse-Friendly™ Hospital designation. The designation includes a grant that allows small and rural hospitals in the state to implement resources dedicated to improving patient care and nurse retention.

Source: Austin American-Statesman

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