Inside best practice: Outreach through employee education

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, April 12, 2010

Spartanburg (SC) Regional Healthcare System offers blood pressure screenings every February. In one year, it took more than 500 blood pressures and found that 50% of the employees who had their blood pressure tested had elevated systolic blood pressure. The hospital was able to provide guidance for those employees, be it advice, treatment, additional tests, or some sort of further evaluation.

“It sounds very simple, but I’ll venture a guess that if you talk to healthcare providers…we take blood pressures every day but very seldom take our own or each other’s,” says JT Smith, RN, MSN, BC, CVN-1, chest pain center coordinator at Spartanburg. “We felt there was possibly a need there, and unfortunately, we were right.”

And once those basic healthcare needs were met, the facility knew its employees would pass on the information they learned.

Source: This excerpt is from the March issue of HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. Don’t have a subscription? Take a look at the benefits of becoming a member of HCPro’s Resource Center for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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