Magnet®: Miami Valley hospital nurse named one of the nation’s best nurses


National Magnetic Nurse of the Year Award® recognizes Premier Health nurse with the Magnet Transformational Leadership Award.

DAYTON, Ohio (November 15, 2021) – A nurse at Miami Valley Hospital has been named one of the best nurses in the country by the National Magnet Nurse of the Year Awards® by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Miami Valley Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Quality Coordinator Tracy Morrison, MSQ, BSN, RN, FELS, was honored on Friday November 12 with the magnet® Transformational Leadership Award at the International Magnet® Conference in Atlanta, Ga. Morrison, a registered nurse with over four decades of experience, has worked at Miami Valley Hospital since 1985.

“It’s the greatest honor a nurse can get,” Morrison said. “To be recognized by Magnet® demonstrates the excellence and dedication of everyone I work with at Premier Health and the Miami Valley Hospital. My entire career as a staff nurse has shown me that you can make a difference and positively impact the lives of thousands of patients and their families.

As the Quality Coordinator at the NICU, Morrison leads an interdisciplinary team of nurses, providers, occupational and respiratory therapists, hospital unit coordinators and patient care technicians. Additionally, she is part of the Vermont Oxford Network, through which she and her staff achieve recognized quality results in articles and presentations. Morrison’s projects include improving alarm safety, thermoregulation, breastfeeding, supporting infants and mothers with neonatal abstinence syndrome, and reducing chronic lung disease through targeted saturation monitoring in oxygen.

“The bedside is fertile ground in a Magnet® culture to create and maintain an incredible career in nursing, ”said Mary Boosalis, President and CEO of Premier Health. “Tracy has shown that there are no limits for a staff nurse. For 44 years, she has shown nurses in our health system that the role of the nurse has the great power to make a difference while providing professional growth.

As a role model, Morrison has provided continuing education and mentorship to nurses in the care of critically ill infants. A recognized authority on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for critically ill infants or adults, it provides monthly simulation training to ensure initial and continuing competence, with the implementation of best practices. In addition, she offers consultations and patient assessment at any time.

“Every day is different as a nurse,” Morrison said. “I stay at the bedside because I want to be an example for young nurses. You must take advantage of the opportunities available to you. We have the ability to be there for people through tough days, to help them get back on their feet, and to be a support system when they need it most. “

Morrison’s influence extends far beyond the bedside. As one of the founding members of the International Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), Morrison has traveled extensively in the United States and Europe, teaching nurses, physicians and perfusionists the best practices in ECMO support. to infants. In addition to education and consulting, she has written chapters for ELSO reference publications. She also provides on-site assessment and program consultation on behalf of ELSO for neonatal intensive care units in the United States and Europe to help achieve the best outcomes for infants. In 2020, Morrison was elected Global President of Quality for the ELSO organization until 2023.

“Tracy has forged local, national and international interdisciplinary relationships that have led to quality results in the NICU,” said Peggy Mark, Ph.D., MBA, BSN, RN, Chief Nurse and Head of experience at Premier Health. “Through independent practice and consultations supported by the nursing leadership, Tracy and the NICU staff were able to develop, deliver, evaluate and share best practices that reduce the mortality and morbidity associated with childbirth.” early. ”

The National Magnet Nurse of the Year Awards® recognize five outstanding nurse clinicians in Magnet® nominated organizations who demonstrate outstanding contributions in innovation, consultation, leadership and professional risk-taking. These awards represent the five components of the Magnet model: transformational leadership; structural empowerment; exemplary professional practice; new knowledge, innovations and improvements; and empirical results.

All Premier Health hospitals achieved Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), an affiliate of the American Nurses Association, in 2019. Recognized nationally as the highest standard of excellence When it comes to patient care, only 8.9% of US hospitals hold the esteemed four-year designation – and only 15 US healthcare systems currently hold the honor as a system.

Premier Health Hospitals are the only adult hospitals in the Dayton area recognized as Magnet® Hospitals.

As part of the Premier Health System’s first-ever Magnet® designation, the Miami Valley Hospital achieved its fourth Magnet® designation since 2004. With its latest designation, the Level I Trauma Center in Dayton joined a group of elite of just 111 U.S. healthcare organizations – less than more than 2 percent of hospitals nationwide – for earning four Magnet® designations, according to the ANCC.

Premier Health’s Atrium Medical Center and Upper Valley Medical Center are among 39 other hospitals in Ohio with Magnet® status and only 576 Magnet-designated facilities worldwide.


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