The Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice (EBP) in Nursing and Healthcare at The Ohio State University College of Nursing recognized Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in New York Thursday with its first-ever designation recognizing outstanding EBP processes and healthcare outcomes, essential elements for reaching the Quadruple Aim in healthcare.
During the first full day of the Fuld Institute for EBP’s virtual national summit with more than 300 participants, MSK received the Excellence in Evidence-based Practice and Outcomes in Healthcare designation at the Gold level. That means that MSK met or exceeded 90% of the established criteria. Criteria are judged in four areas:
- Organization profile: environment, mission/vision/strategic plan, EBP model and framework
- Organizational leadership: EBP competence in clinicians, leadership role models for evidence-based decision making, integration of EBP, empowerment and recognition of EBP-related work
- Infrastructures and processes: educated EBP mentors, inter-professional support, alignment and integration of EBP in process/quality improvement and research, ensuring implementation and sustainability of EBP initiatives
- Outcomes: enhanced patient experience, improved population health, reduced costs, elevated well-being and work life of healthcare professionals
“Our legacy of excellence is built on exceptional patient care, innovative research, outstanding education programs and a commitment to following the best evidence to enhance how we care for people,” said Kevin P. Browne, DNP, RN, CNS, CCRN, deputy chief nursing officer and vice president of ambulatory care at MSK. “We are so honored to become trailblazers for this prestigious designation. It confirms what we firmly believe: that evidence-based practice is the very best approach to influence oncology care delivery, practice environments and patient outcomes. A spirit of inquiry is alive and well at MSK. Nurses at all levels have adopted the ARCC© model and EBP framework to maintain our voice as the international authority of oncology nursing practice.”
The new designation program provides recognition for hospitals and healthcare organizations at two levels:
- Gold: Meets or exceeds 90% of criteria
- Silver: Meets or exceeds 80 – 89% of criteria
- If an organization scores 70 – 79%, it can reapply within one year without another application fee.
“We created this designation program not only to recognize outstanding practitioners of evidence-based practice, but also to spotlight the positive impact of EBP on how healthcare can and should operate everywhere,” said Linda Connor, PhD, RN, CPN, program director of the designation at the Fuld Institute for EBP and assistant professor of clinical practice at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. “To be able to bestow the first-ever designation on one of the nation’s top cancer hospitals and a true role model for EBP is so special.”
“Interprofessional evidence-based practice plus clinician well-being is the strategic formula that hospitals and healthcare systems need to reach the Quadruple Aim in healthcare,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, dean of the College of Nursing and executive director of the Fuld Institute for EBP at Ohio State. “Not only does investing in this formula lead to a more engaged workforce and higher quality and safety of care, but it also produces a huge return on investment for healthcare organizations.”
Hospitals and healthcare organizations that are interested in pursuing the Excellence in Evidence-based Practice and Outcomes in Healthcare designation can visit fuld.nursing.osu.edu to state their interest in applying for the designation.