Nurse-led interdisciplinary committee reduces patient falls

UChicago Medicine’s commitment is to ensure those patients entrusted to our care are safe while with us. If patients fall when they’re hospitalized, not only is their wellbeing and experience hindered, but it poses a setback risk for their recovery. That’s why the UChicago Medicine’s Falls Committee was formed: to investigate the root cause of patient falls and come up with creative and effective methods to reduce how often they occur.

Read more about the nursing led committee to reduce falls.

UCMC immersion program embeds nurse leaders alongside frontline staff

How many frontline nurses have the opportunity to gain insight about their health system’s nursing leadership decisions? At the University of Chicago Medicine, the goal is for every single nurse to have that visibility. By immersing leaders within patient-facing care settings, the program minimizes the gap that might otherwise exist between leadership and frontline staff.

Read more about the leadership immersion program.

Tuition benefit helps nursing leader ‘level up’ her career

When Sheree Rodgers, BSN, RN, CCRN, Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Manager and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Shared Governance Committee Co-Chair, joined the University of Chicago Medicine from another area healthcare system 16 years ago, she was impressed by how many of her nursing peers were pursuing higher education — a benefit covered in full by their employer.

“I knew about the tuition reimbursement benefit, and I think that’s what draws people here,” Rodgers said. “Everyone was in school. I was like, ‘Oh, I need to level up.’”

Read more about Sheree’s story.

Care Transition Clinic successfully drives down hospital readmission rates

Lowering hospital readmission rates is a top priority at UChicago Medicine. Unfortunately, some patients end up back at the hospital because they have few other care options than to return to the Emergency Department for help. For patients with underlying conditions – such as sickle cell, which mainly affects Black Americans – the likelihood of going to the hospital (and returning) is even higher.

Read more about readmission rates.