St. Luke’s International Hospital

St. Luke’s International Hospital

Challenges for the Nursing Department

Challenges for the Nursing Department

The Nursing Department at St. Luke’s International Hospital emphasizes the autonomy of this profession, and as a leading hospital with superior-quality nursing staff, we embrace innovation as we proactively address new challenges. One such activity is our bid for Magnet Recognition®, a credential by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize healthcare organization that delivers exceptional nursing practice. We believe our hospital has the magnetic attributes to attract patients, nurses and physicians like a magnet, and after a period of preparation, we have submitted our application officially on October 1, 2018.

What is Magnet® Recognition?

Magnet® Recognition is a prestigious international credential awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize nursing excellence and quality of patient care. The applicant organizations are evaluated based on five core elements which derive from a study on common aspects found across “hospitals that attract and retain patients, nurses, and physicians.” Under the 5 core elements, there are 49 evaluation criteria which require 83 written documentation and data. After passing the initial document review process, the organization undergoes a site visit. Only about 9% of the U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet® Recognition as of December 2018, none in Japan yet.

At St. Luke's International Hospital, the nursing department’s shared governance system includes conferences aimed to improve quality nursing care. Nurses proactively participate in these conferences which serve to strengthen the bottom-up organizational system while empowering staff nurses at all levels. The following are some examples of such conferences:

Representative Nurse Conference

Nurse delegates from all units in the hospital participate in this conference to perform activities that will enhance nursing practice, valuing and reflecting the voices of the bedside clinical nurses. Targeting all aspects of nursing within the hospital, staff nurses discuss matters of concern as well as new ideas which emerge from their everyday tasks. Some examples of cases handled to date include:

  • Enhancement of across-the-unit collaboration and support activities.
  • Regular meetings to support staff members returning to the workplace after maternity/childcare leave
  • Discontinuing/decreasing oral handoffs between nurse shifts.
  • Preparation of document files for nurses aiming to improve the explanation skills for medical procedures and exams.

Members of the 2018 Representative Nurse Conference

The meeting to support staff members returning to the workplace after maternity/childcare leave

Clinical Nursing Conferences

Clinical Nursing Conferences, which are led by nurse experts in various fields, actively take part in raising the quality of nursing care and disseminating information throughout the hospital. The information thus received serves as the basis of improvement activities for quality care in each unit. Clinical Nursing Conferences also serve to nurture nurses’ interest and expertise in specific fields, and related activities help nurses discover their own career models.

Clinical Nursing Conferences

  • Pressure ulcer care
  • Diabetes care
  • Mental care
  • Respiratory care
  • Nutritional support
  • Dysphagia nursing care
  • Oral care
  • Critical care
  • Cancer treatment care
  • Infection prevention care
  • Delirium prevention/Dementia care
  • Clinical ethics nursing
  • Home Care Support

Clinical Nursing Conferences related to nursing administration / education

  • Nursing procedure
  • Outpatient nursing
  • Education programs
  • Nursing documents
  • Nursing incident

St. Luke's Magnet Express

The 2018 members of the Magnet Express /
2018 St. Luke’s Nursing Olympics

As we decided to challenge for our first Magnet® designation, this team of champions were created to enroot the culture of praise and recognition by making an appeal about the activities of nursing department to both inside and outside the hospital and by acknowledging each other for the great initiatives taken. In addition to sharing knowledge and exchanging information about Magnet® Recognition, in-house events such as “Magnet® Fair” and “St. Luke’s Nursing Olympics” are also planned and held to visually showcase nursing excellence at St. Luke’s. Magnet® Recognition is often compared to a journey, and as a team we are proud to be on the Magnet® Journey in unison with all the hospital staff.