Recent UNC Nursing News and Accomplishments

  • UNC Health Care was the #1 academic health care center IN THE COUNTRY for HCAHPS scores in 2011 and 2012.  This was announced at the 2013 University Health Care System Consortium (UHC) meeting in October 2013. 

The intent of the HCAHPS initiative is to provide a standardized survey instrument and data collection methodology for measuring patients' perspectives on hospital care. While many hospitals have collected information on patient satisfaction, prior to HCAHPS there was no national standard for collecting or publicly reporting patients' perspectives of care information that would enable valid comparisons to be made across all hospitals.

Mary Tonges, RN, PhD, FAAN, Senior VP and Chief Nursing Officer, UNC Health Care System, said in an email, "IT DOESN”T GET BETTER THAN THIS!!  Please be sure to let your staff know and extend our sincere thanks.  Wow, what you do for our patients."

  • The Cardiothoracic ICU (CTICU) has gone 400+ days (and counting) without a VAP (ventilator-associated pneumonia).

They join the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit in reaching an outstanding milestone in reducing VAP in patients.

  • The 2013 Fiscal Year Nursing Annual Report has been released, and you can view the entire report here.

Make sure to check out pages 20-21 to recognize Heart and Vascular nurse Ellenita Kornegay, named as a Nurse of the Year and pages 22-23 to recognize Heart and Vascular health unit coordinator Vanessa Moore as an Assistive Personnel of the Year.


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