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Rex Nursing Annual Report

When one engages with a health care entity, they typically choose their physician and the hospital system. However, someone else chooses your nurse! At Rex Healthcare, we have assembled an army of top notch professional nurses who live our mission:

To make a positive difference in the lives of our patients every day.

The Rex Nursing Annual Report is a mechanism to share the state of nursing at Rex with our professional colleagues, patients, families and community. As the U.S. health system is transforming under the Affordable Care Act, nursing will be integral for maintaining quality while reducing costs. Every day, nurses are there at the beginning and end of life; they are there to assess and develop a plan to assist patients in their response to illness and their journey back home.

We are clinicians, researchers, administrators, educators and advocates who are there for patients any hour of the day. Click on the report to hear our stories:

Some notable events from this year's report:

  • In 2012, Rex nursing unit Seven East was awarded the highest patient satisfaction award, the Top Performer Award, by Professional Research Consultants (PRC) for overall quality of inpatient surgical care. This award is highly prized and highly competitive throughout the nation.
  • The Readmission Prevention Clinic opened on October 16, 2012. The purpose of the clinic is to provide continuity of care, education, and improve quality of life by helping the patient to self-manage symptoms and decrease hospital readmissions.
  • In 2012, nurses in the Special Care Nursery created the Special Care Nursery Parent Advisory Council with the mission of "building a partnership between families and the Special Care Nursery team that supports excellence in family-centered care." The council hosted a Special Care Nursery Family Reunion on September 22, 2012, and more than 400 parents, children, and staff members attended the event.
  • Team members led by Berandette Purser, R.N., created a Safe Surgery Checklist which was implemented on December 14, 2012. The goal was to improve safety in the surgery program at Rex, which sees more than 30,000 surgical procedures a year and involved 500 surgeons, 200 anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists, and 250 operating room staff.