ANCC magnet journey
College Station Region Nursing is on the Journey to Magnet® Excellence
The Magnet® Recognition Program designates organizations worldwide where nursing leaders successfully align their nursing strategic goals to improve the organization’s patient outcomes. The Magnet Recognition Program provides a roadmap to nursing excellence, which benefits the whole of an organization.
To nurses, Magnet Recognition means education and development through every career stage, which leads to greater autonomy at the bedside. To patients, it means the very best care, delivered by nurses who are supported to be the very best that they can be.
College Station Region will submit their documents in April 2022.
ANCC Pathway to Excellence
Both Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - College Station (2017-2021) and Baylor Scott & White Health - Brenham (2019-2023) are designated Pathway to Excellence®
Pathway to Excellence is a designation granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) recognizing healthcare organizations for healthy work environments and positive practice environments where nurses can excel.
Pathway to Excellence organizations demonstrate nursing excellence in practice and leadership, resulting in positive nurse satisfaction and low turnover/vacancy rates, combined with collaborative interdisciplinary professional practice promotes excellence in healthcare delivery.
There are currently 159 healthcare organizations designated as Pathway to Excellence facilities. Baylor Scott & White has 10 hospitals designated as Pathway to Excellence.
The ANCC lists the following benefits to patients, staff and organizations achieving Pathway to Excellence designation:
- Improved nurse satisfaction
- Retaining the best staff and nursing leaders
- Cultivating inter-professional teamwork
- Championing high-quality nursing practice
- Supports business growth
BSWH nursing mission statement
We make a difference in the world by pursuing excellence boldly and transforming nursing through leadership, advocacy, innovation, lifelong learning and unwavering compassion in partnership with the patients, colleagues and communities we serve.
- Baylor Scott & White Health - College Station Region Department of Nursing impacts the care of our patients and staff at two hospitals and 14 clinics. With more than 900 members of the nursing team, the Department of Nursing contains registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, certified medical aides, technicians and specialty service caregivers, all of who are vital to the function and success of nursing at Baylor Scott & White Health - College Station.
- All nurses at Baylor Scott & White Health - College Station function under the guidance and leadership of the Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for the Region, Amber Reed, MBA-HC, BSN, RN, OCN, NEA-BC.
- College Station and Brenham Hospital and College Station Region Ambulatory Care nurses are, in turn, managed by a strong and dedicated team of nursing and non-nursing leaders. These leaders work together to ensure that the mission, ambition, strategies and initiatives of Baylor Scott & White Health - College Station Nursing are successful. Utilizing professional shared governance, Baylor Scott & White Health - College Station Region Nursing ensures that direct care nursing staff have a voice in their practice and their professions.
- 90% of College Station Region Nurse Leaders hold a National Certification in leadership or their area of specialty.
- Based on the guiding principles of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics for Nurses, and using the ideals of the IOM Future of Nursing Guidelines, Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals, ANCC Magnet Standards, Baylor Scott & White Health System Strategies and Baylor Scott & White Health - College Station Region Strategies, the Baylor Scott & White Health - College Station Region Nursing Strategic Plan Fiscal Year 2020-2022 was completed in a collaborative program in February 2020 to ensure a strong framework and standards for performance.
Exemplary professional practice
- College Station Region nurses are nominated by their peers and other healthcare disciplines for the annual Top 30 Nurses of Central Texas and Top 10 Nurses of the College Station Region
- Nurses are recognized by patients and families through the DAISY program
- ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program with Distinction
- Nursing Professional Shared Governance provides input from direct patient care staff of many disciplines to provide the most current best practices to our patients at all levels of care
- Nurses are members of multi-disciplinary teams for service lines and specialty areas
- Nurses participate in system-level decision making
- Professional organization standards are implemented by staff members involved in their specialty organization at local and national levels
Nurses in the College Station Region are honored to represent nursing in the following roles:
- Luci Bostain, MSN, RN-BC: Texas Nurses Association, District 40 Liaison Government Affairs Committee
- Laurie Charles, MSN, RN, SANE-A, P, CA-CP-SANE: Chair of the Texas Evidence Collection Advisory Board
- Nancy Downing, PhD, MSN, RN, SANE-A, P, CP-SANE: President-Elect: International Association of Forensic Nurses
- Ashley Kopech, MSN, RN, CCRN, TCRN: Co-Chair: Injury Prevention, Texas Trauma Coordinators Forum
- Laura Morgan, MSN, RN, CCRP: Chairperson, Society of Clinical Research Associates, Brazos Valley Chapter
- Patti Parks, BSN, RN, CEN: Treasurer, Brazos Valley Regional Advisory Committee
Community involvement by nursing staff is supported for free clinics, support groups, school programs, city and county outreach, boards and education.
Under the leadership of College Station Trauma Program Manager, Ashley Kopech, and Brenham Trauma Coordinator, Patti Parks, along with the volunteer assistance of more than 50 College Station Region Nurses, more community members have been trained in bleeding control techniques in the past year than in the past six years! Over 6,500 school students and community members have received this vital education on hemorrhage control.
Baylor Scott & White – College Station Region Nurses volunteer their time to help our community in support of the following organizations and initiatives:
- Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach
- American Cancer Society
- American Diabetes Association
- American Heart Association – Brazos Valley
- BCS Marathon
- BCS Senior Expo
- Brazos Maternal & Child Health Clinic
- BSWH College Station Health Fair
- College Station Independent School District Foundation
- Habitat for Humanity
- Halloween at Wolf Pen Creek
- Health for All Medical Clinic
- Heart 2 Heart Support Group
- March of Dimes
- Pink Alliance
- Ronald McDonald House
- Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas
- Scotty’s House
- Sexual Assault Resource Center
- United Way of Brazos Valley
- Washington County Fair
College Station Region Nurses mentor and support healthcare education programs including:
- Abilene Christian University Registered Nursing Program
- Baylor University Registered Nursing Program
- Blinn College Emergency Medical Technician Program
- Blinn College Licensed Vocational Nurse Program
- Blinn College Registered Nursing Program
- Chamberlain University
- Sam Houston State University Registered Nursing Program
- Texas A&M University Advanced Nursing Practice Program
- University of Texas at Arlington Registered Nursing Program
- University of Texas at Tyler Registered Nursing Program
- Western Governor’s University
- Scholarships, tuition reimbursement, certification fees and continuing education are available to all nursing staff.
- Career counseling is provided through Nursing Professional Development for staff interested in advancing their education or branching out to other areas of nursing
Cora Stockton, MS, BS, AS; Kayla Carey, BSN, RN; Kathleen Ellis, PhD, RN; Betsy Fritz, MSN, RN, CNML, CCRN-K; Penny Huddleston, PhD, RN, CCRN, NEA-BC; Kathy Kamp, MSN, RNC-NIC; Paula Rodriguez, BSN, RN-BC; Karen Stanzo, MSN, RN, IBCLC, NEA-BC Linda Tjiong, DBA, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Staci Phelps, MSN, RN, RNC-NIC; Study Location: College Station, Grapevine, BUMC; IRB # 018-176; Title of Nursing Research: NDNQI National Research Project to Improve NICU Infant Outcomes, NDNQI Improving NICU infant outcomes through nursing: Parent satisfaction research study
Cora Stockton, MS, BS, AS; Betsy Fritz, MSN, RN, CNML, CCRN-K; Study Location: College Station, Irving, Grapevine, All Saints, Temple; IRB # 018-532; Title of Nursing Research: NDNQI RN Retention Study
Kathleen Ellis, PhD, RN; Amanda Majors, BSN, RNC-NIC; Betsy Fritz MSN, RN, CNML, CCRN-K; Linda Tjiong, DBA, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Study Location: Dallas, Temple, College Station, multi BSWH sites; IRB # 016-089; Title of Nursing Research: “Qualitative Study: Investigation of NICU nurses working with families who have experienced violence” Knowledge and perceptions of maternal/child nurses towards intimate partner violence
Morgan Scott, BSN, RN, CEN; Briana Dugan, BSN, RN; Study Location: College Station ED; IRB # 020-035; Title of Nursing Research: Does professional quality of life improve when new emergency room nurses (5 or less years of experience) are mentored by experienced emergency room nurses (5 years or more experience) at regular intervals and within 48 hours after a traumatic emergency event?
Nurses at Baylor Scott & White – College Station are involved in innovative research, in cooperation with major universities and organizations, including Texas A&M University, the University of Pennsylvania and Press Ganey. In addition, College Station Region Nurses enhance the nursing profession by sharing their expertise through poster and podium presentations at conferences and publications in national and international journals.
Johnson, N, Locke, S; April 2018; Let’s Talk Forensics: A panel discussion; EVET- Every Victim Every Time; Bryan, TX
Johnson, N, Conner, C; April 2018; Forensic Nursing: Assessment and Evidence Collection; EVET- Every Victim Every Time; Bryan, TX
Muniz, D.; October 2018; Fostering a Hospital Culture of Safety through Medical Staff Peer Review; National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) 41st Educational Conference & Exhibition; Colorado Springs, Colorado
Muniz, D.; September 2018; “Train U” for Patient Safety: Enhancing AP practice through FPPE; 42nd NAMSS Educational Conference and Exhibition; Long Beach, CA
Collier, C., Hinton, A.; April 2019; Improving Discharge Teaching by Implementation of a New Parent Discharge Class; Advancing Nursing Excellence at the Point of Care; Temple, TX
Dominguez, A., Stevens, R.; April 2019; Post Event Huddle to Decrease Hospital Acquired Pressure Injuries *3rd Place Podium Presentations; Advancing Nursing Excellence at the Point of Care; Temple, TX
Johnson, N.; April 2019; Unconscious in seconds, Death in Minutes; The Dangers of Strangulation; 13th Annual- Every Victim Every Time; Crime Victims Conference; Bryan, TX
Downing, N.; April 2019; Debunking Myths about Genital Injuries in Sexual Assault Cases; 13th Annual- Every Victim Every Time; Crime Victims Conference; Bryan, TX
Dominguez, Amanda; October 2019; “Post-event Huddle to Decrease Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries”; WOC Talk- podcast; National Podcast
Davis, Kara; April 2020; Patient Safety Through Fall Prevention; Advancing Nursing Excellence at the Point of Care Conference Cancelled Covid-19; Temple, TX
Downing, N.; February 2019; Let There Be Light! Using Alternate Light Sources to Detect and Improve Cutaneous Bruise Visibility; Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing; New Orleans, LA
Koppel, C. R.; April 2019; Improving Health Literacy for Immunotherapy Patients to Prevent Adverse Reaction; Advancing Nursing Excellence at the Point of Care; Temple, TX
Ainsworth, J, Wells, D.; April 2019; Bring the Night to the Light: Nightshift Shared Governance Council; Advancing Nursing Excellence at the Point of Care; Temple, TX
Collier, C., Hinton, A.; April 2019; Utilizing Shared Decision Making to Implement a New Mothers’ Discharge Class; Pathway to Excellence Conference; Orlando, FL
Dominguez, A., Stevens, R.; April 2019; Post Event Huddle to Decrease Hospital Acquired Pressure Injuries; Pathway to Excellence Conference; Orlando, FL
Ainsworth, J, Wells, D.; April 2019; Bring the Night to the Light: Nightshift Shared Governance Council; Pathway to Excellence Conference; Orlando, FL
Dominguez, A., Stevens, R.; June 2019; Post Event Huddle to Decrease Hospital Acquired Pressure Injuries *Innovation Merit Award Winner; Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society Conference; Nashville, TN
Dominguez, Amanda; October 2019; “Post Event Huddle to Decrease Hospital Acquired Pressure Injuries”; Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC); Las Vegas, NV
Cranford, Stephanie; Hadash, Taylor; Lehmann, Chris; Revilla, Shelly; March 2020; “Stayin’ Alive: Surviving a Mock Code: Improving nursing confidence in cardiac arrests through peer-based learning using intra-briefing during mock code simulations.”; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Delta Theta Chapter Research Symposium “Innovation through Education, Research and Evidence-Based Practice” Cancelled Covid-19; Arlington, TX
Bostain, Luci, Chapa, Marissa; April 2020; “Own your Professionalism- it is not all about money”; ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference Postponed Covid-19; West Palm Beach, FL
Bostain, Luci, Roman, Eric; April 2020; “Nurses- Why are we so unhealthy?”; ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference Postponed Covid-19; West Palm Beach, FL
Fritz, Betsy; April 2020; “Mentoring through the Stages of a Nursing Career”; ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference Postponed Covid-19; West Palm Beach, FL
Cranford, Stephanie; Hadash, Taylor; Lehmann, Chris; Revilla, Shelly; April 2020; “Stayin’ Alive: Surviving a Mock Code: Improving nursing confidence in cardiac arrests through peer-based learning using intra-briefing during mock code simulations.”; Advancing Nursing Excellence at the Point of Care Conference Cancelled Covid-19; Temple, TX
Kopech, Ashley; May 2020; “Stopping the Bleed One Tourniquet at a Time”; Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA): Cancelled Covid-19; Savannah, GA
Muniz, D.; May/June 2018; Interview Content Expert, Innovations for Patient Safety: Lightening Learning; NAMSS Synergy, May/June
Drake, S., Downing, N., Koetting, C., Thimsen, K.; January 2018; Forensic Nursing State of the Science: Research and Practice Opportunities *Winner 2018 Research Article of the Year: Journal of Forensic Nursing; Journal of Forensic Nursing, 14(1). DOI: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000181
Carlozzi, N., Boileau, N., Paulsen, J., Perlmutter, J. Lai, J… Downing, N.; 2019; End-of-life measures in Hunting disease: HDQLIFE meaning and purpose, concern with death and dying, and end of life planning; Journal of Neurology, 1-17. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00415-019-09417-7
Scafide, K., Sheridan, D., Downing, N. Hayat, M.; February 2020; Detection of inflicted bruises by alternate light: Results of a randomized controlled trial; Journal of Forensic Sciences, https://doi.org.10.1111/1556-4029.14294
Fritz, Betsy; May 2020; Creating a culture through Pathway to Excellence: Increased nurse confidence can result in improved patient outcomes; American Nurse Journal, 15(5). Pp. 42-45.
Bostain, Luci; May 2020; Nursing professionalism begins with you; American Nurse Online www.myamericannurse.com
Downing, N. R.; 2020; Chapter 8: Human papillomavirus. In P. M. Speck, D. Faugno, S. Mitchell, R. A. Ekroos, & Gibbons Hallman, M. (Eds.).; Sexually transmitted infection and disease assessment, pp. 61-68. St. Louis, MO: STM Learning.
Bogue, R. J. & Downing, N. R.; 2019; Research on physician burnout and well-being: A solutions-oriented perspective. In T. Hamilton, D. McCallister & D. Thorpe (Eds).; Transforming the heart of practice: An organizational and personal approach to physician well-being. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
Dunlap, J.J & Filipek, P.; November 2020; Autism Spectrum Disorder: The nurse’s role; American Journal of Nursing, 120 (11). Pp 40-49