Nursing Innovation Report 2016

A Message from Our Chief Nursing Officer

It was inevitable. Combine successful recruitment, outreach, and national recognition for quality outcomes, and volumes of patients will likely follow. This year’s annual nursing report highlights the progression of our surging patient census and capacity challenges: how and when we discovered the problems, and the incredible journey of an outstanding nursing team to use innovation and creative ideas in the short-term while nursing leadership joined the executive team to provide a long-term solution. The stories highlighted in this report reflect work across the health system to continue to provide excellent care to ever increasing volumes of patients.

STRATEGY: Know when to Grow
Tracking census and growth to inform expansion

STAFFING: Embrace the Eager and Empower Experience
Controlling ED chaos with the help of new grads and veteran charge nurses

SERVICES: Provide Room Service with or without the Room
Bringing interdisciplinary inpatient care to the PACU

CULTURE: Create an Atmosphere of Caring for Patients and Staff
Seeing patients and staff as people first

ENVIRONMENT: Invest in the Best
Rolling out top-tier hospital beds house-wide

I’m so proud to deliver our fourth annual Nursing Report, and share with you the work that our nurses have been involved with this year. Please drop us a note at and let us know what challenges around census you face and what is working well in your organization.

Margarette Pearce

Margaret Pearce, RN, PhD
Chief Nursing Officer
University of Utah Health Care