Message From Our Nursing Professional Governance Organization President

It is no surprise that the theme of nursing excellence has continued this past year at Rush Oak Park Hospital.

After receiving the ANCC Magnet Designation last year, ROPH nurses didn’t rest. Our nurses recognize the importance of diligence in improving nursing practice and providing excellent care. They demonstrated their commitment by again receiving the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for inpatient diabetes care. With this latest accolade, Rush Oak Park Hospital nurses can boast a decade of excellent nursing care in diabetes. In addition to this achievement, our nurses remain committed to improving our practice at the bedside through unit-based education, unit and hospital quality improvement projects, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Despite the pursuit of excellence, gaps in nursing care can occur. Our nurses don’t shy away from these challenges. To address these nursing practice concerns, task forces are created. Professional Governance at Rush Oak Park Hospital supports these initiatives, which empowers all nurses to be stakeholders in the care they provide.

Our nurses have remained committed to excellence outside the walls of Rush Oak Park Hospital by improving the health of our community. Our nurses volunteer their time by providing blood pressure screenings at food pantries and health care education for the homeless population at Housing Forward. Our nurses can be seen distributing water and providing first aid at local sport races. Coat and book drives are organized and provide vital resources to vulnerable populations within our community.

Rush Oak Park nurses have had many successful accomplishments this year. As we continue our journey of excellence, we remember that the well-being of our patients and families is at the center of what we do. 

Colleen Chierici
BSN, RN
President-Elect NPGO