Whidbey General Hospital

Happy National Nurses Week!

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6 through May 12 (the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing). This year’s theme is "Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care."
Happy National Nurses Week!

Whidbey General nursing leadership includes (back row) Linda Gipson, PhD, Chief Nursing Officer; Porter “Blue” Haught, RN; Patsy Kolesar, RN; Renee Yanke, ARNP; Kristi Stevens, RN; (front) Michele Renninger, RN; Jean Caldwell, MA, and Trish Nilsen, RNC.

A 2012 Gallup public opinion poll ranked nurses first in honesty and ethical standards. The 200 nurses, certified nursing assistants, emergency department technicians and Health Unit Coordinators at Whidbey General are working hard to keep that trust. Motivated by the mission “To heal our community, one patient and one family at a time,” our nurses are committed to technically excellent care that respects your individual needs and preferences.

Whidbey Island Public Hospital District salutes this team, which cares for patients in the hospital and in community clinics, physician practices and private homes around the island. Nurses help Whidbey General produce outstanding clinical outcomes, even when compared to industry best (see below).

During this special week, we recognize that our nurses’ passion for quality and innovation also extends into the greater community.

Nurses from Whidbey General participate in many events to promote health and raise awareness such as the Red Dress Ball, March for Babies and Relay for Life. These events provide funds for those in need and educate the community about important health issues.

Nurses Week bannerOur nurses are committed not only to healing injuries and illness, but also to promoting vibrant health. They participate in lectures and community support groups on topics such as injury prevention, cancer, heart disease and grief and loss. They conduct blood pressure and cholesterol screenings at many public events, such as the Island County Fair and Whidbey Island Marathon.

Our nurses will help you stay healthy and well, but will also be there for you when you need them!

Thank you, Whidbey General Hospital nurses!


Nurse-Sensitive Quality and Outcome Measures at Whidbey General

    • More efficient processes in the emergency department have resulted in a “door to doctor” time that is among the best in the state for the 18,000 patients we serve annually. Patient satisfaction scores are now in the 95th percentile when compared with nearly 2, 000 other hospitals in the United States.
    • The Whidbey General Cancer Program received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer for 2012. All registered nurses in the Medical Ambulatory Care clinic are now oncology certified, providing proficient and empathetic care to our cancer patients.
    • Nursing care models and staffing plans have been updated and streamlined to provide continuity of care and improved patient flow through the hospital system. Certified nursing assistants and emergency department technicians have been added to the team as nurse extenders to help us better respond to patient needs.
    • A state-of-the-art best practice electronic record for documentation of the nursing process has been developed. We now subscribe to a national nursing procedure database for bedside access to evidence-based policies and procedures for nursing care.
    • People with diabetes who attended the Diabetes Education Program class series on average reduced their A1C by 2.3% (a measure of control of their diabetes). They lost an average of 16 pounds over the course of the year. Our program was reaccredited in 2012.
    • 86% of those who attended the Pulmonary Wellness program did not need to visit the ER and were not hospitalized with any pulmonary issues within the year of attendance. This compares with other patients who have chronic lung disease and can expect two emergency department visits or inpatient stays a year.
    • Since 2010, no Whidbey General patient has developed ventilator associated pneumonia or central line associated bloodstream infections, which are the cause of serious complications in the intensive care patient.
    • Less than one percent of chronically ill patients admitted to Whidbey General experience a pressure ulcer. The average pressure ulcer rate for other acute care hospitals across the country is seven percent.


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