Nursing Excellence at GBMC

A Message from JoAnn Z. Ioannou, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

GBMC HealthCare's Senior Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer

It is no secret that healthcare is rapidly changing. Recognizing that continuous improvement is critical to providing the best, safest care to our patients, GBMC HealthCare remains an industry leader in responding to change and implementing advances in patient care with great success.

JoAnn Z. Ioannou, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
JoAnn Z. Ioannou, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
A major key to the success of our well-respected institution is our exceptional nursing staff. It is an honor and privilege to be part of such an impressive team. At GBMC, we make a strong effort to show our appreciation to nursing, continuously seeking ways to support staff and elevate them to the top of their licensure.

We foster a collaborative atmosphere, in which our nurses and physicians serve as resources to one another. However, the collaboration doesn’t end there. Our nursing staff has strong relationships with all of our multidisciplinary teams, from social workers and case managers to environmental services and the pharmacy.

We respect all of our nursing staff, both veteran and those just beginning their career journeys. We welcome graduate students and newly graduated nurses into our organization and mentor them as they build their careers here, supporting continuing education and professional development.

These are just a few of countless reasons that I’m proud to say I’m a member of the nursing staff at GBMC. I believe my nursing colleagues would agree and continue to add to this sentiment.

JoAnn Z. Ioannou, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Front Line Leader Program

front line leader program

The Center for Frontline Leaders is a comprehensive leadership development program designed especially for nurses who are involved in direct patient care. Based on specific criteria a group of clinical bedside nurses have the opportunity to work to enhance critical leadership skills. These include improving nursing practice by focusing on enhanced critical thinking and problem solving, communication, delegation, mentoring, and other essential skills.

Evidence-Based Practice

Nurses at GBMC are committed to providing the highest quality care possible to their patients. To be sure that this care is grounded in the most recent science, nurses utilize evidence-based practice to make clinical decisions and develop plans of care with their patients.

Evidence-based practice is a problem solving approach that integrates the best available research and scientific evidence. This evidence includes the individual needs and preferences of every patient. This added collaboration allows nurses to provide individualized, high quality patient care every day.

GBMC has many resources to assist our nurses in learning how to employ evidence-based practice. There is an extensive in-house and online library available to nurses, as well as expert assistance in conducting literature searches for best practice. Each unit has an evidence-based practice council that meets monthly. In this council nurses work through the process of searching and critiquing evidence, as well as conducting evidence-based projects on their unit. GBMC also provides bedside nurses with opportunities to grow and be recognized for their expert evidence-based care through a variety of programs including the Frontline Leader Program and the Clinical Ladder Program.

Nursing Orientation

Nursing orientation consists of a 4 day core educational phase and includes both a didactic component and hands on skills. This is followed by a specific unit preceptorship of several weeks' duration, which is driven by the orientee's progress. Preceptorship is based on targeted clinical experiences, meeting predetermined objectives, as well as those identified by the orientee. There are regular evaluation meetings with the Education Specialist, Nurse Educator/Preceptor and Unit Manager. Staff members are required to perform their job skills at a safe, competent level before functioning independently.

Educational Opportunities

RN to BSN Program GBMC and Stevenson University have developed a cohort on GBMC campus to offer our staff opportunities in professional educational advancement

Nursing Scholarships are available for employees pursuing or advancing their career in nursing

The Physician's Fund Scholarship is a fund established by GBMC physicians that offers nursing staff the opportunity to attend programs to enhance their professional growth.

CE Direct is an online program offering unlimited access to continuing education courses to nurses who want to enrich their professional growth.
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