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​Our more than 4,800 nurses are an amazing group of caregivers. They are passionate about delivering exceptional care to our patients, fostering quality and patient safety, participating in shared leadership, and furthering their professional development through certification and advanced education. They also are committed to advancing the nursing profession beyond Northwestern Medicine through conducting research and evidence-based practice projects, presenting their work at conferences and participating in professional organizations.

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Northwestern Memorial Hospital


A commitment to caring for patients impacted by global health crises has earned Claire Liszkay, BSN, RN, CCRN the accolades of her colleagues, and now she has become the first Northwestern Memorial Hospital nurse to receive a national Giving Excellence Meaning, or GEM, Award for her volunteer efforts.

The GEM Award given by Nurse.com recognizes nursing excellence in a variety of categories. Liszkay, a clinical nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, was recognized earlier this year as a regional recipient of the award, and recently, she learned that she also was being given the national award.

In the midst of international concern about Ebola last fall, Liszkay became the first nurse at Northwestern Memorial to volunteer to care for patients showing symptoms of the virus. Northwestern Memorial was one of four hospitals in Chicago designated for Ebola response by the Chicago Department of Public Health. In her volunteer role, Liszkay provided care at the bedside for a patient who was admitted for exhibiting symptoms of Ebola.

Liszkay also has traveled abroad to provide care in countries experiencing health crises. During the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, she spent six weeks volunteering as a nurse in Sierra Leone. She also traveled to Haiti in 2010 to provide care to victims of a massive earthquake, and she has returned each year since.

“I became a nurse because when I was living in Central America, I noted the need for medical care among my friends there,” Liszkay says. “That is what initially inspired me to go to nursing school, and it inspires me to continue in nursing today.”

Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital


When it comes to having an impact on patient care, the nurses at Delnor Hospital are committed to research-based process improvement. Research conducted at Delnor has contributed to the elimination of patient catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). According to Joyce Springer, MSN, RN, BA, BA, senior analyst, nursing research and clinical quality, reducing urinary tract infections caused by catheters is a national safety goal that has been linked to reimbursement rates beginning in 2012 – 13.

The first stage of the focus on reducing CAUTI began in 2010 with specific nursing education. “Then we encouraged careful discernment regarding whether or not patients need a catheter at all,” says Springer. “If a catheter is placed, we stressed to our nurses the importance of removing the device in a timely manner; with just these interventions, the number of days our patients have used catheters was reduced by 25 percent.”

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital 


Candice Krill, MS, MBA, RN, ACM, quality director at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, received the Excellence in Research award from the American Academy of Nursing in 2013.
Her article, "Empowering Staff Nurses to Use Research to Change Practice for Safe Patient Handling," published in Nursing Outlook, found that implementation of a safe lifting program often involves a significant change in culture within the nursing staff, and crucial to that change is the involvement of staff in selecting new equipment.

The use of lift equipment to move and reposition patients is a key safety initiative within the nursing industry and at hospitals throughout the country. Safe patient handling is critical to both patient and nurse safety, because improper lifting of patients can lead to life-altering or potentially career-ending injuries.

Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital 


During the Magnet redesignation process, the Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) nursing team provided documented evidence demonstrating how Magnet concepts, performance and quality were sustained and improved over the past four years since the hospital was first designated in 2010. During the redesignation notification call, the American Nurses Credentialing Center cited a number of exemplars that focused on the hospital’s clinical outcome data, including hospital performance related to stroke education, according to the release.

Get With the Guidelines (GWTG) is the premier hospital-based quality improvement program from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, empowering healthcare provider teams to consistently treat stroke patients using current evidence-based guidelines. CDH is the recipient of the GWTG Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award and uses the GWTG aggregate comparative data for internal quality improvement. 

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