Innovation Unit

New technologies and innovative patient care are at the center of the new 11300 innovation nursing unit at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. After months of planning and construction, the 15-bed unit opened Jan. 18, 2016.

The unit will test new advances in pain management, pressure-ulcer prevention, mobility and fall prevention – technologies designed to augment the duties of the care team. Goals of the neuroscience unit include growing an ideal patient care model through evidence-based practice and sharing lessons learned with other nursing units across Barnes-Jewish, but the main purpose is to get patients back to their lives sooner.

Innovations began even before team members were hired. Talent acquisition specialists and the leadership team asked questions of candidates based on the characteristics of transformational leadership, where leaders collaborate with employees to identify the needs for change.

The training is about more than nursing. Everyone is involved. Team members are learning the roles of each person on the unit – occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech, patient care technicians, unit secretaries, dieticians, everyone.

Julie Griffin, BSN, MHA, is the director of patient care services for neurosciences and the clinical director of 11300. “The orientation is designed to enhance teamwork across the disciplines. It helps eliminate communication barriers from the start. Access to Dr. Pat Potter’s team has been integral in each step of this project. Her team will be tracking the progress of patients and using the data they collect to help develop new evidence-based practices.” Potter, RN, PhD, FAAN, is the director of research for patient care services.

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