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Nursing advocate makes list of top 20 people who make healthcare better

Each year, HealthLeaders Media selects 20 people who are making a difference for good in healthcare. The selections range from high-profile people who foster big changes to people who may not be household names, but whose contributions to healthcare have inspired positive change. This year, one of the winners is a nurse from Iowa.

For more than three decades, Barbara “BJ” Hannon, MSN, RN, CPHQ, has dedicated her life to the nursing profession and helping others strive toward excellence. It was not until the facility she was working at decided to apply for ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) designation, that she became involved with educating other Iowa organizations about MRP.

“One of the reasons that I will go anywhere and talk to anyone about MRP, is that I really want every hospital on the face of this earth to get designated,” she says. “Designation requires that hospitals have participatory scheduling, no mandatory overtime, that they involve nurses in shared governance, that they help nurses use evidence in their practice. All the things that MRP requires make life better for nurses in the hospitals. And because I’ve been a nurse for 34 years, I know the way it used to be; and it used to be terrible.”

During the past seven years, Hannon has helped her facility receive MRP designation in 2004 and then re-designation in 2008, and has seen nursing increase its visibility across the organization.

Her accomplishments do not stop there, for she offers her expertise to other facilities and organizations throughout Iowa as well. As Hannon travels from facility to facility, she offers advice on ways to improve the nursing environment through evidence-based practice or improving multigenerational communication.

“What MRP means to me is getting rid of the invisibility of nurses and putting nurses where they belong, which is out there at the forefront,” says Hannon. “I believe the MRP has the power to elevate the image of nursing and respect for it. We’re not just nice, sweet, compassionate girls who hold your hand. We are highly educated, quality improvement experts who use evidence-based practice to produce the best care possible.”

Source: HealthLeaders Media

*MAGNET™, MAGNET RECOGNITION PROGRAM®, and ANCC MAGNET RECOGNITION® are trademarks of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The products and services of HCPro, Inc. and The Greeley Company are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the ANCC. The acronym “MRP” is not a trademark of HCPro or its parent company.

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Sarah Kearns About the Author: Sarah is an Editorial Assistant in the patient safety group at HCPro, Inc. She contributes to two monthly newsletters; Briefings on the Joint Commission and Briefings on Patient Safety, and manages four e-zines; Accreditation Connection, AHAP Staff Challenge, Nurse Manager Weekly, and Healthcare Training Weekly. She also helps research new products for the patient safety and nursing market. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2008 where she earned her bachelor's degree in English.

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