In any healthcare setting, nurses play a critical role in the quality of care. That’s especially true at Riley at IU Health, where our nurses have distinguished us as one of the nation’s only healthcare systems to earn American Nursing Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition® four consecutive times. This designation gives children access to an elite class of highly skilled nurses and ranks Riley at IU Health in the top five percent of hospitals nationwide for its nursing quality, safety and patient satisfaction.
Several marks of excellence contribute to our Magnet status and make a difference for the children who receive care at Riley at IU Health:
- Each year, we increase the percentage of certified nurses who have advanced, specialized skills. Today, an estimated 76 percent of our nurses have a bachelor of science (BSN) degree in nursing and approximately one-third have certifications.
- We encourage nurses to be directly involved in improving care by taking a lead role in refining policies and procedures.
- We recruit and keep a diverse nursing staff by offering career advancement and increased pay for expanded knowledge, leadership and responsibility.
- We emphasize interdisciplinary care that puts nurses, physicians and other healthcare providers together in teams where they coordinate care and learn from each other.
- We have simulated learning facilities and educational opportunities that help nurses perfect their skills and deepen their knowledge.
- We value and promote nurses who are steeped in evidence-based research that leads to better care for children.
Our robust environment for growth and professional development draws the best and brightest nurses in healthcare. Through our tuition reimbursement program, they can pursue advanced degrees that lead to a wider range of career options.
Our Magnet status also encourages nurses to seek specialized certifications and stay current in their profession, with the ultimate goal of delivering the best possible outcomes for our patients. Working within Indiana’s largest and most comprehensive healthcare system for children places our nurses a dynamic atmosphere where they can apply and develop their skills in new ways as their interests evolve.
Our Nurses Work Where you Live
Nursing team members at Riley at IU Health are committed to nurturing health and preventing pediatric injuries throughout Indiana. One example is a community car seat program—a free service that helps parents learn how to properly fit their infants and children for car seats. They are also involved in statewide cystic fibrosis education and special summer camps organized for children with health conditions or injuries.
We Are Leaders in Nursing Education
Riley at IU Health plays an active role in developing the next generation of nurses through relationships with universities that offer advanced degrees in nursing. Among them are the University of Indianapolis School of Nursing, which offers a cohorts program for bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing on the campus of Riley at IU Health, and the School of Nursing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
We invite you to explore our latest quality scores and learn more about our evidence-based research by downloading our 2018 nursing annual report.