Co-funding the Nurse Navigator fellowship program to improve skills in and increase accountability for hospital quality improvement

The Foundation's Transforming Care at the Bedside initiative is proving successful in empowering frontline nurses to change their work environment to improve the quality of patient care. This approach is helping to retain experienced nurses. The program teaches frontline nurses how to create goals, collect data, and measure progress in meeting specific quality improvement objectives. Hospitals that have obtained the Magnet Certification and Baldrige Award require that their bedside nurses understand how to conduct research in an effort to improve daily care. The vast majority of bedside nurses, however, have no knowledge of nor accountability for the safety and quality agenda of their hospitals.The purpose of this pilot project, Nurse Navigator, is to provide the field with a model to engage frontline nurses in the quality improvement process, thus allowing more hospitals to improve their work environments. This pilot fellowship provides a one-year quality improvement training and mentoring program for ten bedside nurses, who will be expected to spread the training principles throughout their hospitals. They will serve as one of their hospitals lead on-site authorities for quality improvement. The host hospitals' Chief Executive Officer and Chief Nursing Officer will be expected to participate in a leadership collaborative three times throughout the year to ensure support to the nurses, as well as to network themselves around quality improvement issues. The Foundation will provide 50 percent of the support needed to implement the Nurse Navigator fellowship program in partnership with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF). This project will assist the Foundation in meeting its strategic objective to increase nurse retention rates and by improving the quality of care at the bedside. The grantee and co-funder for this program is JHF.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $100,000.00

Awarded on: 8/23/2005

Time frame: 9/1/2005 - 3/31/2007

Grant Number: 53795


Jewish Healthcare Foundation of Pittsburgh

Center City Tower, Suite 2400
650 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, 15222-3900


Debra Thompson
Project Director