The Unit of Training, Teaching, Quality, Patient Safety and Nursing Research of the health area of Cartagena has obtained the seal ‘Excellent Team’ that delivers nationally the magazine ‘Nursing in Development’ of the Foundation for the Development of Nursing (Fuden) and recognises the commitment and vocation to achieve quality in care.
This is the first unit in the Region of Murcia to obtain the distinction of the publication and it does so with a high level of competence, grade 2, as reported by sources of the Community in a press release.
The acting Regional Minister of Health, Juan José Pedreño, attended the award ceremony at the Santa Lucía hospital in Cartagena, where he stressed that the recognition “is an added value and an important endorsement of the work of the unit’s professionals, which highlights them as an excellent team”.
Pedreño acknowledged “the courage of these professionals” for submitting themselves to an audit process, “which allows them to point out what they do well, their strengths, but also what needs to be improved in a constant effort to achieve quality in patient care”.
Nursing in Cartagena has demonstrated a solid track record with actions such as the implementation of practices based on scientific evidence in patient care. Along these lines, in 2021 the Santa Lucía hospital obtained accreditation as a Centre Committed to Excellence in Nursing Care from the Best Practices Spotlight Organisations Programme and is the only hospital in the Murcia Health Service to have this accreditation.
Likewise, this year the nursing of the Cartagena health area has been one of the 15 health institutions selected, among 50 others at national level, to take part in the Nursing Research Challenge project, which aims to promote the development of research projects led by nurses in health or social-health contexts, as well as to make their contribution visible.
This project aims to strengthen the proactive attitude of nursing professionals towards scientific knowledge, creating a favourable environment for the promotion of nursing research, optimising the management of resources, strengthening existing lines of work and establishing new priority research areas.
In addition, the Nursing Training, Teaching, Quality, Patient Safety and Research Unit has designed a blog to improve access and consultation by professionals to the different protocols and guidelines for action in the area. Its content ranges from the dissemination of the most frequently consulted issues in the area to notifications of safety alerts and any aspect detected that facilitates the daily work of professionals.
This unit has also promoted a platform for new professionals that facilitates their arrival at the centre. All protocols and manuals for the use of equipment are available on this platform.
The Cartagena health area has 2,425 nursing professionals, 57 percent of the area’s staff, distributed in the University Hospital Complex of Cartagena and in the health centres of the municipalities of Cartagena, Mazarrón, La Unión and Fuente Álamo.