The Compass – Fort Worth Fall 2020 | Page 3


We are Magnet !

The highest international honor for nursing excellence

n September 16 , 2020 , Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth received the call we had worked toward and waited on for more than 10 years that announced we had officially received Magnet accreditation !
The Magnet Recognition Program was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center ( ANCC ) to recognize healthcare organizations that provide a high level of excellence in nursing . A Magnet hospital is recognized as an organization where nursing delivers excellent patient outcomes , where nurses have a high level of job satisfaction , and where there are innovations in professional nursing practice . Achieving Magnet status is the highest level of honor awarded by the ANCC and is recognized nationally as the “ gold standard ” of nursing excellence .
This recognition is not merely an award or badge of honor , but it is steadfast proof of a widespread commitment to quality patient care , with contented nurses at its center . Less than 8 % of hospitals nationally that have been selected to be worthy of the designation .
To achieve Magnet recognition , hospitals must endure a rigorous and lengthy process that demands extensive participation from staff . The process begins with an application , followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes . If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence , an on-site visit is conducted to thoroughly assess the organization . After this thorough on-site review process , the Commission on Magnet reviews the
completed appraisal report and votes to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted .
Accepting that fateful call on September 16 was Chief Nursing Officer Val Gokenbach . Val arrived at Baylor Scott & White – Fort Worth in September of 2016 and immediately set her sights on Magnet accreditation . Upon the completion of the Magnet process and while awaiting the call from the Magnet committee , Val announced her retirement . A very proud
Stepping into the role of chief nursing officer is Barbara Vaughn , RN , BSN , MS , CCM . Barbara graduated from Texas Woman ’ s University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and in 1996 with a Master of Science in Nursing Administration . She has been employed with Baylor Scott & White Health since 2002 , serving as a manager for the departments of Care Coordination and Social Work and as the director of Acute Care Services . Most recently , Barbara served as the chief nursing officer for Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Carrollton , where she worked with her team to improve both quality and service metrics for the organization .
Do you have any hidden talents ? I am a bit of a cook .
What do you love about Fort Worth ? I am still getting to know Fort Worth . I love the thought of it really being Cowtown , driving down the and emotional Val wiped away tears as the commission announced a unanimous vote to credential Baylor Scott & White - Fort Worth as an official Magnet hospital . “ Val has been instrumental in improvements at our great hospital that are too numerous to mention ,” stated Mike Sanborn , president of Baylor Scott & White – Fort Worth . We officially bid Val adieu on October 1 , 2020 , but know she is never far away , as she will continue to teach a class at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine .

New Chief Nursing Officer joins team

streets made of red brick . What are you currently reading ?
I just received a copy of Let My People Vote by Desmond Meade . What is the best advice you have ever been given ?
The best advice that I have been given was from my fourth grade teacher , Ms . Guess — if you work hard enough , you can be anything you want to be . Any tips on staying healthy ?
Do not overdo it . Be consistent . Eat enough , but not too much . Do everything you can to add a little exercise to your life – walking is one of my favorite pastimes .
Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Vaughn , RN