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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Department of Nursing Services

  • Our #1 Priority is Patient and Medication Safety

    September 15, 2014

    Sharing insights with other Nursing managers on how to successfully launch KBMA.

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  • KBMA: Knowledge Based Medication Administration

    Our #1 Priority Is Patient And Medication Safety

    University Hospital of Brooklyn will implement bar coding technology to further its commitment to improving patient safety. Debuts on September 21, 2014.

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  • Celebrating Our Success

    Employees of the Month

    Throughout the year the hospital chooses employees who have exceeded the standard for service excellence. We are proud to celebrate the selection of nurses from our department for the past nine years!

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  • Nursing News & Events

    Nursing Initiatives Including:

    Pressure ulcer prevention, reducing noise on our clinical units, reaching out to international nurses and sharing our best practices with nurses abroad.

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  • Our concept is simple

    We believe in C.A.R.E.

    C: Clinical
    A: Administrative
    R: Research
    E: Education

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A Message from the Chief Nursing Officer

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Margaret G. Jackson, MA,RN
Assistant Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer

I am proud to lead nursing at University Hospital of Brooklyn, SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Throughout my eleven years here, I have consistently been impressed with the sincere and hard-working attitude I see so often in our staff. Our collective drive to provide all patients, their families and our community with the highest quality care has been a source of inspiration and pride for me and so many others. The UHB spirit is evident from the moment you step onto our patient care units and ambulatory suites.

The current healthcare environment presents special challenges to the nursing profession. Complex social and economic factors play a role as we deliver care to patients with multiple medical problems from diverse cultural backgrounds. Nurses play a vital role in improving the quality of life of their patients in this challenging environment and must consistently deliver safe, high quality nursing care in a culturally sensitive way. Recently, we saw our efforts rewarded with full accreditation from the Joint Commission during our triennial survey.

Our nursing vision at UHB/SUNYDMC is to be at the forefront of advancing the art and science of nursing through excellence in nursing practice, education, and research. As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, serving a diverse community of over 2 million residents, we are fortunate to recruit and retain highly skilled and capable staff that helps us provide exceptional levels of patient care. Our nurses are eager to share their expertise with nurses in other institutions and this past year have traveled locally, nationally and internationally to present poster and podium presentations and lectures. A continuous drive for high quality care led us to achieve excellent scores on Core Measures and Nursing Quality Indicators for falls prevention, pressure ulcer prevention, patient satisfaction and many other initiatives.

While we are proud of our reputation and history of excellence, we never rest on our accomplishments. That's because we know there is so much more to be done. We are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to improve services for everyone in our community. We also look for new staff who wants to join a healthcare team that prioritizes patient care and customer service. We have the opportunities, if you have the skills and mindset to help move UHB into the future.

I'd like to thank our dedicated team of nurses for their outstanding work which is demonstrated consistently. I invite you to read the pages of this site to learn more about nursing at UMB/SNYDMC