North Dakota Nursing Culture of Excellence Designation Program

This new program hosted by the ND Center for Nursing was developed by a committee of 45 nurses and stakeholders across the state over the last two years. This program provides the opportunity for employers to work together with all levels of nurses to promote a positive workplace culture and environment. The program also supports the formation of Professional Identity in Nursing. Obtainment of the ND Nursing Culture of Excellence Designation signifies an environment that promotes nursing recruitment, development and retention. 

Benefits:

  • Designation provides nurses information about workplaces that provide a positive and healthy work environment.
  • Customized data collection and analysis provided to track progress
  • Designation will help employers to increase recruitment of new nurses and reduction of turnover.
  • The Designation preparation process provides the opportunity for nurses of all levels to work on nursing practice standards with administration.
  • Continuing education mapped to the program is included for all nurses.
  • Access to statewide group of nursing workforce experts.
  • Access to a peer mentoring group to provide support during process.
  • Regular technical assistance meetings to provide support for preparation process.

Eligibility:

  • Located in North Dakota
  • Open to large and small hospitals, clinics, long term care, home health, hospice and public health
  • Commit to implementing nursing standards through the development of committees and utilization of pre-developed continuing education.

Draft Designation Standards:

The designation encourages nursing workplace recruitment and retention through job satisfaction, which benefits the whole organization. In addition, for these healthcare employers, all levels of nurses are empowered, engaged, and work together as a team to meet the following eleven practice standards:

  1. Provides education on professional identity in nursing.
  2. Fosters a culture of civility and respect
  3. Uses ND’s scope of practice and other regulations to define practice
  4. Encourages interprofessional collaborative practice
  5. All nurses have the opportunity to participate in shared governance
  6. Values and supports professional development and education
  7. All nurses have the opportunity to participate in staffing and scheduling policy and procedure development, revisions, and monitoring
  8. Maintains a culture of safety
  9. Provides a means for recognition and promotion of nurses at all levels
  10. Fosters a healthy work-life balance and compassion
  11. Offers a competitive salary and benefits package to all levels of nurses

North Dakota established a Governor’s Nursing Shortage Task Force in 2017, which was co-led by the ND Center for Nursing to develop potential solutions for the state’s nursing shortage. The task force identified a need to learn more about factors that increase the likelihood that nursing students and nurses will choose to stay in North Dakota and with their current employers. Through surveys and focus groups in 2019-2020 with nurses and nursing students across the state, we collected critical information that has been used to inform this new program. Nurses indicated that they are concerned about their ability to provide safe, quality patient care in their workplaces. Nurses want to work with all health care professionals to help improve everyone’s workplace.

We are excited to launch this program in response to the desire of nurses in North Dakota to improve their work environment.


Calling all Nursing Administrators: You Are Invited!

The North Dakota Center for Nursing has worked for the last two years with a large group of nurses and stakeholders to develop a program that provides an opportunity for employers to work together with all levels of nurses to promote a positive workplace culture and environment to support the formation of Professional Identity in Nursing.

The ND Nursing Culture of Excellence Designation program is ready to accept applications from health care employers to serve as pilot facilities for this new program. Applications for the pilot program are due March 15, 2021 online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9NQDJJR

Eligible employers include large and small hospitals, clinics, long-term care, home health, hospice and public health organizations located within North Dakota with a commitment to implement nursing standards through the development of committees and pre-developed continuing education.

Our committee will select 3 pilot facilities that will work with the ND Center for Nursing and our workplace culture committee to implement changes designed to improve recruitment and retention. As we are applying for grant support for this pilot project, there is no cost during this first year.

In exchange for helping us test out our new program, pilot facilities will receive a planning toolkit, customized baseline and end-of-year data collection, analysis and reporting, technical assistance through Zoom calls, workplace culture resources, free continuing education for all nursing staff including NDBON contact hours, publicity on the ND Center for Nursing and a feature story recognizing your facility. Your nursing leadership staff will also receive an invitation to attend a retreat following the pilot period to attend a retreat to finalize the program prior to full launch.

We know that you will have a lot of questions about how participating will work for your health care facility.  We are hosting a webinar to provide more information about the pilot program and to answer questions from those facilities that are interested.

ND Nursing Culture of Excellence Designation Pilot Application Webinar

Click here to view the recorded webinar. 

Application Webinar Power point Slides