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Nurse-Friendly Hospital Designation Awarded to Four Texas Hospitals

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 13 -- The Nurse-Friendly(TM) hospital designation of Texas Nurses Association has been awarded to four more hospitals in Texas -- CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital, Katy; McKenna Memorial Hospital, New Braunfels; St. David's Round Rock Medical Center, Round Rock; and St. David's South Austin Hospital, Austin.

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The Nurse-Friendly designation attests to the presence in a hospital of 12 essential elements of the ideal nursing practice environment - as defined by nurses and research - where nurses can practice safe, quality patient care, and pursue a level of professional development and career satisfaction that can retain them in the workforce. Even though hospitals applying for the three-year designation must undergo a lengthy review process of demonstrating that the 12 criteria are present in their policies, practices and procedures, it is only after a majority of the facility's own nurses confirm that fact through confidential survey that the designation is finally awarded.

The 12 Nurse-Friendly Hospital Criteria of Texas Nurses Association is the basis for awarding the Nurse-Friendly designation.

"The criteria - which includes strong nurse leadership, control of practice, and safety in the work environment for nurses and the patients for whom they advocate - are important components in providing quality patient care and nurse job satisfaction," explained Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, president of Texas Nurses Association. "When hospitals utilize the research-identified criteria in their policies and practices, they demonstrate a commitment to a practice environment that is consistent with quality patient care and nurse retention."

In the three years that the Nurse-Friendly hospital designation has been awarded, 53 of an approximate 581 licensed hospitals in Texas have achieved the distinction.

About Texas Nurses Association

Established in 1907, Texas Nurses Association ( is a professional organization of registered nurses, and the only Texas affiliate of the American Nurses Association. Texas Nurses Association seeks to advance the profession and promote excellence in nursing by helping nurses achieve quality patient care through high standards of practice, legislative involvement, and public policy advocacy.

Nurse-Friendly is a certification mark of Texas Nurses Association.

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