Nurses Provide Patient-Centered Care at Munson Medical Center

Nurses at Munson Medical Center, MAGNETWhen you’re a patient at Munson Medical Center, you understand firsthand the kind of nurses who provide care here. These talented and compassionate professionals are:

  • Respected clinical experts
  • Valued partners in care
  • Mentors and educators
  • Strong health advocates

Consistently high staffing levels allow nurses here to provide high-quality care to patients, while state-of-the-art clinical, diagnostic, and information technology gives nursing teams a leading edge. Munson Medical Center, awarded Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence three times, employs more than 1,100 nurses who practice in nearly every acute care specialty. In an environment built on teamwork and collaboration among peers and providers, Munson Medical Center nurses keep the patient at the center of all they do.

Learn more about nursing goals and values at Munson Medical Center.


Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence

Munson Medical Center has earned Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence three consecutive times since 2006. Just eight percent of hospitals in the United States have earned this elite recognition, awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and only one other hospital in Michigan has received the honor three times. Magnet hospitals are renowned for having the highest quality of patient care, higher levels of patient satisfaction, and lower vacancy and turnover rates for nursing. 


Nurses Receive DAISY Award

Nurses at Munson Medical Center who provide exceptional care, compassion, and kindness are honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation, which presents the award, was created in 1999 by the family of Patrick Barnes, who died of a rare disease at age 33. Profoundly touched by the care he received, the family wanted to honor his extraordinary nurses. Today, 2,900 health care facilities honor nurses with the DAISY Award.

Nominate a Nurse for the Daisy Award

Has a nurse provided outstanding care for you or a loved one? Nominate an MMC nurse for the DAISY Award.


Leading the Way

At Munson Medical Center, each nurse is a leader and provides care that is patient-centered and evidence-based. The nurse partners with the patient, family members, and members of the multidisciplinary health care team to coordinate and prioritize care. 


Maternity Nurses, Pharmacy Work Together on Pitocin Potency

In June 2017, nurses noticed that patient labors were just not progressing the way they should, even after Pitocin was administered to encourage contractions. The drug also wasn’t helping patients much following birth, when given to prevent and treat post-partum hemorrhage. Read the full story.


Staff Input Incorporated into Design of New Areas

Munson Medical Center moved two nursing units to new state-of-the-art spaces within the past few years.

Nursing staff from both the inpatient behavioral health unit and oncology unit contributed significantly to the design of both new areas and these spaces align with many aspects of the hospital’s True North focus, including the areas represented by patients, staff, and safety. Read the full story.


Caring for the Community

Munson Medical Center nurses work hard to deliver high-quality, compassionate care to patients. Nurses also support families and loved ones of their patients with untold quiet kindnesses. And they still find time to help out in the community, whether it’s collecting donations for families in need, supporting community health efforts, or volunteering for local groups.

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Patient: 'Nurse Immediately Put Me At Ease'

Melanie Crawford, BSN, RN, has worked on Munson Medical Center’s A4 heart floor for the past five years and understands how scary some days can be for patients. “I was trying to convey the importance of the kidney situation,” he said. “Then, here comes Melanie, second shift RN, and almost immediately she understands my concerns. She spent time with me learning about the requirements of the medications. She immediately put me at ease and demonstrated the confidence I needed that the care of my new kidney was just as important to her.” Read the full story.


Nurse Inspires Coat Drive for Behavioral Health Unit Patients

When Eleanor Brockway, RN, a nurse in the Behavioral Health Unit spotted a patient, who had been recently discharged, outside without a winter coat, she took

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 her concern to her team. By the end of January, the team had collected nearly 200 warm winter coats for patients and others in need. Read the full story


NICU Nurse Creates Halloween Costumes

For parents with infants in the NICU, stress and worry are unavoidable. And meanwhile, they forgo many favorite milestones, such as the first Halloween. NICU nurse Shannon Preston, RN, makes sure these tiny patients – and their parents – don’t miss out on the fun! Read the full story


Meeting Structural Heart Needs in Northern Michigan

Coordinator Deb Provost, BSN, RN, looks back on the Structural Heart Clinic's milestones and sees a lot of progress, mostly in the eyes of patients who enjoy a higher quality of life.

 

 

 

 


In the Zone: Safer Medication Dispensing

Julia Thirby, BSN, RN, recalls standing at the Pyxis machine on A4, trying to focus on getting the right medications dispensed for her patients, when co-workers came alongside her to ask a question. 


Patient: Nurse 'Forever My Sister'

Former B3S nurse Erica Griffiths, RN, CMSRN, made Mother’s Day 2019 something special for one patient. We went through our surgical check list and she asked me, ‘Mary, do you have any family coming for your procedure today?’ I started to cry and stated ‘no’ … Erica looked at me and said, ‘We will be your family today,’ as she reached out and held my hand. After that I was swept off to surgery.” Read the full story.