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Jones 10 Nurses Receive Prestigious PRISM Award

The Head and Neck surgeons in the Department of Otolaryngology perform many surgeries a year, and the care taken with patients is unparalleled. When their job is done, they want to ensure their patients receive equitable care. They confidently turn their patients over to the nurses on Jones 10. The nurses on Jones 10 are led by Emmanuel O. Javaluyas, DNP, APRN, NE-BC. Under Javaluyas’ leadership, Jones 10 in July was recognized with an Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-surg (PRISM) award. The unit currently is the only med-surg unit to be thus distinguished at Houston Methodist.
Emmanuel O. Javaluyas, DNP, APRN, NE-BC.
The PRISM award was created to recognize the exemplary practice of medical-surgical units and provides special recognition to the exemplary practice of medical-surgical units. To be named a recipient of the PRISM award, Javaluyas and his team had to fill out a stack of paperwork, documenting the work his unit has done. Patient satisfaction is a component of the criteria, as are leadership, recruitment and retention, evidence-based practice, patient outcomes, healthy practice environment, and lifelong learning. Jones 10 received the highest score in the history of PRISM with advanced level in all components. The PRISM distinction, Javaluyas says, is a compliment to the staff. “I feel that if a team is recognized by clinical excellence in the work that they do, everything else will follow. They will feel good about what they do. They will feel recognized, and they will stay on that job.” The award is a source of pride for the nurses, and they are on a mission to maintain the distinction, which lasts three years. Retention and recruitment are a key component of the award, and the nurses on Jones 10 have longevity. “One of our nurses has been here more than 35 years,” Javaluyas said. The designation also makes the unit able to attract the best nurses. “We can attract the best candidates. Whoever we hire will be part of a team that has the potential to meet a high level of standards. It is the expectation that we have for any new hire, whether you're a secretary or PCA, or particularly the nurses, they know that we have a pathway for them,” he said. There is an educator on staff as well, so the nurses have the opportunity to further lifelong learning. During the pandemic, when elective surgeries were restricted, Javaluyas took advantage of the time to provide training opportunities for the nurses. This training allowed the staff to sustain its quality and safety metrics, which are outstanding – zero catheter-associated UTIs, zero central line – associated bloodstream infections, and zero hospital-acquired pressure injuries. Javaluyas, who also achieved a PRISM award when he was with the transplant unit, is now giving presentations to other hospitals, instructing them on how to equip their staffs to achieve the PRISM designation.