Miami Valley Hospital nurse named among top nurses in the country


DAYTON — A Miami Valley Hospital nurse has been named among the top nurses in the nation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) National Magnet Nurse of the Year Awards.

Tracy Morrison, MSQ, BSN, RN, FELS, quality coordinator in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Miami Valley Hospital, was honored Friday, Nov. 12, with the Magnet Transformational Leadership Award at the International Magnet® Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Morrison, a registered nurse with more than four decades of experience, has worked at Miami Valley Hospital since 1985.

“This is the greatest honor a nurse can achieve,” Morrison said. “Being recognized by Magnet demonstrates the excellence and dedication of each person I work with at Premier Health and Miami Valley Hospital. My entire career as a bedside nurse has shown me that you can make a difference and positively affect the lives of thousands of patients and their families.”

As the quality coordinator in the NICU, Morrison leads an interdisciplinary team comprised of nurses, providers, occupational and respiratory therapists, hospital unit coordinators, and patient care technicians. Additionally, she is a part of the Vermont Oxford Network, through which she and staff drive quality outcomes recognized in papers and presentations. Morrison’s projects include improving alarm safety, thermoregulation, breastfeeding, support of infants and mothers with neonatal abstinence syndrome, and reducing chronic lung disease with targeted oxygen saturation monitoring.

“The bedside is fertile ground in a Magnet culture to create and sustain an amazing career in nursing,” Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health, said. “Tracy has demonstrated there are no limits for a bedside nurse. For 44 years, she has shown nurses in our health system that the role of the nurse has great power to make a difference while providing professional fulfillment.”

Morrison’s influence extends far beyond the bedside. As one of the founding members of the international Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), Morrison has traveled extensively in the United States and Europe, teaching nurses, physicians, and perfusionists best practices in the provision of ECMO support to infants. In addition to education and consultation, she has written chapters for ELSO reference publications. She also provides on-site program evaluation and consultation on behalf of ELSO for NICUs in the United States and Europe to help drive the best outcomes for infants. In 2020, Morrison was elected to serve as the worldwide ELSO Organization Quality Chair through 2023.

“Tracy has forged local, national, and international interdisciplinary relationships that have driven quality outcomes in the NICU,” said Peggy Mark, Ph.D., MBA, BSN, RN, chief nursing officer and chief experience officer at Premier Health. “Through autonomous practice and consultation supported by nursing leadership, Tracy and the NICU staff have been able to develop, provide, evaluate, and share best practices that reduce mortality and morbidity associated with early birth.”

The National Magnet Nurse of the Year Awards® recognize five outstanding clinical nurses in Magnet®-designated organizations who demonstrate outstanding contributions in innovation, consultation, leadership, and professional risk taking. These awards represent the five components of the Magnet Model: transformational leadership; structural empowerment; exemplary professional practice; new knowledge, innovations, and improvements; and empirical outcomes.

All Premier Health hospitals earned Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, in 2019. Nationally recognized as the highest standard for excellence in patient care, only 8.9 percent of U.S. hospitals hold the esteemed four-year designation – and only 15 U.S. health care systems currently hold this honor as a system.

Premier Health hospitals are the only Dayton-area adult hospitals recognized as Magnet hospitals.


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