This is the 11th in a series of articles from Massachusetts General Hospital describing one general medical unit's experiences with Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB). An initiative begun by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, TCAB was developed to improve care on medical-surgical units, patients' and family members' experience of care, and teamwork among care team members and to increase nurse satisfaction and retention. The TCAB philosophy empowers bedside nurses to generate ideas and solutions for change. Mass General is one of 68 hospitals participating in a two-year TCAB initiative led by the American Organization of Nurse Executives and funded with a grant from the RWJF. For more information on TCAB, go to www.rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=31512.
Amanda Stefancyk is nursing director of White 10, a general medical unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
She also coordinates Transforming Care at the Bedside: firstname.lastname@example.org.