Developing a Vital Sign Alert SystemJones, Barbara G. MSN, MEd, RN-BC, ACNS-BCAJN, American Journal of Nursing: August 2013 - Volume 113 - Issue 8 - p 36–44 doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000432962.33881.65 Feature Articles Abstract In Brief Author Information Abstract Overview: This article describes the implementation of a nurse-designed, automated system for enhancing patient monitoring on medical–surgical and step-down nursing units. The system, which is not derived from any of the early warning scoring systems described in nursing literature, was developed and put into place at a large tertiary hospital in eastern Virginia and found to substantially reduce out-of-unit codes without increasing nurses’ workload. In Brief This article describes the implementation of a nurse-designed, automated system for enhancing patient monitoring on medical&#x2013;surgical and step-down nursing units. Author Information Barbara G. Jones is a clinical nurse specialist at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, VA, a large teaching hospital within the Sentara Healthcare system. Contact author: email@example.com. The author and planners have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise. © 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. All rights reserved.