Original ArticlesPreparing Critical Care and Medical-Surgical Nurses to Open a New HospitalComeau, Odette Y. DNP, RN, CNS, CCRN; Armendariz-Batiste, Josette DNP, RN, CCRN; Baer, Jennifer Grant MS, RN, CPHQ, CPPSAuthor Information University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. Correspondence: Odette Y. Comeau, DNP, RN, CNS, CCRN, University of Texas Medical Branch, 301 University Blvd, Galveston, TX 77555 ([email protected]). The authors of this article thank the many individuals who assisted with the successful preparation of staff and the safe transport of patients to the new Jennie Sealy hospital. This includes hospital leadership and staff at all levels. The authors especially thank the staff who lent their expertise and worked countless hours on the strategies described in this article. Their dedication to patients and commitment to safety is commendable.Disclosure of funding: none. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly: January/March 2017 - Volume 40 - Issue 1 - p 59-66 doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000142 Buy Metrics Abstract Building a new hospital is an exciting time. However significant planning is required to prepare staff to assume care of patients in an environment with new workflow changes and new equipment. The challenges of this advanced preparation are compounded when the opening of the new hospital includes the planned move of the inpatient census of patients from an existing hospital to the new hospital. Goals and objectives on the move day include patient and staff safety, with a seamless transition to the new environment. This article describes the experiences and strategies used by an adult inpatient department to successfully open a new hospital. © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.