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Engaging the Nursing Workforce: An Evidence-Based Tool Kit

Day, Cindy DNP, NEA, BC, RN

doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0b013e3181accb31

Hand hygiene is critical to the safety of patients in hospitals today.

Objective Engaging staff, physicians, patients, and visitors in hand hygiene is important to create a safe environment. The author discusses the development and implementation of an evidence-based practice guideline for improving hand hygiene and application of that guideline in an academic medical center setting.

Method Establishment of a multidisciplinary team committed to improving organizational performance, development of a practice guideline, organizational assessment, and the implementation of a multimodal intervention plan are all keys to success.

Conclusion Organizational culture can be changed utilizing an evidence-based, organization-specific approach to hand hygiene.

Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, California.

Corresponding Author: Cindy Day, DNP, RN, NEA, BC, RN, 545 Lassen St, Los Altos, CA 94022 (

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.