Gillette Nurses Expand TCAB Initiative

Posted On: Apr 25, 2012

When we ask patient families what they love most about Gillette, an answer we frequently hear involves our fantastic team of nurses.  Did you know that, in addition to nurses that care for our pediatric patients, we also have a specially trained team dedicated to caring for adult patients who have disabilities?

Last fall, nurses on Gillette’s Adult Inpatient Unit began participating in Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB), a nursing initiative aimed at optimizing patient care by increasing the amount of time nurses spend at the patient’s bedside. The Adult Inpatient Unit is Gillette’s second inpatient nursing unit to implement TCAB, making improvements to supply organization and scripting for patient families, providing an information binder to families, and moving into a new location on the hospital’s 7th floor.

“After watching the TCAB process unfold on the Orthopedic/Surgical Unit, I knew I wanted the adult unit to be part of this exciting movement!” says JoAnn Pesek, manager of Gillette’s Adult Inpatient Unit.  An early adopter of the TCAB initiative in Minnesota, Gillette’s nursing team plans to continue expanding TCAB in the future, and in May, will connect with Minnesota’s 24 other hospitals to share best practices.

Nurses involved in the Adult Inpatient Unit TCAB movement get creative to help spread the word about this important patient care initiative.