HSLS Librarians Contribute to Magnet Recognition for UPMC Shadyside

Magnet hospitalsIn March 2010, UPMC Shadyside was designated as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  Magnet hospitals are recognized for strong leadership, exemplary professional practice, innovation, and quality patient care.  Only 6% of hospitals in the United States have earned Magnet status.

HSLS librarians were active participants in UPMC Shadyside’s journey to Magnet recognition. Embedded within the hospital are two libraries managed by HSLS: the James Frazer Hillman Health Sciences Library and the Hopwood Library, a health resource center for patients and families.

Throughout the Magnet recognition process, librarians assisted nurses and administrators with literature searches, provided resources to support clinical research, and served on relevant committees.  During the Magnet appraisers’ site visit, librarians participated in Q&A sessions, describing available services and resources, and communicating the importance of libraries and librarians in providing quality health care to patients. The Shadyside team concurred, as Rachel Nechyba, RN, Chair of the Evidence-Based Practice Council commented, “The EBP Council’s success is due in large part to the dedication and in-depth investment exhibited by our library system.

HSLS librarians at UPMC Shadyside are Michelle Burda, consumer health librarian; Melissa Ratajeski, reference librarian; and Charles Wessel, head of Hospital Services.

~ Michelle Burda and Melissa Ratajeski