August 2, 2011

Magnet Walk Commences for Nurses

The Magnet Education Steering Committee, Nurse Wellness and HealthPlus are teaming up to sponsor the Magnet Walk 2011.

Nurses are constantly on the move at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and this new event celebrates the steps they take daily.

The Magnet Walk is a three-month period for individuals and teams to tally their footsteps as part of VUMC’s second Magnet designation.

“As we wait to learn about a potential Magnet site visit, this is a way to keep our sights set on Magnet and promote our Magnet values around health and wellness,” said Chris Wilson, M.S.N., R.N.-B.C., director of Clinical Education and Professional Development-VUH. “Our nurses take many steps around the medical center every day, and we wanted reward our highest walkers.”

The Magnet Walk began Aug. 1 and runs through Oct. 31. Participants will track their steps through the HealthPlus START! Program, which offers pedometers and converts other activities into steps.

Captains are rallying teams in their units and clinics, but individuals may also register, including non-nursing staff.

Prizes are awarded for reaching certain levels of steps. In addition to individual awards, prizes are available for factors like team spirit and highest participation percentage.

For more information and to register, click here.