As chief nursing officer at Florida Hospital Altamonte, I represent all nurses and nursing practice at my campus and provide leadership in the planning and delivery of patient care services. My responsibilities include assisting in the planning and achievement of the hospital’s strategic initiatives, quality outcomes, team engagement, and patient experience. I am also responsible for directing, planning, implementing, and evaluating all nursing practices throughout the Florida Hospital Altamonte campus; establishing mechanisms for communication and collaborating with all hospital disciplines; and partnering with medical staff leadership and unit medical directors to achieve goals. In my role, rounding gives me the opportunity to develop relationships, provide avenues for open communication, discuss educational opportunities, interact with stakeholders, and assess safety culture and Joint Commission readiness.
The Florida Hospital mission— to extend the healing ministry of Christ—forms the foundation for our 2011 Nursing goals and key performance measures. To achieve these goals, we use as our framework the Baldrige Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence and the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Forces of Magnetism.
My role as chief nursing officer gives me responsibility for achieving patient-centered, cost-effective outcomes. To this end, I strive to ensure continuous improvement in clinical care and organizational performance, promote collaborative and interdisciplinary processes that focus on safety and evidence-based practice, and provide collaborative leadership with the campus patient safety officer.