Letter from Coreen Vlodarchyk
Chief Nursing Officer
I am always thrilled to have the opportunity to feature and talk about our professional nurses, individually and collectively.
The passion and compassion that I see Barnes-Jewish nurses deliver every day is amazing. Having earned designation as a Magnet® hospital in 2003, and being redesignated in 2008 and 2013, it is clear that our nurses have made the commitment to sustain the highest excellence in nursing practice.
We consistently push ourselves to do more for our patients and more for our community. Our nurses are pursuing additional education, achieving new certifications and participating in the hospital's Professional Nurse Development Program, all with the goal of serving our patients better while advancing their careers.
Barnes-Jewish nurses continue to have a voice through our shared governance councils. With their focused and enlightened perspective from the bedside, they frequently bring new ideas and improvements to the table, many of which are implemented hospital wide.
Barnes-Jewish nurses' hearts and hands often work outside the hospital walls as they take personal time to work within our community. You will see one example of how we helped reduce readmission rates through this type of effort.
As we are steadfast in our efforts to improve and refine the care we provide, I invite you to share in our accomplishments highlighted in this digital report. We're excited to share our impact and results with you in this new way. Please drop me a note to let me know what you think at CoreenCNO@bjc.org.