Much has changed since I began my journey more than a year ago with the dedicated and talented nursing staff at Moffitt Cancer Center.
We have completed the next iteration of our Shared Governance Model – a powerful tool for making changes in nursing in practice as well as in the profession. The new Staff Nurse Advisory Group reports directly to me and addresses work-life balance issues. It’s a driver for future changes as we move nursing along in the organization. However, I also want to note that Moffitt has received the Oncology Nursing Society’s 2012 Employer Recognition Award for large employers. It’s a tribute to all of our nurses.
We can’t lose sight of the fact that we as a nursing body are patient advocates – exemplified by our late colleague and nursing leader Agnes Manka, who lost her battle with cancer on March 7. For more than 18 years at Moffitt, Agnes remained committed to its values and mission as well as to the nursing profession.
As we continue to make improvements at Moffitt, we are looking at metrics – with input from the nursing staff – as we form a nursing strategic plan. This approach will include positive measurement results grounded in evidence.
Thanks to everyone for adapting to and embracing change – and for embracing me. You have made my transition easier. The strategic plan will help guide us during the next year and a half. It is the right thing to do for our patients and for our staff.
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