SOMC Nurse Leaders Present at Annual Magnet Conference


Nursing leaders at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently presented “The Pursuit of Perfection in a Zero Defect World” to a crowd of more than 900 people during the 2011 American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) National Magnet Conference Oct. 4-6 in Baltimore, Md.”SOMC has been a Magnet hospital since January 2008, but each year we push ourselves further to achieve perfection,” Claudia Burchett, chief nursing officer and vice president of SOMC Patient Services, said. “Only excellence counts in today’s healthcare environment, and with Magnet’s ever-changing expectations, it’s important that we consistently move our hospital toward a higher standard of patient care. We’re always happy to share our proven practices with other organizations.” ANCC is the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA). More than 7,500 nurses representing all 50 states and more than 20 countries around the world annually attend the conference, which explores nursing excellence in clinical practice, leadership and research through educational sessions, exhibits and poster presentations. Those who presented (shown left to right) included Burchett, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE, NEA-BC; Karen Thompson, RN, MS, CNS, director of SOMC Home Care and Wound Healing Services; Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs, RN, BSN, MSN, NE-BC, director of SOMC Emergency, Outpatient and Pediatric Services; and Valerie DeCamp, RN, BSN, MHA, NE-BC, director of SOMC Inpatient Nursing Services.”This is the fourth year we have presented and hope to do so again in the future,” Burchett added. “We look forward to the next ANCC conference and continuing our organization’s journey toward excellence and perfection.”