SOMC Nursing Leaders Present at Magnet Conference


Magnet Conference

Nursing leaders at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently presented “The Transformational Practice of Strategic Value Leadership” to a crowd of more than 500 people during the 2010 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference Oct. 13-15 in Phoenix, Ariz.

“Since January 2008, SOMC has been a Magnet designated hospital, one of only six percent in the country,” Claudia Burchett, vice president of SOMC Patient Services and chief nursing officer, said. “We strive to create an atmosphere of excellence using our five strategic values: safety, service, quality, performance and relationships. At the conference we spoke about these values and were met with an enthusiastic response.”

ANCC is the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA). More than 6,000 nurses representing all 50 states and countries around the world annually attended the conference, which explores nursing excellence in clinical practice, leadership and research through educational sessions and poster presentations.

Those who presented included (l to r) Karen Thompson, RN, MS, CNS, director of SOMC Home Care and Wound Healing Services; Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs, RN, MSN, NE-BC, director of SOMC Emergency, Outpatient and Pediatric Services; Valerie DeCamp, RN, MHA, NEA-BC, director of SOMC Inpatient Nursing Services; and Claudia Burchett, RN, MBA, FACHE, NEA-BC, vice president of SOMC Patient Services and chief nursing officer.

“This is the third year we have presented and hope to do so again in the future,” Burchett added. “We look forward to attending next year’s conference and continuing our organization’s journey toward excellence.”