Chief Nursing Officer Appointed to Florida Board of Nursing

University of Miami Hospital’s chief nursing officer, JoAnn Trybulski, Ph.D., ANP-BC, DPNAP, has been appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Florida Board of Nursing. As one of 13 board members, Trybulski will play an integral role in healthcare regulation and the ever-changing healthcare environment.

“I am honored and privileged to be appointed to the board,” said Trybulski, who joined UMH from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences earlier this year. “It’s such an exciting time for the nursing profession, and the opportunity to contribute to developments that will help shape the future of healthcare is amazing.”

An expert in primary care who co-edited the award-wining textbook Primary Care: A Collaborative Practice, the first primary care textbook written by both physicians and nurse practitioners, Trybulski is now focused on building innovative critical infrastructure, systems and collaborative teams at UHealth to improve care for patients and their families.

Since joining University of Miami Hospital leadership, Trybulski has taken significant steps toward getting the flagship hospital designated as a nursing magnet. Raising the bar to become part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program, which recognizes high-quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice, will not only help attract and retain top talent, Trybulski says, but it also will improve safety and satisfaction and foster a collaborative culture.

Under Trybulski’s leadership, UMH has instituted on all units a bedside shift report, which the nurses exchange at the patient’s bedside, involving them and their family. She also has collaborated with nurse and physician colleagues to create an interdisciplinary care model on Penthouse North, where residents, hospitalists and nurses make daily rounds and work closely with a clinical pharmacist, social workers and physical therapists to provide the most comprehensive care. A Nursing Research Council, Technology Committee and Retention Committee, Trybulski noted, also have been formed.

“JoAnn’s presence at UMH and her appointment to the Florida Board of Nursing is instrumental to our continued journey toward nursing excellence,” said David Zambrana, D.N.P., M.B.A., RN, Chief Operating Officer at UMH. “JoAnn’s vast experience as a nurse educator and expertise in professional nursing and advanced practice provides her with the requisite skills to advise and guide professional practice and licensure at the state level. We are all very proud of her appointment, and we anticipate continued success within our organization and the greater nursing community as a result of JoAnn’s leadership.”

Over her 36-year career, Trybulski has made great strides in the field of nursing. After earning a biology degree from Fordham University and pursuing her Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from the University of the State of New York, she landed her first nursing job in the emergency department of Amesbury Hospital in Massachusetts, where she helped create care and communication protocols that the State Office of Emergency Medical Services recognized with an award for prehospital/emergency department coordinated care.

She then earned her Master of Science in Nursing and certification as an Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner from Simmons College in 1982, and soon after created and rolled out Salem Hospital’s nurse practitioner managed employee health clinic, which served as a model for the institution’s worksite health initiative.

After a decade as a nurse practitioner and assistant chief of nursing at the Harvard Community Health Plan, one of the largest HMOs in New England, Trybulski joined the faculty of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, the graduate school founded by Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. While there, she earned her Ph.D. in nursing on a fellowship from Boston College.

Joining UM in 2002, Trybulski served as associate dean at the School of Nursing and Health Studies, where she advanced the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, transforming the Adult Nurse Practitioner curriculum and instituting case-based teaching. She inspired the faculty to create a dynamic Master’s curriculum that tripled applications and doubled enrollment, and in 2009 she established the DNP Program, which now serves as a model for the nation.

Trybulski’s three-year term on the Florida Board of Nursing, which began August 29, ends October 31, 2016.

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