UHealth Chief Nursing Officers Host First Nursing Leadership Retreat

Nursing leaders Joanne Martin, R.N., M.S.N., M.B.A., Chief Nursing Officer at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Elizabeth Smith, D.N.P., R.N., Chief Nursing Officer at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and JoAnn Trybulski, Ph.D., ANP-BC, DPNAP, Chief Nursing Officer at University of Miami Hospital, hosted the inaugural Nursing Leadership Retreat to strengthen partnerships among faculty and staff at Miller School/UHealth hospitals and clinics.

Deemed a “transformational leadership opportunity,” Martin, Smith and Trybulski said the event will serve as a cornerstone for UHealth nursing as a system. “This will be achieved by empowering, and engaging the hearts and minds of leaders and emerging leaders at all levels and all settings, and by promoting and sustaining a culture of accountability through collaborative teamwork, shared talents and resources,” they told the crowd gathered in the Sylvester conference room.

The November 12 retreat featured distinguished guests, including Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School and CEO of UHealth, and Richard Ballard, Chief Executive Officer of Sylvester, who kicked off the event, followed by University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of Sylvester, and W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Sylvester, who also supported the event as an essential catalyst for shaping the future of nursing in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

The retreat also featured keynote speaker Nilda P. Peragallo, Dr.PH., R.N., Dean of UM’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences, who discussed the role of leadership in research and magnet recognition.

“As nurse leaders, we must exhibit transformational leadership through participation in nursing research to restructure and improve existing patient care delivery systems,” Peragallo said in her address.

Also in attendance was Georgie Labadie, R.N., Ed.D., professor emeritus from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, who delivered a powerful and inspiring speech on leadership in a time of change.

“The event was a great success, and sets the tone for future nursing leadership retreats, to continue to promote nursing leadership development, essential to our unwavering commitment to a culture of nursing excellence,” Smith said.

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