Maureen T. White, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, FAAN, has held the position of senior vice president and CNE at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health Center in Manhasset, N.Y. since 1999. In 2004, the North Shore system created an Institute for Nursing. The institute established a professional practice environment to advance the art and science of nursing through the melding of nursing education, research and practice, according to White.
“The Institute for Nursing fosters an environment that engages front-line nurses in innovative and transformative initiatives that create an environment in which nurses want to work — and to receive care when care is needed,” she said. White credits NS-LIJs “inspiring and transformative leader” Michael J. Dowling, president and CEO, for his support in projects like the institute. “Mr. Dowling and the board of trustees truly understand the integral role and importance of nursing in healthcare,” she said. “They created the environment that allowed me to pursue endless possibilities for advancing nursing practice and provided me with the resources to realize that vision.” In 2005, White became the institutes director.
Whites commitment to professional practice is evident in her work on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded initiative Transforming Care at the Bedside, for which she served as principal investigator from 2006 to 2009.
“It focused on nursing initiatives to improve the quality and reliability of care, promote a healthy work environment, increase patient and family participation in care, and eliminate waste,” she said. White has presented about TCAB for many national and state organizations, including the Joint Commission, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Hospital Association and the New Jersey Organization of Nurse Executives. Her article, “Transforming Care at the Bedside: A Doorway to Empowerment” was published in the journal Nurse Leader in August 2007.
White admits a shining moment was her 2012 induction as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. However, with all the accolades and awards she has accumulated, White continues to keep patient care as her focus.
“The highlight of my nursing career was caring for the patients and comforting their families,” she said.
Tracey Boyd is a regional reporter.
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