GetWellNetwork, Inc., based in Bethesda, Md., announced that Karen Drenkard, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN, will join its executive team as chief clinical/nursing officer in January 2014. As the chief nurse, Drenkard will lead the development of a nursing model around patient engagement, as well as study and design new ways to assess and improve patient activation through clinical practice and technology solutions across all care settings.
My decision to join GetWellNetwork reflects my belief in and my commitment to the power of nurses to change patient lives, Drenkard said in a news release. Today we are faced with the need to advance the role of nursing to improve patient engagement not just to care for patients, but to help them remain activated in their care as a critical factor for improved outcomes. GetWellNetwork is at the forefront of patient engagement, and their approach to integrating patient-centered technology into nursing practice is enabling a powerful transformation in care delivery. Its evident in the breadth and caliber of their client community as well as in the outcomes these organizations are achieving. I am excited to be part of the industry-changing work that the team of creative, innovative professionals at GetWellNetwork is doing every day.
Drenkard is recognized for her career work in designing and implementing patient-centered care delivery models, for advancing the role and work environment for nursing through her research on human caring models and for her work on quality and safety in nursing, according to the release.
As executive director of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Drenkard led the process for improving the relevance and streamlining the application of criteria for the Magnet Recognition Program with the recent release of the new 2014 Magnet Manual Standards and Criteria. In addition, Drenkard facilitated ANCCs sponsorship of the Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing and led ANCC as it received independent recognition by the Leapfrog Quality Survey linking hospital quality to Magnet designation status.