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Valley Presbyterian Hospital welcomes new CNO

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Lori Burnell, RN

Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Van Nuys, Calif., welcomed Lori Burnell, RN, PhD, as its new senior vice president and CNO, according to a new release.

Burnell joins Valley Presbyterian from Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, where she most recently served as vice president and chief nurse and operations executive. In that role, she was responsible for overseeing several patient care services at two campuses, including nursing, pharmacy, cardiology, case management, laboratory and emergency services. Previously, Burnell held clinical leadership positions at Pomerado Hospital in Poway, Calif., and Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, Calif.

“Ms. Burnell’s vast hospital experience and clinical expertise will enhance patient care and provide strong support for our nursing staff,” Gustavo Valdespino, Valley Presbyterian Hospital president and CEO, said in the release.

Achieving hospital’s nursing goals

Burnell will work with hospital leadership to achieve the hospital’s nursing goals, evaluate and implement new patient care practices and mentor nursing directors and staff to foster leadership and collaboration.

“I am deeply honored to lead our nursing team in providing our patients with the best quality care and service at the bedside,” Burnell said in the release. “Valley Presbyterian Hospital has a proud legacy of serving the critical and emerging health care needs of the San Fernando Valley since 1958. It is my privilege to continue the mission of nursing excellence and to provide quality care to our community through caring, effective communication and best practices.”

urnell received a PhD in nursing from the University of San Diego, an MSN from California State University, Long Beach and a BSN from California State University, Fullerton. She has published several nursing articles and is a member of the American Nurses Association and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. Burnell also is an adjunct clinical professor at the San Diego State University School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services.

Burnell’s background

Burnell received a PhD in nursing from the University of San Diego, an MSN from California State University, Long Beach and a BSN from California State University, Fullerton. She has published several nursing articles and is a member of the American Nurses Association and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. Burnell also is an adjunct clinical professor at the San Diego State University School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services.

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