‘Sin­cerely in­sulted’

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

The ar­ti­cle de­scribes ex­ec­u­tive com­pen­sa­tion by or­ga­ni­za­tion type, size, etc. I would like to bring to your at­ten­tion that the chief nurs­ing of­fi­cer po­si­tion is not iden­ti­fied in this ar­ti­cle. Please re­fer to page

28 of the ar­ti­cle where C-suite ex­ec­u­tives are re­ferred as CEO, CMO, COO, CFO, CIO and CCO, but CNO is not iden­ti­fied.

To add fuel to the fire, “nurs­ing/pa­tient­care ser­vices” is listed un­der other ex­ec­u­tives in the com­pany of po­si­tions such as qual­ity man­age­ment, le­gal ser­vices, fund de­vel­op­ment, man­aged care, mar­ket­ing, fa­cil­i­ties and engi­neer­ing (just to name a few).

This is ap­palling in 2012 when the CNO is a mem­ber of all ex­ec­u­tive teams and also the one who puts in end­less hours and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for the largest work­force in hos­pi­tals. I think it is im­per­a­tive that Mod­ern Health­care rec­og­nize the value of the nurse in the C-suite. May I rec­om­mend read­ing Fu­ture of Nurs­ing: Lead­ing Change, Ad­vanc­ing Health, writ­ten by the In­sti­tute of Medicine in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Robert Wood John­son Foun­da­tion? These large na­tional en­ti­ties rec­og­nize the value of the nurse at all lev­els and the role that will change health­care. Sin­cerely in­sulted.

Jane McCur­ley Chief nurs­ing of­fi­cer St. David’s North Austin Med­i­cal Cen­ter

Austin, Texas

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