The Administrator of Nursing Excellence is an award designed to recognize nurses in leadership positions within the organization. This administrator fosters and supports a culture of Nursing Excellence. This nurse interacts with and contributes to the professional development of peers and colleagues. The nurse collaborates with all levels of nursing staff, interdisciplinary teams, executive leaders and other stakeholders to improve the patient experience. This nurse considers factors related to safety, effectiveness, cost and impact on nursing practice in the planning and delivery of nursing services.
The 2013 Administrator of Nursing Excellence award was presented to Lisa Downen. Lisa's nominators commented, "Lisa is an outstanding director. Her communication skills, positive attitude and constant encouragement for her staff are contagious."
Lisa has been a member of St. Mary's nursing family since July of 1988. Lisa has served in a variety of roles throughout her time at St. Mary's, most recently as the Director of 6 East Oncology. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Indiana. She maintains her Oncology certification as well as a Health Facility Administrator license. She serves not only as a leader who is active of a number of committees at St. Mary's, but also an active leader in the community. She currently serves as an Advisor on Ivy Tech Community College's Nursing Board and is also a member of the Medical/Surgical Nurses Society.
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