Message from the Chief Nurse Executive

sue-eckertMessage from Susan Eckert RN, MSN
Senior Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nurse Executive

MedStar Washington Hospital Center nurses have been providing exceptional nursing care to people in the nation's capital for over 50 years. Founded in 1958, the Hospital Center is the largest acute care teaching hospital in the District. Our hospital is one of the busiest hospitals in the country and is a recognized leader in cardiac, stroke and cancer care among others. It has always been one of the most exciting, dynamic and challenging place to practice nursing. That is what attracted me to the organization and what keeps me excited about it today.

As a Hospital Center nurse for more than 30 years, and now as the Chief Nurse Executive, I am very proud of the rich traditions and legacy of the department. Nurses at the Hospital Center practice both the art and science of nursing every day. Providing safe, highly competent care that is evidenced based is our priority. Our nurses strive to create a caring and healing environment that will make a critical difference for our patients and their families. Nurses are respected members of the health care team, and collaborate with physicians and other health care professionals to develop a plan of care that will meet the patient's needs, and promote the attainment of positive outcomes. The environment at the Hospital Center is one where innovation is supported, and opportunities to investigate and pursue new processes and technologies are encouraged.

The Hospital Center provides a challenging, exciting and supportive work environment for both new graduates and experienced nurses. The nursing leadership team is committed to building and sustaining a healthy work environment that promotes the growth and development of professional nurses, and furthers the science and art of nursing. I hope that you will consider joining our exceptional nursing team. Whether you are at the beginning of your career or looking for a new direction in your career, we have many opportunities to pursue your nursing passion.

About Sue

Sue Eckert has been a member of the Hospital Center nursing family for more than 30 years. She is a highly experienced nurse executive with an extensive background in nursing leadership and clinical services.

Sue began her career at the Hospital Center as a Surgical Intensive Care Unit staff nurse, moved into the role of head nurse a few years later, and then served as a Surgical Critical Care clinical nurse specialist. She later became director of Critical Care and Emergency Services, and served in that role for 15 years. During that time, Sue led initiatives that fostered the development of competency-based nursing education programs, models for patient care delivery and professional development programs for staff and leaders.

Most recently, Sue has served as director of the Institute for Innovations in Nursing Readiness, ER One Institute, providing consultation to a private industry, government agencies and health care organizations, to enhance preparedness for emergency/disaster events in hospital settings and within the nursing profession.

A member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Sue received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Georgetown University and a master of science in nursing from The Catholic University of America. She has a passion for patient-focused care and the professional development of nurses.