Message from the Chief Nursing Officer


Message from Tonya R. Washington, MSN, RN 
Chief Nursing Officer


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 Tonya R. Washington

Tonya R. Washington, MSN, RN, is senior vice president and chief nursing officer, MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Washington has played an important Nursing leadership role at MedStar Washington Hospital Center for more than 20 years, first joining as a clinical manager, and later, head nurse of Pulmonary Medicine, followed by her role as head nurse, Cardiology. She was promoted to senior nursing director for Medical Surgical Nursing in 2008, and became assistant vice president of Nursing in March 2010. She served as interim chief nursing officer from July 2010 to April 2011, when she was named vice president for Nursing Operations.

Washington has more than two decades of experience in key hospital service lines. Her contributions to the Hospital Center include the Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in 2017. Pathway-designated entities are considered among the best places for nurses to practice, and only 152 of 5,500 hospitals nationwide are Pathway-designated. Other recent accomplishments include securing national designations for Baby-Friendly® and Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE), as well as accreditation of the hospital’s Nurse Residency Program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Washington was a member of the inaugural cohort of the MedStar Leader of the Future: Nursing Leadership Development Program. She is a member of the District of Columbia Organization of Nurse Executives and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.