Susan Eckert Honored for Excellence in Nursing by Washingtonian Magazine

Susan Eckert, RN, MSN, senior vice president of Nursing and chief nursing executive at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, is the recipient of an Excellence in Nursing Award in the October issue of Washingtonian magazine.

October 9, 2013

Washington, D.C., – Susan Eckert, RN, MSN, senior vice president of Nursing and chief nursing executive at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, is the recipient of an Excellence in Nursing Award in the October issue of Washingtonian magazine.

The Washingtonian notes that Eckert, who has been with MedStar Washington Hospital Center for 34 years, has made significant changes since taking over 2 ½ years ago as Chief Nursing Executive. She focused on team building with a restructured leadership and by developing a strategic plan with input from more than 1,000 nurses. As a result: nurse turnover rates in the District’s largest private medical facility are below the national average, and job satisfaction scores and other measures of nurse outcomes have been climbing upwards.

The Boston native frequently cites her mom – a nurse for 40 years – as her inspiration for becoming a nurse. She also credits many mentors during her years as an intensive care unit nurse, a surgical critical care clinical nurse specialist and as director of Critical Care and Emergency Services for instilling her passion for patient-focused care and nursing professional development. Eckert received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Georgetown University and a master of science in nursing from Catholic University.

The Washingtonian annually recognizes nurses “who go beyond the call of duty to enhance the well-being of their patients and the community” with the Excellence in Nursing Award. Eckert was nominated by her peers and was chosen from among hundreds of submissions. She will be given her award at a ceremony on October 23.

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