Master of Science, Nursing – April 2007
Master of Arts, Organizational Management – 1995
Bachelor of Arts, Health Services Administration – 1980
Nursing Diploma – 1970
Experience – Clinical/Management/Specialty Areas of Practice:
Greatest Satisfaction from Your Role/Profession/Career
- Graduated diploma program – 1970.
- Spent first 4 years in Pulmonary/Medical Surgical Nursing, Samuel Merritt Hospital
- Became an ER nurse at Mt. Diablo Medical Center – 1974–1977
- Entered Critical Care training program at Samuel Merritt Hospital – 1977.
- Worked as staff RN 3 years.
- Assumed fist management position in 1980 as head nurse/administrative leader for cardiovascular intensive care unit until 1989.
- In 1989, recruited to be critical care director at San Ramon Regional Medical Center (Tenet) as part of the opening management team for a new hospital.
- Became Nurse Executive/Associate Administrator in 1991 with responsibility for all nursing areas, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, volunteer services.
- In 1997, recruited from within company to become Vice President, Patient Care Services for Doctor’s Medical Center, San Pablo and Pinole campuses.
- Recruited by John Muir Health April 2000 as Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services.
Hobbies or Fun Away from Work
- There is not just one single career opportunity or experience I can name. Within every role, I have had the opportunity to learn and grow professionally. I love being a nurse and being able to try to make a difference for both patients and staff.
- As a Clinical Nurse, I enjoyed working in fast-paced departments and being able to apply knowledge combined with clinical experience.
- As a Manager, I have had the opportunity to open a new hospital, create new programs, influence organizational cultures, and develop strategies to improve nursing satisfaction and patient care.
- I was extremely honored by the nurses at Mt. Diablo Medical Center when I was presented an award as the “Nurse Executive that Dares to Care” during Nurses Week in 2003.
- In 2005, I was a finalist for the Nurse Week/Nursing Spectrum Nursing Excellence Leadership award in California.
- In 2007, I was recognized by Samuel Merritt as the “Outstanding MSN Graduate” in the Case Management program.
Gardening, reading, spending time outdoors, and vacations in warm climates.