2012 Annual Report

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Edward L. Beard, Jr., DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President Patient Care Services

From the Desk of CVMC’s Chief Nursing Officer

by Eddie Beard, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

The healthcare industry is experiencing an unprecedented time of change and upheaval. Unlike periods in the past where this has been caused by advances in treatment and the   creation of new medications, many of the changes now are structural and have impacts at an organizational level. In just a few years methods of delivering appropriate healthcare, as well as being compensated for those services, are likely to bear little resemblance to the system we know today or have experienced in the past.

Throughout these changes, there are constants. The primary constant is that our patients need a dedicated and well-educated workforce that is concerned with meeting their needs and providing appropriate treatment using the most up-to-date methods and information available. It is by committing to professional development, coupled with creative thinking about how best to address problems that nurses can continue to fulfill their core mission of meeting the needs of patients.

Nurses are a core element of healthcare. It’s sometimes easy to get distracted from that function when enduring a constant barrage of new regulations, procedures and information. The best way to meet that challenge is by taking advantage of continuing education opportunities when they are offered. Those who have systematically studied a situation, such as through an Evidence-Based Practice, are often in the best position to provide objective information regarding changes that grounded in science and will best serve our patients.

Change can be a challenge, or it can be an adventure. Sometimes it’s a bit of both, and it can be enriching as well as beneficial to both the practice of nursing and our patients. As we experience the changes and evolutions to nursing, both internal and external, I encourage you to keep sight of the goal of providing the best care possible for our patients. I challenge you to take advantage of opportunities to expand or advance your practice, and most of all to embrace the opportunity to provide better healthcare to those we serve than has ever been possible in the past.

Strategic Planning is integral and critical to ensuring continued organizational vitality and success. To learn more about CVMC’s plan to meet the needs of our community during these unique times and CVMC’s Nursing Strategic Plan, see the section ‘Strategic Plan/Key Accomplishments’ in this report.

You can also view  more details about the nursing strategic plan including the latest updates, by clicking here.