CNO Roundtable 2024

Chief Nursing Officer Roundtable 2024

Wisdom and advice from California nursing leaders

Compilation of headshot photos from 20 CNOs interviewed in the article.

Twenty nursing executives from local healthcare organizations share their thoughts on issues like bullying, professional development, connecting with staff, and how nurses can learn more about the complex business side of healthcare.

The CNOs responded to the following eight questions:
  1. Your Career Journey: What’s something important you’ve learned about nursing over the course of your career that you didn’t know at the start?
  2. The Next Year: What do you see as the most exciting nursing-related development at your hospital in the next year or so?
  3. Workplace Culture: What strategies have you found most effective in reducing staff bullying and incivility?
  4. Social Media: How can nurse leaders encourage their staff to use social media in a more positive way?
  5. Staff Career Development: What should every nurse leader be doing to promote their nurses’ individual career development?
  6. Connecting With Nurses: What are your most effective ways of connecting with your nurses to understand their priorities and concerns??
  7. AI & Robotics: What are some common concerns you hear from nurses about new technologies like AI and robotics? How do you address those concerns among your own staff?
  8. The Business Side: In past roundtables, CNOs have wished nurses knew more about the business side of healthcare. What would you suggest newer nurses do to educate themselves on that part of the industry?
We appreciate our panel of outstanding nurse leaders. Thank you!

Wendy A. Cortez, RN, DNP, NEA-BC, NPD-BC, Chief Nurse Executive, Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center

Danielle Gabele, RN, DNP, CENP, CCRN-K, Chief Nurse Executive, Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) and Santa Paula Hospital

Anna Karenina D. Gonzales, RN, BSN, CCM, VP of Clinical Operations, Regal Medical Group

Karen Grimley, RN, Ph.D., MBA, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN, Chief Nursing Executive, UCLA Health

Katie Hughes, RN, MSN, CRRN, Chief Nursing Officer, Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare Pomona

Leila Ibushi-Thompson, RN, MSN, NE-BC, Patient Care Executive, Adventist Health White Memorial & Adventist White Memorial Montebello

Maria Kariuki, RN, MSN, PHN, CRRN, Interim Chief Nursing Officer, California Rehabilitation Institute, Los Angeles

Dalarie Manda, RN, MSN, NE-BC, Chief Nurse Executive/VP, St. John’s Regional Medical Center Oxnard

David Marshall, RN, DNP, JD, FAAN, FAONL, Sr. VP & Chief Nursing Executive, Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles

Mark Mitchelson, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, FACHE, Patient Care Executive, Adventist Health, Simi Valley

Theresa Murphy, RN, MSHCA, CENP, Chief Nursing Officer, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, Glendale

Cindy Naveira, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC, CENP, Chief Nursing Officer, USC Care & Ambulatory Services, Keck Medicine of USC

Jinhee Nguyen, RN, MSN, CEN, CNS, Patient Care Executive Adventist, Health Glendale

Darlene Scafiddi, RN, MSN, EVP/Chief Operating Officer, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

Michelle Sterling, RN, DNP, ACNS-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center

Armenui M. Telliyan, RN, MSN/Ed., M.A., PHN, Chief Nursing Officer, Ambulatory Care Network, Los Angeles County Dept. of Health Services

Joyce G. Volsch, RN, Ph.D., NEA-BC CNO & VP, Patient Care Services, Redlands Community Hospital

Vicki White, RN, MSN, CNS, Chief Nursing Officer, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital

Cheryl L. Witt Wheelock, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer, Northridge Hospital Medical Center

Colleen E. Wilcoxen, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer, Nursing Administration, USC Arcadia Hospital

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