CNO Roundtable 2023
Question 7: The CNO Journey
What do you love most about being a CNO?
Given the recent and ongoing challenges facing healthcare, we asked our panelists to take a moment to ponder what they find most rewarding about their leadership role.
Nancy Blake, LAC+USC Medical Center
My favorite part is mentoring staff and helping them remove obstacles so they can deliver care. Now that meetings can restart, I am looking forward to connecting with our unit practice councils and shared governance.
Annabelle Duschane Braun, MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center
Rounding enables me to observe nurses’ compassion, courage, and kindness. It strengthens my commitment to ensuring an environment where patients heal and nurses thrive. What I love most is the ability to advocate and lead my team into the future.
Lori Burnell, Valley Presbyterian Hospital
Being a CNO is more than a title. It is the ability to translate the big picture from the boardroom to the bedside: listening, connecting dots, and removing barriers. However, the most important and fulfilling aspect is developing future nurse leaders.
Gloria Carter, Dignity Health – St. Mary Medical Center
Being a CNO allows me to serve nurses from various specialties and to develop and reimagine care delivery for the community we serve. Nurses are lifelong learners; the CNO role involves acquiring knowledge from all aspects of practice rather than just one specialty area.
Anita Girard, Cedars-Sinai
I love the ability to advocate for nurses and the nursing profession. I also love working with a dedicated, compassionate healthcare team and collaborating with my colleagues to find new solutions and technologies that improve the patient and caregiver experience.