Linda Knodel, vice president and chief nursing officer of Mercy’s Springfield, Mo., region, was named president-elect of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) for 2013. Knodel is the latest in a long list of Mercy leaders to be at the helm of key health care groups.
“We have incredible talent across Mercy, and this is just one more indication that we have leaders who not only provide excellent direction within Mercy but also give freely of their time to make a difference in health care everywhere,” said Lynn Britton, president and CEO of Mercy. “Our leaders have a can-do spirit that greatly reflects our Sisters of Mercy heritage.”
Knodel, a registered nurse for nearly 40 years with a long list of credentials – MHA, MSN, CPHQ, NE-BC, FACHE – was selected by vote of AONE's more than 8,500 members. A Wharton nursing executive fellow, Knodel earned a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. She also recently published a book, “Nurse to Nurse: Nursing Management.”
Humbled to be part of a growing list of Mercy leaders influencing health care across the country, Knodel said, “Today, health care is extremely challenging. As leaders, we need to be fluid, adaptable and flexible. We need to anticipate what’s around the corner and be responsive. We need to be awake and aware and work hard to eliminate silos, because we as nurses have been given a gift, and that gift is to serve.”
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Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, nearly 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,700 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.
The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) is the national professional organization for nurses who design, facilitate and manage care. With more than 8,500 members, AONE is the leading voice of nursing leadership in health care. Since 1967, the organization has provided leadership, professional development, advocacy and research to advance nursing practice and patient care, promote nursing leadership excellence and shape public policy for health care. AONE is a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association (AHA). For additional information, visit the AONE website at www.aone.org.