Liz Klingensmith, a longtime Mercy co-worker, has been named vice president of nursing at Mercy Hospital Ada.
Klingensmith has been a clinical leader at the hospital for 10 years. She began her career as a staff nurse and has served as the director of the family center and pediatrics unit, clinical education director, talent development optimization manager for southern Oklahoma and acute care director of nursing. Most recently, she served Mercy’s patients and co-workers as interim vice president of nursing.
“In the three months Liz served as interim vice president of nursing, her passion for excellence and efficiency in the practice of nursing was evident,” said Lori Wightman, president of Mercy Hospital Ada. “Her ability to collaborate with other leaders and her eagerness to learn and share knowledge have led to the introduction of new practices and processes that are directly impacting patient care. I look forward to the leadership Liz will provide to our nursing co-workers and the initiatives we will be able to move forward under her leadership.”
Recently, Klingensmith led the Mercy nursing staff as they implemented bedside nursing reporting, which is an innovative approach to traditional nursing shift reporting because it allows patients to become an interactive partner in the transition of their care from one nurse to another during shift change. This change has led to an increase in patient satisfaction scores and has become a best-practice model across Mercy. She and her team will present the findings of this change at a Mercy innovation conference in October.
Klingensmith, an Oklahoma native, earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from East Central University (ECU) in Ada and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. She is board certified as a nurse executive, advanced nurse executive and professional development educator.
In 2012, Klingensmith was recognized as the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year for Education and Research. She received the Lifetime Nursing Alumni Award at ECU. She is a member of the Oklahoma Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association and the Association of Oklahoma Nurse Executives, among other professional organizations.
"I feel incredibly fortunate to lead a talented team of nursing coworkers who are dedicated to improving the health and lives of our community,” said Klingensmith. “I am passionate about nursing because it is about making a difference at every level of care and in the lives of patients and their family members. Stepping into the role of vice president gives me the opportunity to impact lives and patient care on a greater scale.”