Mercy’s Top Nurse: Nursing Opportunities “Exponential”

February 19, 2016

In a few weeks, Linda Knodel will receive a gold medal for her decades of service. But today, Mercy’s top nurse is going on the record as an advocate not only for Mercy nurses, but all nurses looking to be great leaders.

“Nurses work in numerous environments that impact community health—schools, businesses, manufacturing, public health, free clinics—the list goes on,” Knodel, Mercy’s senior vice president and chief nursing officer, tells Modern Healthcare in a recent article. “And they should be serving in more leadership roles on health care policy.”

Knodel is set to receive the American College of Healthcare Executive’s (ACHE) Gold Medal Award in mid March. She’ll be honored for more than 30 years of experience in nursing and health care leadership, plus more than 15 years as a bedside nurse.

“It is fairly rare to have a nurse who sees herself as a health care leader and not just a nursing leader,” said Di Smalley, Mercy’s regional president for the state of Oklahoma. Smalley previously served as chair of the ACHE. 

Click here to read Modern Healthcare’s article with Knodel.

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