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Kris O’Shea named a Nightingale Award finalist

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Kris O'Shea
Kris O'Shea

25-year employee has compiled a long list of accomplishments

Kris O’Shea, vice president patient care services/chief nursing officer and clinical transformation officer, WellSpan, has been named a Nightingale Award finalist.

O’Shea is one of three finalists in the Nurse Administration-Executive/CNO category. The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania are presented to outstanding nurses in nine categories.

O’Shea, a 25-year employee of WellSpan, has enjoyed a distinguished career. She has compiled a long list of accomplishments and achievements.

“I’m honored to be nominated and named a finalist,” said O’Shea.

“I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support from my WellSpan colleagues. It’s been overwhelming. I appreciate the support.”

Valerie Hardy-Sprenkle, vice president, acute care nursing practice, nominated O’Shea. She said, “I admire Kris’ vision for professional nursing, and her ability to make that vision a reality. “She clearly knows the key foundational components she wants to put into place to create a strong nursing profession.”

Some of O’Shea’s achievements include:

  • Being an active member in designing a WellSpan system-wide shared decision making (SDM) model, which is scheduled to be implemented system-wide this fall.
  • Implementing a three-tiered clinical ladder across WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital and improving direct care RN BSN rates from 19 percent in 2005 to 47 percent.
  • Helping to implement the “first in the world” alpha smart pump/infusion management partnership with the device vendor, IT vendor and the health system. This partnership resulted in significant safety enhancements.

Other system-wide successes include electronic nursing documentation, medication bar-coding, interdisciplinary plans of care (IPOC), computer physician order entry (CPOE) and many others.

“Kris has many attributes,” said Hardy-Sprenkle. “She has strong interpersonal and communications skills. She’s very team oriented. She identifies the key people needed to implement her vision and brings them together.  She can be counted on to execute a plan and get things accomplished.”

Nightingale Award finalists will be honored and the winners will be declared on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Radisson-Penn Harris in Camp Hill.

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