Nursing Leadership


A Letter from the Chief Nursing Officer

Jennifer Woods, RN, MSN, CNML

Nurses at McLaren Northern Michigan understand the challenges of providing patient care in a complex healthcare environment and they are committed to a professional culture nursing practices which will lead future healthcare transformation. They accept the priorities set forth by the Institute of Medicine and The Future of Nursing Report and continue to prepare themselves, as professionals and transformational leaders. McLaren Northern Michigan nurses are supported and empowered to engage through governance structures, collaborative clinical processes, and education.

The pursuit of excellence in health care has always guided and motivated nursing colleagues of McLaren Northern Michigan. As a logical next step to validate and strengthen our resolve in nursing excellence we embraced the American Nurse Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet principles and in 2011, we proudly celebrated the achievement of our first ANCC Magnet Hospital designation. The last four years have been focused on sustaining our culture of excellence and living the Magnet principles, and we are now in the process of achieving ANCC Magnet redesignation.

Throughout this nursing site you will find demonstration of the innovation, influence and professional practice of McLaren Northern Michigan nurses. The strength of their leadership and the value of their work are revealed through our outcomes in clinical performance, quality patient care, patient and nursing satisfaction.

Thank you, friends and colleagues, for making our Magnet journey a successful one.

Kindest regards,

Jennifer Woods, RN, MSN, CENP
Vice President of Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer
McLaren Northern Michigan

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