Garden City, NY (PRWEB) March 25, 2014
NAPW honors Doreen L. Dann as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year for leadership in nursing and healthcare with this prestigious distinction. As the largest, most-recognized organization of women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women is a vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and nearly 400 Local Chapters.
“Patient-centric care is a big passion of mine and I want to be sure that at the end of the day, we treat people with dignity, compassion and competent care,” says Ms. Dann, a nurse of more than 25 years. “They may not be able to measure the competency we bring or have, but they certainly can experience the dignity and compassion.”
Knowing she always wanted to be in the service industry, Ms. Dann listened to the advice of an older cousin, a critical care nurse, and pursued her B.S. in nursing. As chief operating officer/chief nursing officer at Chino Valley Medical Center, a hospital that specializes in general acute care, Ms. Dann’s key responsibilities are to “ensure patient safety, deliver the highest quality patient care possible and co-create with staff a healing and healthy work environment within which to practice.”
Throughout her nursing career, Ms. Dann has always advocated for the patient/family. She also admires the dedication of healthcare professionals, and knows their capacity for compassion. After suffering the devastating loss of her husband, Ms. Dann created the ‘My Story’ program for hospitals, where personal information about the patient is readily available to healthcare workers who are caring for them.
A team player, Ms. Dann effectively communicates with her staff, guiding them, listening to their needs and fostering their skills. “Most frequently, I am challenged by recognizing the immense responsibility I have to advocate not only for the patient/family but for the valuable healthcare team taking care of them. It is critical that they, regardless of the setting of care, have the resources to provide the best of care to a deserving population worldwide,” she says.