YON 2020 Day 13: Lori DeNiro, MSN, RN, NE-BC

What are your responsibilities as a nurse in your role?

As the Chief Nursing Officer at Mercy Heath in Youngstown, my responsibilities as a nurse have gotten more complex every year due to the every-changing healthcare system in this country.

I play a variety of roles in this important nursing position and often deal with numerous responsibilities that include overseeing and coordinating the nursing department and its operations.

As the principal spokesperson for nurses, I work to align the nursing staff with the vision, mission and values of the organization. I am also responsible for evaluating, educating and–most importantly–supporting nurses with their professional practice.

In my position as CNO, another important responsibility is to make certain that everything runs as planned within the hospital. This involves organizing, directing and coordinating medical and health services in compliance with government regulations and policies set by the organization.

I also assist with economic and financial concerns, such as budget planning and operational costs. However, I ensure to maintain a balance between profitability of the organization while providing safe, quality patient care.

As the CNO, I work closely with physicians and act as a liaison between the doctors and nurses. It is my responsibility to stress the importance of teamwork so that every patient receives quality compassionate care.

In my role, I must be somewhat agile as I deal with emergencies that arise and make swift intelligent decisions that affects the whole hospital without affecting patient care.

In review, the CNO has many responsibilities that requires the individual to wear several hats in this important executive position. At Mercy Health, I am a leader, communicator, educator, role model, accountant, liaison, negotiator, etc., but most of all, I am someone who is proud to be a nurse.

Lori DeNiro, MSN, RN, NE-BC, is the Market Chief Nursing Officer at Mercy Health Youngstown.

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