Rush’s New Chief Nurse Talks about Quality of Care

Luzviminda Calo, RN, supplemental staffing nurse, talks with Cynthia Barginere, DNP(c), RN, FACHE.

In May, Cynthia Barginere joined Rush as chief nursing officer, vice president for clinical nursing and associate dean for practice for Rush University Medical Center and the Rush University College of Nursing. Barginere previously served as chief nursing officer and chief operating officer at Baptist Medical Center South, a 454-bed, acute care regional tertiary referral center and teaching hospital in Montgomery, Ala.

Rush’s Elizabeth Higgins spoke to her about plans for the future of nursing, education and patient care at Rush.

As chief nursing officer and vice president for clinical nursing, how do you envision your role of leading nursing at Rush?

I think the responsibility of any chief nursing officer is to ensure the appropriateness of clinical practice for nurses across the organization. The overall goal is to make sure that the nursing care is of the highest quality so that patients receive the best possible care and achieve the highest possible outcomes. The nursing care here at Rush has a reputation for being of the highest quality, given its three-time Magnet designation and shared governance model. My role, beyond ensuring the quality of the clinical practice, is to help the nursing service and the leadership team create a vision for Rush, so that we can maintain the Medical Center’s position in nursing and help to drive the future of nursing. Continue reading