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April 15, 2009 > Kaiser Nurse Executive Receives Award

Kaiser Nurse Executive Receives Award

Submitted By Johnny Ng

Kaiser Permanente southern Alameda County Chief Nursing Officer JoAnn Mette, RN, MPH, has received the Excellence in Leadership Award from the Association of California Leaders (ACNL), a state-wide organization that effects positive change for nursing and health care. The award is given to a nurse leader who has made a significant contribution to nursing leadership.

JoAnn received the award in February at a special luncheon during the ACNL 31st Annual Conference held in Monterey. Her sister, Margaret, a nursing executive in Sacramento, was also the recipient of this award a few years ago.

"This award represents all of the nurse managers and the directors in Fremont and Hayward," she said. "It is a reflection on their hard work and commitment."

JoAnn is an innovative leader with over 29 years of experience in a hospital environment who has helped to change the face of nursing within Kaiser Permanente in southern Alameda County. Her major accomplishments include implementation of Nurse Knowledge Exchange and MedRite, initiatives that put the patient at the center of the bedside handoff and the medication administration process.

Her leadership focus on medication safety resulted in many medication delivery innovations including the MedRite process and High-Alert medication administration process. Medication errors are one of the most common causes of avoidable harm to patients. The High-Alert Medication and Safety Project has resulted in a strong collaboration between pharmacy and nursing while reducing medication errors.

JoAnn also spearheaded the Integrated Nurse Leadership Program (INLP), a two-year project with the dual focus of medication safety and leadership development for all levels of nursing, from bedside RN to chief nursing officer.

Nursing leadership is being enhanced through charge nurse and assistant nurse manager development. Fifty percent of participants in the INLP were then promoted to management positions or leadership roles in their departments. She has also instituted a nurse mentor program that has translated into a sharp increase in nurse retention rates.

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