Nursing at Saint Barnabas

A Message from the CNO

Integral to our health care team, it is our nuundefinedrses who take the lead in ensuring the delivery of our mission to each and every patient by providing compassionate care in a setting of healthcare excellence and superior service. Time and time again, I am delighted to hear from our patients and their families who say the care they received made them feel like family.

This year, we continued to prepare for the financial impact of health care reform with programs aimed at ensuring that we could achieve the triple aim of better health, better care and lower cost. Our staff and leaders pulled together and maintained our focus to provide safe and effective care, and exceptional service to our patients and families. We were honored to achieve national recognition as one of only 98 hospitals to be named a Top Hospital by The LeapFrog Group for our focus on safety.

In 2015, we began an exciting journey towards Magnet® designation – a challenging process, but one that will showcase the great work happening at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. With the development and implementation of Shared Governance and our unit-based teams, we have continued to empower our nurses to bring change to the bedside using evidence-based practice. In collaboration with NJNU, a clinical ladder was instituted, which supports our efforts to reward and recognize, encourage professional growth and development, enhance employee engagement and improve quality outcomes.

The future of Saint Barnabas Medical Center continues to be strong because of the talents of our nurses and their unending dedication to our patients and our organization. I am extremely appreciative and proud of their talent and professionalism.

Jennifer O’Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer,
Saint Barnabas Medical Center