National Nurses Week (National Hospital Week) will be celebrated starting on May 6―through Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12.  This week provides a special opportunity to recognize the skilled, caring, compassionate care that nurses deliver to patients every day of the year.  It showcases the nursing profession’s dedication to inspire, innovate and influence.

And the field of nursing continues to evolve—nurses are taking on greater responsibilities as more and more care shifts beyond the walls of the hospital. Nurses often work “behind” the scenes—improving access and throughput—and helping ensure patients receive the care they need in the right place, at the right time. [Are you a patient flow Renegade Samaritan?]

This is the journey that I have personally been on during my near “40” year nursing career.  I worked in a wide range of bedside and administrative roles at Northwestern Memorial Hospital before becoming the Executive Director of Solutions Services for the Joint Commission Resources (JCR), a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission.  Then five years ago, I had the distinct pleasure of joining TeleTracking to form and lead an expert team of nurses and hospital administrators.  This team focuses their time and effort on optimizing the TeleTracking Platform & applying Lean Six Sigma principles in support of patient flow improvement in all types of operational settings.  The work of this team in collaboration with many expert TeleTracking colleagues has led to countless improvements while demonstrating positive patient and staff outcomes.

As many of you know, I will be retiring this week from TeleTracking. National Nurses Week is a most fitting time to share my gratitude to so many of you that I have worked with closely on this patient improvement journey.  The theme for 2018 Nurses Week highlights the vitally important role of nurses.  Continue to inspire, innovate and influence as you work daily to improve the care of patients.

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Nanne Finis led TeleTracking’s seasoned team of former hospital nurses and administrators in helping clients apply Lean Six Sigma methods and technology to process redesign and workflow automation up until her retirement in May 2018.

She joined TeleTracking in 2013 after more than a decade with Joint Commission Resources (JCR), a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission.

A passionate and collaborative nurse leader, Nanne brings expertise in health reform and regulatory policies, front-line leadership, and years of experience in patient safety and quality initiatives. As a certified change agent she has worked across the industry with many teams of professionals pushing creative approaches and innovation.

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