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St. John Awarded with Excellence in Workplace Award

St. John Medical Center Awarded with Excellence in the Workplace Environment by Oklahoma Nurses Association; St. John Chief Nursing Executive Jessie Dragoo recognized with 2009 Excellence in
Nursing Administration honor


St. John Medical Center was recently selected as the recipient of the 2009 Excellence in the Workplace Environment award from the Oklahoma Nurses Association (ONA). The award was presented as a part of the 2009 Nurses Association awards event held Oct. 29 in Oklahoma City.

The Excellence in the Workplace Environment Award recognizes positive work environments that support nurses in delivering safe and effective patient care. Requirements include the creation of an innovative and effective workplace environment that promotes excellent nursing care, thereby creating a supportive, positive environment for nurses.

“St. John is honored to receive this award in recognition of our commitment to nursing practices and patient care,” said Charles Anderson, chief executive officer, St. John Medical Center. ”This award further demonstrates St. John’s commitment to improve nursing care, which ultimately results in positive patient outcomes.”

St. John was recognized for its advancements in creating nursing councils, which were established to provide direct feedback from bedside nurses regarding patient care, research, recruitment and retention issues, and continuing education needs. St. John also created a professional model of care to provide a framework for nursing practice.

In addition to the workplace excellent award, St. John Medical Center’s chief nursing executive Jessie Dragoo, MS, RN, CNAA-BC was recognized with the 2009 Excellence in Nursing Administration award. Dragoo was recognized for developing an innovative approach to the nursing workplace, utilizing theory, knowledge and skills in administration, education, and direct patient care environments.

“Jessie’s leadership has transformed nursing practice at St. John,” said Anderson. “As a result, nurses have been empowered to provide quality patient care and to explore opportunities for health care improvements.”

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