Maria Brennan, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Awarded 2008 Governor’s Nursing Merit Award

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Maria BrennanMaria Brennan, MSN, RN, CPHQ, awarded 2008 Governor's Nursing Merit Award being recognized for exceptional nursing leadership, guidance and service in New Jersey.


Maria Brennan, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Joseph's Healthcare System (SJHS), and Vice President, Patient Care Services, at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) in Paterson, NJ, has been awarded the prestigious 2008 Governor's Nursing Merit Award, Nurse Administrator. Ms. Brennan was selected among the state's top nursing leaders to receive this award, which represents excellence in nursing, compassion in care and technical proficiency.

"At St. Joseph's Healthcare System, our focus is to do our absolute best for our patients," Ms. Brennan said. The work she has done exemplifies her commitment to this focus and the reason she was selected for the prestigious New Jersey state award. Developing "swing" units to deal with seasonal influx of patients, designating "urgent care" alternate sites, working with other departments and creating additional patient-need nursing units are among the many ways Ms. Brennan meets the ever-changing demands of the diverse St. Joseph's Healthcare System's community.


Additionally, Ms. Brennan decreased the RN vacancy rate at SJHS from 12% to 2%, maintained a 100% capacity for clinical learning experience rotations of local college schools of nursing, focused on Nursing Research and Practice, created a "Productivity Model for Nursing" to ensure the correct number of nurses to meet patient needs, and assisted in the creation of plans for the extensive SJHS facility expansion.


Ms. Brennan's influence also included a global mentoring program, which came as a request from nurses in Bangkok, Thailand, who spent two intensive weeks learning from Ms. Brennan. In addition, Ms. Brennan has mentored other organizations nationally and locally to improve patient care and nursing practice.


The senior nursing executive at St. Joseph's Healthcare System, Brennan utilizes her extensive professional expertise and strong background in health care and Patient Care Services Division management to ensure optimal patient safety and quality of care, enhance the autonomy and professional development of nursing staff, facilitate optimal utilization of Human Resources, and develop and implement strategic planning for Patient Care Services and associate programs.


In December 2006, Brennan was elected to the Board of Directors of the ONE/NJ and is a very active member with roles in the Education, Finance, Marketing and Legislative Committees. One year later, she was recognized with the 2007 Organization of Nurse Executives of New Jersey (ONE/NJ) Nurse Executive Award.


Brennan was also honored as a NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes Nurse of the Year finalist in June 2008. Prior to accepting her current position at St. Joseph's in 2004, Maria Brennan served as Vice President, Nursing and Patient Care Services at other health care organizations including St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center of New York, Staten Island Services Division, Meridian Health System, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Capital Health System in Trenton.


Brennan received her Master of Science degree in Nursing at Hunter College in New York, New York. She holds professional State licensure in both New Jersey and New York. Brennan's professional affiliations include the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Organization of Nurse Executives of New Jersey, where she is serving on the Education Committee. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honor Society of Nursing. Brennan also donates her time as a Board Member to the American Cancer Society of Mercer County and Senior Care of Mercer County.


"St. Joseph's Healthcare System is pleased to congratulate Maria Brennan, the recipient of the 2008 Governor's Nursing Merit Award, Nursing Administrator. An innovator, motivational leader, and skilled manager, Maria is truly deserving of this state-wide recognition," stated William A. McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph's Healthcare System.


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