St. Joseph's Welcomes Special Nurses Week Guest Speaker

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CrossPATERSON, NJ [May 15, 2012] – The Nursing Team at St. Joseph's Healthcare System led by Maria Brennan, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Chief Nursing Officer, SJHS, and Vice President, Patient Care Services, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center (left), welcomed Virginia R. Beeson, RN, BSN, MSN, NEA-BC, retired United States Navy Nurse Corps Captain and nurse executive, educator, and consultant, as the 2012 Nurses Week celebration special guest speaker.

Ms. Beeson served as Director of Navy Medicine's Leadership Development Program, Deputy Director of the Navy Nurse Corps, and Chief Nurse Executive at The National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, before retiring from the Navy in June 2003. Her presentation, "Nurses Caring for Nurses: Changing the Culture of Nursing" focused on building leadership capacity and changing/transforming organizational culture.

Ms. Beeson provided mirror presentations to the nursing staff at the St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center - an American Nurses Credentialing Center recognized Magnet for Nursing Excellence organization since 1999 - in Paterson and to the nursing staff at St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital, a division of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Wayne, NJ.

Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in 1867, St. Joseph's Hospital, now St. Joseph's Healthcare System, has grown in size and scope of service to encompass St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, an academic tertiary medical center and state-designated trauma center including acute care comprehensive St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, a state-designated children's hospital in Paterson, NJ; St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital, an acute care community hospital and division of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Wayne, NJ; and St. Vincent's Nursing Home, a long-term skilled nursing home in Cedar Grove, NJ. For more information about St. Joseph's leading edge programs and services, visit www.StJosephsHealth.org or call 877.757.SJHS (7547).


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