Peggy GordinI am Peggy Gordin, RN, MS, NEA-BC, FAAN, Vice President of Patient Care Services at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. I have been in this role since June 2008, moving from Philadelphia because I wanted to be part of leading a great children’s hospital that is focused on continuously improving the quality of care for children and their families. Our nurses are very knowledgeable and are treated as valued, equal members of the health care team here.  We work as partners with all disciplines to provide the best in evidence-based care in a warm and compassionate environment for children and their families. Our partners at the Washington University School of Medicine keep us on the forefront of pediatric care and make this an exciting place to work.

As a member of the hospital’s executive staff, I believe it is extremely important for me to be visible to our nursing team and to gain an understanding of the challenges they face daily. To accomplish this goal, I make regular rounds, attend staff meetings and occasionally shadow in patient care units to hear concerns and answer questions from our team members. I also join my fellow executive team members in “town hall” staff meetings to ensure an environment where all employees are heard and supported in improving care to our patients and families.

Our hospital has been awarded the prestigious Magnet designation for excellence in nursing, initially in 2005 and re-designated in 2009 and 2015. This honor was achieved through our nursing team’s commitment and pursuit of the highest professional nursing standards. It is also a reflection of the stimulating and supportive practice environment we provide for our nursing staff, and the quality care we provide to our patients and families.

Nurses at St. Louis Children’s Hospital are an essential part of the decision-making process as demonstrated through their leadership and participation in our Unit-Based Joint Practice Teams and Shared Leadership model. These are both interdisciplinary structures that govern the local and hospital-wide practice environments. Our hospital-wide Patient Care Services Shared Leadership councils focus on Clinical Practice, Clinical Informatics, Education, and Professional Standards. In addition, our large number of Advanced Practice Nurses have a Council devoted to addressing their unique practice issues and needs.

Becoming a Magnet nurse at St. Louis Children’s Hospital can be extremely rewarding. We have a fast-paced practice environment that is challenging and fulfilling.  I truly love it here, and if you love pediatric nursing, you will too! Follow this link to find more information on how to join our team of professionals who support our mission of “Doing What is Right for Kids!”