I am Peggy Gordin, RN, MS, NEA-BC, FAAN, Vice President of Patient Care Services at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. I came to this hospital in June 2008 from Philadelphia because I wanted to be part of 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 shadow nurses and other employees in each of our departments and attend individual departmental staff meetings. I also join my fellow executive team members in regular “town hall” staff meetings and rounds on units to ensure an environment focused on improving care.
In 2005, the hospital was awarded the prestigious Magnet designation for excellence in nursing. This honor was achieved through the dedication and commitment of all of our staff as well as through the continuous pursuit of the highest professional nursing standards.
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 Patient Safety, Clinical Practice, Performance Improvement, 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!”