A Message from Laura Ramos, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer
Every time I walk through the units and departments of St. Jude Medical
Center I am reminded of what an honor it is to serve you as this hospital’s
Chief Nursing Officer.
Our nurses’ achievements are evident in outstanding clinical outcomes,
top decile patient satisfaction, and a long and growing list of national
awards and honors. Each year, nurse-led patient safety and quality initiatives
continue to transform care, as our RNs bring new research, innovation
and expertise to the bedside and beyond.
As health care has grown increasingly complex, our nurses have responded
by continuing to learn, grow and advance their practice. The number of
St. Jude nurses who have earned or are pursuing a BSN, MSN or professional
certification in their specialty dramatically exceeds industry averages—far
surpassing even the standards required for Magnet-designated hospitals.
While distinguishing themselves as national leaders at conferences, our
nurses have also shaped a vibrant and unique work environment—one
characterized by shared decision-making, professional development, and
collaboration across every level of the organization. Hundreds of St.
Jude nurses participate in shared governance councils, lead interdisciplinary
improvement projects, and help create industry-wide best practices.
Our nurses continue a 65-year ministry of life-changing compassion, a ministry
first established by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange to care for those
made vulnerable by illness, disease or circumstance. While the Sisters
are no longer present on every floor, our units and departments are filled
with individuals who see nursing as a calling, not simply a job, and have
found in St. Jude one of California’s most distinctive and fulfilling
I am proud to call St. Jude home and grateful to have the opportunity to
work alongside such talented and passionate caregivers.
Laura Ramos, RN, MSN, NE-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Vice President, Patient Care Services