Introductory Letter from Debra Albert, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer

If there is one unique quality that University of Chicago Medicine nurses share, I think it is the ability to apply imagination to practical situations, driving big organizational change through thousands of seemingly small moments. One question guides how we tackle each day: “How can I make this better?”

How can I make this patient’s stay better for them and their family? How can I make our care team better? How can I make UChicago Medicine better? It’s a mindset that unites all of our different backgrounds and perspectives, building the foundation of an incredible team that is partnering with leadership to drive the culture of our organization.

As you will see in this year’s Nursing Annual Report, nurses took the lead in establishing our Shared Governance model, implementing a Professional Advancement Program and increasing nursing leadership support, where needed, to enhance clinical education.

What stands out even more to me as I look through this report is how the work of our nurses touches every part of our organization and how our commitment to serving our patients and our communities is expressed in ways both big and small.

All of this work has culminated in Magnet designation, which affirms our commitment to the highest standards for nursing excellence and professional practice in evidence-based practice, research, education, ethics, leadership and collaboration.

We have spent a lot of time over the last year spotlighting Magnet designation, the opening of our new Adult ED and the adult Trauma Center launch, with good reason; these are major accomplishments that speak to the incredible culture of collaboration we have here. But, what I particularly love about this report is how it touches on so many real, everyday examples of our nurses leading and driving positive outcomes and experiences. From finding better ways to handle discharge call and ICU handoffs to leading community events and building relationships across care teams, our nurses are the backbone of our organization.

Every day our nurses are creating a more patient-centered, engaged, professional and caring culture. They are making UChicago Medicine better. I am proud to call them colleagues, and this report is just a small sample of how we come together to represent the professional practice of nursing and keep UChicago Medicine at the forefront of medicine.


Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services, and Chief Nursing Officer