Published on 04/07/2022
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Health System announced today (July 5) the appointment of Melanie Heuston, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, as the first Director of Nursing (NEC). Dr. Heuston will step into her new role on Monday, August 22.
Heuston is a highly accomplished executive nurse who most recently served as a senior nursing executive at Meritus Health in Hagerstown, Maryland. During her tenure at Meritus, the organization earned the Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in April 2019. The Magnet designation is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.
Prior to Meritus, Heuston held several leadership positions at UPMC. She was also an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing for several years and served as vice president of clinical education, training, and workforce development at the Pittsburgh Institute of Transfusion Medicine.
“I am thrilled to have Melanie join the health system leadership team at such a crucial time as we continue to expand our services and grow our organization,” said Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and chief executive officer. The direction. “She will be a vital member of the team as we continue to develop innovative ways to maintain and grow our nursing workforce.”
As the CNE of the health system, Heuston will work to develop a more integrated and strategic approach to systems, processes and tools to improve nursing staff effectiveness, foster increased collaboration, increase reliability and trust, and improve performance.
She will lead the Health System Nursing Affinity Group and work closely with its members, WVU Medicine Hospital Presidents and their Chief Nurses to provide support to all nursing practices and clinical services across the health system. health. She will also be responsible for leading the integration and coordination of nursing practice while working to support health system efforts to increase recruitment and retention of nurses. Finally, she will develop strategies to create a stronger pipeline of nursing talent for WVU Medicine hospitals and clinics.
“I am grateful to Albert for giving me the opportunity to join such a dynamic organization with a strong commitment to its patients and the nursing profession,” said Heuston. “I look forward to being the voice of nursing throughout the healthcare system. »
Heuston began her nursing career as a critical care staff nurse and earned her advanced nursing degrees—both her Doctor of Nursing Practice and her Masters of Nursing—from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2020, the ANCC presented her with its Certified Nurse Award (Nurse Executive, Advanced), one of many professional awards she has received in recognition of her outstanding work in her profession.