WVU Health System Appoints First Chief Nursing Officer

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Last name: Melanie Heuston

Previous title: Senior Nursing Executive, Meritus Health

New title: Chief Nurse, West Virginia University Health System

Heuston will begin the inaugural role Aug. 22 and will be responsible for developing tools to improve nurse effectiveness, supporting health system efforts to increase nurse retention and leading the system’s nursing affinity group. She will also be responsible for strengthening WVU Medicine’s nursing talent pool for its hospitals and clinics.

“She will be a vital member of the team as we continue to develop innovative ways to retain and grow our nursing workforce,” said Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the system. in a report.

Heuston earned the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Credential, the nation’s highest professional nursing honor, during her tenure at Meritus in 2019. Prior to joining Meritus, she served as an adjunct faculty member at the faculty of nursing at the University of Pittsburgh and served as vice president. clinical training at the Institute of Transfusion Medicine.

She holds a doctorate in nursing practice and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and began her nursing career as a critical care nurse.

The executive nursing role comes at a time when up to a third of nurses nationwide are planning to leave their jobs this year and healthcare systems are struggling to staff nursing roles.

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