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Sarrah Spohnholtz named director of Nurse Safety and Well-being

Jun. 29, 2023, 8:16 AM

by Matt Batcheldor

Sarrah Spohnholtz, MSN, RN, has been named director of Nurse Safety and Well-being at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

In the newly created role, Spohnholtz will collaborate with VUMC nurses, the health care workforce, Vanderbilt Faculty & Staff Health and Wellness/Occupational Health, and leadership teams to cultivate an environment in which VUMC is a leader in workplace wellness. She will focus on addressing mental health, physical well-being and occupational safety to facilitate a setting where nurses thrive and provide the highest quality care.

Spohnholtz joined VUMC in 2020 as a night shift nurse in the C-Pod of the Emergency Department. She progressively assumed a charge nurse role and then an assistant nurse manager role, demonstrating her dedication to providing exceptional patient care while fostering a culture of empathy and collaboration among her peers.

Prior to joining VUMC, Spohnholtz worked as a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago on its COVID unit.

“Increasing mental health support, addressing workplace violence, and creating a positive community for us as nurses and a health care system has been my passion throughout each stage of my career,” Spohnholtz said.

“I am excited and blessed to be in a position that will have a direct effect on these initiatives,” she said.

“Sarrah’s commitment to nurse safety and well-being is evident in her work to improve retention, enhance morale and elevate occupational standards,” said Executive Chief Nursing Officer Marilyn Dubree, MSN, RN, NE-BC.

“I am confident that Sarrah’s expertise, compassion and commitment will positively impact the well-being of our nursing staff.”

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