August 31, 2007

Hernandez to head Critical Care Services for Children’s Hospital

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Hernandez to head Critical Care Services for Children’s Hospital

Susan Hernandez, R.N., has been named administrative director of Critical Care Services for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

In this newly created role, Hernandez will oversee Children's Hospital's Emergency Department, Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center program, Transport Services and Critical Care Services.

“Susan's leadership experiences and critical care background, combined with her passion for supporting nurse wellness and work-life balance, will be a significant asset to Children's Hospital,” said Pat Givens, R.N., associate hospital director of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer for Children's Hospital.

Hernandez previously served as the manager of the General Surgery Clinics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She joined Vanderbilt in 1994 as a care partner at the Medical Center and has served in capacities including charge nurse, manager of the Coronary Care Unit and Cardiovascular Step-Down Units and manager of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit.

In addition to her active involvement on various hospital and clinic committees, Hernandez has been an advocate for work-life balance and staff retention through her leadership of the Nurse Wellness Committee. She has taken a leadership role in planning and providing a national Nurse Wellness Conference and has spoken on the topic at local and national meetings.

Hernandez received her master's degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix in Nashville. She earned a degree in Nursing from Columbia State College in Franklin, and a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education from David Lipscomb University.