Georgetown Nursing Alumna Wins Washingtonian Award

OCTOBER 8, 2013 - A Georgetown nursing alumna has received the Excellence in Nursing Award in the October issue of Washingtonian magazine.

Susan Eckert (NHS’78), MSN, RN, senior vice president of nursing and chief nursing executive at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, will be given the award at a ceremony on October 23.

“This is a tremendous and well-deserved achievement for an inspiring nurse leader,” says Martin Y. Iguchi, PhD, dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies.  “Sue’s distinguished career at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a strong example of the type of leadership roles that our alumni hold.  We applaud her recent honor from Washingtonian."

Longtime Commitment

Eckert has worked at the hospital for 34 years and took on her current leadership role in April 2011.

“She focused on team building with a restructured leadership and by developing a strategic plan with input from more than 1,000 nurses,” according to the hospital’s press release about the award.

The release notes that the hospital’s nurse turnover rates are now below the national average and that job satisfaction scores and other measures of nurse outcomes have been improving.

‘Beyond the Call of Duty’

Eckert earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Georgetown and a master of science in nursing from Catholic University of America.

She was nominated by her peers and selected from among hundreds of submissions for the award, which the magazine gives yearly to nurses “who go beyond the call of duty to enhance the well-being of their patients and the community,” the release says.

By Bill Cessato