For Nurses

Supporting our nursing colleagues

For Nurses at Winchester Hospital

The heart of any hospital is its nursing staff, and Winchester Hospital is no exception. We provide exemplary nursing care in a professional and compassionate manner.

Magnet Recognition Program

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is the credentialing branch of the American Nurses Association. The ANCC has designated Winchester Hospital with its highest distinction, Magnet Recognition, for excellence in nursing and quality patient care.

The Magnet Program recognizes healthcare organizations that show a commitment to excellence, which translates to better patient outcomes. Fewer than 10% of healthcare organizations in the United States have earned Magnet Recognition.

Learn more about what our Magnet Recognition means for patient care. 

Our Vision: Excellence in Nursing

Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Karen Keaney, MPAH, RN, ACHCE, leads our Department of Nursing. She and her team continually strive for excellence in nursing practice.

Winchester Hospital’s Department of Nursing is committed to its vision: To provide exemplary nursing care within the Professional Practice Model. Read about Winchester Hospital’s mission and values.

Nursing Leadership

The nursing leadership team, along with all nursing colleagues at Winchester Hospital, is a vital component of the larger, multi-professional care delivery team.

Meet Our Nursing Leaders

Our CNO, Karen Keaney, is passionate about creating a safe environment to both give and receive care. She also works to ensure the delivery of high-quality care with a focus on our patients’ experiences.

“It is a privilege to lead the Department of Nursing as we continually build upon a framework for success and evolve beyond the worldwide challenges that ensued over the past few years,” notes Keaney. “I am continually inspired by our Winchester nursing teams who demonstrate unparalleled commitment to each other, and to those we serve.”

Our model of professional practice and governance is grounded in our department’s mission, vision and values. The core of our nursing practice model is a collaborative approach. Our values and relationships with each other and our patients are at the center of this practice model.

Nursing Leadership Team
  • Patricia Barry-Godino, Associate Chief Nursing Officer of Surgical Services
  • Cheryl Bauer, Associate Chief Nursing Officer of Maternal Child Services
  • Kathleen Beyerman, Associate Chief Nursing Officer of Nursing Staff Development
  • Jennifer Hill, Associate Chief Nursing Officer of Emergency Services
  • Brandon LaRoche, Associate Chief Nursing Officer of Inpatient Services
  • MaryBeth Strauss, Associate Chief Nursing Officer of Quality/Patient Safety
  • Mary Tuminelli, Director of Care Transitions
Nursing Councils

Shared governance is a key component of nursing at Winchester Hospital. Our nurses serve on various councils. These councils study and evaluate issues related to nursing practice. They also seek to enrich and enhance the excellent patient care that we provide our patients every day.

These councils include:

  • Nurse Coordinating Council
  • Nurse Executive Council
  • Nursing Informatics Council
  • Nursing Practice Improvement Council
  • Nursing Research Council
  • Patient Care Leadership Council
  • Professional Nurse Development Council
  • Unit-based Nursing Councils
  • Wound Management Council
Professional Practice Model

The Nursing Professional Practice Model is a cornerstone of nursing care at Winchester Hospital. Our vision is to provide exemplary nursing care within a professional practice environment.

This vision aligns with our hospital’s mission: To Care. To Heal. To Excel. In service to the community. Our values are defined by caring, continuity, collaboration, clinical expertise and professionalism.

As a community of caring, we strive to:

  • Care for the whole person, ourselves and others in mind, body and spirit in the true essence of nursing.
  • Maintain a current knowledge base in our areas of specialty.
  • Utilize strategies such as caring occurrences/occasions, critical thinking and clinical inquiry to coordinate all aspects of patient care.
  • Hold a human caring stance in regard to people with health/illness concerns by advocating for the patients/families across the continuum of care.
  • Promote a shared decision-making environment that supports mentoring and professional nurse advancement.
  • Collaborate with all members of the health care team.
  • Support professional nursing practice based on current theory, standards, evidence-based practice and research.

Winchester Hospital supports nurses as they continue their nursing education. The Professional Nurse Advancement Program provides a framework to recognize excellent nursing practice, nursing autonomy and shared decision-making. It also fosters an environment of colleague development and mentoring. It supports evidence-based practice and the integration of research findings into practice.

Experienced Nurses, National Leaders

Over the years, our nurses have played key roles in statewide and national nursing efforts. They are well educated and highly experienced. Many of our nurses have been with us for years, often decades. The average tenure is more than 10 years. This shows their satisfaction with the professional practice environment of Winchester Hospital.

We take great pride in the expertise and commitment of the nurses at Winchester Hospital. The impressive list of national, professional memberships that our nurses hold shows their skill and expertise.

These are just a few of the professional nursing organizations in which our nurses are involved:

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • Association for Women’s Health, Obstetrical and Neonatal Nurses
  • Emergency Nurses Association
  • Oncology Nurses Society
  • Organization for Nurse Leaders