Baptist Health’s chief nursing officer honored as nursing leader to know

Tammy Daniel was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review for having oversight of exceptional patient care and for creating opportunities for a new generation of nurses.

Jacksonville, FL.

Tammy Daniel, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, senior vice president and chief nursing officer (CNO) of Baptist Health, has been included on Becker's Hospital Review’s prestigious list of hospital and health system nursing leaders to know.

The list acknowledges nursing leaders who leverage their clinical and leadership experience to provide exceptional patient care and create “professional pathways for the next generation of nurses,” according to Becker’s.

Daniel has spent nearly half of her 35-year career at Baptist Health. She joined the health system in 2007 and held several leadership positions within the organization before assuming the top nursing leadership role in 2018. In addition to strategic planning to align nursing practice with system values and goals, Daniel oversees nursing while elevating quality, safety, efficiency and a culture of excellence and empathy across the health system. All of Baptist Health’s eligible adult hospitals have received the coveted Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for providing the gold standard of nursing care. Baptist Health is also a proud recipient of straight A’s from The Leapfrog Group for patient safety at all of its eligible adult hospitals and Wolfson Children’s Hospital received the “Leapfrog Top Hospital” award.

Initiatives to enhance the careers of Baptist Health’s current nurses and train the next generation of nursing professionals include Baptist Health Clinical School, a 15-week nursing assistant program to teach students to care for patients in diverse care settings, and a 12-month accelerated nursing degree program developed with Jacksonville University. Baptist Health also offers the ExCEL Clinical Ladder Program, a professional development program that enhances job satisfaction and empowers direct care team members to pursue opportunities for advancement while enhancing the quality of patient care and outcomes.

“We sincerely congratulate Dr. Daniel on this honor,” said Matthew A. Zuino, MSIS, FACHE, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Baptist Health. “We thank her for her tireless dedication to our patients’ health and safety and for being an innovator and advocate for advancing the role of nursing at a time when it is critically important to attract and retain a high-quality workforce to serve our growing community.”