The Georgia Hospital Association has named Emory Hospitals Alice Vautier, RN, Ed.D, as the 2004 Workforce Leadership Award Winner in recognition for her commitment to working collaboratively with her community, colleagues and state to improve the status of the health care workforce.
While the healthcare industry in the U.S. is battling a critical nursing shortage, Vautier and her staff have proactively created innovative programs to effectively fight the shortage and attract and retain talented nurses.
These include a nurse residency program for new or inexperienced nurses in eight specialty areas, a RN re-entry program, a preceptor and mentoring program, and a nurse extern program for nursing students. She has also supported nursing faculty by supporting faculty research and by developing a partnership with Georgia Perimeter College to provide faculty salary support. A continuing education program and skills fair for clinical faculty is in its third year. Vautier is also committed to providing tuition support to 42 BSN students at Emorys Nell Hodgsen Woodruff School of Nursing and 50 students at Perimeter College to increase the number of Nurses in Atlanta.
Vautier, Emory Hospitals chief nursing officer and associate administrator for patient services, began her career at Emory Hospitals in 1990. Alice is passionate in her belief that nurses are a driving force in patient care outcomes, says Robert Bachman, chief operating officer for Emory University Hospital.
Emory Crawford Long Hospitals COO Albert Blackwelder agrees. It is through her leadership that nursing has achieved a renewed sense of purpose and power throughout the organization. Alice has encouraged education, financed scholarships and assisted in creating a therapeutic healing environment for our patients.
I believe nursing is a wonderful profession, and everyday I see staff that love nursing. I see excitement and determination to being the best nurse in both our seasoned nurses and those going through our scholarship and residency programs, Vautier says. Its a true honor to be recognized for my part in introducing, and in some cases re-introducing, talented and dedicated people to this profession.
Emory Healthcare chief executive officer John Fox believes Vautiers efforts are an integral part of making Emory Healthcare a destination for talented nurses. Her leadership and commitment have contributed to improvements in the healthcare workforce. It is through her vision that nurses within Emory Healthcare are empowered to practice the profession of nursing to the best of their abilities, Fox says.
Vautier graduated from the Cooper Hospital School of Nursing in Camden, New Jersey, received her BSN from the University of Pennsylvania, her MSN in nursing administration from Villanova University and her Ed.D in nursing administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.
In 2001, the Georgia Hospital Association established an annual award to recognize an individual, hospital, or other institution that has made outstanding contributions to addressing Georgias health care personnel needs. Nominations are requested for the person, organization or institution that exemplifies the following criteria:
" Leadership and Commitment - not just by being a leader in his or her hospital, health system, or other institution, but in the entire community. The Award recipient is committed to working collaboratively with his or her community, colleagues and state to improve the status of the health care workforce.
" Innovation - has developed an innovative approach(es) to resolve health care workforce issues that exceed(s) the traditional methods of recruitment and retention.
" Results - as a result of this persons or institutions efforts, there is concrete progress related to bringing about a balance between supply and demand for nursing and/or allied health professionals.