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The Ability to Influence: An Interview with Mary Beth Kingston, RN, MSN, NEA-BC

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It’s always interesting to learn the different paths nurses take in their careers. In this conversation with Mary Beth Kingston, the Chief Nursing Officer at Advocate Aurora Health in Milwaukee, learn about the turns her career has taken over her 41 years as a nurse, as well as her big jump from Philadelphia to Milwaukee just six years ago to accept her current leadership position. Ms. Kingston describes her typical day as a Chief Nursing Officer, although we know that in nursing there really is no such thing as a “typical day.” Most of her time is spent focusing on patient safety, quality of care, the patient experience, and workforce issues; making sure staff is highly educated and engaged; and working with shared governance teams. She has worked with the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) both through her involvement in the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), a member organization of which she’s currently President-Elect, and through sponsorship of the NOBC by Aurora Health.

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