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SJCH Welcomes New CNO - Susan Herman

Employee News BAKERSFIELD—January 19, 2016 — In mid-January, Susan Herman DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CENP officially started her new role as the Chief Nursing Officer at SJCH. Based on the credentials after her name, it’s easy to see that SJCH is lucky to have her.
With nearly 20 years of experience in health care, Dr. Herman has served in a variety of roles in both inpatient and outpatient areas. Most recently, she served at Stanford University Medical Center’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. The non-profit 308-bed hospital has been named one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report.
As part of her role, Dr. Herman oversaw the Magnet Program, developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center to recognize healthcare organizations for nursing excellence. In her new role at SJCH, she brings a passion to develop nurses at all levels of the organization.
“My doctoral work centered on transformational leadership – I’m excited to meet our staff and serve as a role model for the future nurse leaders of our hospital,” Dr. Herman said. “My commitment is to work with our teams to create a shared vision for the future of nursing at SJCH. We’ll develop new processes, create professional standards and build a deep commitment to our mission that will help us take patient care to the next level.”
Dr. Herman is also involved in a number of professional associations, including serving as the 2015 president for the Association of California Nurse Leaders and on the Board of Trustees for the California Hospital Association. She has also worked in the areas of cancer, orthopedics and recruiting; bringing a wealth of all-around knowledge to SJCH. In her spare time, she is an avid gardener and enjoys spending time with her family.