Memorial Healthcare System Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Maggie Hansen, MHSc, RN, has been appointed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to the Florida Board of Nursing. Hansen is one of nine current board members and will serve a four-year term in the Nurse Executive Seat.
The nursing board works to ensure the fitness and competence of nurses who provide healthcare services to patients in the state. They focus primarily on licensing practitioners who meet established standards, enforcing regulations, keeping the public informed, and protecting the Nurse Practice Act, which prohibits nurses who fall below minimum competency or present a danger to the public from practicing in Florida.
“The appointment by Governor DeSantis will provide the opportunity to safeguard the profession to which I’ve dedicated my life,” said Hansen. “COVID-19 has reinforced the critical nature of the work nurses perform and these professionals must always be prepared for the challenges they’ll face so that Floridians can always be safe under their care.”
Hansen has been with Broward County based Memorial since 1983, previously serving as chief nursing officer at three of the healthcare system’s six hospitals before being named its first chief nurse executive in 2016. Under her leadership, and among many other accomplishments, Hansen established a nurse residency program to provide novice clinicians the training they need to develop the competencies necessary to provide the highest level of care. She also established Memorial’s Animal Assisted Therapy program to enhance healthiness for patients, and launched Memorial’s award winning Nursing Strategic Plan with highly favorable results.