Deb Strickland, RN, MBA

With a passion to facilitate change through high performing teams, Deb Strickland brings decades of experience as a healthcare leader and coach to those she serves.

Professional Experience

With over 30 years of progressive nursing experience leading to CNO/VP roles, Deb is committed to the enhancement of patient care services. Her skill set includes the enhancement of safe quality patient care, professional development, performance improvement, core measure performance elevation, strong staff and physician satisfaction, work place design and re-engineering and retention of qualified and competent staff. Deb is dedicated to the evidence-based practice that supports best-in-class healthcare.

Signature Engagements

  • Raised physician engagement scores in 12 months
    • As a place to practice medicine from 16th to 77th percentile
    • Nursing care from 34th to 77th percentile
    • Quality of care from 26th to 75th percentile
  • Assisted in $81 million construction project of a replacement patient tower inclusive of patient access, satisfaction and safety along with workload reduction principles embedded in design
  • Improved core measure performance by 60 percent over 16 months from negative to positive ratings in the Joint Commission benchmarks
  • Initiated Leap Frog and IHI patient safety strategies; development of nursing indicators supportive of organizational goals
  • Integrated nursing sensitive quality indicators into organizational measures of success
  • Reduced organizational turnover from 24 to 16 percent
  • Reduced organizational vacancy rate to 2.6 percent
  • Reduced nurse turnover from 8 to 2 percent in 12 months

Education and Certifications

  • Master of Business Administration, Mount Saint Mary’s College, Emmitsburg, Maryland
  • Bachelors of Science, Nursing, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, West Virginia

Professional Associations

  • American Organization of Nurse Executives
  • Tennessee Hospital Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau

Publications/Speaking Engagements

  • PRC Client Symposium, “Raising Physician Satisfaction”
  • International Lean Conference, “The Integration of Lean Processes in to Healthcare Design”
  • Contributor to publication on the role of International Nurses in staffing solutions
  • Presenter for Bidshift/Concera on effective staffing strategies
  • Deb Strickland

    Deb Strickland, RN, MBA

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