Brenda Howie Promoted to Baptist Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer

Monday, June 19, 2017

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Brenda Howie, Ph.D., MSN, RN, NE-BC, has been promoted to the chief nursing officer of Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. Since 2013, she has served as Baptist Medical Center’s vice president of nursing.  As CNO, she will provide oversight to nearly 1,000 nurses at Baptist.

Howie began her nursing career at Baptist in 1981 and has served in various roles including staff nurse, educator, assistant manager, nurse manager and clinical director.  Additionally, she has been a nursing clinical instructor for Hinds Community College and Mississippi College School of Nursing.

Baptist Medical Center CEO Bobbie Ware said, “During her tenure at Baptist, Brenda has been instrumental in implementing a Shared Governance Model to improve nurses work environment, nursing satisfaction and retention. She has been an advocate for excellence in nursing and the organization-wide implementation of patient-centered care.”

Ware explained that Howie led the Magnet Component Teams for Baptist’s Journey to Excellence. Along with that, in March 2017, after 10 years of work, Baptist Medical Center was designated the only Magnet® hospital in Mississippi. The Magnet Recognition Program® is given by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC), an affiliate of the American Nurses Association, to hospitals satisfying a set of criteria designed to measure quality patient care and professional nursing practice. It’s the nation’s highest nursing designation.

In August 2015, Howie obtained her doctorate degree in Nursing Education and Administration from William Carey University. She holds an Associate Nursing Degree from Hinds Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. 

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