CHA HPMC’s new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Nate Mabry, MSN, RN, CENP, arrived in April. Nate is responsible for the delivery of safe and effective nursing care. Learn more about him and his plans for the organization.
What sparked your interest in healthcare and how long have you been in this industry?
I’ve been in the healthcare industry for about 19 years. I started pretty young in this field as a CNA and EMT and then went on to become a nurse. It’s been a great journey so far. My interest has always been in helping people. From a very young age, I’ve been drawn towards interacting and helping others. In elementary school and junior high, I worked with special education children and helped them with their Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). The leadership opportunities gave me the ability to help people on a larger scale. I was initially not drawn towards leadership roles, but I realized that I could make a bigger impact on not only my department, but also the entire organization, a whole hospital, and really provide the care the community needs.
Describe your vision for your new role as the CNO?
My vision is to provide high quality, safe nursing care through engagement of staff and make them feel like they are a part of this team—the organization. I want to make sure that we satisfy the healthcare needs of the community. This can only be done by having a highly engaged and united nursing team.
What are your short- and long-term goals?
Short-term goal is to become a familiar face with all the staff—both nursing and non-nursing—and let them know that I’m here to support them. This leads to my long-term goal of bringing stability for the organization through nurse-led and nurse-driven programs where staff nurses can help create the programs to drive this organization and drive the future of care.
What are you most looking forward to in your new role?
It’s been humbling and amazing to meet so many highly talented people from a variety of areas of care. I’m looking forward to meeting more people. I’ve always had the thought of breaking the mold of how a traditional CNO is supposed to be. I want to break that mold and let people know that they can approach me at any time and I’m here to support them. There is no substitute for interaction—it’s all about interacting with the staff in as many ways and settings as possible.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I am a very friendly and outgoing leader. People usually recognize me as a calm person and I always look into the positive side of any situation and am always solution oriented.
Tell us about your family and home life.
I’ve been married to my beautiful wife for 15 years. We were college sweethearts and we are grown up sweethearts still. We have twins, a boy and a girl, who recently turned 7. My entire life outside of work is spent with my kids and my wife. I spend the weekends with kids doing some kind of sports and activities. We celebrate ‘Sunday Funday’ with special activities and games for the kids and dedicate the entire day to spending time with them. We even do park hopping and hiking, and let the kids enjoy outdoors.
When you’re not working, what do you like to do for fun?
I love to go fishing with my kids and I love that they think it’s a fun activity. I have to work really hard, and under a lot of pressure, to find the fish for the kids to catch so that they don’t change their mind and begin to dislike fishing. I love to make random concoctions in the kitchen—mostly aimed at southern style foods. Often times, I incorporate the grill or smoker into those meals in some sort of a way.
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