MaryJane Finnegan, MSN, RN, Appointed St. Catherine of Siena Chief Nursing Officer
Ms. Finnegan has been a dedicated staff member at the medical center for more than 28 years. Throughout her long career, Ms. Finnegan has maintained several responsibilities, especially serving as leadership for both the Psychiatric and Emergency Departments. Since December of 2015, Ms. Finnegan has been fulfilling the role of Acting CNO, and prior to that position, she was the Assistant Vice President of Nursing Administration.
As Co-Committee Chair of St. Catherine’s Clinical Ladder Program, Ms. Finnegan inspires and cultivates a culture of nursing excellence in the provision of direct patient care across the continuum. The Clinical Ladder Program facilitates progression in the career of nursing and defines the levels of clinical, professional nursing practice. To progress “up the clinical ladder”, the individual nurse must demonstrate skills, competency, clinical excellence, educational attainment and professional expertise.
“Ms. Finnegan has distinguished herself in the Acting CNO position with the management of the Nursing Department, with an emphasis on patient safety and clinical outcomes,” said Executive Vice President and CAO Paul J. Rowland. “She has been integral to our recent successful Joint Commission Survey, working with physician leadership throughout the organization and leading our labor management negotiations.”
When Ms. Finnegan is not walking the halls of St. Catherine of Siena, ensuring patient safety is achieved, you can be sure to find her facilitating a Healthy Sundays event at local parishes including St. Hughes of Lincoln of Huntington Station, St. Francis de Sales of Patchogue, St. John’s Evangelist of Center Moriches, or wherever she is needed. The Healthy Sundays Program provides preventive health screenings and education to members of medically underserved communities on Long Island.
Ms. Finnegan actively participates in St. Catherine’s Community Outreach Program providing free screenings and health information to the surrounding communities. She is a mission-driven worker, dedicated to health care and helping others. “The essence of nursing is the relationship developed at the bedside with direct care from the nurse to the patient—which is why nursing is the most trustworthy profession—the most noble profession,” said Ms. Finnegan.