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February 4, 2020

Kress new chief nursing officer at Fauquier Health

Christine Kress
Christine H. Hart Kress started Monday as the new chief nursing officer at Fauquier Health.

Ms. Kress most recently worked for the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, where she provided strategic direction, policy and oversight for education and training initiatives across the military health system. That health system serves 9.5 million uniformed service members, retirees and their families.

“We are so excited to have Christine step into this important leadership role,” Fauquier Health CEO Chad Melton said. “She is an exemplary leader with a tremendous amount of health care experience.

“In her new position, Christine will lead all aspects of professional and nursing practices, as well as, patient care services at Fauquier Health. Her commitment to patient care, physicians, employees, and the community is evident in all that she does, and I know that she will help us further advance our mission of ‘Making Communities Healthier’.” 

The Warrenton hospital has 218 nurses.

Ms. Kress has more than 26 years of military healthcare experience, serving in a variety of nursing and executive leadership roles in acute care hospitals and ambulatory care clinics in the Air Force Medical Service. She has multiple certifications, including those as a women’s health nurse practitioner, an adolescent/adult sexual assault nurse examiner and a nurse executive advanced administrator. At the Defense Health Headquarters, she led 584 staff members and more than 1,000 instructors.

“Fauquier Health is such an important part of this community,” Ms. Kress said. “I am honored to join this incredible team of healthcare professionals. I look forward to building upon the strong foundation of nursing excellence seen every day by our patients. My leadership focus is to provide evidenced-based and safe patient-centered care while helping the leadership team meet the growing needs of the Fauquier community, including patients and providers.”

She earned a master’s degree in nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University and her bachelor’s at the University of Massachusetts. Her awards the 2007 Air Force Medical Service’s Nurse Practitioner of the Year and the 2010 and 2011 Pacific Air Forces Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year. 
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Savefauquiercounty2019 · February 17, 2020 at 7:41 am
Your hospitalcompare ratingx on are poor. Your neighboring hospitals are higher. Maybe time to get sacred cows to move on.Every nursing supervisor, manager and should walk the units daily.
If you don't observe patients up and walking, you aren't supervising your staff. Walking help prevents atelectasis, pneumonia, clots and ileuses....Hire competent nursing staff that are rehab nurses who don't need a therapist to get patients out of bed. It is a wide spread excuse. They need to engage patients and their families. Patients post op need incentive spirometer and reminded to use of every 20 minutes, head of bed up. Push fluids.
Bachelor level nurses don't hesitate to contact doctors for orders to include other disciplines that can help shorten length of stay, help educate and prevent readmissions. Occupational therapy should be ordered if nurses are having to assist with adls. Therapists are able to thoroughly assess and address functional levels and get needed equipment for home.
Respiratorycan do chest physiotherapy to prevent hospital acquired pneumonia from becoming deadly especially in elderly whose elasticity in lungs are decreased.
Sputum cultures ordered before start of antibiotics.
Savefauquiercounty2019 · February 17, 2020 at 6:02 am
Please assess your dietary practices. If a doctor orders diabetic, or low sodium meals or no greens to get INR levels up, most hospitals, nursing homes and or assisted livings expect their nursing staff to pull inappropriate foods from trayinstead of dietary following doctor's orders.

How will YOU stepping in help? It will decrease length of stay, readmissions from other hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living overloading patients with salts, and fats etc. Congestive heart failure patients often can not get into see their community doctors in a crisis because the doctor's s receptionist won't page doctor or get patients in the same day. They need to be told in the community listen carefully and get attention to them immediately. Assisted living forms need to be detailed better statewide to specifically address the clinical needs of CHF patients.They hire Lpns that can not assess saturation and document normal but haven't walk patients prior to collecting readings. Patients are sitting and saturation are normal. Every CHF should weigh themselves daily and have BMP drawn.

Please hire American educated health care professionals first. CEOs of hospitals have trended to hire immigrants over Americans and state they can't recruit or retain Americans. 5000 deaths a week in our nation's hospital due to neglience and medical errors per Hopkins study in 2016.

Learn how to assess your drg data. Your hospitals ratings have been low. Medicare collects data from drg, documentation. Don't overload your nursing staff. 1 to 5 in the ER is unforgiving especially in this fast paced, high acuity area. If a patient needs transferred to higher level or dies this can cause serious adrenaline rushes and overloading your staff during these times won't retain them. There is always room for improvement to improve quality of care, please follow interdisciplinary approach which include spouses and or parents assessments. Make sure your culture remains open to breaking chain if command to get what patients need if supervisors aren't following protocol or standards. Thank you. Good luck.
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