Julie Villa, MSN, RN, CCRN-K

smlauraJulie has functioned in a variety of positions within the hospital and academia, such as clinical critical care nurse, nurse manager, Magnet© Program Director (MPD), and faculty. As a nurse manager, she was instrumental in implementing shared governance at her hospital. As a MPD, Julie had the opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of this shared governance program through the Hess Index for Professional Governance survey tool.

Some of Julie’s other accomplishments as a MPD include:

* Developing and implementing peer review for all levels of nursing
* Developing and implementing Magnet© boards on all patient care units to emphasize the nurse-sensitive outcomes of each unit
* Achieving outperformance of national benchmarks for RN satisfaction, patient satisfaction, and nurse-sensitive indicators, and
* Disseminating methods utilized by her hospital to achieve the excellent outcomes, which was highlighted by achievement of its first Magnet designation with seven exemplars.

Julie has published peer-reviewed articles on nurses’ perceptions of people with tattoos, the Catholic nun’s influence on nursing 1900-1920, and a new CNO’s implementation of moving an organization to nursing excellence. She has presented nationally on topics, such as how her organization was able to achieve the patient satisfaction scores comparable to other high-achieving healthcare organizations.

Julie is licensed in New Jersey and Florida and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Nurses’ Association, the Florida Nurses’ Association, and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.