Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Susan Eckert, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, is senior vice president of Nursing and chief nursing executive for MedStar Washington Hospital Center, one of the 50 largest hospitals in the nation. Eckert oversees the Department of Nursing’s 2,400 associates and manages nursing practice within the 926-bed academic medical center’s 54 inpatient and ambulatory units. She developed the Center for Excellence in Nursing, a philanthropic organization that supports the advancement of nursing scholarship.
Eckert began her career at MedStar Washington Hospital Center as a Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) staff nurse in 1979, after working as a staff nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Tulane University in New Orleans. In 1981, she was appointed head nurse of the SICU at the Hospital Center and in 1986, became a clinical specialist in surgical critical care. In 1990, Eckert became director of Critical Care and Emergency Services at the Hospital Center and served in that role for 15 years. During that time, she led initiatives that fostered the development of competency-based nursing education programs, models for patient care delivery and professional development programs for staff and leaders.
Before her appointment as chief nursing executive, Eckert served as director of the Institute for Innovations in Nursing Readiness, ER One Institute, providing consultation to private industry, government agencies and healthcare organizations to enhance preparedness for emergency/disaster events in hospital settings and among the nursing profession.
Eckert was presented Washingtonian magazine’s Excellence in Nursing award in 2013.