“I was initially attracted to this hospital because family-centered care; I wanted to work in a community hospital that cared not only the patient but also the family. I saw an opportunity to work with the hospital to improve quality and care for newborns. I have been able to spend the last thirty-plus years at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center doing the things that I love best; caring for families and patients to improve outcomes and, as a leader, coaching and mentoring new leaders in expanding their roles.”
Cheryl A Wood, MSN, BSN, CRNP, NE-BC, has over forty years of experience in women’s care. She has spent the last twenty years in leadership positions.
Before joining MedStar Franklin Square thirty years ago, Cheryl was a neonatal nurse practitioner in the Intensive Care Nursery at John’s Hopkins Bayview Hospital. Cheryl came to MedStar Franklin Square in 1985 to develop a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program. Cheryl was responsible for the oversight of medical care for the critically ill infants in the NICU and the administrative responsibilities for the nurse practitioner team. Cheryl implemented a Neurodevelopmental Program that would improve developmental outcomes for infants and a “Golden Hour” program that improved quality outcomes for neonates. Cheryl was the chair for Hospital Leadership Developmental Program, providing leadership skills for all leaders in the hospital.
At MedStar Franklin Square, Cheryl moved to her leadership role in the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery as the nurse manager NICU Operations and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program in 2005 and as the director of the Women’s and Children Service line in 2012. In 2014 she assumed the role of director for the Behavioral Health units. Cheryl was heavily involved in writing narratives for Magnet re-designation and is involved in improvement teams to improve safety and patient experience. Cheryl is currently holds many leadership positions, including acting as executive sponsor for the Nurse Educator Council and the Nursing Quality and Safety Council.
Cheryl is certified as a nurse executive. Among the skills that have contributed to her success are her interpersonal skills and her ability to connect with people.
Cheryl is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), Maryland Organization of Nurse Executives (MONE), and American Nurses Association (ANA)
Cheryl has presented at national conferences and networks on improving outcomes for neonates.
Advice for nurses
“Listen to the patient and work to help them understand their health and well being. Be an advocate for the patient and family and help them to achieve all that they can. Patient safety needs to be your focus to make sure we can support all health care providers to provide the best care that we can.”