Title: Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President of Patient Care Services
Company: Bassett Healthcare
Location: Cooperstown, NY
Cooperstown, New York, December 16, 2010, Connie Jastrenski, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services at Bassett Healthcare, has been recognized by Elite American Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nursing.
Ms. Jastrenski’s ability to influence the nurses on her staff and serve as their advocate and role model is directly reflective of the passion she has exhibited over her 41-year-long career. As the chief nursing officer of Bassett Healthcare, she is responsible for overseeing all departments including the operating room, emergency room and laboratory. Further, Ms. Jastrenski manages preoperative patient care, oversees admission and transportation services, and solves problems. She has refined excellent patient care and support, which she demonstrates by assuaging her patients’ uncertainties and ensuring they feel as comfortable as possible. When advising her successors, Ms. Jastrenski emphasizes that the primary focus of an admirable nurse should always be on the patient. She tells them, “Remember, we’re here for the patient and their family; no matter what you have to do, in face of any obstacle.”
Inspired by the work of Diane Krovejech, Elizabeth Sconlan, Katherine Welch and Bertine McKenna, Ms. Jastrenski has published and nationally presented more than 100 professional articles. Moreover, she keeps abreast of industry trends by reading the Journal of Nursing Administration, and the Journal of Healthcare Management. The impetus behind her involvement in nursing is a derivative of the relationship she witnessed between her grandfather and his nurses at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. For Ms. Jastrenski, the journey that a nurse takes with his or her patients is the most rewarding aspect of the profession.
Honored as a New York state Nurse Administrator of the Year in 2009, Ms. Jastrenski holds a Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University, a Master of Science in education and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Maryland. She also retains a diploma in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969, and a certification in palliative care.
When she is away from her professional duties, Ms. Jastrenski enjoys kayaking, canoeing, golfing and reading. She maintains affiliation with the New York State Nurses Association, the New York Organization of Nurse Executives, the Society of Trauma Nurses, the American Association of Nurse Executives, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Nurses Association, Inc., the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau International.
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