Cheryl McKay, PhD, RN, Nurse Executive Accountable Care

Dr. Cheryl McKay is a healthcare leader with over 20 years of experience in executive leadership roles. She has directed care for both large academic facilities and smaller multi-site inpatient and outpatient centers. In addition, she has led research, quality, education, and clinical divisions. Dr. McKay specializes in helping healthcare organizations improve quality through evidence-based practice. As a critical care clinical specialist, nurse executive, and researcher, she has a broad range of experience in helping clients successfully manage technology implementation and advancement, product development, marketing and sales. Dr. McKay holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of Texas and an MSN in Adult Critical Care from Azusa Pacific University. She also holds a BSN from Mount St. Mary’s College.

  • Cheryl McKay, PhD, RN, Nurse Executive Accountable Care

    Celebrating Nurses Month: Nurses at the heart of healthcare contest winners

    We are thrilled to announce the winners of our Nurses at the Heart of Healthcare contest! This year, we teamed up with Critical Alert to honor Mary Eliza Mahoney, a trailblazer in nursing who helped make the profession more diverse. During...

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  • Cheryl McKay, PhD, RN, Nurse Executive Accountable Care

    Nurses at the Heart of Healthcare Contest

    Nurses at the Heart of Healthcare Contest

    The American Nurses Association established National Nurses Week in 1985 to honor nurses' contributions to advancing the profession and the healthcare industry. The celebration has since expanded into an entire month, which is a great opportunity to highlight how important...

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    3 Pitfalls to Avoid in Nurse and Physician Communication

    3 Pitfalls to Avoid in Nurse and Physician Communication

    Collaboration is key to success in any organization, but even more so in healthcare. Speed to care is a critical driver, especially when treating patients with severe conditions. Nurse and physician communication must be in sync to share insights and...

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    Alleviating Burnout with Modern Technology and Workflows

    Alleviating Burnout with Modern Technology and Workflows

    Long shifts, the pressure to make quick decisions, and emotional and physical demands are part of a typical workday in nursing. Communication is often fragmented, with many healthcare organizations relying heavily on landline phones, fax machines, and pagers. Over time,...

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    Clinical Integration Best Practices for Improved Patient Care

    Clinical Integration Best Practices for Improved Patient Care

    Now that electronic medical records have finally replaced old school paper records in a file cabinet, health information technology (HIT) and clinical system integrations have become a cornerstone for effective care coordination [2]. Clinical integration enables care coordination across providers,...

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    Simplifying Care Team Collaboration at Geisinger

    Simplifying Care Team Collaborating at Geisinger

    Founded more than a century ago, Geisinger is a regional health system that includes primary care and specialist practices, trauma centers, and hospitals. Because of the complex, distributed nature of Geisinger's clinical operations, effective communication is vital. Working with TigerConnect...

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  • Cheryl McKay, PhD, RN, Nurse Executive Accountable Care

    How to Develop a Nursing Care Plan for Your Hospital

    Care plans are part of the core curriculum in most nursing schools. Yet, new hospital nurses often complain that despite all the hype and time spent learning how to make a nursing care plan, they never do it again after...

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    How to Advocate for Better Communication Technology for Nurses

    Happy National Nurses Week! May 6th marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, the annual observance that recognizes the countless contributions nurses make to the healthcare community. This year’s theme is “4 million reasons to celebrate” in honor of the...

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    Top 4 Sessions to Attend at the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)

    Aone 2019 Annual Meeting

    Each year, thousands of nurse leaders travel from around the country to attend the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Annual Conference. This year, the conference is being held in sunny San Diego from April 10-13, where attendees will be...

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    Putting the Patient First – EHR Integration

    Putting the patient first with EHR integration

    Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are central to putting the patient first. A good EHR system gives physicians, and nurses access to the accurate, up-to-date, and complete information they need to provide expert healthcare. One issue with using EHRs is integrating...

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