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Interim Chief Nursing Officer for The Mount Sinai Hospital

Wednesday, February 24, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrew Law
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We are delighted to announce the appointment of Frances Cartwright, PhD, RN-BC, AOCN, as the interim Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Throughout her 31-year nursing career, Dr. Cartwright has demonstrated strong leadership through extensive service line and clinical, quality, and research program development. In the interim CNO role, she will continue to build on the excellent quality nursing and best practices that Carol Porter, DNP, RN, achieved during her 11-year tenure at The Mount Sinai Hospital.


Dr. Cartwright began her nursing career in 1983 as a clinical staff nurse on both inpatient and outpatient acute care units at Long Island College Hospital. In 1990, she began assuming leadership roles there, initially as Coordinator of Radiation Oncology and then Director of the Othmer Cancer Center.  In 2001, she was recruited to The Mount Sinai Hospital as Director of the Oncology Care Center.  In 2003, her role was expanded to include Neuroscience, Oncology, Surgical Specialties, Transplant Institute, and Ambulatory Services.  In 2004, Dr. Cartwright was recruited to The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ, as Director of Radiation Oncology and Nursing Research. Dr. Cartwright became Director of Nursing, Oncology Services, at NYU Medical Center in 2006, and in 2010 was promoted to Senior Director of Nursing, Oncology Services, Medicine, Non-Cancer Therapeutic, and Skin and Cancer at NYU Langone Medical Center.


In November 2014, Dr. Cartwright was recruited to the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) as the Vice President of Oncology Nursing and Clinical Quality. During this time, she successfully led initiatives to develop and implement a strategic vision for the Cancer Service Line across the health system. In collaboration with senior VPs, CNOs and Oncology leadership, she restructured the oncology nursing table of organization and created a transformational leadership model that has generated evidence-based best practice changes across the MSHS in clinical practice, quality of care, and operational efficiency. A proven strategic thinker with problem-solving skills, Dr. Cartwright implemented value-based care coordination models that support nursing practice at full scope and improve patient flow in a cost-effective fashion.


Dr. Cartwright received a BS and an MSN from Columbia University School of Nursing in 1992 and 1993, respectively. She received the Rudin Academic Scholarship and graduated with the Columbia-Presbyterian Cancer Center’s 1993 Prize for Excellence in Oncology Nursing. Dr. Cartwright received a PhD in Philosophy, with a focus on nursing research, from the NYU School of Nursing in 2004 where she received the NYU Fred Schmidt Scholarship Award in Recognition of Humanitarianism.


Dr. Cartwright’s research focus is on developing infrastructures to support nurse-led studies that examine patients’ symptom experience, the information needs of cancer survivors, and the development of targeted interventions to improve related outcomes. Her role as Principal Investigator or co-Investigator for studies funded by the Eastern Nursing Research Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute of Nursing Research was to support research that aim to understand how to better prevent, minimize, or manage symptom experience.  In collaboration with the NYU College of Nursing and School of Medicine, she co-developed a research assistant (RA) program for graduate and doctoral students. These studies have provided patients with access to quality of life, symptom management, and genomic studies while providing our graduate and doctorate-level nursing students an opportunity to participate as research assistants. Her commitment to academic excellence was recognized in 2014, when she received the first Collaborative Eastern Nursing Society Presidents Circle Award.


On a national level, Dr. Cartwright has advanced education and evidence-based practice of nurses as chair, coordinator and/or member of regional and national committees. She continues to share patient and professional education strategies and program planning as well as research outcomes in multiple venues, including but not limited to, book chapters, numerous manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, and national and international podium presentations.


Please join us in congratulating and thanking Dr. Cartwright for assuming the interim CNO role at The Mount Sinai Hospital. We fully expect her to achieve great success in numerous clinical, administrative, and research endeavors.


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