Message from the CNE

A Message from the Kishwaukee Hospital and Valley West Hospital Chief Nursing Executive

Northwestern Medicine is a healthcare organization that is focused on an unending quest to be “Better.” What is “Better?” For NM Kishwaukee and NM Valley West Hospitals, “Better” means a never-ending quest to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of the care we provide to our patients, their families, and the communities we serve.

One way our nurses live their pledge to be “Better” is through our Journey to Magnet Excellence®. On January 2, 2019, NM Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals’ Magnet Recognition Program application was accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This landmark was a culmination of two years of preparation and hard work to create our Nursing Professional Practice Model-Relationship Based Care, strengthen our nursing Shared Decision Making Council (SDMC) structure and implement a Nursing Strategic Roadmap to guide our practice.

The remarkable dedication and professionalism of our nurses embodies Northwestern Medicine’s core values of Excellence, Integrity, Teamwork and always placing the Patient First. These values are the platform for providing relationship-based care as we meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each patient and his or her family, placing them at the center of everything we do.

We encourage and support our nurses in pursuing continued education and specialty certification. ASPIRE, our internal professional development program, offers leadership, mentoring and advancement opportunities to clinical nurses who independently seek ongoing professional and academic growth.

Through participation in ASPIRE, hospital-wide interprofessional committees and Shared Decision Making, our nurses illustrate their commitment to a professional practice environment of research, innovation, evidence-based practice, interprofessional collaboration, shared decision making, professional development, patient advocacy, volunteerism and patient safety initiatives. We believe every nurse is a leader and makes a difference in the lives of our patients and colleagues.

Our nurses have a tremendous role in caring for the health of our community and in the impending changes to the healthcare landscape. It is certainly an exciting time to be a nurse, and we look forward to helping to enact change. If you are seeking a place where your ideas and expertise can help change the face of patient care, you should talk with us about becoming a Northwestern Medicine nurse. We invite you to learn more about the nursing opportunities at Northwestern Medicine.

Northwestern Medicine sincerely thanks our nurses for the outstanding work that they do every day. It is an honor and privilege to work among them.


Corinne Haviley, PhD, MS, RN
Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive
Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital
Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital