During a recent Roseville Voice of Nursing council meeting, Chief Nurse Executive Debbie Reitter, DNP, RN, CNS, NEA-BC, was surprised to see her family walk into the conference room. With her family beaming with pride, and a room full of nurses and colleagues, Debbie was presented with the DAISY Nurse Leader Award — the first CNE in Northern California to receive this honor.
“Debbie is a heart-led leader who is passionate and relentless in the pursuit of excellence for the Roseville Medical Center,” said Kim Menzel, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Area Manager for the Roseville Medical Center. “Daily, I have the honor of witnessing her compassion for human beings, and the support she provides her team so they can deliver exceptional care to our patients. I have observed her rounding on the nursing units, and how she engages the frontline nurses.”
Nurse engagement over the last year has grown exponentially in Roseville, as evidenced by the Voice of Nursing Council where over 100 nurses attend and participate monthly.
“Debbie is the definition of an exceptional nurse leader,” said Toby Marsh, MSN, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, Regional Chief Nurse Executive and Vice President of Clinical Integration. “A mentor to many, she leads by example with care and a deep compassion for our members, patients, and staff. She is an inspiration to her team and empowers them to do their best to provide extraordinary care, every patient, every time.”
Roseville nurses also describe Debbie as empathetic, approachable, remarkable and humble, and someone who always has a smile on her face and makes you feel at ease and part of the team. Added one nurse in Debbie’s nomination, “Debbie achieved influencer status long before the term was popularized by social media. Her dedication to our patients and staff is a model for all leaders who are drawn to Debbie’s leader presence with full commitment and loyalty. Debbie demonstrates compassionate inquiry when driving high standards and her lifetime learning example is revered by all.”