South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside appoints Long Beach resident as chief nursing officer

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South Nassau Communities Hospital has named Long Beach resident Stacey Conklin as its chief nursing officer and senior vice president of patient care services. Conklin joins South Nassau after serving as the vice president of patient care services and CNO at the Mount Sinai Health System’s New York Eye & Ear Infirmary.

“Stacey is an energetic leader who is focused on improving patient outcomes,” said SNCH President Richard Murphy. “At each point in her career, she has spearheaded the development and implementation of plans and systems that improve the quality, safety and delivery of patient care. Her wealth of knowledge and experience will ensure that South Nassau continues its standard-setting excellence in nursing care at the bedside.”

As senior vice president and chief nursing officer, Conklin will oversee all nursing activities and more than 800 registered nurses who ensure the delivery of consistent, high-quality care. South Nassau recently achieved re-designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for outstanding nursing care as a Magnet hospital, and is one of eight Long Island facilities to receive that distinction.

Conklin was selected after a nationwide search. She will replace Susan Penque, who stepped down as CNO after a successful seven-year tenure. Penque was instrumental in helping South Nassau obtain and sustain Magnet status.

“We interviewed a number of excellent candidates for this position, but Stacey stood out for her enthusiasm for nursing, her record of leadership and ideas about how to keep South Nassau moving forward to continually improve the level of bedside nursing care,” said Dr. Adhi Sharma, South Nassau’s chief medical officer and executive vice president for Clinical and Professional Affairs.

Conklin will also direct the development of strategies to promote the recruitment, retention and recognition of excellence in nursing; assist in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of clinical programs and services; identify areas for performance improvement; and prepare and participate in joint commission and hospital licensure surveys.

“South Nassau’s nursing leadership and staff is recognized throughout the hospital and healthcare industry in New York for its spirit and team approach,” Conklin said. “I’m delighted to be part of the exciting expansion of services that is happening at South Nassau as a result of its recent partnership with Mount Sinai. As a longtime resident of Long Beach, I look forward to serving the residents of the South Shore.” 

Conklin earned a master’s degree in health care delivery from Dartmouth College, and has more than 20 years of diverse experience in nursing administration and patient care. Before being appointed as vice president of patient care services and CNO at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai in May 2017, Conklin’s experiences in nursing included serving as the infirmary’s senior director of patient care services; director of patient care services at Mount Sinai Beth Israel; and site chief information officer at North Shore University Hospital, in Manhasset. An adjunct professor of graduate nursing at Molloy College, where she received her bachelor of science in nursing, Conklin graduated from Walden University in Baltimore, Md., with a master of science in nursing.

Board-certified by the ANCC in nursing informatics and as a nurse executive, Conklin is a member of the American Nurses Association and a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.

Courtesy South Nassau Communities Hospital; compiled by Mike Smollins