On Friday, November 4th, Michelle Dignan, MSN, MBA, APN/CNS RNC OB, C-EFM, Obstetric Clinical Nurse Specialist at Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH), was honored as Little Company of Mary’s Pinnacle Leader at the 19th annual University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Power of Nursing Leadership Event. A pinnacle leader is defined as an extraordinary nurse leader selected by his or her organization for their outstanding service in nursing and for making positive, lasting changes in their profession while serving as a mentor for fellow nurses.
“Michelle truly is an exceptional leader, leading by example in all she does for our patients, her staff and the community at large,” said Lisa DiMarco, M.B.A., R.N., NEA-BC, FACHE., Vice President, Patient Care Services/CNO at LCMH. “We are proud to have such an extraordinary leader as Michelle as a part of our LCMH family.”
Michelle began her journey with LCMH when she graduated from the Little Company of Mary School of Nursing in 1976. She immediately went on to begin her role as a Labor and Delivery / Postpartum staff nurse at LCMH. In 1993, Michelle earned her Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) as a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist from Loyola University and worked as a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist at LCMH until 2000, when Michelle received her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and went on to become the Obstetric Clinical Nurse Specialist and Business Manager at LCMH.
“Nursing offers a large window of opportunity and I truly believe that the sky is the limit when it comes to growing and thriving in this field,” said Michelle. “Personally, maternal/fetal medicine is always what appealed most to me. I feel absolutely privileged and blessed to be able to walk alongside someone during what is such a profound time in one’s life.”
Today, in addition to her role as Obstetric Clinical Nurse Specialist and Business Manager, Michelle serves as co-chair to the hospital’s Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) council and provides education and resources to pregnant women regarding gestational diabetes.
“I am filled with gratitude and am completely humbled that I was chosen as a 2016 Pinnacle Nurse Leader,” said Michelle. “I feel truly blessed to be able to play a role in shaping the future of nursing and to mentor future nurses along their journey.”
What began in 1998 as a gathering of highly influential nurse leaders in Illinois to spotlight their collective influence and dedication to healthcare, the UIC Power of Nursing Leadership event is now the premier gathering of the most innovative nurse leaders from academia, health systems, government, and businesses in Illinois.
“Embracing the future without forgetting the past” is the motto of Patient Care Services at LCMH. At LCMH, nurses enjoy the intimate family atmosphere of a community hospital along with an energized team environment. To learn about open nursing positions at LCMH, visit www.lcmh.org today.