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Jill Berger, R.N., MSN, MBA, NE-BC

Jill Berger, R.N., MSN, MBA, NE-BC
Jill Berger, R.N., MSN, MBA, NE-BC, is director of Patient Care Operations with the Norton Healthcare Institute for Nursing. She has more than 32 years’ experience in nursing continuing education and staff development, as well as nursing and clinical leadership. She is a board-certified nurse executive and was named Norton Healthcare Nurse Leader of the Year in 2009.

Berger joined Norton Healthcare in 2003 as director of Education and Research at Kosair Children’s Hospital. In that role, she managed the nursing educational services, established an infrastructure to support nursing research and evidence-based practice, and led the hospital to achieving Magnet designation. In her current role, Berger extends those activities across the Norton Healthcare system, providing education in leadership and professional nursing practice, building a nursing research model for Norton Healthcare’s hospitals and facilities, and consulting with hospital nursing leaders in the process of seeking Magnet designation.

Berger has been principal or co-investigator for six research projects, including Measuring Nurses’ Individual Perceptions of Workload Using the Individual Workload Perception Scale (PI, 2004); Determining Nurse Preferences for Involvement in Decision-making (PI, 2005 and 2008); Comparing Web-based and Face-to-Face Nursing Staff Instruction Concerning Patient Education (2007); Comparison of Methods of Assessing Patient Body Weight in the Pediatric Emergency Department (2008); Verbal Abuse of Nurses by Patients and Families (2009); and Analysis of Pediatric Nurses’ Responses from Virtual Journal Club Participation (2010).

Berger also mentors and assists individuals in developing research proposals and creating presentations and publications. She has published three articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented numerous educational offerings and posters locally and regionally, and presented posters and papers at two national conventions.

Berger graduated from Norton School of Nursing in 1975 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Bellarmine College in 1981. She graduated from Bellarmine again in 1988 with a Master of Business Administration and in 2012 with a Master of Science in nursing.

Currently, Berger’s focus is on continuing to build the nursing research infrastructure at Norton Healthcare and assisting the health system’s five hospitals in their journey toward Magnet designation/redesignation. She is an active member of the Kentucky Organization of Nurse Leaders and Research! Louisville program planning committees, and is a member of the University of Louisville Institutional Review Board for Social, Behavioral and Educational Research.

Berger J, Hardin H, Topp R. Implementing a virtual journal club in a clinical nursing setting. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development. 2011;27(3):116-120.

Lehna C, Berger J, Truman A, Goldman M, Topp R. Virtual journal club connects evidence to practice: An analysis of participant responses. Journal of Nursing Administration. 2010;40(12):522-528.

Berger J, Topp R, Davis L, Jones J, Stewart L. Comparison of web-based and face-to-face nursing staff education within a hospital system. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development. 2009;25(3):127-132.

Zink K, Berger J, Topp R, Bohn M, Hood T. A comparison of methods of assessing patient body weight in the pediatric emergency department. Kentucky Nurse. 2008;56(3):12.

Berger J, Caramanica L, Edmonson C, Jadwin A, Mains J, Turkel M, Yorke H. Magnet mail: Magnet awareness tools for the entire staff. Marblehead, MA: HCPro, 2005. Computer file.

Vowels A, Topp R, Berger J. Understanding stress in the OR: A step toward improving the work environment. Kentucky Nurse. 2012;60(2): 5 – 8.

Berger J, Conway S, Beaton K. Developing and implementing a nursing professional practice model in a large health system. Journal of Nursing Administration. 2012;42(3): 170 – 175. 

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