The University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) has appointed Michelle D’Alessandro, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, as the organization’s chief nursing officer.
D’Alessandro comes to UM UCH from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where she most recently served as senior director of nursing-medicine and maternal child health. In this role, she was responsible for the operational outcomes for the Division of Medicine including Pediatrics Emergency Department, pediatric inpatient, the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit, labor and delivery, obstetrics acute and the newborn nursery. She also led COVID initiatives within the Department of Medicine, which included converting the observation unit to a COVID floor; relocating the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit; transitioning the Intensive Care Unit and general floor to BIOMODE; and assisted with inpatient vaccination.
Prior to joining Bayview, D’Alessandro served in several roles at John Hopkins Hospital including assistant director of nursing-surgery and nurse manager. She is a nursing adjunct faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and at Stevenson University.
D’Alessandro earned a doctor of nursing practice degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, a master’s degree in the management of health care systems from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Villanova University.
She has received several awards including the Clinical Excellence Team Award for COVID Care in 2021 from Johns Hopkins Health System and the VP Award 2021 and the Medicine Housestaff Award 2020 from Bayview. D’Alessandro has also been a presenter and speaker at various conferences and summits on the topic of medication administration interruptions and distractions.
ABOUT MICHELLE D’ALESSANDRO
Doctor of nursing practice degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing; master’s in the management of health care systems from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing; bachelor’s degree in nursing from Villanova University
If you had not chosen your current profession, what profession would you choose and why?
As an 18 year old, I was not very decisive. I applied to six colleges, each focusing on a different major. What makes nursing so unique are the many paths the profession can take you on and the abundance of opportunities.
Favorite vacation spots:
I love the Jersey Shore and every year my family and I go to Disney World.
When I want to relax, I … :
While I like to lay on the beach and soak up the warmth, that isn’t always possible. I run to destress and always try to end the day with 30 minutes of brainless television.
I really enjoy holiday movies, particularly “Home Alone” and “Christmas Vacation.” They are LOL funny, always bring back fond memories and put me in a good mood!
“Treat others how you want to be treated.” — The Golden Rule