West Palm Beach, FL – St. Mary’s Medical Center announced today that Chief Nursing Officer Mary Jo “Joey” Bulfin was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Florida Center for Nursing (FCN). The appointment was made by Florida Governor Charlie Crist and recommended by Senator Jeff Atwater.
“Having our Chief Nursing Officer appointed to the FCN board will ultimately help our hospital stay apprised of all the current issues related to our nurses,” said David M. Carbone, Chief Executive Officer of St. Mary’s Medical Center. “We encourage our team to get involved with the community and industry groups, and are honored that Governor Crist would select Joey for this important position.”
The FCN deals with issues related to the nursing shortage in the state, such as recruitment, retention, and utilization of resources. According to Florida state law, the board must have at least one representative of the hospital industry, recommended by the Florida Hospital Association.
Bulfin has been with St. Mary’s for more than 25 years, having joined in 1980 as an RN in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Prior to being named Chief Nursing Officer in 2005, she served as Director of Nursing Operations, Nurse Manager of the NICU, as well as Nurse Legal Consultant and Nursing Care Coordinator.
“Joey’s FCN board appointment is well deserved and she is extremely qualified for the role,” said Carbone.
Bulfin received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She earned her Masters Degree in Business Administration, Health Administration and Policy from the University of Miami, where she graduated summa cum laude and was inducted into the Honor society for AACSB Accredited Business Programs.