Julie’s Career

2005 Best Nurse Leader Julie Schaffner

A lifelong nurse and caregiver, Julie W. Schaffner joined the staff at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill., in 1986 as Assistant Vice President, Nursing.  She soon was promoted to Vice President, Nursing and for nearly two decades was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the of the hospital’s clinical, ancillary, support and nursing functions.  She was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the hospital and, shortly thereafter, became Chief Nursing Officer for the entire Advocate system — in charge of nursing at eight hospitals and two children’s hospitals (3,500 beds) throughout the metropolitan Chicago area.

Julie Schaffner

Known for her tireless advocacy of the nursing profession and also for her innovative, collaborative and engaging management style, Julie led Lutheran General to the achievement of Magnet designation — nursing’s highest honor — in 2005.  Under new, tougher standards in 2010, she again led Lutheran General to a re-designation of Magnet status and did so this time while fighting her own personal battle with ovarian cancer.  She passed away only a few months after achieving the second Magnet status.

Julie Schaffner received many honors and awards throughout her health care career and was often referred to as “a transformational leader,” “a champion of nurses and nursing” and “a respected colleague and mentor.”  She was a Wharton Fellow (University of Pennsylvania) through the Johnson and Johnson Wharton Fellows Program in Nursing, a Kellogg Fellow through the Kellogg Graduate School of Management Premier Healthcare Executive Program at Northwestern University and also was a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

Julie Schaffner also was a sought-after speaker, author of numerous articles and papers on the nursing profession and the co-author of a successful 2003 book, Rx for the Nursing Shortage.

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