Jennifer Painter, DNP, APRN, CNS, NEA-BC, OCCN, AOCNS, LSSBB, associate chief learning officer and vice president of Nursing Professional Development for ChristianaCare, has been named one of the nation’s Top 5 Emerging Training Leaders for 2021 by Training magazine.
Painter joined ChristianaCare in 2002 and rose through numerous prominent roles. In March 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic forced monumental reimagining of care delivery processes, she was promoted to lead Nursing Professional Development, Strategic Learning & Development, and IT Clinical Education for the health system’s more than 13,000 caregivers.
In a matter of days, Painter’s team produced a series of educational caregiver videos demonstrating the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and created job aids to help streamline care. Recognizing that caregivers could not leave the bedside for training, Painter sent education teams directly to the front line.
This visionary, proactive approach helped caregivers stay current with pandemic-driven procedure and workflow changes, while remaining laser-focused on providing safe, compassionate care.
“Jennifer is a very collaborative, highly skilled communicator, an excellent influencer of teams, and she leads with a futuristic outlook,” said Chief People Officer Neil Jasani, M.D., MBA, FACEP, who oversees ChristianaCare’s Institute for Learning, Leadership and Development (iLEAD).
“Despite the ever-changing health system landscape, she provides a very engaging and highly motivating work environment for the people she leads.”
As part of the iLEAD leadership team, Painter is a key advisor on ChristianaCare’s strategy for system learning and professional development.
The health system’s exemplary approach to building, advancing and retaining a clinically competent and educated workforce has contributed to national recognition for outstanding clinical care and exceptional patient experience, including three consecutive Magnet® designations from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
As a child, Painter dreamed of becoming a teacher or a nurse.
“As a nurse educator, I have the incredible opportunity to fulfill both dreams,” she said.
“It is a privilege to help design and lead a training program that supports our exceptional caregivers as they serve our community with excellence and love.”
Jerry Brannen, ChristianaCare’s manager of IT education, collaborated with Painter on several caregiver training projects.
“One of Jennifer’s main strengths is her ability to communicate, collaborate and have success within and across teams, and she does so in a way that helps us all be exceptional today and even better tomorrow,” Brannen said.