Dr. Will Ferniany, associate vice chancellor for health systems and chief executive officer of University Hospitals and Clinics, has named Janet Y. Harris of Brandon as chief nursing executive of University Hospital.
Harris has more than 32 years of nursing experience, including 11 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC). She joined UMC as a head nurse in the intensive care unit in 1975 and ultimately became associate hospital director for nursing.
Her previous relationship with the Medical Center helped make her an attractive candidate for the chief nursing executive position, according to Ferniany.
“Janet is delighted to be back at UMC and looks forward to helping set a strategy for ongoing professional and team development for nursing throughout the system,” Ferniany said. “She will be responsible for collaborating with the CNOs (chief nursing officers) of the various University Hospitals and the School of Nursing, and will be accountable for Hospital Education, the Nursing Excellence Program, Nursing Recruitment, and the Nursing Service Office.”
“I know what the possibilities are here at UMC,” Harris said. “The talent pool is incredible. It is up to us to facilitate positive change that allows the staff to be supported and to grow and practice in a professional environment.”
On Jan. 18, Harris will be recognized by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of the Top 50 Businesswomen in Mississippi at a noon luncheon at the Trade Mart on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds.
Harris left UMC in 1986 to serve as nursing director for Baptist Health Systems, to assist in the restructuring of their nursing department and to participate in the growth and development of their nursing leadership team.
Active for many years in community, civic and professional organizations, Harris served two terms as president of the Mississippi Nurses Association and has served as president of the Mississippi Business and Professional Women and president of the University of Mississippi Alumni Association, where she was named Alumna of the Year.
A member of AONE, AORN, Sigma Theta Tau, and Phi Kappa Phi honoraries, Harris has received numerous awards. She recently published her first book chapter in the textbook Nursing Management: Principles and Practice, which was named the American Journal of Nursing’s leadership book of the year.
Harris is currently serving a six-year term on the Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics. She is a UM Guardian Society nursing division honoree.