Registered nurse Sonya Newman has been named Blount Memorial Hospital’s chief nurse officer and assistant administrator. Newman is a 26-year employee of the hospital.
In her new position, Newman will serve as a member of the hospital’s leadership team and will be responsible for the development and implementation of the hospital’s patient care policies. She will serve on various committees to provide oversight and guidance in the areas of patient management, staff utilization and operational efficiency. It is her duty to develop and maintain strategic direction for nursing practice in coordination with the senior leadership team.
Newman also will provide overall leadership, vision and focus for inpatient nursing units, home care services, the Transitional Care Center at MorningView Village, MorningView Village senior community, case management, the emergency department, palliative care services, surgical services, comprehensive weight loss and diabetes management, nursing education and compliance.
Newman most recently worked as vice chief nurse executive, where she was responsible for patient care delivery in the inpatient areas and managed human, fiscal and other resources for the nursing division. Prior to that, she was the associate nurse executive and director of nursing resources, where she was responsible for managing clinical nursing and patient care delivery; a staff nurse on the medical/surgical unit, in the intensive care and coronary care units, and in the emergency department; and the nurse coordinator and assistant director of Blount Memorial Occupational Health.
Newman was class valedictorian when she graduated in 1983 from Fort Sanders School of Nursing where she received a diploma in nursing. In May 2004, Newman received a baccalaureate of science degree in health arts from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Tennessee College of Nursing.
Newman completed the Nursing Leadership Academy sponsored by the hospital in 2003, and she developed and implemented the rapid response team trauma for post fall protocol in 2008.
The Maryville resident chairs the nursing quality improvement council and is a member of many hospital committees including the nursing standards team, emergency preparedness team and patient safety team. She has developed and implemented many hospital improvement teams and initiatives during her time at Blount Memorial.