Christine Young, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC is the Vice President, Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio. Ms. Young has 26 years of nursing experience, with a focus on women’s and children’s health. She has served in a variety of nursing leadership roles for 19 years, including charge nurse, assistant head nurse, nurse manager, nurse director and currently chief nursing officer.
Under the direction of Ms. Young, the nurse residency program at Akron Children’s Hospital was accredited with distinction by the ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program in 2018. She was appointed in 2019 to serve on the Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs (COAPTP), representing the constituency of chief nursing officer in a hospital or healthcare setting.
Ms. Young has presented and published nationally in the areas of strategic planning for nurse staffing and nurse workforce diversity.This includes strategic planning for staffing that decreased premium labor costs significantly and improved the work environment for nurses. She has also presented on a strategic program to improve nurse workforce diversity by engaging nursing students prior to graduation. Ms. Young has also served as an abstract reviewer for the ANCC Magnet® Conference (2017)
Serving on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives, Ms. Young is the chairperson of the Communication Committee. She is also a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Society of Pediatric Nursing.
Ms. Young holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science from Bowling Green State University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ursuline College and a Master of Science in Nursing and Business Administration in Health Care Management from the University of Phoenix.She is also board certified through the ANCC as a Nurse Executive, Advanced.