Board Member Spotlight: Jerry Mansfield

Jerry Mansfield, Ph.D., R.N., NEA-BC
Mount Carmel Health System

What advice would you give your younger self?
Balance your desire for important work and commitment with a focus on family and relationships; one cannot live without the other.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Any place that includes a beach, sand and palm trees.

What made you want to pursue a career in nursing?
As a freshman in high school, I was unexpectedly hospitalized for five days; one nurse made the difference in my experience when she sat in my room and explained what was going on, what the test results revealed and what I could do to help myself. She was extraordinary - and different than all other care team members. When she left my room, with a, "I'll be here all night, let me know if you need anything" - I looked up to heaven and said - that's what I will do. I want to do for others what she just did for me. I'm going to be a Registered Nurse.

What book should every nurse read?
Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin - a phenomenal book of leadership and presence in spite of immense conflict. Pretty important in today's United States!

What has been your most interesting/surprising outcome while conducting nursing research?
When you connect science with real-world issues that nurses confront on a daily basis - the learning is exponential and invigorating!

What is a fun fact many people may not know about you?
I met my wife of over 30 years during summer jobs at Cedar Point, an amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. We were both ride operators!

About Jerry
Prior to MUSC, Jerry Mansfield worked as chief nursing officer at Ohio State Hospital East, previously known as University Hospital East, University Hospital and Ross Heart Hospital, for more than 15 years, as well as served as the first CNO of Ambulatory Services. He also worked in various nursing leadership roles at Select Specialty Hospital of Columbus, OrthoExcel, Grant Wound Care Center and OhioHealth Grant Medical Center.

Jerry received his Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Xavier University. He went on to receive a Master of Science degree in nursing administration, along with a doctorate in public health from The Ohio State University. Jerry is also a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow and a board-certified Nurse Executive Advanced from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


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