Wanda Watlington, Ed.D, RN, NE-BC, is the Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer at Fort Washington Medical Center. Dr. Watlington leads patient care services throughout the hospital including inpatient, outpatient, and emergency services.
Dr. Watlington has an extensive background in nursing management. She has held leadership roles in academic medical centers and community hospitals. Most recently, she served as the Director of Patient Care Services for a 504-bed hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where she ensured effective operations of the Intermediate Care Unit, Progressive Care Unit, Open Heart Step Down, Gastroenterology Medical and Surgical Unit, Observation Unit, Surgical Oncology, and Hospice Care Unit.
With a proven record in increasing patient satisfaction, efficiency and staff morale, she has also served in the executive nursing role as Director of Patient Access and Throughput at Mission Health System in Ashville, North Carolina, a nurse surveyor for The Joint Commission, and as perioperative director at Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Watlington earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Central Florida, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Services at the University of Phoenix, Master of Arts in Organizational Management at the University of Phoenix, and Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership at Argosy University. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Nurse Executive Board Certified Credential, and published co-author of: A Successful Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Decreasing Orthopedic Surgical Site Infections in Joint Replacements from the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Dallas, Texas.