Christiansen demonstrates a proficiency in leadership in her administrative role as Emergency Department Director and serves as Nurse Manager in the emergency department (ED). As a seasoned nurse, working a total of 20 years at Davis Hospital, nine of which spent in the ED, Christiansen understands how hospitals operate down to the smallest details. She balances extraordinary patient care with complete consideration of the team she leads. She is actively involved in the everyday responsibilities of the ED – her nursing and emergency nursing skills are practiced daily and kept up-to-date. She also takes on the role of mentor to new or struggling nurses in her department and has created a mentoring program to assist each nurse and encourage her entire staff to work together.
One of Christiansen’s standout accomplishments was her push to make Davis Hospital a certified Stroke Receiving Facility, which is any medical center that has procedures, equipment, and protocol in place to minimize the delay in stroke care. Christiansen dedicated hours of attention and preparation to help her hospital become certified and establish collaboration with University of Utah neurologists. This is a significant step for any hospital, as it allows for a higher level of patient care and demonstrates a constant desire to improve.
“Leslie, along with the staff at Davis Hospital, is the foundation of our hospital. Her commitment to our hospital’s core values ensures the highest standard of care we deliver to our community every day. We are honored to have Leslie as part of our Davis family,” said Mike Jensen, CEO of Davis Hospital and Medical Center.
The Nurse Manager of the Year award is given annually by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). The purpose of ENA is to enhance emergency health care services for the public by fostering educational programs in the discipline of emergency nursing, providing research grants to extend professional development, and educating the general public on emergency-related topics.