I nominated Christa-Marie Magee, RN, BSN for the OMNE: Nursing Leaders of Maine Emerging Nurse Leader Award as she is the definition of our young, new emerging nurse leaders in healthcare. She is a Registered Nurse Clinical Manager at a busy MMP Internal Medicine practice in Falmouth, and at the same time is in school to become a nurse practitioner. Her leadership is exemplified by her role in the development of a pilot program that changes a care protocol and benefits older adults in Maine.

I have known Christa for about one year as her practice proactively reached out to me at MaineHealth as they were interested in promoting older adult health through enhanced fall prevention and safe mobility. We collaborated over several months and developed a comprehensive pilot program to provide: staff education, workflows and outcomes data.

While I provided education and resources, it was Christa who took the lead with her interdisciplinary team. There was also a shift in thinking – that falls do not “just happen”, but are usually due to multiple risk factors that can be identified and mitigated, leading to enhanced wellness, quality of life and continued independence.

This pilot identified the need for stronger ties between practices and the community. Recently, the Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) was awarded a fall prevention grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Community Living to expand access to evidence-based fall prevention programs in Maine, including A Matter of Balance and Tai Chi. This work will expand across the State of Maine, as all five Agencies on Aging have committed to participate. Because of the strong work of the pilot program under Christa’s leadership, MaineHealth became a collaborating partner with SMAA in the grant, and submitted a pilot program expansion proposal using a practice-based “Screen – Assess – Refer” Model. The work will continue forward and benefit older adults across Maine.

Christa demonstrates that she is an innovator and influencer, can manage change and intraprofessional collaboration, and certainly has a vision for the future for our older adults in Maine. She is one of the most influential new nurse leaders that I have had the pleasure to work with and congratulate her on receiving the 2016 OMNE Emerging Nurse Leader Award.

Gloria Neault, MSN, RN
MaineHealth Elder Care Services
Program Manager, Clinical Services
OMNE Nursing Leaders of Maine, Board Member