Vice president for nursing professional development and practice excellence, Hartford HealthCare
The first thing Warly Remegio noticed after being hired at Hartford HealthCare in Connecticut was the lack of standardized, competency-based training for nurses.
Since joining the team in December 2021, Remegio has made it his mission to reduce turnover among new hires and nurse leaders by offering stronger orientation programs and more professional development initiatives.
“I'm a big proponent of a healthy work environment,” he said. “I want to make sure that for every colleague there's an opportunity for them to grow in their own specialty or in nursing leadership.”
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To support nurses transitioning into leadership roles, Remegio spearheaded the creation of a curriculum—in partnership with Press Ganey—to teach prospective managers about their responsibilities, such as quality, safety and fiscal stewardship. By giving nurse leaders the tools to succeed early on, the hope is that they feel more prepared and are less likely to leave, he said.
Remegio has forged multiple partnerships, working with Vizient to launch a nurse residency program and making connections with international nursing schools to develop workforce pipelines. He also implemented an online student placement platform and maximized the availability of preceptors in every patient care unit, allowing the system to mentor up to 6,000 student nurses, a 600% expansion.
Outside of his more than 12 years of experience in healthcare leadership roles, Remegio said a core focus is giving back to the community. He serves as vice president of the Philippine Nurses Association of America and co-chairs its Anti-Racism in Nursing Taskforce.