A Message from the Chief Nursing Officer

Irene Alexaitis, Vice President Nursing and Patient Services, UF Health Shands

UF Health Shands Hospital is a 1014-bed quaternary teaching hospital located in Gainesville, Florida.  Our state-of-the-art environment provides diverse opportunities for all levels of nursing practice, from graduate nurses to advanced practice nurses.  The dynamic interprofessional collaboration provides a rewarding nursing practice that is evidenced-based and patient-centric.

As the Chief Nursing Officer, I am committed to providing leadership that ensures nursing excellence, innovations in nursing practice, and quality patient care. I am equally committed to creating and maintaining a health work environment that supports our nurses. By fostering a professional practice environment, evidenced-based nursing practice is employed, professional development is encouraged, and nurses are empowered to make decisions that impact their practice.

Recruiting and retaining the highest-quality nursing staff is a top priority. If you are looking for a cutting-edge practice environment where you can grow and develop in any nursing specialty of your choosing, I encourage you to join our team at UF Health Shands Hospital.

Irene Alexaitis, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Vice President for Nursing and Patient Services
UF Health Shands Hospital