Nursing at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

Nursing at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

Nursing at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

A group of nurses at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center stand together for a group photo and hold their hands in a heart shape. Everyone pictured is wearing a mask.

“Nurses are a unique kind. They have this insatiable need to care for others, which is both their greatest strength and fatal flaw.”

-Jean Watson, American nurse theorist and nursing professor


Pathway Designated logo - American Nurses Credentialing Center

MedStar Southern Maryland is located just outside the D.C. metropolitan area in Prince George's County, Maryland. Our community hospital resides in Clinton, Maryland and serves into our nation's capitol beltway down into the southern peninsula. We are a 182-bed, full service hospital offering inpatient and outpatient clinical services in medicine, surgery, obstetrics, behavioral health, and oncology. Our newly renovated emergency department is one of the busiest in the region with more than 48,000 visits annually.

MedStar Southern Maryland is a Pathway to Excellence designated hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). As a Pathway to Excellence nurse you can be an empowered and engaged nursing professional that implements evidence based practice by sharing your voice in one of our many collaborative governance councils. PTE designated hospitals have an affinity to elevate the standards of care and nursing performance to achieve optimal patient outcomes everyday, every time.

A Message from our Chief Nursing Officer:

Ariam Yitbarek

“As a member of the nursing profession at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center your career will be enriched with an opportunity to provide excellent care and compassion in an autonomous, positive practice environment alongside more than 500 RNs, CNAs, and APRNs.”

-Ariam Yitbarek, MHA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President, Nursing


Our Team 

  • Ariam Yitbarek, MHA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC

    Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President, Nursing  

    Ariam YitbarekAriam Yitbarek, MHA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, is the Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

    Prior to joining MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s administration team, she was at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, serving as the Vice President of Nursing Operations. Additionally, she’s held several other roles since coming to MedStar Washington Hospital Center in 1998. She’s been a nurse in the Cardiac Surgery Step-down Unit, a clinical manager, a nursing director, a senior nursing director, and a vice president of nursing operations. Her vast experience encompasses all inpatient service lines and ambulatory clinical operations.

    Yitbarek is a dynamic and collaborative leader and has excelled in providing quality patient care, building a multigenerational diverse nursing workforce, and growing specialty service lines. She also has been credited with expertise in strategic planning and execution, data analytics, change management, and technology integration—to name a few. Under her auspices, MedStar Washington Hospital Center also achieved several designations, including Pathway to Excellence designation, Baby-Friendly USA, and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for the Nurse Residency Program.

    She is a member of several notable organizations, including the Association of Nurse Executives, American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses, and the Association of Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

  • Sunita A. Waddell, DNP, MSN, RN

    Senior Director of Nursing Operations

    Sunita WaddellSunita A. Waddell, DNP, MSN, RN, is the Senior Director of Nursing Operations for MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. In this role, she serves as a nursing leader for the critical care units, inpatient medical units, and the behavioral health unit. She has direct oversight of the nursing critical care units. Prior to returning to MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, Dr. Waddell served as the Director of Nursing Resources at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, with direct oversight of the nursing staffing office, bed management, patient care supervisors, and the float pool.

    Dr. Waddell’s primary background in emergency and trauma care led her to serve in director roles in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Florida. While serving active duty in the United States Air Force (USAF), she earned an Associate of Science degree in nursing from Prince George’s Community College. She later earned a Master of Science in Nursing, with a concentration in Nursing Informatics, from Walden University. Waddell returned to Walden University and obtained the Doctor of Nursing (DNP) in 2018.

    Dr. Waddell is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), Maryland Organization of Nurse Leaders (MONL), Maryland Nurses Association (MNA), Sigma Theta Tau, The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), and the Golden Key Honor Society. Dr. Waddell is also a member of the Maryland Emergency Response Team.

  • Lisa T. Hawksworth, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

    Lisa HawksworthLisa T. Hawksworth, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, joined MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center as the Senior Director of Nursing Excellence & Resource Management in December 2022. Lisa started her nursing career in 1993 at Washington Adventist Hospital on a medical-surgical floor. She joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) in February 1994 as part of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program. She advanced to Clinical Manager and Nursing Director roles over her 15-year tenure at MWHC. She has also served as Administrative Director of Critical Care Services at Mary Washington Hospital and then Corporate Director of Cardiovascular Services for Mary Washington Healthcare over her 4-year tenure. Prior to returning to MedStar, Lisa was the Senior Director of Nursing Operations at Inova Alexandria Hospital for 9 years.

    Lisa is a second-degree nurse and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology-Psychology from Wells College in 1989, her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from The Catholic University of America in 1993 and her Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration from George Mason University in 2005. She is completing her PhD in Nursing at George Mason University in 2023. She is board certified from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Nurse Executive, Advanced.

    Lisa is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA); the American Organization of Nursing Leadership (AONL), Maryland Organization for Nursing Leadership (MONL) and Virginia Organization for Nursing Leadership (VONL). She is the current president of Sigma Theta Tau International, Epsilon Zeta Chapter, and has served on the Chapter Board in various roles.

  • Kristin Quade, MSN, RN, CNML

    Kristin QuadeKristin Quade, MSN, RN, CNML advanced to the Senior Nurse Director of Operations in 2022. Prior to that Kristin served as the Director of Emergency Services since 2018. Kristin started her leadership path as Assistant Director of Emergency Services in 2017 and a staff RN since 2008 at MSMHC. Ms. Quade serves as the Co-Chair of the Medstar Health ED Nurse Leaders Committee.

    She earned her Master's in Nursing Leadership in 2020 from Western Governor’s University. Kristin obtained her Associate Degree in Nursing from the College of Southern Maryland in 2008 and her BSN from University of Maryland University College. Ms. Quade obtained national certification as Certified Nurse Manager and Leader through the American Organization for Nursing Leadership in 2022. Ms. Quade is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), the American Organization of Nurse Leadership (AONL).

    Ms. Quade received the MSMHC Director of the Year award in 2021.

  • Jared A Paul, BSN, RN

    Jared A Paul, BSN, RN continued his nursing leadership career at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center in October 2022 after relocating from Upstate New York. Jared started his nursing career in 2009 as a Registered Nurse at Albany Medical Center Hospital in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit caring for complex patients directly after open heart and thoracic surgery. Jared shifted gears and began working in Interventional Cardiology as a Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse in 2013 and eventually advanced his role to the departments Nurse Educator. As a Nurse Educator, his primary responsibility was to enhance and reorganize the orientation process making it more didactic and meaningful for incoming staff. In 2015, Jared became a Travel Nurse, primarily in Cath Lab, Electrophysiology, Interventional Radiology and Neuro-interventional medicine. After 4 years as an Agency RN, Jared took the leap and became Nurse Manager of Cardiac Cath Lab & Interventional Radiology in 2019 at Ellis Medicine in Schenectady, NY. He quickly advanced in his role becoming the Associate Director of Interventional Services, adding non-invasive cardiology, service-line quality, and shared leadership oversight of Critical Care with the Senior Nursing Director under his purview.

    Jared resides in Rockville, MD. He is completing his Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration from Empire State College, State University of New York in December 2022. He looks forward to becoming a nationally certified Registered Nurse in leadership and is excited to build his career here at MedStar Health.

  • Jennifer F. Bierbaum, DNP, APRN-CNS, AGCNS-BC, GERO-BC

    Director of Nursing Practice and Innovation Pathway to Excellence Coordinator

    Jennifer BierbaumJennifer F. Bierbaum, DNP, APRN-CNS, AGCNS-BC, GERO-BC, is the director of Nursing Practice & Innovation at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. She joined MedStar Health in 2018 as a clinical nurse specialist for MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center and Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital with the responsibility of bringing the systemwide practice changes to the entity level. She also serves as the MedStar Health Nurses Improving Care for HealthSystem Elders (NICHE) program practice lead. In addition to these roles, she is also the Pathway to Excellence Coordinator for MSMHC.

    Dr. Bierbaum graduated from Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska with an Associate Degree in Nursing and later attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center School of Nursing where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees. In addition, Dr. Bierbaum attended the Wharton Nursing Leaders Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

    She is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the Maryland Nurses Association (MNA) and on the board of Directors for District 9. Dr. Bierbaum is also a member on the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist (NACNS) and a part of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. She is a member of American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL) and Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Pi Chapter.

  • Maira E. Rodriguez, MS, RN, PMH-BC, CNE

    Maira E. Rodriguez, MS, RN, PMH-BC, CNE is the Executive Director of Behavioral Health at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. Ms. Rodriguez previously was the Chief Nursing Officer at Haven Behavioral Hospital in Albuquerque New Mexico. She has served in several responsible nursing roles in her 20 years at Northwell Health @ Zucker Hillside Hospital in NY. These roles include Utilization Review, quality and Risk Management, Assistant Nurse Manager, Nurse educator, Acting Director of Nursing Education and Professional Development. She was an associate professor at Farmingdale State College as well as adjunct professor at Molly College, Adelphi University in NY as well as Carrington College in NM.

    Maira earned her Master of Nursing with a concentration of nursing education from St. Joseph’s University and is currently in a DNP at the University at St. Augustine with completion date of December 2023. She is board certified in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (PMH-BC) from ANCC; she is certified as a Nurse Educator by the National League for Nursing and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.

    She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurse Association (APNA), The National League for Nursing (NLN) and the American Nurses Association.

  • Sarah E. Fletcher, BS, MSN, RN-BC

    Director of Nursing Informatics

    Sarah FletcherIn November 2020, Sarah joined MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center as the Director of Clinical Nursing Informatics. Her efforts have been focused on working with IT regarding optimizing devices and infrastructure, improving the onboarding and provisioning process for new hires, and supporting the implementation of several projects, both local and enterprise.

    Sarah obtained her BSN in 2013 and MSN in Nursing Education in 2014 from Western Governors University. Her post-graduate certificate in Healthcare Informatics from University of Illinois – Chicago was received in 2015. She worked as a consultant for six years across North America supporting implementation, training, project management, analytics, and build efforts. Sarah became Chief Nursing Informatics Officer (CNIO) of Central Maine Healthcare in 2019.

    Sarah is a certified nurse informaticist through the ANCC and has been working with since 2011 to present the regular course for ANCC nursing informatics certification. In addition to managing the discussion board, she teaches about data management and healthcare technology, system design life cycle, and exam strategies.

  • Laura M. Ogle, DNP, CENP, CNE, CEN

    Laura M. Ogle, DNP, CENP, CNE, CEN is the Director of Nursing Professional Development. Prior to MedStar Health, Laura served in the United States Army for 15 years. She assumed various practice, leadership, and professional development positions in the emergency department throughout her time in service.

    She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Southern Indiana in 2022; she also completed a Master’s in Nursing Education degree from Grand Canyon University in 2014, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008, and an Associate Degree in Nursing in 2007. In addition to her administrative role, Ogle is also a Trauma Nursing Core Course and Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course instructor with the Emergency Nurse’s Association. She also volunteers as the Youth Coordinator at her church.

    Dr. Ogle is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Association for Nursing Professional Development, National League of Nursing, and Emergency Nurse’s Association.

  • Anne Johnson, MSN, RN

    Nursing Director, Ortho & Oncology

    Anne M. Johnson, MSN, RN has been with MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital as a Nursing Director since October 2008. Prior to transitioning to Director Ms. Johnson worked as a direct care nurse at Southern Maryland Hospital starting in September 2005.

    She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Carolina in 2018. Ms. Johnson began her career after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from the University of Maryland, in 1981. She has worked in a variety of other acute care hospitals as a direct care nurse, prior to joining MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

    Ms. Johnson is a member of the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses (NAON).

  • Wendy Post, DNP, MSN, RN

    Wendy Post, DNP, MSN, RN is the new Director of Women and Infants Services at Medstar Southern Maryland Medical Center. Wendy is currently a graduating student at Georgetown University’s Executive Master’s Program for Clinical Quality, Patient Safety and Leadership. She has focused her Capstone at Georgetown on black birthing individuals’ experiences and was awarded a grant from the Georgetown Gender Justice Initiative to continue this critical work. Her research interest is in the intersection between the clinical quality of care delivered, disparities in maternal and infant mortality, and morbidity and postpartum depression and its impact on underserved communities.

    Wendy earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2019. In addition to his clinical and administrative roles, Post is also one of the Regional Clinical Educators for Prenatal Education at Kaiser Permanente Mid- Atlantic states. She also worked in previous clinical nursing roles in Clinical Quality, CMS Regulatory/Accreditation, high risk labor and delivery, public health advisory cadres and infection control and prevention.

    Dr. Post is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi honor Society, The American Public Health Association and is a cadre member of the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

  • Kimberley Brown-Gross, MSN, RN 

    Nursing Director, Dedicated Cardiac & Cardiac Subspecialty

    Kimberly Brown-GrossKimberly Brown-Gross, RN, MSN-PMHNP, started employment in July 2000 as a new graduate on 1 east. In 2015, Kim was given the opportunity to become the Assistant director of 1 east. Two years later, she became the Nurse Director of 3 east, 3 west and telemetry.

    Kimberly returned to school in 2015 to obtain her BSN while working full-time as the assistant director on 1 east. After graduating from University of Maryland University College (UMUC), she decided to further her education at Walden University to obtain a master’s degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She graduated from Walden University with honors in August 2021.

    Kimberly received the Nurse of the year 2009, CNO award April 2021, and the nurse leader of the year May 2022.

  • Deborah Walker, RN, BSN, MHA

    Nursing Director PeriOperative Services

    Deborah WalkerDeborah A. Walker, RN, BSN, MHA, returned to MedStar at our Southern Maryland Hospital Center location as the Director of Perioperative Services in June 2017. Ms. Walker had previously worked for over 17 years in varied roles in the Operating Room at Medstar Washington Hospital Center. Prior to rejoining Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, Ms. Walker served in Director roles within Perioperative Services in both hospital and Ambulatory Surgery settings around the Metropolitan Area.

    She earned her Master of Healthcare Administration from Warren University in 2009. In addition to her clinical and administrative roles, Ms. Walker is a member of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN), and with the Howard University Nurses Alumni.

    Ms. Walker is also a member of both Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Howard University Alumni Association and the Prince Georges County Alumni Chapter of Howard University.

Our Nursing Units

Explore Our Nursing Units/Specialties:

  • Emergency Department including a Behavioral Health Suite
  • Cath Lab/Interventional Radiology
  • PeriOperative
  • Intensive Care/Cardiac Care
  • Intermediate Care
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Mother/Baby
  • Special Care Nursery
  • Orthopedics/Oncology
  • Dedicated Cardiac
  • Cardiac Subspecialty
  • Neurology/Stroke
  • Renal
  • Behavioral Health


Why work at MedStar Southern Maryland? 

We offer:

  • Competitive Salaries - To augment your base salary we also offer evening, night and weekend differentials, extra shift bonus, Call-back bonus, preceptor bonus, Charge nurse pay
  • Professional Nursing Ladder with five steps
  • Scheduling Flexibility
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Hospital-Sponsored Educational Advancement Activities
  • Breastfeeding Suites


A Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE)

NICHE Exemplar Badge 2023 

MedStar Southern Maryland is also a Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) Exemplar hospital since 2016. 

This is the highest and most prestigious level of recognition by NICHE in the care of older adults across our hospital. NICHE is a faucet of New York University, Rory Meyers College of Nursing.


View Our Annual Reports:

Nursing Collaborative Governance Structure

Nursing Collaborative Governance Communication Structure

Nursing Collaborative Governance Structure

 Schools of Nursing Collaborations

Nursing Student Clinical and Practicum Information

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center is proud to have affiliation agreements with local and online colleges and universities. Student placements are delegated to the Nursing Administration Office and the Nursing Professional Development team. Our goal is to provide nursing students with an excellent learning experience while providing our patients with safe, competent care.

Service Excellence is a part of the MedStar Southern Maryland culture. Our SPIRIT values explain our service requirements for associates and those who care for our patients. Please read our SPIRIT standards as our expectation is that students will adhere to these standards while caring for our patients.

Please contact the Nursing Education Department for any questions or concerns including required documentation prior to the start of all clinical and practicum placements.

Center of Nursing Excellence:

  • Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing Practice Innovation
  • Nursing Professional Development
  • Nursing Resource Management

Nursing Education and Career Development

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center offers a dynamic orientation and professional development team that takes ownership and pride in its commitment to provide programs that offer opportunities for professional growth and development for all our nursing associates.

We provide you with ongoing mentorship from orientation specialists and/or preceptors selected according to your needs and experience. After general nursing orientation, newly hired nurses begin work in their clinical areas alongside their preceptor. The orientation experience integrates application of clinical knowledge with psychomotor skills competencies, enhancement of clinical knowledge, computer-assisted learning, bedside care and patient assignments.

Opportunities for Professional Growth and Development include:

  • Certifications - we provide financial and educational support for professional certification
  • Nursing Externship
  • Graduate Nurse Program
  • Vizient Nurse Residency Program
  • Professional Nursing Ladder/Career Advancement Program
  • Lippincott Procedures & Advisor, UpToDate, OVID, and MedStar Health Elective Learning Platforms
  • Tuition Assistance Program through Bright Horizons
  • Preceptor and Charge Nurse Workshops