Trish Baise, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Executive, ECU Health
Trish brings more than 30 years of health care experience to her role as the Chief Nursing Executive of ECU Health, where she has oversight over all nursing functions across the system. As a nurse leader with experience across the nursing spectrum, Trish understands firsthand the challenges nurses face, especially in rural settings.
Trish’s career began when she served as a fire department dispatcher and discovered her calling to nursing. She then became a paramedic, then flight paramedic, then flight nurse and worked in the emergency department and ICU before transitioning to director of the flight program. From there, she pursued her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees while working in a variety of nurse leader positions in both rural and urban settings.
She is an advocate for the non-traditional path to nursing and believes that it’s never too late to pursue a nursing career. Trish feels strongly about the importance of nurse development in a rural setting to ensure we can continue to provide care to our communities.
Trish Baise In the News
Training the Rural Health Nurses of Tomorrow:
“Rural health nurses have a deeper connection to their communities; therefore, they have a far greater impact than in more populous and larger communities. That’s why we must ensure there are skilled nurses across our health system to address the needs of our communities. To that end, we need to be a good community partner and create enthusiasm for the nursing profession that connects with individuals who are interested in the profession.”
Driving Nurse Retention Through Experience:
“Once we’ve trained new nurses, we must retain them locally. We can do this by ensuring our nurses have a good experience and they will want to build their career at ECU Health. By creating a meaningful and consistent experience for our nurses, regardless of where they choose to be employed within ECU Health, we can ensure we’re meeting the needs of the communities we serve for many years to come.”
Sustainable Care Delivery Model:
“At ECU Health, we provide care across a spectrum that is incredibly diverse – from the Outer Banks in a clinic with a helipad to a tertiary care facility in Greenville. We’ve prepared our nurses to work well across the continuum of care beyond the acute care environment. It is no longer sustainable to provide care in the same ways we have historically, because the needs of our communities have changed.”
Advancing Rural Nursing:
“Nursing is the backbone of every health system, but it’s especially crucial in rural health care. I couldn’t be prouder of the nurses at ECU Health for all they do. They’re taking care of a region in need of high-quality, compassionate health care, while many of those same nurses are advancing their careers and becoming leaders within the health system.”
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