Jones’ article featured in The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, February 2023 issue
Cincinnati, Ohio – Natalie Jones, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, has joined Prolink as Senior Vice President of Clinical Practice and Innovation. In this new role, she will initiate and lead innovative programs to advance clinical quality, education, and professional practice.
“As leaders in the evolving healthcare staffing industry, Prolink is committed to continuous improvement for our clients, talent, and the industry at large. Natalie is a transformational thought leader and innovator, and she is the perfect choice to help us develop unique solutions that serve our healthcare partners. We are fortunate to have her join the team,” said Kris Cannon, Chief Workforce Solutions Officer at Prolink.
Jones will provide oversight and leadership to an experienced team of nursing, ancillary, and allied healthcare clinicians who deliver professional services to Prolink’s clients. To support our commitment to providing safe and quality clinical practices, she will establish and monitor our clinical practices and policies. Jones will also help foster Prolink’s superior quality of patient care by developing clinical strategic goals and identifying areas for program expansion.
With more than 20 years of experience, Jones has held executive leadership roles in nursing, workforce planning, and human resources, including talent acquisition, recruiting, and retention. Prior to joining Prolink, she most recently served as System Executive Director of Workforce Development for Wellstar Health System in Marietta, Georgia. She also held senior leadership roles with DeKalb Medical during her 12-year tenure with the health system. Jones began her career as a practicing RN and travel nurse.
Article proposes solutions to address nursing shortage, pipeline
Jones co-authored the article, “Nurses Leading Partnership-Driven Transformation to Address the Nursing Shortage,” included in The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, Vol. 54, No 2, published earlier this month. She has been recognized locally and nationally for leading best practices in workforce development and retention in healthcare.
The article emphasizes the need for organizations to develop talent pipelines to prepare and build the next generation of healthcare professionals. Specifically, Jones and LeeAnna Spiva, PhD, RN, discuss how nursing leadership can address attrition in nursing through comprehensive workforce strategies, including using an academic-practice partnership model that incorporates high schools and post-secondary schools, to enhance the nursing pipeline.
Jones earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Georgia State University; a Master of Science in nursing with a focus on healthcare systems management from Loyola University; a Bachelor of Science in nursing science from South Carolina State University; and a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina. She is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified.
In addition, Jones is a member of numerous professional nursing organizations and serves on several state and national boards.
Prolink is an innovative staffing organization that delivers premier workforce solutions throughout the United States. Our comprehensive solutions connect businesses with talent across a range of industries and skillsets. Founded in 2011, Prolink is built upon a foundation of trusted relationships across three pillars: our clients, talent, and internal team; together, this is the Prolink Family. We strive to be the vehicle that drives every family member to succeed personally, professionally, and financially. Today, Prolink is a permanent Virtual-First organization, empowering our employees to succeed while providing them with the flexibility and autonomy to do so from a home office. To connect with Prolink, visit Prolinkstaffing.com.