Darlene A. Skinner, Risk All-Stars

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Darlene A. Skinner
Director, Enterprise Risk & Insurance
LifeBridge Health, Inc.

What is your educational background?

BSN – The Catholic University of America School of Nursing, BSN, MSN; University of Maryland School of Law, JD

Did you know you wanted to go into the risk profession? If not, what was your journey to get here?

Not initially. While in law school I clerked a semester for a well-respected nurse attorney, who oversaw risk management for her health system. After working with her and seeing the positive impact she had on patients, providers, and staff, I realized that risk management was a logical choice given my education, training, and experience. The day that I graduated from law school, I was offered the risk management position at the community hospital for which I was working at the time.

How long have you been working in the risk profession?

15 years

What do you love most about what you do?

What I love most is the ability to work with staff, providers, and leaders across the healthcare system to promote patient safety and provide guidance to minimize or mitigate personal and organizational risk.

What advice would you give to someone who is about to start their career in the risk profession?

Never turn down an opportunity to try something new or to learn something new. Never be afraid to take a chance, especially if you have a strong camp of supporters!

Do you have a personal motto? If so, what is it?

“Never say never!”

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