Sandy Lovering


Sandy Lovering

Sandy Lovering is an experienced nurse executive, nurse theorist, transcultural nursing specialist and researcher with 40+ years of international nursing experience in Canada, United States, New Zealand and the Middle East. As CNO, she led the first hospital to achieve Magnet® Designation and Redesignation in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Region. She has a wealth of experience in strategic planning, leading interdisciplinary teams, application of the Magnet® program in an international context, development of professional governance models for culturally diverse teams, leading culturally diverse teams and implementing culturally congruent nursing care as a nurse executive in large tertiary care institutions in New Zealand and Saudi Arabia for 30+ years. As CNO, Sandy led a team of 1200 nurses from over 40 countries at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (Gen Org) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to become the first hospital in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region to achieve Magnet Designation in 2013 and Re-Designation in 2018. Under her leadership, KFSH&RC-J received the coveted NDNQI Award for Outstanding Quality Outcomes (Teaching hospitals) in 2013. Sandy received the prestigious Princess Muna Al Hussein Award from the American Nurse Credentialing Center in 2015 in recognition of her international leadership and success in raising the standards and image of nursing in the Middle East. Dr. Lovering is the nurse theorist for the Crescent of Care nursing model (COCM©) based on her doctorate research on Arab Muslim nurses’ caring models. The COCM© nursing model has been implemented at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center in Jeddah and several hospitals in the Gulf region. Sandy is a certified Transcultural Nurse – Advanced since 1998 and designated a Transcultural Nursing Scholar by the Transcultural Nursing Society in 2018. As a recognized expert in the field of transcultural nursing, she has multiple publications and research focusing on transcultural nursing and administrative practice within the Middle East and Arab Muslim populations. Sandy has an extensive resume of national and international conference presentations (keynote and abstract presentations) on transcultural nursing within the Middle East context, nursing leadership, Magnet® Recognition in an international context, transcultural nursing ethics, patient safety and quality. She has spoken at several ICN Congresses, STTI conferences, Transcultural Nursing Society conferences as well as a keynote speaker at several Middle East and Asia conferences. Sandy holds a Doctorate in Health Sciences (The University of Sydney, Australia), a Master’s in Business Studies and Health Management (Massey University, New Zealand), a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (The University of British Columbia, Canada) and a Diploma in Nursing (Mohawk College, Canada).

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Client Testimonials

Thank you for your wonderful presentation entitled “RN Care Coordination: Practice, Education, and Certification” at our Catalyst Academy 2015. Your important topic and great presentation style had the audience immediately engaged
Holly A. De Groot, PhD, RN, FAAN
Catalyst Systems, LLC
You had a hand in getting us there [receiving Magnet® status].
Thanks for your article in the Nurse Leader on shared decision making. I always appreciate your words of wisdom in this arena.
Great examples of control charts used [in NCP’s webinars] to “tell a story” of improvement over time.
What a difference a peer makes! Our discharge medication reconciliation accuracy rose from 56% to greater than 90% in one year, and our improvement has been sustained for over one year beyond that.
Nicole Jones, RN, MS & Beth Lacoste, RN, MSN
East Jefferson General Hospital, Metairie, LA
We appreciated the examples you presented [in your webinars] per standard – this was helpful related to many standards be written generically.
Our Pathway to Excellence® document was accepted! Thanks for all of your help!
Pathway to Excellence® Project Director
Thank you for helping us on our way to Magnet® status. I know your visits to us and your advice steered us on this journey. We value your input.”
We just summarized the comments from your presentation – Our nurses loved our consultant and her message.
Judy Boerger
Parkview Medical Center
Thank you so much for an amazing Nurses Day! We had the best turnout ever, and your presentations were spectacular. People have been talking about it ever since, and I’ve heard grumbling from people who couldn’t be there—a sure sign of a great event! Thank you for your wisdom and support! It has been totally great working with you.
Paul Parker, RN, BC
Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, ME
We value your input – I especially value your candor and wisdom!
Excellent presentation! I’m excited about implementing peer review in our organization. Fabulous speakers with a true passion for the content.
Peer Review Workshop 2012
I wanted to say thank [our consultants] for their insight. I’m a staff nurse and beyond their guidance for Magnet, they provided insights into my profession while tying in IOM and ANA principles. You inspired my colleagues and myself with our journey.
Joy Fumera
Kaiser Permanente Orange County-Irvine
Thank you for the excellent workshops you conducted for our nursing leaders, council members, and educators. Finalizing the professional practice model as well as writing our bylaws, and council charters and objectives, was monumental. There was overwhelmingly positive feedback and enthusiasm as we move forward on our shared governance journey. Thank you for your leadership and expertise.
St. Mary's Health System
The level of excitement since your visit is outrageous. Staff are even more engaged and energized, with most talking about the learnings you shared.
Just wanted to take a moment to send you a personal note of thanks for all of the efforts you and your team put into helping our organization successfully achieve its fourth Magnet designation. Although Julie and her leadership group are enjoying many well-deserved accolades for this successful accomplishment, I have certainly not forgotten that it was you and your partners who helped immeasurably in getting our Magnet efforts back on track and providing assistance and mentoring to Julie and our team as they navigated this process and re-tooled our nursing governance structure. It is amazing to think back 2 ½ years and realize how far our nursing team has come in that short amount of time. Thanks so much again Kathleen for all of the time, thought and effort you and your colleagues put into helping us achieve this milestone.
Rob Myers MHA, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer, Goshen Health