Sr. Maurita Soukup

Sr. Maurita Soukup, RSM, RN, MSN, PhD

Chairperson, CHI Health

Health Trustee and Nurse Consultant/Researcher

Religious Congregation:  Institute of the Sister of Mercy of Americas

Sr. Maurita Soukup, RSM, Health Trustee and Nurse Consultant/Researcher, is a member of the Institute of the Sister of Mercy of the Americas, Silver Springs, Maryland. With critical care nursing rooting her life ministry, she brings commitment, leadership and vision to those served within our health care services. Sr. Maurita is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and serves as a board member to several medical centers, two regional health care systems, one of which is CHI Health, all located in Iowa and Nebraska. She is a member of  three board executive committees and several committees of the board that oversee Quality/Safety/Value, Strategy, Finance, Clinical Practice, Governance, Credentialing, Ethics and Audit/Compliance. Previously she was a trustee for two Catholic colleges.

As a nurse consultant researcher, Sr. Maurita is a lead reviewer for the American Nurses Association Credential Center’s Pathway to Excellence Program and contributor to system-level projects such as a virtual nurse pilot, evidence-based practice  and its respective Model©, and research-driven practice with an emphasis in linking quality with finance for advancing clinical excellence and responsible stewardship.   

Within her religious community and during the formative period of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Sr. Maurita served as Chair/Secretary for the West-Midwest (WMW) Health Ministry Council, where she established a database, cultivated a deep appreciation for the Sisters of Mercy’s vast WMW geography, complexity, culturally diverse health ministries and evolving sponsorship relationships for leading edge Catholic health care systems and single entity hospitals.

She notes: 

“My passion for nursing empowered a life ministry in ‘care of the critically ill’ through clinical excellence, servant leadership and prayer. It still guides and inspires my ministry. I am humbled and deeply grateful to witness the many wonderful contributions of health care colleagues through reality-based experiences, stories shared and lessons learned from the bedside to the board table.” These lived experiences serve leaders well, including trustees who share accountability for the health of individuals, their families, colleagues and ultimately humanity.

Academically, Sr. Maurita is a diploma RN graduate, followed by her BS and BSN degrees. In 1975, she received a MSN degree in cardiovascular clinical nurse specialization from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In 1989, she earned a DNSc/PhD degree with an emphasis in critical care nursing from The Catholic University, Washington, DC. Professionally, Sr. Maurita has practiced in various medical centers located in Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Alabama, Connecticut and Washington, DC, with varying responsibilities ranging from bedside nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist to founding Director for the Center for Advanced Nursing Practice in Lincoln, Nebraska; Administrative Resident in Hartford, Connecticut; founding Director for the Eastern Iowa Heart Institute in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Vice President for Iowa Heart Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a member of several professional organizations and has served as a national Board Member to AACN and its Certification Board, AORN’s Certification Board, EDNA’s Certification Committee and others. She is published. Recently she was recognized as a Nurse Visionary by the University of Alabama in Birmingham for her numerous leadership contributions in critical care nursing, Evidence-Based Practice/Model© in promoting the “Scholarship of Practice” (bedside practice) through mentoring, research and publications.