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Margarita Baggett



Margarita Baggett is the chief clinical officer (CCO) for UC San Diego Health System. In this role she serves as a key member of the hospitals’ senior management team and is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and controlling all functions of Nursing Services, Pharmacy Services, Care Coordination, and Volunteer Services.

Margarita Baggett is the chief clinical officer (CCO) for UC San Diego Health System. In this role she serves as a key member of the hospitals’ senior management team and is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and controlling all functions of Nursing Services, Pharmacy Services, Care Coordination, and Volunteer Services. She played a key role in leading the organization to attain ANCC Magnet Recognition® Status in December 2011. Margarita and her team transformed their practice environment by supporting and promoting the role of the professional nurse, using the Magnet® Model as a framework.

She is a highly accomplished nursing leader with extensive experience in quality management, service excellence, patient throughput, staff recruitment and retention, and regulatory affairs. Previously, Margarita served for 27 years in the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Healthcare System in Manhasset, New York. During that time she held many roles including deputy executive director, nurse executive, and associate executive director for Patient Care Services and Care Coordination. She also led North Shore University Hospital to Magnet Recognition® in 2001.

Margarita consults nationally and internationally, assisting organizations in developing strategic plans to address gaps in Magnet readiness. Her vast knowledge of hospital operations gives her the ability to help organizations demonstrate how their mission, vision, values, and strategic plans relate to the Magnet Recognition Program®. She is also a facilitator at the ANCC Journey to Magnet Excellence® workshops.

Summary of Services

  • Reduces complex tasks to manageable steps, empowering those with whom she works with the confidence to succeed.
  • Coaches organizations to implement successful strategies for incorporating shared governance, evidence-based practices, and research into their professional practice environments.
  • Conducts system- or organization-wide gap analyses.
  • Develops customized education and training to support organizational needs.
  • Conducts comprehensive on-site reviews in preparation for site visits.


  • BSN, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY
  • MSN, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
  • Graduate of the Wharton Nursing Leaders Program, Philadelphia, PA


  • American Nurses Credentialing Center – Certificate Holder in Fundamentals of Magnet®

Professional Memberships

  • Nursing Spectrum, Advisory Board Member
  • California Institute for Nursing and Health Care
  • American Nurses Association
  • Association of California Nurse Leaders
  • San Diego State University, Adjunct Clinical Professor

Mindfulness is a powerful approach to self-care. Mindfulness means to purposefully pay attention in the present moment with a sense of acceptance and nonjudgment. But how do you get to that state of mind?

10 Self-Care Steps to Consider

Step 1: Set quality time for yourself

  • How do you choose to spend the first hour of your day?
  • You can choose good options: eat a healthy breakfast, reflect on the day ahead, meditate, do yoga, exercise, etc.

Step 2: Reflect on your intentions for the day

  • Consider developing an acronym to reflect on your intent for the day.
  • Look in the mirror each morning and reflect on how you can be a better leader.
  • Remember the acronym “IAM.” It helps you focus on your Intentions, Actions, and Manifestations that you set out to achieve each day.

Step 3: Focus on your talents

  • We tend to be very critical of ourselves and forget to focus on, nourish, and further develop our talents.
  • Consider taking an online assessment, such as StrengthsFinder 2.0, created by Gallup, to uncover your talents.

Step 4: Choose to bring positive energy to your workplace and team

  • We make choices to bring either positive or negative energy to those around us each minute of the day.
  • Remember the acronym “QTIP”: Quit Taking It Personally.

Step 5: Set a health goal

  • Set a goal of not having to take medications.
  • What can you do to achieve that goal? Watch your diet, exercise, be aware of your posture, get up and walk around at least once an hour at work, and take a walk at lunch hour.

Step 6: Strengthen your resilience

  • Personal resilience is the capacity to maintain well-being and work performance under pressure, including being able to effectively bounce back from setbacks.
  • Take the time to reflect on your day. Did you achieve your intentions? Let go of the negative inputs.
  • Take the time to journal.

Step 7: Pursue work-life balance

  • Learning how to make “NO” your go word is a powerful practice that can help you cultivate better self-care.
  • Saying no to people, things, opportunities, and situations that don’t align with your highest good is a profound act of self-love.
  • Say no to finishing an article or book that loses your interest. Trust that you have learned what you needed to learn.
  • Find activities to enjoy after work, and make time for them.
  • Consider putting time limits on checking your email.

Step 8: Focus on being present

  • Enjoy the moment instead of multitasking. Leave your electronic devices at the door when attending meetings.
  • Focus on your colleagues, peers, and team. It will bring joy and meaning to your work.

Step 9: Schedule quality time with family and friends

  • Consider scheduling monthly date nights with your significant other and/or friends.
  • Schedule time for those phone calls to catch up with family and friends.
  • Consider taking vacation time when you need it instead of saving time as a trophy.

Step 10: Accept and then achieve work-life balance

  • Recognize and accept that the new normal is a life that integrates home and work more seamlessly.
  • Welcome text messages with photos and words of encouragement from colleagues, family, and friends.
  • I recently received a text from my husband at work with a photo of him and my dog, with the following words of encouragement: “Hold your head high. We are proud of you and love you.”


Rath, Tom. (2007). StrengthsFinder 2.0. New York: Gallup Press.

International Council of Nurses. (2016). Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving Health Systems’ ResilienceRetrieved from

*Use of ANA Consultation Services does not guarantee you will achieve an ANCC credential. ANA consultants and staff cannot influence the actions of ANCC program staff nor decisions of the Commission on Magnet® Recognition, Commission on Pathway to Excellence®, or Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs and the Commission for Nursing Continuing Professional Development..

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