Meet Methodist Charlton’s new chief nursing officer
A chat with Mohammad P. Aslam, MBA-HA, BSN, RN
Vice President Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer
Methodist Charlton Medical Center
We’d like you to meet Mohammad P. “Mo” Aslam, the new vice president nursing, chief nursing officer at Methodist Charlton Medical Center. He comes to us from Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he was chief nursing officer of a community health system in charge of all clinical and hospital operations for two hospitals.
An experienced and highly respected healthcare leader, Mo is well-equipped to lead our nursing team. In his previous position, he effectively managed the staffing crises throughout the COVID-19 surges, all the while making improvements to quality, patient safety, patient experience, and operations.
Before that, Mo was the vice president and chief nursing officer for a hospital in Houston. So he’s familiar with Texas but just getting acquainted with the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Let’s check in with him to see how he likes Methodist Health System so far.
Methodist Health System: You haven’t been here long. When did you start?
Mo: I started November 14 — just a few weeks ago.
Methodist: How do you feel about the move so far?
Mo: I love Dallas. I did enjoy being in Vicksburg, and I loved my team, but there weren’t as many resources available, so there’s a big difference here. Coming to Dallas, and especially to Methodist, it feels like we have all the resources we need to do nursing right.
Methodist: When you say resources, what do you mean?
Mo: First, we support nurses by having appropriate patient-nurse ratios to make sure nurses only have to care for a few patients at a time. That’s what is best for our nurses and, of course, for our patients.
On top of that, we have directors, managers, clinical coordinators, charge nurses, and dedicated educators — all to support nurses. These are the support services nurses need, especially newer nurses. Methodist invests a lot in the growth and success of nurses. I am blessed to be here.
Methodist: What attracted you to Methodist?
Mo: I was looking for a change and had heard good things about Methodist Charlton. Then, when I came for my first interview, I was really impressed with the culture. On the way to the human resources office, I asked someone for directions. He could have just pointed the way, but instead, he walked me all the way to the elevator and told me exactly how to get there when I got to the right floor. After the interview, I texted my wife and said, “You would not believe how friendly these people are!”
Everywhere I went, I met employees who were engaged and loving their work. Even the leaders were transparent and friendly. Everyone was down to earth. I told my wife, “This is it!”
Methodist: Where’s home originally?
Mo: I grew up in Oakland, California, and also spent 15 years working in healthcare in Las Vegas. I’ve traveled to many places, but Dallas is home now.
Methodist: Have you seen much of Dallas?
Mo: Yes. We’ve taken the family to the Perot Museum [of Nature and Science] and the Dallas Zoo. My wife and daughter have been shopping. My son and I have spent some time browsing electronics stores. And we’ve found some great places to eat.
Methodist: Any plans for the holidays?
Mo: My family will be here for Christmas, and I’m looking forward to that. I’m also looking forward to getting together with my colleagues at the upcoming holiday parties. I hope to get to as many unit celebrations as I can as well as attend gatherings with leaders. I’m eager to get to know them and to find out what they need and how I can help them.
Methodist: What would you tell candidates who are considering Methodist?
Mo: I would say come join us! I would love for you to come to work here at Methodist Charlton, but you would be welcome and happy anywhere you go within the Methodist family. Because it really is a family. Join us.
If you’re looking for an organization where you feel welcome, valued, and at home, take a look at Methodist Health System.
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