Caroline Njau, CNO at Children’s Minnesota, honored as one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Emerging Leaders

Children’s Minnesota is pleased to announce that Caroline Njau, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officeris one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Emerging Leaders of 2022. Modern Healthcare – the leader in healthcare business news, research and data – annually honors emerging leaders who are 40 years or younger, who have made significant contributions in the areas of innovation and financial, operational and clinical excellence early in their careers.

“I’m honored and humbled to receive this recognition, and to be considered among such a talented group of emerging healthcare leaders across the country,” said Caroline. “This award is also a testament to the kid experts on my team who, during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, continually provide exceptional care to the patients and families we serve, day in and day out. My achievements are not possible without their support.”

Caroline joined Children’s Minnesota in March 2021. Among her significant successes of the last 12 months: development of a longer-term recruitment and retention strategy; formation of a wellbeing resource team to help employees process feelings of distress caused stress; support for the launch of activating our resiliency workshops to help nursing teams identify and overcome burnout; and the formation of partnerships with local colleges of nursing to share her skills and foster a pipeline of new nursing talent.

Learn about Children’s Minnesota and University of Minnesota form nursing partnership

“Congratulations to Caroline on this well-deserve and significant award. I don’t think I have ever seen a leader have the magnitude of positive impact in such a short period of time as Caroline,” said Dr. Marc Gorelick, president and CEO of Children’s Minnesota. “Caroline’s insight and empathy for all has helped guide our organization through the enormous challenges of the last 12 months, and I’m excited to see what’s to come.”

The profiles of the Top Emerging Leaders are online at and in the March 21 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.

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