Madlyn Murrey, RN, MN
Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
At Seattle Children’s since 2015
MN, University of Washington
As senior vice president and chief nursing officer, Madlyn Murrey’s role at Seattle Children’s is twofold. In addition to partnering with other Seattle Children’s executives on setting the strategic direction of the organization, she also partners with nursing leadership to shape the nursing experience in a way that puts the right people in the right job with the right resources, so they can do their best work every day.
Being hired as Seattle’s Children’s chief nursing officer in 2015 was a bit of homecoming for Murrey. Her first experiences as a nurse were here, and between then and now she has traveled along the West Coast, holding positions with increasing executive responsibility at Mary Bridge in Tacoma, Wash., and Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland, Ore.
Murrey’s strength is in combining her learnings and experiences over the years with a genuine desire to improve care for children. Early in her career, she was at the bedside working directly with patients. Now, she is working to ensure the right people and resources are in place to do the work. Through it all, she never forgets that at the center of her work is the patient and their family.
Outside of work, Murrey loves spending time with friends and family, including her husband, Lonny, and their four children. Together they enjoy concerts, sporting events that include cheering on the Washington Huskies and the Seattle Seahawks, and spending time outdoors paddle boarding and kayaking.
“I have known since I was a child that I wanted to be a nurse. I’ve always loved being with children and taking care of them. From the time I first stepped into a children’s hospital as a volunteer while in nursing school, all the way through my early career to today, I have never wanted to do anything else.”