Building a Personal Framework

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Building a Personal Framework

Building a Personal Framework
I have spent most of career practicing nursing in the surgical setting.   I was a staff nurse on an orthopedic surgical unit for the first two and a half years after graduating from an associate’s degree nursing program.   I then went back to my home of the Operating Room (OR), previously working as an OR Assistant prior to going to nursing school.   I joined the cardiovascular team in the OR during my orientation period and absolutely loved it.   Four years later I began my journey in nursing leadership.   My first leadership position was the supervisor of an operating room, and was promoted to a nurse manager a few years later.   Looking back, I’m not sure how I remained in management, I had little to no mentorship or guidance.   Since then I have developed a passion for mentoring nurses and helping them be successful in both staff and leadership roles.
Performing both inpatient and outpatient procedures, I get to be involved in the care of healthy and ill adult patients undergoing surgery, endoscopic procedures, and pain management procedures.   I have a holistic approach to nursing care, and place the patient in the center of the care they receive during their stay.   Of course, there are times during a patient’s stay, the focus must be placed in a particular area, such as patient safety in the operating room.   Another important focus while the patient is undergoing surgery is the patient’s family and loved ones.   We adopted a standardized process for keeping families informed during a patient’s stay with us.   We also allow visitors in the day surgery and post anesthesia areas.  
My leadership style is similar to my nursing practice; I base my approach on achieving the desired results for the individual I’m working with.   I believe in teaching, mentoring, and coaching nurses to provide holistic care and to help them identify the direction of their nursing career.   Seeing their accomplishments and knowing I made a positive impact in...

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