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...