I am the youngest of five children. I have one brother, 3 sisters and one of my sisters is a twin. I am married 10 years in September and have a seven-year-old son, who just started 2nd grade. My husbands ’98 year grandfather lives with us as well. I am blessed with a great family, great friends and a job that I love.
On a typical day, what do you do in your job?
There is no typical day, that is why I like it. I am responsible for:
- Ensuring proper placement of clinicians
- Overseeing compliance documents
- Overseeing audits including Joint Commission, State OSHA ans the facilities
- Ensure a good working relationship between the clinicians and the hospitals
If there are concerns brought up by the hospitals or our employees, I investigate, counsel, mediate or do what is ever necessary to bring the issue to a resolution. I oversee all work-related injuries, ensure proper follow up, educate clinicians and teach BCLS classes monthly.
What do you find rewarding about your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is the people I work with in the office and in the field. Every person in this organization from the recruiters, to the human resources department, staffing, payroll, upper management and of course the clinicians, work collectively to make quality care for patients the upmost importance. I couldn’t work for a company that didn’t have that basic core value.
Have any pets?
I have a boxer who truly is my love. I never had a pet or understood how obsessed people got with their pets, but do now. It is a special bond you have with an animal that you love and loves you; I can’t imagine my life without Comet.
What attracted you to work for Nurses 24/7?
I was working for another company and I received a call from a very persistent recruiter. They really worked with me to secure the assignment I wanted in the right location. They helped me with housing and took care of me. I thought I would stay until the next assignment came up. My very first three-month assignment lasted three and half years. When they called me and asked me to interview for the Director of Nursing Position, I did and I am still here.
What attracted you to become a nurse?
I never wanted to be a nurse. My mother always told me I was going to be a nurse which made me even more determined not to become one. I went to school originally for Accounting. I got a job as a bookkeeper, hated it and quit. My sister got me a job in a hospital as a Patient Care Tech. I was fascinated with the human body, how it worked, healed, and the human spirit. I continued to work in the Hospital and went back to school for Nursing.
What’s your favorite part about being a nurse?
To know that someone, in some small way, is better off because I was there. I was conscientious in giving medication. I was knowledgeable in their condition. I may have caught warning signs before a condition deteriorated. I hugged a grieving relative, or didn’t make someone feel like a burden because their condition didn’t allow them to care for themselves. Maybe offered some small comfort in warm blanket or food, or hand holding. To me Nursing is a calling and a passion, I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.
If you could have a superpower what would it be?
Ability to multiply, so I can be 3 places at once.
If you could only have three apps on your smartphone, which would you pick?
Good Question, I am technologically impaired, but I love Waze because I wouldn’t get anywhere without it. Alarm clock and Camera.
What’s one song you have completely memorized?
Livin’ on the Edge – Aerosmith
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