“I have the good fortune of working with an amazing group of interdisciplinary professionals. Each day, we all work in collaboration to provide direct patient/family-centered care.”
Why did you accept a job here?
I enjoy a university-based environment working with students and staff. I’ve worked in a community setting before, and I prefer the fast pace of a cutting-edge, university-based hospital. And the people here are great.
What do you do at Rush?
I am currently a Unit Director on an orthopedic surgical unit and an Assistant Professor in Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing. Our unit cares for complex ortho patients, and is used as a primary clinical site for pre-licensure and post-licensure students. We have graduate entry master’s students and advanced practice (APN) students providing direct care to post-surgical patients.
What do you think about the work environment?
Each day, primary care nurses, patient care technicians, student nurses, orderlies, therapists and physicians work in collaboration to provide direct patient/family-centered care. We have created an interdisciplinary environment where students can safely provide direct care in collaboration with seasoned professional nurses.
What sorts of positive things do you usually hear from patients at Rush?
Patients always comment on the care. Many patients comment on the frequency of “check ins” the staff and students make. As I make my leadership visits, patients appreciate the rounding the staff and students make during their shifts.
What does your future look like at Rush?
I plan to lead our unit into our new state-of-the-art facility. The new environment will allow our clinical practitioners an opportunity to provide patient care using the latest technology. Access to this technology will be an asset to the education of our students, which can, in turn, potentially improve patient outcomes now and into the future.