With over 45 years of experience in nursing, I’ve had a long time to experience different roles in the profession. My clinical background is primarily critical care, and I maintained CCRN certification for almost my entire career in that arena. I taught nursing academically for a number of years. Additionally I’ve had roles in administration/professional development, vendor support education, entrepreneurship, and international nursing.
Prior to joining McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital, I served 3 years as a mentor to the Dean of the School of Nursing in Rwanda, Africa, with the goal of building health care capacity for the Dean, faculty, students, and nurses in the country. This was through a partnership with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Human Resources for Health and the University of Chicago, Illinois.
In my current role as Sepsis Coordinator for McLaren Northern Michigan, and as chair of the McLaren system-wide Sepsis Excellence Team, I’ve had the extreme pleasure of focusing uniquely on sepsis issues and concerns. This has allowed us to make major advances in our patient outcomes, through education, systems management, and careful monitoring and mid-stream adjustments of goals based on data.
My belief about nursing, for many years, is that nurses will never burn out or become complacent as long as they continue to learn new things. It is my personal goal to learn something new every day – and with the complexity of sepsis, that is a sure thing.