Currently the Nurse Manager of the Emergency Department at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, Kristin Petro, BSN, RN, chronicles her career path and discusses the key components to a successful team.
Nursing is a calling, a passion that goes beyond a description words can capture. Being able to help patients in their time of need and providing support to their loved ones is the definition of a true blessing. One of the best things about being a nurse is learning something new every day.
I started my career path working as a patient care assistant while in nursing school. My first experience as a registered nurse was on an ICU Stepdown unit. Next, I challenged myself by working in the float pool. It was here I was able to see the diversity nursing had to offer. I worked in various areas including the Cath Lab, CICU, ICU and ED. When I then had an opportunity for leadership as a house supervisor, I found that I had capabilities of leading others, influencing best practice, and helping other nurses grow that I hadn’t noticed previously. My years in float pool afforded me the opportunity to find my true passion in emergency nursing. Embracing my skills as a leader and adding my love for emergency nursing, I then transitioned in to my current role of ED Nurse Manager.
As an ED nurse, I have learned the value of communication, critical thinking skills and collaboration. These skills are the key components to a strong and successful ED team. I work hard to teach the “whys” regarding new process changes. Listening, engaging, and caring for staff members is important to their wellbeing. Everything we do as a team affects patient care.
I keep my passion and enthusiasm for nursing alive each day by interacting with the team, the patients, and their family members. I love being able to coach and motivate the team to learn and do the best we can for our patients. Seeing the relationships between the staff and the healing of our patients gives me a sense of accomplishment.