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YON 2020 Day 102: Kevin Sauer, BSN, RN

Proud to be a RN, Kevin Sauer, BSN, RN, describes his multi-faceted roles as a caregiver at the Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital and a volunteer for the American Red Cross.

During the ten years that I have been a registered nurse, I have held many different roles. That is one of the reasons why I love being a nurse. Throughout I strive to continue to learn through classes, conferences, and education, including recently returning to school to earn an MSN in executive leadership. I participate in and lead others through committees, mentorship, and shared governance. Early on in my career as I was working on my professional career ladder application, I noted volunteering was part of the criteria. I reached out to the American Red Cross to become a volunteer at the local blood donation center. As fate would have it, I was interested in one role within the American Red Cross but soon found myself becoming a member of the Greater Cleveland Disaster Action Team as well as the Disaster Health Services team.

Fast forward eight years and I am still volunteering with both teams as an American Red Cross leader and volunteer. My role at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital has changed over the years. I started working on the cardiac step-down floor and moved to the cardiac intensive care unit, cardiac cath lab, traveling internationally with International Operations, and working as a Nursing Operations Manager. However, giving back and volunteering in the local community and throughout the United States has remained a passion of mine. On any given day as an American Red Cross volunteer, I can be helping a family on the scene after a house fire, calling a client to help replace their lost medications or medical devices after a fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, or other natural disaster, or supporting a family grieving the loss of a loved one after a disaster. I am proud to be a Cleveland Clinic caregiver, a volunteer with the American Red Cross, and especially a registered nurse!

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