Working as the Operations Manager of Nursing at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center allows Miranda Balog, BSN, RN, a wider view of nursing which she shares in her story.
It wasn’t always nursing. When I was a kid, I wanted to be solving cases as a detective or FBI agent. That was what I always saw on television. My dad was big on criminal investigation shows. It wasn’t until after my first semester of college that I changed my track to nursing. I don’t know why I decided to take that route. Maybe one of the nurses in my family persuaded me. Regardless, when I stepped foot in Parma Medical Center 12 years ago, I knew I made the right decision. I loved being a nurse’s aide and then later a floor nurse.
Helping patients was definitely my calling and I really enjoyed patient care. After becoming a charge nurse, I fell into leadership. That kicked off my love for leadership and mentoring. I soon became a nursing supervisor helping to solve staffing and patient flow issues in the hospital. After a few years, I landed the role of Nursing Operations Manager. My team consists of the nursing supervisors, staffing office, and the clinical float pool. My goal is that all of my staff treat each patient and co-worker like their own family. I especially like hiring new graduates so I can help mentor them. Seeing my staff succeed is what fills my bucket.
If I were to offer advice to someone considering nursing, I would ask them if they are willing to put the needs of complete strangers before their own family. If they can do that, then they have what it takes. Nursing isn’t just a job, it’s a lifestyle and sometimes we have to sacrifice our personal life to help someone in need.