What impact do you have on the profession of nursing?
The impact of nurses on society is immense. The care they provide to patients is well known, but less well known is the impact they have as leaders and innovators. I have held many roles in my 30 years as a nurse: first as a clinical nurse, primarily in the Emergency Department where I directly impacted patients, then as a clinical instructor teaching clinical nurses, and later as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. I currently work at Cleveland Clinic as the Senior Director of Nursing Education and Professional Development, a role that provides me the opportunity to develop nurse leaders, promote professional development of all nurses, and partner with nursing schools to support student nurse development.
Nurses are uniquely qualified to lead and innovate to promote the health and wellness of patients, communities, and organizations. In addition to my nursing roles, I have had several unique opportunities to lead and innovate. I began volunteering for Boy Scouts of America (BSA) when my sons joined Boy Scouts, using my nursing skills to teach first aid and to serve as camp nurse. This led to opportunities at the organization’s national level where I served as the first Chief Nursing Officer for two National Jamborees. This role allowed me to impact the nursing care provided to more than 50,000 Scouts attending these 10-day high adventure events. I was also asked to serve on the BSA National Health and Safety Council, impacting organizational programs and decisions related to the health and safety of youth members.
Cleveland Clinic nurses are encouraged to be innovative. With organizational support and an interdisciplinary team, we develop an early warning system enhanced with technology to support early identification, evaluation, and intervention for signs of patient deterioration. This program has been rolled out across our health system, impacting thousands of patients daily.
Kathleen Mau DNP, APRN, NEA-BC, ACCNS-AG, CEN, Senior Director of Nursing Education and Professional Development at Cleveland Clinic