As an Assistant Nurse Manager in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, Meghan Pishnery, MSN, RN, CCRN, has a multi-focal role. This led to her volunteering for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Meghan explains why she is so passionate about nursing.
Growing up I always heard my Mom speak of her experiences as an ICU nurse. I followed her lead and began as a staff nurse in the Surgical ICU at Cleveland Clinic in 2005. After having the opportunity to be a charge nurse, I knew my calling was in leadership. I transitioned to the role of Assistant Nurse Manager (ANM) and advanced my knowledge by obtaining a MSN in healthcare management. My role as an ANM is unique as I function in both clinical and leadership roles. Practicing in critical care and caring for transplant patients is something about which I am passionate. I absolutely love coming to the unit and participating in the collaboration among our medical team and nursing staff.
Volunteering and being a highly active member with the American Association of Critical Nurses (AACN) is one of my passions. I have been a member since 2007 and certified as a critical care nurse (CCRN) for over 10 years. I have served as a volunteer on the 2016 National Teaching Institute Conference (NTI) Program Planning Committee. Two years later, I was the chairperson for the 2018 NTI, which included selecting the conference educational sessions for over 8000 nurses from around the world. It was the most fulfilling and eye opening experience working with nurses from across the country.
As a critical care nurse, I care for some of the most acute patients in the world. While this is rewarding, moral distress and caregiver burnout can occur. My involvement with AACN continues to renew my passion and enthusiasm for nursing. AACN gives me the resources and tools to support both myself and the nurses I lead. Being involved and volunteering has allowed me to give back to my profession in a way I never could have imagined.