Francesca (Maggie) Logterman, MSN, RN, CNOR, is a Nursing Professional Development Specialist and the Lead System Perioperative Educator at University Hospitals Cleveland. As Maggie reflects on her long career, she takes us along on her journey from deciding to become a nurse to teaching and influencing others.
My journey to professional nursing started when I was a Biology Major at Kent State University working in the Microbiology Lab of Dr. Larkin. He knew I was unhappy in my major and encouraged me to try nursing. I have never looked back.
Beginning as a Nurse Extern at Hanna Pavilion, I found a home at University Hospitals of Cleveland and have stayed for 33 years. After graduation, I worked on HH6, a transplant/surgical floor. There I had fabulous mentors as my managers and peers. After two years, I transferred to the SICU.
Needing a more flexible schedule, I transferred to the OR because nurses were able to work part time there. I stayed because I found my specialty in neurosurgery and loved the teamwork, the energy of the operating room, and seeing the anatomy up close. My schedule also allowed me to be at home with my children. I grew with the clinical ladder, Magnet, and shared governance opportunities at UH. These opportunities led me to certification, which ultimately led me to seek my MSN at Cleveland State University in nursing education. After graduation, I became a Nursing Professional Development Specialist in the OR. My focus shifted from patient care to professional development of nurses and students.
As we expanded to a system education model, we grew the team and standardized perioperative education. I am passionate about opening up the doors to perioperative nursing and building relationships with nursing schools and students. OR and PACU nursing offer rich and satisfying professional careers with an emphasis on patient safety, collaboration, and teamwork. On a personal note, I am proud to say, my daughter Chloe, is studying to be a nurse. I look forward to seeing the possibilities of this profession as more nurses obtain advanced degrees.