In her story, Karen Akrish, MSN, RNC-MNN, Nursing Professional Development Specialist at
University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital, describes the various aspects of her role.
I am a Professional Development OB Specialist at University Hospitals. Previously, I worked as an RN for over ten years in the Mother Infant Unit at MacDonald Women’s Hospital. Both positions have prepared me to be a nurse educator and help new nurses to become confident leaders. My Department is always working to develop new courses, techniques and skills that address the need to constantly grow personally and professionally.
Two years ago, I was approached with the opportunity to implement and oversee a new, system-wide RQI (Resuscitation Quality Improvement) initiative at University Hospitals. We were one of the first hospitals in the region to adopt this technology. This role has been challenging and rewarding as we continue to provide the best job training to our hospital staff. We are blessed to have so many opportunities to grow and innovate.
In my current role, I also facilitate the Perinatal Education Program for our new OB hires. Working with some of the leading experts in the OB field and being a member of AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses) keeps me informed on the latest trends in OB care. I work with nursing students from all over Ohio and help provide their first clinical OB experience. Putting our nurses and staff in a position to succeed is our greatest mission. Together, we help pave the way for new nurses at UH and facilitate continuing education and training for our veteran nurses. I am very proud to be a nurse and feel that we need to continue to “inspire, to lead and to innovate” each day in our profession.