The Chief Nursing Officer for Hillcrest Hospital shares advice for anyone who is considering the profession of nursing. Sue Collier, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, explains how she and her team support nursing students as well as new graduates.
For those interested in exploring a career in nursing I would first say—GREAT choice! A career in nursing is challenging, rewarding, and life changing. There are few professions, I can honestly say, that provide the opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life. I have experienced the rewards of nursing first-hand, engaging in both the science of nursing as well as the art of caring and connecting. I have had amazing opportunities over the years to fill a variety of different and exciting roles in nursing. My current role is CNO at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital.
One of the most deeply satisfying aspects of my career has been inspiring people to pursue nursing as a profession and mentoring nurses at all stages of their careers. This begins with embracing and welcoming nursing students to our organization. We are fortunate to have a number of great nursing schools locally, as well as on-line distant venues. Many nursing students complete their clinical experience at Hillcrest. I’m proud of our nursing team members, who provide a warm embrace, and partner and collaborate with the students and their instructors to provide rich opportunities for learning. It’s a privilege to impact the formative time for these aspiring nurses, and a real joy to welcome students back who join us after graduation and continue their career growth in various specialties and roles within Hillcrest Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic enterprise.
I would further advise anticipating and new nurses, that ongoing education will be life-long. Having chosen a great place to work, novice nurses should find themselves surrounded by colleagues who support and challenge them, as well as have leaders who encourage them to stretch a little further, to learn a little more every day. This investment in self prepares nurses to be experts in their field and, ultimately, to provide high quality, safe patient care. These are the outcomes we want for our patients, as well as for our nurses. This is what keeps our passion strong and energizes our enthusiasm for nursing.