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YON 2020 Day 276: Julie Szitas, MSN, MHA, RN

Throughout her many years at University Hospitals, Julie Szitas, MSN, MHA, RN, has been in many roles. She is now proud to be the Chief Nursing Officer at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center.

Having worked in nursing for 23 years I have learned and been exposed to many genres of nursing and nursing leadership. From the time I was a small child I have had a strong desire to care for others and feel that I am truly called to nursing. The beauty of nursing is that the limitations are endless and the rewards are plentiful.

My career started with entry into my local community college of nursing through Kent State where I was provided a solid foundation in core nursing knowledge and a significant level of exposure to many types of nursing. Upon graduation I was able to work the front lines in areas of nursing such as Long Term Acute Care, ICU, OR and ED, which is where I found my true passion in nursing as an emergency department nurse serving my community in some of their most difficult times.

Throughout this journey, I was not only exposed to these genres of nursing, but was also slowly being exposed to leadership. I transitioned from charge nurse to house supervision, and eventually found myself in my first management position. This has led me to where I am today, CNO for University Hospitals (UH) Geauga Medical Center.

I am a proudly raised UH nurse from graduation through achieving my dream of becoming a Chief Nursing Officer. I say proudly, because I am proof that if you seek it, dream it, you can be it with UH.

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