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YON 2020 Day 287: The Socausky Family

Updated: Oct 14

Nursing is all in the family with Joanne Socausky, DNP, RN, NE-BC; her son, Jonathan, MSN, RN; and daughter-in-law, Ashley, BSN, RN. All three practice at Cleveland Clinic and discuss their roles in their individual stories below.

Joanne Socausky, DNP, RN, NE-BC, Senior Nurse Director of Emergency Nursing, Cleveland Clinic

My role as a nurse leader is to strengthen and guide nursing practices that will result in having a positive impact on emergency nursing. Clinical expertise and advanced education are necessary to guide nursing practice, however there are additional qualities that impact changes to practice. Emotional intelligence, passion, creativity, and patience are essential factors needed to lead change. Undeniably, the most important quality a nurse leader should possess is emotional intelligence. Leaders need to be aware of their own personal feelings/emotions as well as the feelings/emotions of others. Being able to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically is necessary to be successful in leading others through change.

The passion I have for the art of nursing has led me to be an effective leader. Using passion, kindness, patience, and respect enables leaders to drive others. I have carried this passion through my nursing journey from my days as a novice nurse to today as a Senior Nurse Director. My passion for nursing is not limited to the work place; it has carried over to my home life as well. I am not only proud to be a nurse, but to have a son and daughter in law that have also found this passion and have chosen nursing as a career.

Jonathan Socausky, MSN, RN, Nurse Manager, Progressive Care /Surgical Unit, Cleveland Clinic Southpoint Hospital

In my role as a leader, I believe that kindness and compassion are qualities that guide me to be effective. I am fortunate that I learned the true meaning of kindness and compassion from another nurse, my mother. Without having her as a role model, my career choice may have been less challenging and fulfilling. Leadership has allowed me the opportunity to make a positive impact on the nursing profession. I recognize the significance of the organization’s mission, vision, and values. It is empowering to be a leader that is supported to lead changes and make differences. Nursing as a profession, as well as the role as a leader, have impacted me to consistently display compassion, empathy, and trust as I continue my nursing career.

Ashley Socausky, BSN, RN, Primary Care Coordinator, Cleveland Clinic

The beauty of nursing as a career is the endless opportunities it holds. I started in nursing as a staff nurse, advancing to management, and now working for the care management team. I consider myself fortunate to be able to experience and change to different avenues as they fit within career plans and my personal life. The different paths I have chosen have allowed me to continue to develop professionally. I am satisfied and feel fulfilled with my career choices. I would encourage anyone interested in pursuing nursing to explore the many paths on which a nursing career can lead you.

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