Now a Clinical Educator for the operating room at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Tom Dunderman, RN, shares his career journey and explains why he so values his current role.
I am a Registered Nurse and clinical educator at University Hospitals CMC. My nursing career started by my following the footsteps of my sisters who are also perioperative nurses at UH Cleveland CMC. One of us is in each of the three main campus operating departments.
My first operating room career was in our pediatric and GYN surgery center from 1996 to 2000. I assisted with running gynecology (GYN) and was the service leader for pediatric urology. In 2000, I was able to realize a dream of mine by opening my own business and left a nursing job that I loved and started a produce business at the Westside Market. After a 16-year hiatus from the healthcare field, I decided that I wanted to return to my nursing career and was fortunate that UHCMC remembered me and was willing to give me a chance.
Upon my return in 2016, I worked to become a leader and resource in GYN surgery. I was also given the opportunity to become a service leader for our robotics program as well as a preceptor for my department. My love for teaching and sharing knowledge with the next generation of nurses led me to my current position of clinical educator for the operating room. This role allows me to influence nurses not only at main campus but also throughout our system.
I have been very blessed in my life to have always had great people around me to help lead me to where I am today.