YON 2020 Day 44: Randy Knapik, BSN, RN, PCCN

After taking on a leadership position as an Assistant Nurse Manager, Randy Knapik, BSN, RN, PCCN, found his place in nursing. His enthusiasm for his work is palpable and spreads to those with whom he interacts.

It has been an honor and a pleasure to work for the Cleveland Clinic for the past five years. I got my start as a bedside nurse on a med-surg unit within the Heart and Vascular Institute at the main campus. There I learned so much about the Cleveland Clinic culture, and the “patients first” mentality. It was during that period and I knew that the Cleveland Clinic is where I belonged. When I decided to take on a leadership role as an Assistant Nurse Manager for two cardiothoracic surgery step-down units, I truly found my passion.

Now I am helping my fellow caregivers as well as our patients. Whether it is a joke, a smile, or assisting with a task, I truly enjoy helping others and doing what I can to make the world a better place.

Knowing that we are saving lives and truly making a difference for the patients we serve is what keeps me coming each day. When patients have been turned away by other hospitals with nowhere else to go, they come from all over the world to the Cleveland Clinic, one of the best hospitals in the country, to get a second chance at life. I love being a part of that environment and the culture of excellence. The fact that our work is purposeful and impacts the lives of so many individuals makes the bad days better, and the good days great. I am truly grateful for everything that I have had the opportunity to experience and I know that I have found my calling in life.

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