From her perspective as Director of Nursing Services, Women & Children's Services, at the MetroHealth System, Kimberly Green, MSN, RN C-EFM, shares her views on the profession of nursing and discusses her commitment to be a change agent.
As we celebrate 2020, the Year of the Nurse, I would like to begin by sharing that I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a nurse. I have absolutely loved the meaningful work and personal growth that being a part of the nursing profession for the last 30 years has provided me! I am proud to be a diverse nurse leader at MetroHealth. Embracing inclusion and diversity is a deliberate and personal priority that helps me lead my teams to the next level. Cultivating a diverse workforce takes time and energy to ensure all team members feel respected and valued. Growing diverse nurse leaders helps us provide quality care to an ever-increasing diverse patient population. It is good that 2020 has been chosen as the year of the nurse. It is a time to reflect on the past and look forward to a better future. While much has changed over the years, much has stayed the same. No matter where you work or what type of nursing you do, it all contributes to making a difference in the lives of our patients and our communities. Simple acts continue to make a big difference to patients, families, and staff. As we continue to grow a diverse workforce, it is my hope to promote and support diverse nurse leaders to expand the influence they can have on the health of our communities. I value and encourage the complex conversations required to continue to make this happen. It is my commitment to be “the change that I want to see” in the world and right here at home at MetroHealth.