Family: Married for 24 years; two children, Meg, 23, and Zach, 19.
What makes a good leader? “Characteristics of a good leader include the ability to inspire others. One must be an effective communicator and this includes being a good listener. I think a good leader is a cheerleader, and one who has integrity. “In nursing, I think one of the most important characteristics of a good leader is to own the nursing profession. I want nurses to be proud of our profession.”
What are you most proud of in your career? “I love to see nurses grow and know that I had a part in them developing professionally. They have a love for the profession of nursing and I am proud that I had a part in their growth and advancement.”
Who has inspired or mentored you? “I have had three professional mentors during my career: Julie Lewis, Lea Gardner and Jacqueline Herd — all of whom work at Atlanta Medical Center. “These three women have pushed me professionally and personally. They have provided guidance, advice and leadership. They have inspired me to stretch myself beyond what I thought I was capable of and (to) view setbacks and mistakes as learning opportunities.”
What’s your favorite thing to do away from work? “I love to hike, run, swim and enjoy time with my family and friends. When I finish school (she is scheduled to graduate with an MSN degree in October), I want to learn to quilt.”
Who’s your favorite fictional nurse? Why? “I do not have a favorite fictional nurse. However, I enjoy interacting with the real ones who care for patients every day.”
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure? “Laying on a raft in the middle of a lake, dozing.”
Tell us something that nobody at work knows about you: “Very little know that I am one of five adopted children. My family is very diverse.”
Compiled by John Brieske. Do you work with someone who’s an exceptional leader in the health care field? If so, please send an email to email@example.com.
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