Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background in healthcare.
I studied nursing at the University of Delaware and later obtained a graduate degree in clinical research. My healthcare experience is varied, but most of my clinical experience is in critical care. When I am not working, I spend time caring for my older parents, jigsaw puzzling, traveling, cooking, cuddling my dog, and taking in tennis tournaments.
What did you do prior to joining Dynamic Health’s clinical editor team?
Research and writing are things I have always enjoyed. While working full-time in the clinical setting, I took on freelance side jobs as a clinical data analyst, curriculum writer, music reviewer, and guidebook contributor. After that I worked as a contract writer for EBSCO for about 14 years. Gaining so much experience contract writing made it easy to transition into the Clinical Editor role.
What inspired you to become a healthcare professional?
As a child I saw myself becoming a veterinarian, but later realized that nursing offered the chance to study science and, as a profession, the possibility of working in a broad range of specialties and roles. I also really liked the idea of following in the footsteps of my grandmother who was an RN.
What drew you to work at EBSCO on our clinical decisions products?
As a critical care nurse, I knew the best evidence improved patient outcomes, but when I was at the bedside, evidence was not easily accessible. I love that my job involves staying current on the most current, relevant evidence and putting it into a digestible format for use at the bedside. I also like the idea that our products can help less experienced clinicians gain confidence in their knowledge and skills.
What makes you passionate about working in healthcare?
There are so many aspects of my career that I have loved, from patient teaching to managing crises. But I think what I enjoy most is that healthcare is always evolving, so there is always something new to learn or a new challenge to overcome. Healthcare is never boring.
What is your advice for people who are thinking about joining the healthcare space?
Healthcare can be challenging, both mentally and physically, but it is an excellent choice for people seeking a career with purpose. Knowing that your work improves the wellbeing of others is both humbling and fulfilling. It also offers a wide variety of roles and avenues for advancement, so if you seek new challenges or just want to change course, healthcare is a great field to be in.
Can you talk a little bit about your work on Dynamic Health?
My daily work involves writing and improving critical care skills and decision support tools. These products are concise, accurate, and easy to understand resources for clinicians working at the bedside. I also participate in quality and process improvement projects, peer review, and editor training.