Several people have asked about why I decided to resign my position as ICU Director and switch to my new role as Director of Clinical Nursing Administration, so I wanted to give you each some insight into this change. The simple answer is that I had been working in the ICU at Platte Valley for over 20 years now and needed a change. The more complex answer is that I continually practice self-reflection, and during this process I ask myself several questions; am I happy doing what I currently am doing? Am I contributing to the level that is required for the position I am in? Am I making a difference? Is there anything else I would rather be doing? Is there someone else who can do what I am doing? There may be other questions but this is a start.
For each of these questions it is important to really spend some time thinking about the answers and comparing them with personal goals. This process is important not only if or when you are thinking of changing jobs, but on a regular basis to determine if you are truly giving life your best effort. This practice is a method of doing self-evaluation on an on-going basis. If you have long range career goals in mind, this is a great method to evaluate whether you are progressing towards or meeting your goals.
One of the things I discovered was that while I continued to love working in the ICU, I especially enjoy working with staff. I really like seeing new associates thrive and become successful members of the healthcare team. I felt that I could meet my personal needs by utilizing my talents in a new role as Director of Clinical Nursing Administration, and I felt the ICU was at a good place for a management transition. I also knew there were qualified leaders within the ICU and the hospital that could step up to lead the ICU into the future. I look forward to serving this hospital in my new role. My replacement will be Danielle Humphrey.
Danielle has been a nurse for 10 years and has worked in the ED for 4.5 years now. She served in the military for most of her career and completed several active duty tours in combat areas taking care of serious trauma victims. She and her family returned to Brighton, her husband’s family home. Danielle is assuming the ICU Director role and has jumped in at one of our busiest times as we prepare for the Epic transition. Please welcome Danielle and support her as she becomes the great leader we all know she will be.