To be a nurse is to be a leader, whether that’s leading a patient to health or leading your team to higher performance. Andrea Clark, a clinical support nurse in the TCU, was named Leader of the Year.
Clark has displayed tremendous leadership in the TCU since she started in 2005. She has actively participated on the TCU-based Exceptional Clinical Outcomes Team since 2007 and helps coordinate unit-based orientation for all new graduate nurses. She has also been an integral member of TCU’s shared governance team to the past three years.
As a CSN, Clark has been not only a leader of her team but a clinical leader as well. She fills in whenever needed, whether it’s calling physicians or printing discharge instructions. Clark is a team player who steps in to complete whatever needs to be done.
“Andrea frequently steps up to take the next admission or transfer,” said Leann Zerkel, vice president of Nursing. “She assumes care so the patient can be settled more quickly. Andrea looks at the big picture on the unit to help coordinate patient flow with other CSNs throughout the hospital to make transitions go smoothly.”
Leader of the Year had some outstanding nominees this year: Laura Delaney, 4 North; Angie Filipiak, 3 South; and Kristi Weis, NICU.