As the local population ages, healthcare professionals who are trained specifically on issues regarding the elderly are in high demand. Local nurse Andi Horger discusses her work at BrightStar Care of North Houston.
What was your course of study at college?
“I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Prairie View A&M and a Master of Science in Health Administration from Warren National University.”
What does your current position entail?
“I am the Administrator and Director of Nursing for BrightStar Care of North Houston. I oversee all of the clinical and daily operating functions, and part of my role is to monitor the quality of care and the safety of our clients and staff. BrightStar Care provides personal care and nursing care to clients in their homes and strives to provide excellent quality and compassionate care.”
“One of the ways we do this is by creating unique plans of care for each of our clients to ensure the highest quality of life, health and wellness. In addition to designing each plan of care for our clients, I also make supervisory visits to homes periodically to check on the clients. I also led the effort for our agency to achieve Joint Commission Accreditation, a designation that signifies our commitment to operating under the highest quality standards in healthcare – something I’m very proud of!”
Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?
“Yes. The combination of nursing and health administration education has provided me with knowledge and clinical experience to oversee and direct our patient care activities as well as the operational side of the business like regulatory issues, budgeting, contracting, insurance and other financial aspects of growing and maintaining a successful business.”
Do you have any advice for people who would be interested in pursuing a similar career?
“My advice for anyone wanting a nursing management/administrative role is to plan to have a Bachelor’s degree at a minimum. There are many programs that combine a Master of Nursing with a Masters in either Health Administration or Business Administration. Those programs are definitely worth the time.”
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