With medical care improving each year, many people who would have passed away at an early age due to chronic conditions can now manage them effectively and live long, fulfilling lives. This is part of the reason Houston added more than 8,000 health care jobs over the past year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Bridgette Savoie is the Houston area administrator for home dialysis programs with DaVita. She talks about how her nursing background has helped her to help those with chronic kidney disease to live comfortably in their own homes.
What does your current job entail?
“I oversee Home Dialysis Options programs in the Houston area. This role includes oversight of 30 facilities and the facilitation of our Kidney Smart Community Educational program, which is designed to help potential patients and their loved ones learn more about kidney disease and dialysis.”
Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?
“Having a formal education in nursing has helped me understand the bigger picture when it comes to patient care. The ultimate goal for a nurse – indeed, any hands-on medical professional – is to create a better patient experience and I believe my formal education has helped me understand all that goes into creating that experience.”
Have you participated in any form of continuing education?
“Yes. As a nurse, we are required to complete approved Continued Nursing Education credits, or CNEs. Our field requires us to be in a continual learning environment. We always strive to promote and enrich knowledge, improve skills and develop attitudes for the enhancement of nursing practice, thus improving health care to the public. Within the last two years, I have completed over 30 CNEs.”
Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?
“As a nurse, there are so many opportunities and paths one can take. I believe most importantly, one must align their career goals to their passion. When we do that, our career is also a source of life balance, since it allows us to fill our cup on a daily basis. One must always be prepared to study hard, display compassion and always be open to new learning. I can think of no other career that could allow me to touch so many lives in such a profound way. It’s hard work, but so very rewarding and fulfilling!”
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.