With the globalization of our economy and travel between countries and even continents much easier, it is natural that our medical professionals would need training for a global setting. The National League for Nursing recognizes that nurses need to be able to recognize what health care issues may arise from globalization. Even more so now, with the nursing shortage that threatens the health care systems, it is a wonderful time to look at a career in nursing.
Judy Geraci, Director of Clinical Services for DaVita, talks about her nursing education and how it is helping her to train other nurses on the other side of the globe.
What does your current job entail?
“In my role, I oversee a team that creates benchmarks for clinical outcomes; develops educational programs for our nurses and patient care technicians; partners with DaVita leaders to coordinate the care of our patients; and identifies and share best practices for improving the quality of life for our patients and for enhancing the fulfillment for our teammates. But what’s really important to me is that I still get to directly interact with patients.
I feel like I should add that I volunteered to go to Saudi Arabia for two months to train new nurses who will care for patients across the country. I leave in mid-September!”
Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?
“Houston Community College has a comprehensive nursing curriculum that also provided hands-on training with patients. But I must say that while education is critical, the key to happiness and success as a nurse can be found in one trait: compassion. In my opinion, at every great caregiver’s core is the belief that everything centers on the patient and the experience he or she has with their treatments. As long as you don’t lose that focus, patients will always be the beneficiaries of great care.”
Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?
“Follow your dreams and goals! Nursing is an awesome career that offers so many different opportunities due to the broad spectrum of health care segments. But I can tell you that being a dialysis nurse is particularly rewarding because you get to develop great relationships with patients who see you as a second family because they typically are in a dialysis center for four-hour treatments three times each week. That is a significant chunk of their lives!”
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.