Clinical, Home Care and Support Services
Rose has earned several degrees during her 25-year health care career, but the one she identifies with most is the one that she earned first: RN.
As vice president of clinical, home care and support services, Rose’s team includes more than 1,300 people whose responsibilities vary widely – from keeping the hospital clean to visiting sick patients in their homes. But while her staff’s individual responsibilities may be diverse, they share one goal in common: to make every patient’s health care experience as positive as possible.
“When I began my career as a nurse, I always tried to see things from my patient’s point of view,” Rose says. “I’ve found that it is the best way to anticipate their needs and earn their trust.”
Rose describes with pride the high level of care that home care nurses provide their patients. “Our nurses have an incredible level of clinical competency,” she says. “They’re not just changing dressings and taking blood pressure. They are administering intravenous medications and chemotherapy, as well as providing other sophisticated clinical procedures.”
When recruiting nurses to work with South Shore Visiting Nurse Association , Hospice of the South Shore, and Home & Health Resources, Rose typically seeks individuals with nursing degrees, a high skill level, and a minimum of one-two years experience in a hospital setting. That type of background, Rose says, assures that a nurse has the confidence and experience to make the right clinical decisions in a home setting.
“It’s not an easy skill set,” says Rose. “A good home care nurse has to be able to determine what needs to be done, make the appropriate arrangements, and then communicate with both patients and their physicians about the plan of care so that everyone feels comfortable about the process.”
In return, the organization provides the resources a home care nurse needs – such as continuous training and clinical nurse specialists who are available for complicated cases – so the job gets done right.
During her career at South Shore Hospital, Rose has been promoted into increasingly senior administrative positions, including spending several years as the hospital’s director of clinical information systems.
When you talk with Rose, you can plainly see that being administratively responsible for South Shore Hospital’s home care division is more than just a job. It's her passion.
“Like most people who choose home care as a profession,” she explains, “I’m hooked.”
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