Please join me in giving a big woo hoo to Coleen Vecellio who is May’s agency clinician of the month! Coleen has over 15 years experience as an RN and more than 8 as a traveler. She has worked on and off with CMS since 2015 (completing assignments at University of MD St Joseph Medical Center and University of MD Baltimore Washington Medical Center). She was extended several times at both positions, and has worked in a number of other facilities both as a traveler and staff. She has worked in NY, TX, CA, MD, PA, AZ, and DE and has been very successful in all of her positions. The administrative team was very excited to honor Coleen, and the clinical compliments are also a ringing endorsement of her skills, attitude, and professionalism. Check out some of the love below:
Extremely knowledgeable and strong critical care background. Great critical thinking skills. She educates staff and is very helpful. She provides excellent patient care! – Patient Care Coordinator
Coleen is highly competent nurse and excellent team member. She is reliable and adapted well to our unit process. Coleen has a great rapport with the patients and her team. – RN Manager
Very approachable, works well as a team player, and is very professional! – Charge RN
From day one Coleen fit in with the in both the MSICU and the CSU. She is extremely knowledgeable and an outstanding team player. Coleen is very flexible and confident in the care she provides. She floats to Cardiac Surgery and the ED during low census and is a pleasure to work with. – RN Manager
WOW – awesome work, Coleen – the feedback from clinical and administrative teams alike is overwhelming positive. We are so lucky to have you as part of or team.
Check out Coleen’s story below in her own words of she ended up with CMS and what has made her so successful:
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Northwestern Pennsylvania in a town called Bradford. Bradford is the home of Zippo lighters and Case knives.
How did you get into healthcare, specifically critical care nursing?
I actually started as a Paramedic, I worked for 14 years as a Paramedic before stating nursing school. After graduating nursing school I began working in critical care.
Where did you work before CMS, and how did you learn about CMS?
I began travel nursing after gaining 1 year of experience in critical care. I had met several CMS agency nurses working at the same hospital any they recommend CMS.
What is your favorite part about your current agency assignment through CMS? Past assignments through CMS?
Working for CMS provided me with the opportunity to work either in an academic medical center setting or a smaller community hospital setting.
What is your favorite part about working for an agency?
I enjoy the flexibility a staffing agency provides.
Would you recommend agency nursing to other clinicians? Why?
Working for an agency or a travel company allows for a diverse clinical experience and opportunity
Any crazy agency stories that are too good not to share?
No…not really, unless the names age changed to protect the innocent… [Editors note – LOL!]
What has made you so successful in your career?
I have basically been providing emergency / critical care since 1988. As the saying goes, “been there, done that and I have the scrub top to prove it”. the experiences I’ve accumulated over the years has help forge the knowledge and tools I use every shift.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
Trail riding my horses with family and friends.
Let us know one random interesting fact about you very few people know . . .
I’m really not that interesting. I am a wandering gypsy in the truest sense. I will suddenly decide to pack up and take a travel job across the country because I become bored.
What was your reaction to being named ‘Agency Clinician of the Month’?
I was humbled.
Congrats and thanks again Coleen for all your hard work – we are very impressed and truly inspired by your efforts. We wish you continued your success and a life of endless entertainment in your gypsy way!