Big Ups to Steve Benko – Congrats on being named CMS’ agency clinician of the month for November! I have had the privilege of working directly with Steve for the last 5 years and it has been a wonderful experience. He is a talented RN and a true gentleman (his comment below about being personable is spot on)!
Here are a just a few of the wonderful comments from Steve’s clinical evaluations:
*Steve is very cal under pressure, very dependable, knowledgeable and a true team players. We love working with Steve!
*Steve has been with our ED intermittently for several years. He has strong clinical judgement and is a true team players. He is always welcome back and we look forward to contracting him again.
*Steve would be an asset to any company!
Please share in my joy in honoring Steve and read the rest of the post to learn a bit more about Steve’s tale:
Where did you grow up?
I moved around a lot as a child due to my dad’s job but I mostly grew up in Carroll County (bona fide redneck, lol.)
How did you get into healthcare, specifically ER nursing?
I got into nursing because I had a part time job as a radiology assistant in college and was exposed to ER nurses frequently. I liked it enough that I changed my major to nursing.
Where did you work before CMS, and how did you learn about CMS?
I worked in St. Agnes ER prior to CMS, I learned of CMS because I did the evening and night scheduling for the ER and found that CMS had the best agency clinicians that we booked.
What is your favorite part about your current agency assignment through CMS? Past assignments through CMS?
I’m at GBMC now. My favorite part about this assignment currently is the Epic rollout. Somehow I have not been exposed to Epic previously and I’m glad I have had the chance to learn it. Over the years, I have worked a lot at GBMC, Northwest and Good Samaritan. I have liked them all and would be happy to return to any of them.
What is your favorite part about working for an agency?
My favorite part about working agency is the variety. Having the chance to work in different hospitals and different settings has helped me grow as a clinician because I am constantly exposed to different clinicians and settings to learn from.
Would you recommend agency nursing to other clinicians? Why?
I can’t speak for agencies as a whole, but I would highly recommend CMS. For five years, I’ve had nothing but the friendliest, efficient help from the office staff. From a practicality standpoint, agency nursing makes the most sense from a financial and skills development point of view. Why not be employed by the best company in town?
What has made you so successful in your career?
I’m not a big fan of patting myself on the back, but being personable and always willing to learn I think are the keys to any successful nurse, but agency clinicians in particular.
What are your hobbies?
Most of my hobbies have been back burnered since starting a family, but I enjoy hunting, golfing and following the NFL. The Eagles are my team!
Let us know one random interesting fact about you very few people know:
I don’t know how many people really know it, but nursing seems to be a family thing. My wife, sister, grandmother, aunt, cousin and sister-in-law are all nurses.
What was your reaction to being named ‘Agency Clinician of the Month’?
It’s an honor! Being recognized by a company you really like working for is awesome!
Shout out to Steve – Congrats again, buddy!