Lets make some noise and congratulate our April clinician of the month for CMS – Cherise Brown! Cherise made her way to CMS after staff stints in the IMC, Tele, and MS units at 3 local hospitals – GBMC (student RN), Sinai, and Uiversity of MD Midtown Campus. Born and raised in Baltimore, Cherise knew she wanted to be a nurse in from an early age when she completed an internship while at Western Tech HS – she stayed true to the city life and attended Copping on a full ride before embarking on her career. And we are so very thankful that her career journey has brought her to CMS. In her time with CMS Cherise has completed 3 contracts (2 at University of MD BWMC and 1 at St Agnes) and has also covered multiple PRN clients – Harford Co Public Schools, Greater MD Pain Management, and National Spine and Pain Center. The team was very excited by the opportunity to nominate Cherise and we have received some fantastic clinical feedback – check it out below:
Excellent bedside nurse. Cherise is pleasant and a good team player. We enjoyed having her as part of our team. – RN Manager
Team-player, detail oriented, excellent time manager and very professional. – Senior Clinical RN
Cherise is a pleasure to work with. She is flexible with assignment changes and is a great nurse – Charge RN II
Cherise is wonderful to work with. She is knowledgeable and competent in her work. – Clinical Unit Coordinator
She is an excellent nurse. Please let her never leave! – Unit Manager
Cherise is an absolute pleasure to work with. She comes prepared to work har and willing to help other team members. She is knowledgeable and communicates well with patients, families, as well as all other members of the healthcare team. – Charge RN
WOW – showing the love!!! I asked Cherise to give us some feedback on her career path and what has made her so successful – read on for more details:
Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.
How did you get into healthcare, specifically Critical Care/Tele/MS nursing?
I knew I wanted to be a nurse ever since high school. I went to a vocational high school and my program of study was health science. During Junior year, I was able to participate in an internship at the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Baltimore VA Hospital, and the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. During the internship, I gained hands-on training with patients in inpatient, outpatient, and clinic settings. After high school, I went to Coppin State University on a full academic scholarship. I started working as a nurse extern at GBMC on the intermediate care unit for 2 years. After graduation, I began working as a nurse on the intermediate care unit at Sinai Hospital. After that, I started working at the University of Maryland. Then, I became an agency nurse with CMS.
Where did you work before CMS, and how did you learn about CMS?
I worked at Sinai Hospital and University of Maryland before CMS and I learned about CMS through a patient care technician (Symone) and other agency nurses.
What is your favorite part about your current agency assignment through CMS? Past assignments through CMS?
My current assignment is at Baltimore Washington Medical Center and my favorite part is working with wonderful staff and the flexibility with my schedule.
What is your favorite part about working for an agency?
My favorite part about working for an agency is working at different hospitals and meeting different people. I feel that working at different hospitals challenges me and has helped me grow as a nurse.
Would you recommend agency nursing to other clinicians? Why? Of course I would recommend agency nursing to other clinicians because you have endless opportunities to work in and gain experience in various areas of nursing. CMS has the best staff that are very helpful and efficient.
What has made you so successful in your career? The things that have made me successful is knowing that I get a new chance to impact the lives of other people everyday and having an amazing support system.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
My hobbies outside of work include spending time with family and traveling.
Let us know one random interesting fact about you very few people know.
I like to write poetry in my spare time.
What was your reaction to being named ‘Agency Clinician of the month?
I was very surprised but honored to be named “Agency Clinician of the Month”. I actually found out the week of my birthday.
And anything else you can think of to share – the more info the merrier!!!
I am getting married on April 18, 2018.
Congrats again, Cherise – we are honored to have you as part of our team, and we know you will make one amazing bride in a few weeks! #MeetTheBrowns