Please join CMS in honoring Chelsi Goble as March’s clinician of the month! Chelsi followed her father’s footsteps into the ER and has been working in that fast paced environment for the last 6 years. After traveling for an assignment to AZ Chelsea returned to the Baltimore area and has completed several successful assignments with CMS. She was extended multiple times at GBMC (and will remain on board with them PRN) while she heads to her second location. Our team absolutely loves working with Chelsi, in particular, her recruiter, Laura Zimmerman, who nominated Chelsea for this award. But the love does not stop there – check out what some of the feedback from her clinical supervisors on site:
Chelsi is an exemplary employee. She functioned as a preceptor and coach for new staff. She received a commendable evaluation in recognition of her outstanding performance. She completed the TNCC course, conducted employee skills fair and assisted with the Pediatric committee. Chelsi will be a competed and valuable nurse to any team which she joins. – Assistant RN Manager
Chelsi is an excellent nurse. She has great clinical skills and communication. She is an asset to any facility. – RN Manager
What wonderful feedback! We asked Chelsi to give us some insight into her journey and career with CMS and what has made her so successful. Check out her story below:
• Where did you grow up? How did that impact where you are in your career today?
I grew up in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania which is in southern York County. (Most people who are not local, are convinced it’s not even on the map). Growing up in the area in which I did, I always felt the need to strive for more, especially in my career.
• How did you get into healthcare, specifically ER nursing?
After volunteering with a physical therapist and realizing I didn’t want to pursue that career, my dad suggested nursing. My father worked as a PA in the ER for many years prior to getting his Masters in Public Health. (He would always come home with the best stories and treats from the gift shop!) When I was younger, my sisters and I would play with the medical supplies he brought home and we would ask to wear his scrubs to look and play the part. The feeling of stepping into the ER when I went to visit my dad, always felt like home to me. As I got older, the rush and fast paced environment seemed to fit well with my active personality and I have never looked back!
• Where did you work before CMS, and how did you learn about CMS?
I started my career at Northwest Hospital and worked for a short period of time at Kaiser Permanente. After four years, I left Baltimore and worked for another travel agency at a level one trauma center in Phoenix, AZ. When I returned back to the area, I had a nursing friend suggest CMS. I wanted to continue with contract assignments because of the flexibility and learning opportunities. I’ve happily been with them for the last several months!
• What is your favorite part about your current agency assignment through CMS? Past assignments through CMS?
The people I work with at GBMC are all great and very welcoming! I was able to extend my contract multiple times and I easily adapted from the strong teamwork. I quickly made lifelong friends. I’m about to start assignment number two at my next location!
• What is your favorite part about working for an agency?
As a nurse, you can feel overworked, underappreciated and underpaid. Working for an agency allows for the recognition and compensation you deserve!
• Would you recommend agency nursing to other clinicians? Why?
Yes! You learn to quickly adjust to new environments and situations that you might not have otherwise encountered. It allows you to broaden your knowledge while pursuing your passion!
• Any favorite agency or work related stories to share?
This can always be a tough question to answer so we will go the lighthearted route. It was early in my career and I was taking care of a demented patient. She seemed sad and alone. I was helping her get dressed and she randomly said, “I love you.” A complete stranger. I didn’t know how to respond except by saying, “I love you too.” She needed to hear it.
• What has made you so successful in your career? Any advice to share with your fellow staff?
There is always someone who will try to belitte or demean you, but after awhile you use that as fuel. Thankfully, my parents pushed me to be successful in something I loved. You should always trust your gut instincts when you have the safety and lives of others in your hands!
• What are your hobbies outside of your career?
I love sports! I grew up playing soccer and field hockey year round. I also think that traveling is great! You should always live somewhere else, even if it is for a brief time. The beach is my happy place!
• Let us know one (or more)random / interesting fact about you very few people know!
I grew up working at Rita’s Italian Ice. I may or may not have had to wear the italian ice costume and wave in customers. Lets just say people are ruthless outside of the ER too!
• What was your reaction to being named ‘Agency Clinician of the Month’?
Wow, really…that’s awesome! I felt very appreciated and honored! Maybe my luck is changing 🙂
• Anything else you want to share?
I have two handsome nephews and two beautiful, identical twin nieces!
Thanks for sharing, Chelsi – we are so grateful to have you as part of the team. We hope the CMS family feels like home just like the ER! Wishing you many years of continued success and thanks again for all you do for CMS and your patients!