Join me in congratulating Jacquelyn Caulk as May’s agency clinician of them month! Jac has worked in the ER through CMS at Union Memorial, Johns Hopkins and GBMC. She was extended twice at Union, twice at Hopkins, and now 5 times at GBMC – wow! GBMC has enjoyed having Jac so much that she will be joining their ASAP float pool at the end of this month – awesome work!
Jacquelyn constantly receives amazing feedback – see below for just a few comments from clinical managers and supervisors:
Jacquelyn would be an asset to any hospital or team. She displays excellent teamwork, compassionate care, and is very reliable – Charge RN
Jacquelyn is a hard worker and a sweet heart – House Supervisor
Jac is a compassionate, competent caregiver and a pleasure to work with. Jac was very helpful with the implementation of EPIC at this facility showing nurses here how to use the system, as well as tips and shortcuts. She managers her zone very well whether filled with critical or mundane patients – Clinical Unit Cordinator
What fantastic feedback, and I know the whole office team really enjoys working with Jac as well. We asked Jac some questions about her career journey and what has made her so successful – see her answers below:
Where did you grow up? Tell us a bit about your background and career path that led you here.
I grew up in Baltimore. I want to stay in Baltimore because I have young nephews and a niece who I want to see grow up. By the time this is published I will have another little one to spoil.
How did you get into healthcare, specifically ER nursing?
My mother was an ER Clerk at GBMC for years before and after I was born. We would watch a lot of shows like “Trauma Life in the ER”, and “Rescue 911” growing up. I have two sisters who are also nurses. We all went to school around the same time. Prior to becoming a nurse I worked as a CNA at GBMC’s MICU. I really enjoyed the fast paced of the ICU and the chaos (never knowing what will happen, and always on your toes). The manager at GBMC knew the Emergency Dept manager and I decided to try Emergency nursing.
Where did you work before CMS, and how did you learn about CMS?
Before agency nursing I worked at St. Joseph Medical Center. While there, Epic was rolled out and a lot of CMS employees worked there. Morgan R and Melanie B told me about the agency. Rachel S and Dr. Rosenthal helped me to make the decision to try agency nursing.
What is your favorite part about your current agency assignment through CMS?
I joined CMS for the experience. Working for years in the same place, I was beginning to become comfortable. I wanted a challenge and I wanted to see what else emergency nursing had to offer.
What is your favorite part about working for an agency?
My favorite part about working for the agency is the challenge. I enjoy challenging myself at new places, learning from different people, and learning different ways to do things.
Would you recommend agency nursing to other clinicians? Why?
I would recommend agency nursing to other clinicians and I have. When I first joined the CMS family it felt very chaotic (I only had 3 weeks to get through all the paperwork and testing). I have always felt connected to the office as they are only an email or a call away. I feel that I am supported in my work and they are always on the ball with keeping everything up to date for me.
What has made you so successful in your career?
I have a great support system at home. I also have a great support system with the CMS staff. I work with a lot of CMS nurses currently and on difficult days you can really tell they are part of your team.
What are your hobbies?
I have a three year old lab who enjoys hiking and swimming. I bought a house so I am doing home improvements a lot. I enjoy drinking wine while binge watching netflix (currently watching the whole Greys Anatomy Series).
Let us know one random interesting fact about you very few people know:
I still have two baby teeth.
What was your reaction to being named ‘Agency Clinician of the Month’?
I thought “what did Steve Benko [editor’s note – Steve is a CMS clinical liaison who also works at GBMC in the ER] do now”? I was very excited and called my mother on my way to work and told her. I am honored that the office has noticed me and my work!
Any other miscellaneous info / stories / details you want to share with the CMS family?
I was in high school when I decided I wanted to be a nurse. At the time my friend had just died from cancer at 15 years old. I decided I wanted to be a pediatric oncology nurse. My cousin who is a nurse practitioner told me I would change my mind, I did not believe her. I did a share day at JHH and quickly changed my mind because it was not “face paced” enough. I want to train in a lot of fields. I am also interested in ICU and OR.
Great stuff, Jac – thanks for taking the time to share your story with the CMS family – we really appreciate it! Also, from the administrative team, the many patients you have helped over the year, and all of your clinical partners in the field, a very big THANK YOU just for being you – CONGRATS again and Happy Almost Nurses Week!