Please join me in congratulating Amanda Kelso for being named September’s clinician of the month! Amanda is a top-notch healthcare clinician and a favorite of the administrative team for her flexibility and hard work. She has completed several ICU contract assignments at both Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) and University of MD Harford Memorial Hospital. She has also helped out the PRN team by picking up time at the following locations: Medstar Union Memorial Hospital, Greenspring Surgery Center, and Sports and Spine Pain Management. Amanda receives amazing feedback everywhere she goes – just check out some of this evaluations:
Amanda is both compassionate and skilled as a critical care RN. Her teamwork and flexibility have been a huge asset during her time with us – I highly recommend her for any assignment – Nurse Manager
She has a positive attitude and is always willing to help others. She is confident, dependable, and accurate in carrying out her responsibilities. – Charge RN
Amanda is flexible, maintains her composure, and works really well with both her patients and staff. – Charge RN
So much love! The administrative team is very excited to honor you with this award – you are a joy to work with and we hope to continue this relationship well into the future. We would also like to extend our thanks on behalf of your clinical teammates and patients alike! For more information on Amanda’s career journey and experiences with CMS – check out her story below:
- Where did you grow up? Any fun childhood stories to share?
- I grew up in Fawn Grove, PA with a population of 456 people.
- As a toddler, I used to pull my own chair over to the monkey bars and climb on top of them and just walk back and forth across the rungs. I’ve been independent and strong-willed since day one.
- How did you get into healthcare, specifically ICU Nursing?
- I initially started as a pre-med major to become an orthopedic surgeon because I was involved in sports year round in high school. I later realized that I wanted to start my life before I was in my 30’s so my cousin (who is an NP) steered me in the direction of nursing school. I have always been an adrenaline junkie and that is what lead me to the ICU.
- Where did you work before CMS, and how did you learn about CMS? How are things different between your staff and agency job?
- I started my career at Johns Hopkins Bayview in the Medical ICU. I had heard about CMS from Edith (a CMS employee) while she was contracted to our unit. I started by working PRN through the agency and later went full-time when I decided I needed a change of pace.
- As agency, I experience all the positives of being a staff member without any of the drawbacks. I am able to avoid the unit politics and focus on caring for my patients more intently.
- What is your favorite part about your current agency assignment through CMS? Past assignments through CMS?
- My favorite part of my agency position is learning more about surgical nursing as I am contracted in the SICU at GBMC and my previous background has been solely medical based.
- What is your favorite part about working for an agency?
- Learning new things and meeting new people at every assignment. Seeing the different ways in which different facilities do things. The ability to network is an added bonus as well.
- The flexibility and pay doesn’t hurt either
- Would you recommend agency nursing to other clinicians? Why?
- Absolutely, there is so much more to learn when you step out of your comfort zone.
- What has made you so successful in your career?
- Always wanted to learn and never becoming static in my career.
- What are your hobbies / interests / things you like to do outside of nursing?
- I play on social league teams (kickball and football) and travel with my friends as much as our crazy schedules allow.
- I also have two 95lb dogs that think they are lap dogs!
- Let us know one random interesting fact about you very few people know? Or any other miscellaneous info you think would be fun to share?
- I am getting married at the end of September and am starting CRNA school at Villanova next fall!
- Any really memorable agency or staff moments you want to share?
- Monica, the manager of the MICU at GBMC, made breakfast every Thursday morning for the staff!
- What was your reaction to being named ‘Agency Clinician of the Month’?
- Very honored!
Thanks so much for sharing your story, Amanda – sounds like you were destined to be an agency RN superstar from a young age! Congrats on the upcoming nuptials as well – here’s to many happy years with your partner in crime, and hopefully lots of kickball and football titles. Once again, we are so lucky to have you as part of our team and so excited to present you with this honor. Congrats!!!!!