Props to Doreen Jones who has been named June’s clinician of the month – please join me in congratulating her! The PRN team in particular is so grateful to have Doreen as part of the team. Her flexibility and willingness to pick up last minute shifts is appreciated all over town. Doreen has been with CMS for almost a year and has already worked at the following locations (all of which absolutely loved having her):
Bel Air Health and Rehab
Seasons Hospice (multiple locations)
Home Care Cases
National Spine and Pain Center
Cecil Co Public Schools
Maximum Day Services
White Marsh Surgery Center
and hopefully even more to come!
Here is some feedback we have received from Doreen’s clinical supervisors:
*Excellent team memeber with a wonderful attitude
*Ms Jones goes above and beyond to care for her patience. A welcome asset to any company!
Amazing work, Doreen. We wanted to learn a bit more about her background and what makes her successful so we did a little Q&A – see her answers below:
- Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Aberdeen, Maryland
- How did you get into healthcare, specifically Long Term Care/MS/ Hospice nursing?
I kind of fell into healthcare, my grandmother had passed away and everyone in my family was busy living their lives. So, I stepped up and took care of my grandfather in his last 8 years of life. I’ve had an undefined passion to help others every since.
- Where did you work before CMS, and how did you learn about CMS?
I work for the Department of veteran affairs. I learned about CMS while I was surfing the net for supplement income because my student loans kicked in.
- What is your favorite part about your current agency assignment through CMS? Past assignments through CMS?
I love the staff at CMS because they work very closely with me at keeping my work assignments and schedule consistent and active. They also look out for me by giving me the opportunity to provide my availability. They never try to force an assignment on me just to meet their own needs and I’m grateful for that. They make sure that each assignment is a good fit for both my well being as well as the employer.
- What is your favorite part about working for an agency?
My favorite part about working for the agency is that I get to experience and learn about different medical specialties on each assignment and what makes them so unique. This type of exposure is something I could never have developed on my own locked into a regular 9-5 job, which could make all the difference when choosing my future career.
Would you recommend agency nursing to other clinicians? Why?
I would recommend agency nursing to other clinicians specifically for the flexibility. It allows you to work when and where you choose to at locations that suit your needs. It also allows you to experience a variety of places, companies, and careers that a person would never have thought of trying.
- What has made you so successful in your career?
My success has come from my passion to help others. The more that I selflessly give to others, the more God continues to open up unforeseen doors for me.
- What are your hobbies?
My hobbies include reading, vacationing, home decorating, and family time.
- Let us know one random interesting fact about you very few people know
I’m very shy in nature until I warm up to people and then I can be found to be more social
- What was your reaction to being named ‘Agency Clinician of the Month?
I was totally surprised; I missed your email so Cindy notified me. I was initially embarrassed so I sent her a text message with the emoji’s of the monkey’s covering his eyes with his hand, lol! Afterward I thought it was such a nice gesture.
- Any interesting agency assignment stories or miscellaneous info.
Well, I was on an assignment at Sinai Hospice care during nurse’s week when two people came in and asked for me as I was in the middle of a phone call. I thought that they were family members so to prevent them from waiting I asked a fellow nurse to assist them. At my surprise it turned out to CMS employees who were willing to patiently wait to speak with me. As they introduced themselves it turned out that they were actually there to honor me for nurse’s week. It really helped with lifting my day after being so busy all morning.
Thanks so much for sharing, Doreen – your passion for helping others and love of your job shines through in your work. We are so lucky to have you as part of our team and so excited to present you with this honor. Congrats again!