Please join me in congratulating Tricia C who has been nominated for February’s agency clinician of the month! As CMS has expanded geographically from MD into NJ, Tricia has been one of our standout clinicians. She has completed 4 assignments at 4 different locations and all of them were a hit – she has worked at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Hunterdon Medical Center, East Orange Hospital, and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Tricia grew up just outside NYC in Paramus, NJ, and spent summers down the shore (LBI). The diversity in experience has led her to be successful at a variety of locations and has really shaped her abilities as an agency nurse. Tricia will be completing her last contract with CMS (for now) while she pursues staff endeavors and further training into the procedural side of surgery. We hope to have her rejoin CMS in the future as an perioperative nurse – we know you are going to do fantastic!
Tricia’s recruiter, Kevin, was so excited to nominate her and really enjoys their working relationship. Kevin wanted to chime in and say ‘Tricia has been an absolute pleasure to work with over the last 2 years, a model CMS nurse! She puts in her all for each assignment with no complaints, always keeps me in the loop with contract happenings, and never misses a compliance or timeslip deadline. Unfortunately, she is making a move into the OR nursing world and will be leaving us for a program that will allow her to advance her knowledge and skillset. I am definitely sad to see her go but happy for her to get into the program of her dreams! Best of luck, Tricia. We would happily welcome you back after you gain your new experience!’ But the love is not just from Kevin – check out some feedback from Tricia’s clinical supervisors:
Tricia has been a wonderful asset to our Endoscopy unit. She has excellent communication skills, collaborates well with the entire staff and provides great, safe patient care. I wish she was still here with us! – Director of Nursing
Patricia has been a wonderful asset to our team ans been a tremendous help wile training our regular staff. – Nurse Manager
She is extremely helpful. Great team player. Wonderful with patients. Always helped out our other staff. Very friendly and sunny disposition. Always ina good mood! – Preceptor and Supervisor
Patricia is a conscientious, professional nurse with excellent communication skills. She will be an asset to any healthcare team. – Nurse Preceptor
Tricia is a compassionate, capable professional. Her excellent communication skills make her an asset to any clinical team. – Nurse Manager
WOW – what wonderful feedback! We asked Tricia to share a bit about herself and her career journey. This insight demonstrates why she has been so successful in her agency career – check it out!
Where did you grow up? Paramus, New Jersey – near Manhattan/NYC and summers down the shore (Long Beach Island).
How did that impact where you are in your career today? It gave me experience in two very different types of communities – learning how to bounce between those worlds laid the foundation for relating to all kinds of patients. It also instilled a deep love of the beach, the ocean, and marine life of all kinds.
How did you get into healthcare, specifically Endo/PACU/MS nursing? I became an RN about 7 years ago. My very first RN job was at an ASC for GI- I did per diem for about 3 years. As an agency RN, they appreciated that experience and hired me. It’s pretty much been Endo contracts ever since.
Where did you work before CMS, and how did you learn about CMS? Nursing is a third career for me. I worked for MTV Networks in NYC right out of college then went overseas for four years to teach ESL. When I came back, I worked with international students in higher education. As an RN, I did 3 years on a surgical floor, the aforementioned ASC work, plus outpatient work. I had one Endo contract with another agency, then responded to a CMS e-blast and happily took a new assignment for more pay, better hours, better people, better everything!
What is your favorite part about your current agency assignment through CMS? How quick and seamless it was to get and start- under a week, I think.
Past assignments through CMS?Flexibility and growth, meeting new people. My contracts have been in NJ only, but you would not BELIEVE how different these communities are. My first assignment with CMS was at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, a high acuity, high volume Endoscopy Department with some very well known clinicians. Though I was primarily in PACU, I learned so much about Bronchs, POEMs, sleeve gastroplasties, and other intricate endoscopic procedures.
What is your favorite part about working for an agency? Honestly, working with Kevin, my recruiter. He is smart, funny, friendly and gets the job DONE! Also very quick to respond – essential when trying to obtain and finalize a contract. Kevin was extremely kind and understanding when I had to put work on hold during a family health crisis, and was there when I was ready to return to work.
Would you recommend agency nursing to other clinicians? Why? Once you have enough experience under your belt, heck yes! It is a wonderful way to try a facility or specialty on for size. If it works out, great. If not, it’s still good experience, and you move on.
Any favorite agency or work related stories to share? I’ve managed to make some new friends and important connections along the way- fellow agency RNs, staff members, managers, etc. That’s been a really nice bonus.
What has made you so successful in your career? Knowing a little bit about other languages and cultures has been very helpful in putting patients at ease. I’ve also been able to do admissions and discharges in Spanish, a few times in Italian, and a “How are you doing?” in a smattering of other languages. Regardless of where a patient is from, most patients are anxious, nervous, just not at their best. It’s not uncommon for a patient to break down in tears during the H&P because they’ve suffered a recent loss. Acknowledging their feelings and adding a little humor goes a long way in making someone’s day a little less scary. We treat people, not just bodies.
Any advice to share with your fellow staff? Be flexible, work as hard as you can, and try to adjust to each facility’s M.O. Most places are very, very welcoming and as long as you show you are there to work and learn, they’re cool.
What are your hobbies outside of your career? Travelling internationally and domestically, the NY Yankees, the NY Red Bulls (who actually play in NJ), and going to old school rap concerts – they’re all middle aged now, but they still bring it!!
Let us know one (or more)random / interesting fact about you very few people know! I have been a deli girl on and off for over 30 years and make a mean hoagie.
What was your reaction to being named ‘Agency Clinician of the Month’? Shocked. I didn’t even know this was a thing.
Anything else you want to share? I am very, very grateful to everyone at CMS. Everyone there plays such an important role- credentials, medical/immunization records, payroll, etc. In addition to Kevin and Ryan, here’s a special shout-out to Morgan Wallace and Andrew Sepehri for their hard work!
And we at CMS are VERY grateful for you, Tricia – you make our job easy! In the words of one of your favorites, Notorious B.I.G. “Stay far from timid, only make moves when your heart’s in it, and live the phrase ‘sky’s the limit.’” Wishing you continued success in everything you do!