Member Highlight: Adoracion Carmona Nicolas, BSN, RN-C
In the face of our quickly changing healthcare environment, there is one constant: the nursing supervisors, who deal with multiple varying issues from staffing, clinical, patient satisfaction, maintenance and much more. “Jurie”, as she is fondly called by everyone is just one of the Administrative Nursing Supervisors that I know. It is always a great pleasure to profile a co-worker especially in this time of the year, when “Nurses’ Week” is being celebrated.
Jurie is a seasoned, well -rounded nurse leader that everyone looks up to. She has been a member of the PNANJ Monmouth Subchapter since the chapter was established. She is always an active participant in chapter events. I have known Jurie for over 30 years as one of my best colleagues, but little did I know about how she started in the nursing profession. I always wonder if this nurse I know has really a heart for nursing. I was really impressed when one day, I had the chance to have a chat with Jurie about this. I asked for a copy of her resume and my thought of her being a natural born nursing leader was validated. I thought it would be better for you to learn about Juries’ nursing story in her own words, and she calls it as …“Management…My Journey”.
“I was 21 years old when I graduated Nursing in 1979 from Far Eastern University. On May 1980 I have my first job at the University of Santo Tomas Hospital. I was a Staff Nurse in a 19 bed unit providing care for patients in varying age groups ( pediatric to the elderly ) as well as varied specialties (medical-surgical, obstetric, pediatric and oncology). It was very challenging but with the education I got for five years, I was and should be ready for it, I thought.
Not even a year as a Staff Nurse, I was asked to be an Acting Head Nurse for the same unit. I accepted the challenge and almost six months of being an Acting Head Nurse, I found myself in a different management position as an Administrative Nursing Supervisor covering the whole hospital. I was so hesitant to take the position being such a young nurse but the Director of Nursing has assured me of my management potentials. As I continue the role as an Administrative Supervisor, I decided to pursue my graduate studies at the University of Santo Tomas. I finished 30 units of Masteral units but left my thesis unfinished for some reasons. Within a year of being an Administrative Supervisor, a teaching opportunity came along. As a Staff Development Coordinator, I was involved with orientation classes, continuing education, mentoring new nurses until their 3 month probationary period. I got to do both managing and teaching and found myself in a very fulfilling career.
On April 1986, my journey with Monmouth Medical Center in New Jersey had begun. I started in a telemetry unit with 27 patients and immediately after 5 months I became the permanent Charge Nurse on the night shift and became the Night Assistant Nurse Manager until 1998. My 12 years of being a bedside nurse, Charge Nurse as well as the Asst. Nurse Manager was beyond fulfilling. Personally, it was so gratifying giving direct care to patients, the one opportunity I did not get much in my job in the Philippines. With pride, my teams in that telemetry unit were very motivated staff members who were so into working together to give the best care to our patients.
In 1998, I was approached to apply as an Administrative Nursing Supervisor. With a heavy heart I left my position in the telemetry unit. As a Nursing Supervisor, I cover the whole hospital on the off shift, 4pm-12 midnight and on weekends and deal with multiple administrative, clinical, and even maintenance issues. I have been a Nurse Supervisor for 20 years now.
Next year, I will be 40 years as a nurse and 33 years as a nurse in the same hospital that I started when my foot landed in the United States. I am very happy and fulfilled where I am at now in my profession. I am very thankful to all those opportunities that came my way. But for me the best opportunity Nursing has given me is to help “big or small” patients, families, nursing staff as well as other members of the hospital team and it is the most gratifying. Being a nurse almost 40 years the “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” has been my guiding principle of my practice. My firm belief in meeting the basic needs of a person first is so vital to keep people satisfied. And last but not the least, working together and respect are just so important in accomplishing the goals of every organization”.
Written by: Lolita Jacob, DNP, RN, FNP-C