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Shelly Winters has been named clinical nurse leader for the Medical Center’s fifth and sixth floors.
Before her January promotion, she had served four years as an RN on the 3rd floor, working primarily with patients undergoing GI or bariatric surgery and cardiology patients. Now she works with medical and surgical patients on the fifth floor and orthopedic surgery and trauma patients on the sixth floor.
“Clinical nurse leaders are patient advocates,” Winters said. “We facilitate among doctors, nurses, case managers, pharmacists — everyone who helps get patients ready for discharge.”
In addition, Winters works collecting data to see what is working best for patients. “Whatever I do, I collect data so I can check results,” she says. “It’s evidence-based practice. We see what’s working and what’s not so we can provide the best care.”
“It’s aimed at readmission prevention,” she says, noting that it’s always best when a patient doesn’t need to come back for the same problem.
The Medical Center’s Assistant Administrator for Clinical Affairs and Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Mestas encourages nurses to find their way to their ideal job, Winters says.
“This is definitely my job,” Winters says. “I’m a mother hen. I love helping people. That’s why I got into nursing. I love bedside nursing. Patient care is my passion. This allows me to take patient care to the next level. “
Adding the data collection is a big plus, Winters says. “Seeing what is working and what to try, this allows me to do so much more for my patients.”
Winters earned a bachelor’s in nursing in 2009 at the University of South Alabama and a master’s in nursing executive in 2013. She is an applicant for the doctoral program.
About the University of South Alabama Medical Center
The University of South Alabama Medical Center offers patient-centered care to the central Gulf Coast with unique services including Mobile’s only Level I Trauma Center and Regional Burn Center, plus Centers of Excellence in stroke care and cardiovascular diseases, and a wide range of acute care services.
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