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April 28, 2015 - Kirk Named STICU Nurse Manager
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While she started with a business degree, Mindy Kirk returned to school for a nursing degree and found her calling. She’s been named nurse manager for the Medical Center’s Surgical-Trauma Intensive Care Unit.
 
Mindy Kirk started her professional life in business. With a newly minted business degree from the University of South Alabama, she found a job she enjoyed  — handling the business end of a traveling nurse company.
 
But the more she talked to the nurses the company employed, the more she felt like she was on the wrong side of the business.  So she went back to school, at the University of Mobile, and earned a nursing degree and found her calling. She has been on staff at USAMC for nearly eight years now.
 
“I love being around people,” says Kirk, “and I love seeing people get better after I take care of them.” Her role in the surgical-trauma ICU has been the perfect place to put that love of nursing to work for people who really need quality care.
 
Her new role, as nurse manager for the unit, will be an opportunity to enable other nurses to provide that care.
 
Kirk was inspired to seek the management role by retiring nurse manager Michelle Richardson. “She taught me a lot,” says Kirk.
 
When you love nursing, it’s always hard to take a step further away from the bedside, Kirk acknowledges. But taking a leadership role allows her to enable other nurses to provide great care. And by focusing on hospital committees, issues with staff and families and other administrative matters, she can — like her mentor — create a unit where it’s easy for nurses to provide great nursing care.
 
Assistant chief nursing officer Angela Duffy praised the choice of Kirk for the nurse manager role. “It’s a great opportunity for her and puts someone in charge who is an expert clinician and knows the ropes.”
 
Kirk and her husband have three boys, ages 2, almost six and 14. They are active in St. Dominic Church in Mobile.
 
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