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A former teacher, Victoria Maynard says teaching and nursing have a lot in common. For the last few years, she has been a clinical administrator on the 3 to 11 shift. She’s now been promoted to nurse manager.
Nurses choose their profession because they enjoy helping people, and it seems like the opportunity to help might fade as nurses rise into management roles.
Not so, says new nurse manager Victoria Maynard.
“If I can provide nurses what they need to do their job, then I am helping the patients,” she says. “I’m still involved, just in a different way.”
And Maynard understands a great deal about following different paths to achieve goals.
After growing up on a farm in Baldwin County, she studied both English and pre-med in college and began her career as a teacher. But when her husband died unexpectedly, she needed a new challenge — something that would consume her time.
So she headed back to school at the University of South Alabama to pursue a nursing degree.
Was it the right change? “Absolutely,” she says. “About half of nursing is teaching so it was an easy transition. Instead of teaching children, we’re teaching patients and families about disease processes and more.” At a university hospital like the Medical Center, staff members have the added educational role of working with nursing students, medical students and resident physicians.
“So teaching prepared me for nursing,” she says. “It was not as difficult a transition as I expected.”
She began her nursing career in 2005 at USA Medical Center working in medical/surgical and then in medical ICU and open heart recovery. After five years as a staff nurse, Maynard moved up to become clinical administrator on the 3 to 11 shift.
Second and third shift clinical administrators “keep the hospital running when managers are not here,” she says, so the role offered her the chance to learn about aspects of all hospital departments and to meet many, many staff members.
“It was a busy time, but every day I made life a little better for somebody.”
In February, Maynard was promoted again. She is now nurse manager for MSCU medical-surgical-cardiac unit, PCU progressive care unit, telemetry and EMU epilepsy monitoring unit - everything on the ninth floor. It’s an area of medicine she especially enjoys.
“Surgery and trauma can be very exciting,” she says, “but my department is mainly medicine. In medicine, you have multiple disease processes and the nuance that goes with that. The people who work up here love the challenge. We make a little adjustment and it affects so many other things. There’s no quick fix. It’s fun to find the people who are talented at this and really enjoy the challenge.”
Maynard looks forward to the new management role and the opportunity to collaborate with other nurse managers to find solutions to any problems that might arise. Solving problems allows a nurse manager to be “a nurse’s nurse,” she says.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Vicki on board,” says assistant chief nursing officer Angela Duffy. She said she looks forward to Maynard’s role in many different facets of hospital work from employee recruiting and supervision to patient care.
Maynard still spends time at the family farm and enjoys close ties with her extended family. She sings in the Little Flower St. Teresa choir, works with Mobile ACE Advocates supporting Catholic schools, and helps with the BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) robotics program. She also enjoys water sports like boating, fishing, shrimping and water skiing.
Each spring and fall, she tackles another stretch of the Appalachian Trail and has now hiked more than 900 miles of the 2,180-mile trail.
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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