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MOBILE, Ala. -- Christina Vrachalus, RN, has been promoted to Direct Admit Nurse for the University of South Alabama Medical Center. This new position allows Vrachalus to admit clinic patients directly to the region’s only academic acute care hospital.
Vrachalus has nearly 20 years of experience with USA Health, beginning on the seventh floor in 1997. She transferred to the Emergency Department the next year and has worked there ever since, first as a registered nurse and then as the charge nurse.
“The direct admit nurse position is a brand new position that was created to improve access to the hospital for patients coming from the clinic setting,” said Angela Duffy, assistant chief nursing officer. “Christina’s experience as a leader in the Emergency Department will serve her well as she develops the position. She is an expert clinician with highly developed assessment skills, and she is an asset to the medical center.”
In this new role, Vrachalus is responsible for expediting patients through the admission process. The direct admit procedure gets them assessed and into a room faster, which improves patient satisfaction by decreasing wait times. Now, these patients won’t have to spend time waiting in the emergency department, which frees up staff to care for emergency patients as needed.
Vrachalus said nursing was something she became interested in as she got older and realized there was a need for this type of work. She’s enjoyed the career path and loves talking to and helping people. She wants all patients to feel safe and cared for, and this position directly contributes to that goal.
“I want to improve the whole process and make it better for all of our patients, physicians, and everyone involved,” she said. “I want our patients to know they are important and that we are doing what’s best for them.”
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