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MOBILE, Ala. -- Derek Kent is the new nurse manager of Surgical Services at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital.
In his new role, he oversees staffing and schedule for the operating rooms, recovery room, sterilization area, PAT clinic and GI lab.
“When it’s done well, all operations flow smoothly and efficiently,” says Kent. “And when we maximize our efficiency, we can continue to expand our ability to provide a valuable service for the community.”
Surgical Services at USA Children’s & Women’s focuses on pediatric surgeries, infant and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit surgeries, specialty women’s surgeries and a few specialty cancer surgeries.
Kent considered a career as a paramedic many years ago, but during a rotation in the USA Medical Center emergency department, he realized that his calling was for nursing instead. He went back to school, enrolling in the nursing program and working as a pharmacy tech during his early school years.
Kent has been with the USA system for more than two decades. He started at the Medical Center in the surgical/trauma ICU and later moved to the operating room, where he was a circulating and scrub nurse in orthopedics before becoming charge nurse.
He moved into his new position at Children’s & Women’s in December.
Throughout his career, Kent has never lost his love for patient care — having the opportunity and ability to take care of someone who is ill or injured and playing a role in helping them get better.
In his role as nurse manager, he enjoys the opportunity to work with the entire nursing staff as patient advocates. “As nurses, our responsibility is to take care of the patients and make sure the voice of the patient is heard,” he says.
“I never imagined myself in this position,” Kent says, “but now that the opportunity has come, I’m honored to be given the chance to work with the many intricacies and complexities of patient care in a new capacity. I hope to work with health professionals alongside patients and families to help make a difference in the quality of life for those we serve.”
Kent and his wife, Andrea (Andi), have two children, Andrew, 13, and Mary Elizabeth, 11. The family enjoys traveling, college football, church activities and sharing life with their extended family.
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