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Longtime USA Medical Center employee Tammie Franklin has been promoted to clinical nurse administrator with the hospital.
Franklin has 30 years of experience in the clinical arena. She started her career as a registered respiratory therapist, served as a respiratory supervisor and, after 12 years, returned to the University of South Alabama to obtain a BSN in nursing. For the past 18 years, Franklin has worked in the Medical Surgical Care Unit, first as a staff nurse and then as a senior charge nurse.
“What I like about nursing is that there is tangible satisfaction in helping others,” says Franklin. “Nursing is diverse, flexible, rewarding and I enjoy every moment. It is a gratifying experience when a patient’s condition converts from critical to stable.”
Franklin’s new position encompasses numerous duties including providing support to charge nurses, assisting the staff in the interpretation and upholding of policies and procedures, and coordinating actions for emergency situations in the hospital such as codes and internal and external disasters. As clinical nurse administrator, she will also oversee hospital operations after hours.
“Tammie not only brings a wealth of clinical experience to her new role, but also an extensive knowledge of and commitment to USA Medical Center, “ says Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Angela Duffy.
As a state-certified Level 1 Trauma and Burn Center, University of South Alabama Medical Center serves as the major referral center for patients with traumatic injuries from southern Alabama, southeast Mississippi, and portions of northwest Florida. Last year alone, USA Medical Center served patients in 53 counties.
The Medical Center’s designated trauma team - which includes around-the-clock trauma surgeons, cardiovascular surgeons, and neurosurgeons - treats an average of five critically injured patients a day, which is more than 1,700 people a year. As the go-to facility for the area’s toughest emergencies, USA Medical Center is capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention through rehabilitation. USA Medical Center is a part of USA Health.
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