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MOBILE, Alabama -- Kyle Rogers, a nurse in the USA Medical Center Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit for the past four years, has been promoted to the post of clinical administrator.
“Everyone has a role in patient care,” says Rogers, “whether it’s direct patient care or the administrative side, which allows great patient care to happen.”
Maintaining the basics of a positive attitude and good communication allows everyone, whether bedside nurse or administrative staff, “to meet their priorities — which is, of course, the patient.”
Instead of providing bedside care himself, he now expects to help make sure everything is available to enable other nurses to give the best possible care. That could be anything from ensuring adequate staffing to developing a well-organized work schedule to having proper equipment at the ready.
Good administrators can make a world of difference to patient care, Rogers believes: “Nurses are often task oriented, so giving them what they need to fulfill those tasks is the job of support personnel. It improves outcomes for the patient if nurses have all the things available that are necessary for care.”
After graduating from McGill-Toolen High School and starting college, Rogers took a sales job — and quickly recognized it was the wrong career for him. “Everything was about meeting a sales goal and not worrying about whether the buyer needed it,” he says, adding, “I was miserable.”
His wife, Carey, was already a nurse. So were several other members of his family. They all loved the work. So he headed back to school, earning a nursing degree at Spring Hill College. Since then Rogers has spent eight satisfying years in his new career, the last four at USA Medical Center.
Beyond the advice of friends and family, Rogers chose nursing because “I saw it as a challenging environment.” Moreover, it was a helping field with broad options.
He is particularly pleased to follow this career at USA Medical Center.
“At the medical center, we treat everyone and we treat everyone the same. There are no boundaries to allowing us to help someone. It’s a great hospital.”
Rogers and his wife — who also works in nursing at the Medical Center — have a six-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter.
“Life outside of work revolves around my children,” he said. “They’re my purpose. They’re my highest priority. That’s why I work.”
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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