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Sam Minero, RN: My name is Sam. I’m the clinical lead at main operating room. First job was in housekeeping. I just wanted my foot in the door. Swept, mopped and I used to wax the floors and everything. After housekeeping I went into, finally got into the main operating room, which is what I wanted to do, because that’s where all the big surgery was taking place. Once I got into the operating room, I kind of gave myself some time and really became knowledgeable about my job as a surgical technologist. Then I decided to go to nursing school. So I went to nursing school, got my degree and went straight, straight into the OR.
Colleen Murphy, RN: What’s fabulous about coming to Sharp HealthCare is the unlimited opportunities. When you have an organization this diverse and this large, with this many opportunities, really it’s just open-ended, the possibilities. You don’t need to leave Sharp, or leave the state, for an opportunity to work in very diverse areas of health care. It’s all right here. There is mobility throughout the entire organization. Whatever you dream of doing, it’s possible at Sharp. It’s all there.
Lien Giang, Pharmacist: The managers here were at one time clinical pharmacists, and so I see that the opportunity for advancement is there.
Rosie Zazar, Radiologic Technologist: If you’re thinking about advancement, this is a great place to work.
Colleen: We’re also working with the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing, and we are working with them to help our nurses advance to a bachelor’s degree. We even have a unique program for people who already have a bachelor’s degree to gain an RN, and a bachelor’s degree through that program. If you start here as a diploma grad, I promise you they will encourage you and help you. Some of the people at the very top of the organization started actually at the bedside.
Marianne Gutierrez, RN: I’ve been with Sharp for 23 years. I started off as a floor nurse. I’m still a nurse. I will always be a nurse. And then, about three years ago, I went from bedside nurse to an advanced clinician, which is kind of a teaching part of a bedside nurse. And from that, I was approached by one of our management team, administrative team, to see if I was interested in joining their management team as manager of the unit. I was nervous, very, very nervous about it, not really having done this type of thing before. I was scared to death, and they just took me under their wing and they taught me a lot. They have given me the opportunity for education that I never expected to have. And the neat thing is, is that as manager of the unit, I still get to come out, and I still have contact with my patients.
Colleen: You know it isn’t just that you’re working in a place, it’s that you’re always learning and knowing that you can move on to the next level, or maybe completely change your profession, to do a different type of nursing or a different type of health care. There’s a real sense of wanting you always to move up to the next level, to better yourself, to do something that you love, to find your passion.
Marianne: It’s a decision I’m glad I made. Right now I’m really, really glad to say that I did it. This is a place I chose. This is a place I’m going to end up, and this is a place I want to be.