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Pam Elzy, system director of clinical education, knew it was time to consider a Doctor of Nursing Practice Executive Leadership program when she landed her new position at KentuckyOne Health.
Elzy discusses the long climb to her position as a clinical educator. Her journey winds through years of schooling and dedication, advancing her profession and her career. Elzy’s journey is the focus of the ‘Spotlight On’ feature in the December issue of OR Today.
After starting her career in the operating room, transitioning to critical care, earning her BSN degree along the way and later becoming an administrative director with oversight of surgical services (operating room, post-anesthesia care, and same-day surgery), women’s services (pediatrics, labor and delivery, postpartum, nursery and an outpatient maternity clinic), and nursing education, Elzy knew the time was right for her DNP.
She discusses how her OR background as a new graduate helped her understand nursing at its most basic level and why complexity, advocacy, and teamwork are so critical to be successful in healthcare today.