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Katherine Suggett, R.N., B.S.N. (CNIII CHF Case Manager, Cardiology Clinic)

March 2012

Katherine Suggett, R.N., B.S.N.

Working at a teaching hospital provides an experience that cannot be attained elsewhere in health care. I suppose I am proof that once a UC nurse you are always a UC nurse! I began nursing at UCSF as a new graduate over 30 years ago and I feel both honored and lucky to have been a part of this outstanding health system. My two brief forays away from UC have only served to convince me that there is no better place for me to develop my nursing career.

As a UC Davis nurse I feel valued for my years of experience and training. Other staff members here listen to my ideas and value my suggestions for improvement or changes. Throughout my career, UC Davis Medical CenterĀ  has provided the opportunity and skills to grow, change and learn. The health system has supported me with financial, educational and mentoring resources that have enabled my transition from new graduate nurse in pediatric critical care to CNIII CHF case manager in ambulatory nursing. I have been honored to learn from nurses, physicians, administrative and other professional colleagues who show such dedication, compassion, and skill. The relationship between physicians and nurses is both collegial and professional and this provides an excellent learning environment.

In addition, I am excited about the future of nursing at UC Davis Medical Center. I recently participated in the design phase for Professional Nursing Governance and have been able to become a council member. UC nurses now have more opportunities than ever to guide the advancement and improvement of nursing practice at our institution. All our hard work with professional governance is a big step forward in attaining Magnet Nursing recognition. In addition The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis is poised to collaborate with our health system to educate and develop the nursing leaders of the future. I look forward to many more rewarding years as a UC Davis nurse!