March 16, 2011 -
Olympic Medical Center employees Gretchen Souza, RN, and Brandi-Ann Harris, RN, MSN, ARNP and clinical nurse specialist (CNS), recently joined the medical center’s education department to focus on staff learning initiatives.
Souza and Harris will share the clinical educator role, working to facilitate educational programs for staff, coordinate orientation of new nursing staff and provide continuing education and competency assessment and training at Olympic Medical. In addition, they will manage the ongoing implementation of HealthStream, an online learning center designed to track staff education and help employees meet their annual training requirements. They will also focus on Joint Commission readiness. Souza will continue working part-time in her current position as supervisor of the hospital’s medical / surgical / pediatric unit, and Harris will work exclusively in the education department.
“The organization is fortunate to fill this position with two such strong internal candidates,” says Lynda Minor, ARNP, MN, director of education. “I look forward to the positive contributions Gretchen and Brandi-Ann will bring to Olympic Medical Center’s education department.”
About Gretchen Souza
Souza graduated from Washington State University College of Nursing (formerly Intercollegiate Center for Nursing) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is a six-year employee at Olympic Medical, and has 18 years of experience in acute, ambulatory and long-term care. Souza started as a staff nurse in the medical / surgical / pediatric unit and then moved into the charge nurse position. She became clinical supervisor of the unit in 2008.
Prior to working at OMC, Souza worked for Extendicare as a wellness coordinator for two assisted living homes and held a managerial position at Laurel Park. “In my role as supervisor of the medical, surgical and pediatric unit at the hospital, I have had an opportunity to facilitate educational offerings and work closely with previous clinical educators,” says Souza. “This feels like a natural transition for me and I’m excited to help others do the best job they can.”
About Brandi-Ann Harris
Harris graduated from Colorado State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. She has been an intensive care unit (ICU) nurse at Olympic Medical Center since August 2010. Prior to working at the medical center, Harris was a certified nurse assistant (CNA) for five years and a pharmacy technician for one year. She also worked as an ICU nurse for six and a half years at Stanford Hospital in Stanford, Calif. and was a nursing clinical instructor at University of California San Francisco Medical Center’s Department of Nursing for three years prior to arriving at Olympic Medical. Harris is currently finishing her certification to be an instructor in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS).
“I am thrilled to be working alongside Gretchen as a clinical educator,” says Harris. “I love to teach, and as a clinical educator and a certified BLS and ACLS instructor, I will have the opportunity to help identify the educational needs of the medical center staff and provide continuing education.”
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. OMC is a sole community hospital and rural referral center. It provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.