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Spotlight on Kara Sher, nurse manager of inpatient services

Adjusting to a new role while safeguarding patients and staff from COVID-19

Spotlight on Kara Sher, nurse manager of inpatient services

Please tell us about your position and your department at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston.

Being a staff nurse at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston since 1999, I have had the opportunity to work in multiple clinical settings as an intensive care unit nurse, surgical specialties nurse and flyer nurse. I stepped into my new role as interim placement unit nurse manager this past March. I never expected to walk in to a new position and a pandemic at the same time. The challenge of managing a team of 27 permanent nurses, 10 per diem nurses, four patient care assistants and a health unit coordinator at a time when there are so many moving parts has been something I never could have predicted, but I couldn’t be happier to have stepped up to the plate.

How has the global crisis presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) impacted your team?

As in all the clinical aspects of the health care and the clinical world, COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on our inpatient team. Although we postponed procedures for our elective surgical patients, we have continued to support our community by caring for our acute burn injury patients. We are not only focused on the burn injury, we are also learning how to manage care with the new procedures and needs of patients that might present with COVID-19. We have embraced the opportunity to work in conjunction with our colleagues from the outpatient, operating room and perioperative departments in order to staff our seventh floor, which has been converted to care for adult burn patients.

Do you have any special moments or messages to share?

We have seen amazing support from our community and other departments for our hospital during this time. That support is truly meaningful and greatly appreciated.

What is the best part about working for the Boston Shriners Hospital?

I will always say that teamwork is the best part of working at the Boston Shriners Hospital. I have never worked with such a hardworking and dedicated group of professionals. On a daily basis you can witness great teamwork and collaboration with everything we are asked to do.

Is there anything you wish to share with the Shriners Hospitals for Children family now?

It is hard to come up with one thing I would want to share, because there is so much happening to ensure that patient care and patient outcomes are constantly improving. I think this crisis has shown what this hospital and its employees are really about. Every single person has stepped up and asked, “What can we do?” The nursing staff and support staff on the inpatient unit are seamlessly providing care for our patients, all while adapting to many new policies, tests and treatments. On other days we are creating educational opportunities for our staff to continue to hone skills so we are prepared for any situation that comes our way. We have all had difficult times and situations, but as a new nurse manager I can honestly say that I will forever be grateful for all of the flexibility, strength, advocacy and communication that I have witnessed and participated in to make this hospital and all of its patient care teams thrive. We are not out of the woods yet, but we are on this this journey together and striving to set changes in place to soar into the future.

Pictured: Kara (bottom right) with several of her fellow Boston Shriners Hospital nurses at a gathering last year.