Jenn Strayer, RN, BSN, has climbed the clinical ladder at
While working part-time at the front desk at WellSpan
Family Medicine – Dallastown, Jenn Strayer was going to school to be a medical
assistant. After obtaining that certification, she was able to work in both the
family medicine and orthopedics fields.
But after some time, Jenn decided to further her career in
healthcare. She was interested in getting more involved in direct patient care.
WellSpan paid for her to go back to school to get her nursing degree, and later
paid for her to get her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
“WellSpan paying for my degree was the only opportunity
to get my degree at that time,” Jenn explained. “It was like my Willy Wonka
Without the financial support, Jenn would not be in the
role that she is today. In the midst of going to nursing school, raising a
family, and working full-time, her husband was laid off from his job and she
had to support her family.
“I was trying to maintain a level of professionalism at
work, get good grades, and still be ‘mom’ and ‘wife’,” said Jenn. “I knew I just
had to get to the finish line, and looking back it is one of the things I am
most proud of.”
Jenn was able to complete both of her degrees, and she is
now in her current role as clinical operations coordinator for the WellSpan
Medical Group. She is actively involved in leadership training and skill
development for other nurses, in addition to her primary role of working to
identify improvement opportunities for clinical operations and supporting the
WellSpan Medical Group clinical staff.
“Getting my RN degree prepared me to be a good nurse, and
getting my BSN provided me more of what I needed to be a leader,” Jenn said. “I
was able to look at things from all angles and see things differently, instead
of just patient care.”
And she’s not done yet. Jenn is currently on track to be
certified this year for ambulatory nursing.
“Healthcare in general is constantly evolving and
changing,” she explained. “While we might know how to give good care, we can
always do more. Nurses should always be lifetime learners, and we shouldn’t get
comfortable where we are.”
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