In honor of National Nurses Week, we will be running a blog series where you’ll get to know a few of our nurses who are at the heart of every aspect of patient care at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). In our fourth installment, meet Mary Ann Carroll. Read our previous installments here.
1. Can you tell us your name, unit, and how many years you’ve worked at HSS?
My name is Mary Ann Carroll, and I reside in the Ambulatory Care Center. I’ve worked at HSS for 14 years total, and my first job at HSS was on an inpatient floor, then in the Holding Area.
2.What does it mean for you to be a nurse?
Being a nurse is a full time job in and out of the hospital setting. Being a compassionate patient advocate, educator and team player is key to being a nurse.
3. What drove you to pursue a career in nursing?
When I was 8 years old I had a snow sledding accident and was hospitalized for 2 months with multiple fractures. Even at this young age I very much appreciated the care from the nurses that saw me each day, and knew that I wanted to care for others the way they cared for me.
4.Why do you love being a nurse at HSS?
The interdisciplinary team approach to care, and cross collaborating with service specialties and subspecialties is really what makes HSS a special place to work. The nurses I work with are an extraordinary group and we work well as a team to provide best care for our patients in the Ambulatory Care Center.
5. Can you give us a fun fact about being a nurse?
You know you are a nurse when you baste your Thanksgiving turkey with a Toomey syringe.