Misti Bradford ’04 (Harrisburg, Pa.) works at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit as a level IV nurse, the highest on the clinical ladder.
“This shows that I have grown to be a top professional in my field,” she said. “I provide more than just basic care, but holistic care to my patients and their families. It is an in-depth process, but one that makes me proud of the great care I provide.”
Misti has been working in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for almost eight years. “During that time, I accepted the role of a clinical practice group leader,” she said. “I continue to be a staff nurse working at the patient’s bedside, but in my new role, I am more of an educator, team leader and mentor.”
She also enjoys being able to work with sick children. “My patients are having the worst day of their lives, and I know I can be a small ray of sunshine when providing care to them,” she said. “It is an amazing feeling.”
While at York in 2003, Misti completed an externship at Penn State Hershey in the Pediatric Intensive Care and Intermediate Care units where she provided care for patients and performed assessments.
“The internship was a great opportunity and learning experience,” she said. “It also helped me get my foot in the door.”
Misti considered Professor Linda Avillo a mentor during her college experience. “Her toughness and expectation of perfection in all tasks and critical thinking have made me the nurse I am today,” she said. “I was incredibly proud to tell her where I landed a position prior to graduation. Even when I see her today, Linda tells me she is proud of what I have accomplished.”
Misti reminds nursing students that although there are limited positions available in the nursing field, there are many paths you can take.
“You can do so much in nursing, not just patient care, but healthcare, administration and teaching,” she added.
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