February marks American Heart Month; a time to raise awareness for the thousands of Americans who are affected by heart disease and stroke. This week we are spotlighting the staff who help keep our patient’s hearts beating by recognizing Cardiovascular Professionals Week. The theme of this national celebration is “caring hearts, healing hearts,” and Shift Leader Jennifer Lamb, RN, is part of a team of “caring hearts” who deliver excellent cardiac care. Read more about Jennifer’s role in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) below.
Where are you from?
I have been a “Knoxvillian” for 30+ years now.
How long have you worked at Fort Sanders Regional?
I started at Fort Sanders Regional in 2000 and left sometime in 2003 to take care of family. I returned in 2010 and have been here since.
Tell us a little bit about your job at Fort Sanders Regional?
I am an RN and shift leader in the CVICU. On this unit, we take care of cardiac and vascular patients. We recover fresh open heart patients and support the patient through the recovery process. As a shift leader, I help my fellow teammates and help manage bed flow.
What do you love most about your job?
I really enjoy bedside nursing and helping to take care of people. As a shift leader, I also precept new graduates. I find it inspiring to help new nurses find out what they love about patient care so they can have a lasting career.
What made you want to pursue a career as an RN?
I have wanted to be a nurse since I was a little girl. You can look back in my baby books and see where my mom wrote down what I said I wanted to be when I grew up.
What is unique about working in the CVICU?
There is something unique about this unit. Everyone on this floor likes what they do, gets along well and works together as a team. We do our best for our patients and have great support and respect from the physicians we work with.
What is your favorite movie?
Life is Beautiful
If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Anything with sugar