Maureen Ohms is the director of nursing at BrightStar Care of Missouri-Central St. Louis County. Ohms has been an RN for over 30 years. With bachelor’s degrees in nursing, psychology and business management, Ohms is also a Major in the U.S. Air Force (presently Inactive Ready Reserves) as a Senior Flight Nurse, Medical Crew Director. Her experience is extensive and she gives her all to delivering A Higher Standard of Home Care to all those entrusted to BrightStar Care of Central St. Louis' care. “I am a successful, results-driven clinician and manager in many different health care settings,” Ohms said. “My experience is diverse, including team lead/supervisor with 15 years hospital-based patient care in telemetry, med-surg, psychiatry and pediatrics. I have advanced skills in cardiology, focusing on treatment of all heart-related illnesses, including pre-op as well as post-op cardiac bypass recovery.” In the Air Force, Ohms was deployed in support of the Iraq War, or Operation Iraqi Freedom. She led medical teams during combat flight operations to evacuate the wounded. She also provided critical nursing care to U.S. military, CIA and Special Forces, coalition troops and local civilian personnel. She was nominated for the Air Force Aircrew Excellence Award for her services. Furthermore, Ohms is an entrepreneur. She started a medical transcription company, employing four transcriptionists and supporting 15 physicians and multiple practices and various hospitals in the St. Louis area. “This experience allows me to look at client care from many approaches,” Ohms said. “I have a passion for education and clinical excellence. I use this in my approach with client care and staff development. I have also participated in numerous community-based programs and not-for-profit organizations.” Ohms’ versatility and passion shines at BrightStar. “I am passionate about BrightStar and excellence in care,” she said. “I ensure that our clients and their families receive the best care possible and that our home health care team is well-trained and supported in delivering on that promise.” Ohms makes sure to value clients as individuals and provide them with optimal care. “I believe in encouraging them to be the best they can be and to participate in their care,” she said of clients. On behalf of all of us at BrightStar Care, we extend our deepest thanks to Erica and ALL of our nurses during Nurses Week and beyond! Learn more about how BrightStar Care’s care experts are providing A Higher Standard of Home Care.