Our Director of Nursing

Anastassia Strine

How long have you been a Nurse?

Although I worked as a caregiver and certified nurse assistant for decades, I have been a registered nurse (RN) for a little over a year since I graduated from the College of Lake County. I continue my education in the nursing program at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

What experience do you bring to BrightStar Care®? 

Before I got my RN license, I was a homemaker and took care of my four children. About five years ago I felt that I should pursue a different path in my life since my kids grew up. I got my certified nursing assistant (CNA) certificate and started to work for BrightStar Care in Gurnee. I loved it and as I continued to work part-time for the agency, I went through the nursing school at CLC. In addition, I’m ventilator/tracheostomy certified, and I did various office jobs such as receiving phone calls, packing personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, and organizing educational events for our staff during challenging pandemic times. I’m truly grateful for the wonderful opportunities that BrightStar Care and its team members have given me.

What part of your job are you most passionate about?

I’m passionate about providing the highest standards of safe, holistic, and patient-oriented healthcare and increasing health literacy for our clients, their families, and our team. In addition, I believe that successful care is founded on the teamwork of clients, family members, and all who are involved in the client’s care. That can be achieved through continuous open communication that allows us as healthcare providers to actively advocate for our client’s needs and goals.

What are three unique strengths you bring to BrightStar Care? 

1. Experienced caregiver. Throughout my life, I learned about multiple aspects of care as a mother, wife, daughter, and professional CNA/RN. It helps me to address and prioritize care in every specific case.
2. Effective communicator. I’m a team player and strongly believe in working across boundaries to achieve desired goals. I will take the extra step to reach out, listen and make personal connections because I care.
3. Passionate about evidence-based practices that improve the outcomes of care. Education and advocating for our team and clients are necessary to improve the quality of care.