Providing RN Oversight on Every Case
Holly Giddis, RN - Director of Nursing
How long have you been a nurse?
I have been a nurse for almost 21 years. I have worked in several different arenas of health care over the years but have found my knitch in home care.
What Experience do you bring to Brightstar Care?
I started my journey as a nurse’s aide in 1997 while going to nursing school. Once I graduated, I worked as a hospital floor nurse on a med-surg unit for a couple of years then moved on to women’s health and eventually landed in home care and hospice. I was providing care for patients at the beginning of life, patients at the end of life and everything in between. I loved being able to provide nursing care on a more personal level; connecting with families and community resources to ensure my patients were living their best lives with the people they loved in an environment with which they were familiar and comfortable. As a nurse, it is important to me that I deliver care with a great deal of compassion and always treat my patients with dignity and respect.
What aspect of your job are you most passionate about?
I am truly passionate about people being able to stay in their homes and live their best quality of life with their loved ones for as long as they wish. I enjoy being able to connect regularly with our clients and families on a more personal one-on-one basis. I get to see firsthand the differences we are making in these people’s lives.
I provide a higher standard of care for our clients by…
I strive to follow the 6C’s in every interaction….care, compassion, courage, communication, commitment and competence.
Ann Hadfield, RN - Assistant Director of Nursing
How long have you been a nurse?
I have been a nurse for 17 years. Much of my career has been focused specifically as an oncology nurse. I have been able to develop a diverse and valuable skill set encompassing in-depth patient assessments, chemotherapy education, phone triage, chemotherapy infusion both in-patient and out-patient, and auditing patient charts in compliance with the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative. Prior to becoming an RN, I worked as a nursing assistant at a summer camp and on a medical/surgical/stroke unit. I also worked as a nurse technician and received excellent mentorship from strong, capable, and experienced nurses.
What Experience and Expertise do you bring to BSC?
My experience providing direct patient care, education to patients and their families, and working to provide exceptional care to each patient is an asset to Brightstar Care. I have worked with countless families during difficult life transitions and have worked to provide compassionate, patient-centered care. My desire is to take what I have learned and use it to provide care that is focused and unique to each client I will have the honor of serving.
What part of your job are you most passionate about?
I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate care. I am equally passionate about helping to train and equip our care team to provide Brightstar Care’s model of client-centered care. Each client, each family has a unique set of needs and goals and I absolutely love meeting with people and putting together a path forward to help meet those needs and goals. I am excited to broaden my own skill set in ways that will serve our clients and company well. I am proud to be a part of Brightstar Care!
What are 3 unique strengths you bring to BSC?
1. I have always had a very strong work ethic which was instilled in me at a very young age. I believe that hard work, dedication, and the passion behind those things can move mountains and make dreams happen.
2. Compassion is the heart of a nurse in so many ways and truly represents mine. I hope that I can always use this strength to bless my clients and coworkers.
3. I have keen clinical intuition and experience and am very thorough in assessing client needs. These skills are needed in creating Plans of Care that are unique and focused to each individual client and family.
If you have questions about how RN oversight works at BrightStar of MI - Northern Michigan, or if want to speak with our Director of Nursing, please call us at (231) 929-7827.