Featured TRUST Member
Current Organization and Position:
Currently I am the President of CLIPS Consulting, LLC. CLIPS stands for Clinic Infection Prevention Support. Our focus is to assist clinics to practice within the current infection prevention recommendations for safe care in outpatient settings. This is an area of rapid change as more invasive procedures are being scheduled in outpatient vs. inpatient settings. There are many new procedures, new products and new technologies found in the outpatient setting that did not exist 5-10 years ago.
My responsibility is to provide information and resources to clinics so they are practicing within the current recommendations; providing the safest environment for staff and for patients. Clinics and outpatient settings have not traditionally been an environment thought to need state-of-the-art practices in infection prevention to the extent seen in acute care settings until recently.
Have you ever had a mentor? How did he/she help you most?
I have had mentors in the areas of nursing, infection prevention, leadership, business development and more! This is when and how I learned about “networking.” I often look to the TRUST as an important source for mentors. I think most people who engage in mentoring find that often they are both a mentor and a “mentoree.” How often do we help someone else and learn something ourselves in the process? I believe a key to my personal success is not being worried about doing something I am not totally comfortable doing and looking for a mentor to help me, work with me so I can learn new skills, and often find a new person to partner with in the future.
What is the best career advice you have received?
“Believe in yourself and/but don’t take yourself too seriously. Have fun along the journey!”
What support do you need now to evolve your development as leader?
I would like professional friendship, support and advice/feedback from colleagues as a small business owner who has a product I am passionate about. Safer infection prevention practices in outpatient settings will be a benefit to all of us now and into the future.
How do you want to support other women in their leadership journey?
I like to help others by helping them meet and learn from role models in their life and in areas of professional development. I enjoy working collaboratively with others and finding new connections for myself and those I know.
What is something that not many people know about you?
Most people don’t know I was a wrangler on a dude ranch for a few weeks, several summers in my youth.
Any words of wisdom to live by?
In your career and work, do something you enjoy, find your passion and give back to your community.