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NurseGrid Raises $5.7 Million to Transform Healthcare Scheduling and Staffing Tools

Today, we are thrilled to announce our Series B funding round of $5.7 million, led by Hatteras Venture Partners. It’s an exciting way to start off 2018 and we have big plans for the year ahead. But before we dive into everything we have coming up and what we will use this funding for, we want to look back on a few of our accomplishments in 2017.

In 2017 we closed some major enterprise deals that will roll our technology out to thousands of healthcare facilities across the country. The paid manager platform gained 99% support satisfaction, and 85% of nurses said that when their department uses the technology, they are more satisfied at work and less likely to look for work elsewhere. We got close to a major landmark of half a million people to have downloaded the free mobile app. We achieved a 4.7 App Store rating.  

On top of that, our team grew by nearly 50 percent. We added incredibly talented designers, engineers, account managers, marketers, and operations specialists. Literally every single team at NurseGrid saw new hires. We moved offices because we outgrew the space we were in. We even added some dogs to the team once we moved into our dog-friendly office.

To say it was a landmark year would be an understatement. And we are only getting started.

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Our Series B comes at an exciting time for us. We feel fortunate to have Hatteras Venture Partners as new investors this round. And, we are especially excited that so many local investors participated in the round. We love our hometown of Portland, Oregon, and we hope to continue supporting the local technology sector.

As we look forward to 2018, we plan on using the funds to continue revolutionizing the way hospitals and healthcare facilities manage the schedule, open shifts, float pools, recruiting, and so much more. We will be implementing core scheduling and enabling staff to schedule themselves using smartphones. We will also build out the mobile Jobs Board, allowing nurses to apply for and seek out new jobs within the NurseGrid app. We are exploring new partnership opportunities and making NurseGrid the premier scheduling and staffing tool for healthcare facilities. To do all of this, our team will continue to expand, so if you’re looking for a job with an exciting startup, be sure to check out our open positions!

We can’t wait to bring our users new features and create an even better experience for them. If you have any suggestions for what else you’d like to see, be sure to drop us a line at info@nursegrid.com! We hope you will follow along this year for more exciting announcements.

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An Interview with a NurseGrid Ambassador

We recently spoke with one of our NurseGrid Ambassadors in an effort to hear and share her story with our community. Give it a read and let us know if you'd like for us to share your story! ------------------------------- Ellyn Wirth, RN, BSN, is a NurseGrid Ambassador born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She’s an interventional radiology nurse providing care in Ohio and a mom of two boys. Ellyn took some time out of her very busy schedule to share her story with the NurseGrid team. Read on to learn about Ellyn’s journey and hear her words of wisdom for other nurses. NurseGrid: Tell me a little bit about yourself! Ellyn: I’m from Columbus, OH, born and raised here. I’m a mom to two boys, 6 and 8. I went to Chamberlain College of Nursing and I’ve been a nurse for a little over two years. This is a second career for me. I was a preschool teacher before, and I worked with special needs kids. It got me interested [in nursing] – we had a lot of medically fragile children. [After nursing school] I started in the ER, which was a really hard place to start, but I loved it, learned a lot, got a lot of really good experience. Then I did vascular thoracic surgical floor nursing, on an intermediate ICU step-down. NurseGrid: What were your biggest takeaways from making the move from the ER to the vascular thoracic surgical floor? Ellyn: I learned a lot there. Floor nursing is very different from ER nursing, I had to hone my skills, and really work on time management and organization. [The step-down was] very all over the place, it’s not structured like the floor. You just go with whatever you need to go with. Your assessments have to be at a certain time, your checks are at a certain time, your meds are at a certain time. That’s all floor nursing. On the floor I was able to bond with my patients more. [My facility was] really good about continuity of care, where if I worked 2 or 3 days in a row, I would have the same patients. You build a bond with them and possibly with their family members, build good trust and rapport, so I’ve really liked that aspect of it the most. And also I’m really into cardiothoracic stuff, I learned a lot of it in the ER and from that floor I learned a ton, as far as the different surgeries they would have. NurseGrid: That sounds like such rich, diverse experience. What sort of nursing do you provide now? Ellyn: Interventional radiology, so we do peripheral and vascular stuff. Interventional radiology was originally where I wanted to be. It’s a newer field of nursing and medicine in general. Basically they use imaging, usually X-ray but sometimes CT, sometimes ultrasound, and the doctor uses that to guide their treatment. A lot of times we get patients who are too unstable for surgery – they’ll come to us and it is a critical care area. We do over 80 different procedures, [including] putting in ports...dialysis catheters, temporary and permanent...cryoablations…[and] embolization for bleeds and tumors. I’m a sedation nurse – we sedate up to moderate sedation. I also monitor vitals and the patient’s respiratory status. I document the entire procedure, so what I’m doing and what the doctor’s doing. NurseGrid: You do a whole lot! It sounds like it could be exhausting. Ellyn: Yeah! It can be physically exhausting too. On a busy day we do a lot of cases, and we have to wear full-body lead which wears you out. It’s wrapped all around your whole body – a full vest, the thyroid shield, and a lead skirt. You have it off in between cases but it can definitely wear your body out. NurseGrid: I’m glad to hear you’re where you wanted to be! What drew you to nursing in the first place? What happened between teaching and nursing that made you decide that this was the path for you? Ellyn: I’m a third generation RN. My mom and my grandma were both nurses. We have a lot of nurses in my family and also a few doctors. Sometimes I would go to my mom’s work and help her. I liked how she worked with kids, so it was always something I wanted to do. My grandma always told me I’d be a good nurse. I think when I hit 18, math and science weren’t really my best subjects. I think I also maybe wasn’t mature enough to be a nurse at the time. So I went to college and played around and kind of fell into the younger education world. [Nursing] was always a dream of mine, in the back of my mind, I just had never really pursued it. I had also heard a lot of talk about all these baby boomers that are nurses and getting ready to retire and the aging population needing so much medical care, and read a lot of articles on nursing shortages and how they’re just going to keep increasing. With all of that, it ended up that the time was right and I never looked back. Hard work but I love it. NurseGrid: Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for people who haven’t figured out what they want to do yet and are trying to find a specialty or a home for themselves at a hospital? Ellyn: I would say don’t be afraid to take risks and try new things. I think it’s good to network, ask around to your friends and colleagues, friends from nursing school. NurseGrid: You’ve come a long way over the last five years. You’ve transitioned into a totally new career, found your home there. Do you have dreams or goals for the rest of your nursing career? I’d like to get my Masters, possibly going into either education or nurse leadership, like into management. The education aspect would be combining both worlds of my former career and nursing, and I love that type of mentoring role. Ultimately, I love helping people. It’s always been my goal and it’s always been my biggest reason for going into nursing, to help people heal and help ease their pain and calm them down. This is definitely something I’m going to stick with forever. It’s a challenging career, but it’s very rewarding.


Interested in learning more about becoming a NurseGrid Ambassador?  Email us at ambassador@nursegrid.com.

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