Welcome to the Nurse World – My First Exposure to Nursing and its Impact Today

Did I ever expect to be a part of the nursing world as I am today? More importantly, have I developed a passion for nursing greater than I ever thought?
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I never thought I would be so involved in nursing, but I guess I was wrong.

Today the passion of my nurse co-workers is aligned with my own, and my dedication to solving healthcare inefficiencies is almost as intense as that phrase sounds. A  few months ago I honestly would not have thought I was going to end up at NurseGrid. In fact, my closest relationship with nurses a few months ago was speaking broken Thai-English to the busy nurses running about Bangkok hospital treating me for yet… another case of food poisoning (not multiple cases for me, just one of many foreigners routinely afflicted).

I survived, thank the gods of curry and spice, and now I’m sitting and working on the other side of the equation. I’m back in the US, close with two RN BSNs, Joe Novello and Zach Smith my nurse coworkers, and I have a new perspective of what’s going on behind the nurse scenes. While I still have much to learn, I have become familiar in a matter of months with the processes and pain-points within a nurses’ life, and have joined an all-star team to tackle these issues head-on.

I’m immersed in nursing and healthcare in a way few of my peers from business school are. It's still early and I've barely scratched the surface, but I have a huge appreciation for the knowledge, drive, and attitude of nurses and other healthcare professionals.  My perspective is unique because I come from a business background to the nursing world. While hospitals are technically their own lively and bustling business, they are really products of their talented workforce! I get a peek in the ground floor at the passion and grit of a nursing workforce that makes the entire system go. Nurses are the lifeblood and some of the real champions. The emphasis in the Healthcare IT space has focused very broadly, and often hospitals aren’t using nurse-centric systems!

I've come a long way from being another overconfident follower in the daily routine of a Thai nurse, but I am fortunate to have made it to NurseGrid. And the mission I have made my own now is to better the lives of nurses and the hospitals they power. My passion for entrepreneurship came first, and meeting and working with some great nurses has become an added bonus.

I can't wait to see what we can do.

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Zach Smith

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