The UNC Medical Center’s Adult Rapid Response System recognizes the nurses that ensure rapid response events are successful.
This week’s feature is of rapid response nurse Sandi Thomas.
CICU for 10 years. I have worked all ICUs at UNC. Started on the Rapid Response Team when it was initiated.
I lived and went to school overseas in Ethiopia, Africa. I have a small farm in Chatham County with tractors, chickens, horse and 2 rescue cats. It is called Copper Creek Farm because there is an old copper mine on the property. I love anything to do with animals and outdoor activities. I have a farm crow that has taken up with me and comes to see me when I’m at the barn. LOL, I’ve named him Walter. I spend free time fishing, hiking, taking the canoe and kayak out, working in my gardens & occasionally going to antique shops.
What do you like about being a Rapid Response RN?
Oh my goodness where do I start? I would first say, that if I could have designed a dream job in nursing for myself it would have been Rapid Response RN. I like that Rapid is fast paced and requires you to pull from all your years of experience to care for patients in acute areas. I love that it is a team effort in the care of patients outside of the ICU. I feel valued in my work. I enjoy talking with patients, families and staff. I have met some amazing people in this role and learn something new almost every shift. I love my job!