We discussed a variety of issues ranging from the huge emphasis she places on finding the right team to how that team thrives in the fast-paced PICU environment.
I asked Melissa about the natural stress level that undoubtedly comes with working in a critical care unit which she quickly acknowledged. "The PICU is forever changing, one day you have to care for a child with a neurological condition, and the next day you have a complex trauma patient. You never know what is coming next, which is what we thrive on here. It's non-stop."
The ability to think critically is an essential part of being a member of our PICU team. Melissa explains it this way, "Lives are at stake, so the ability to think through your options quickly and effectively is a priority. Plus, the rewards of providing this level of care are truly amazing."
As I mentioned, Melissa worked in the PICU at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for seven years. "I left an organization that has so much pride and I wasn't sure if I could find that again. Florida was my destination, but the options to work in pediatric critical care are extremely limited here. When I interviewed at All Children's, I knew that I had found exactly what I was looking for."
Melissa is an excellent example of the type of leadership team we have here on the "South Campus" of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Feel free to reach out to her, or any member of our team to learn more.