Stacy Collier, BSN ‘97, MSN ‘00, is no stranger to hard work. As Chief Nursing Officer for KershawHealth Medical Center, Collier’s workday starts around 6:30 in the morning, if not earlier. Her days, filled with meetings, rounds in the hospital and nursing units and office time, end around 7:00 in the evening. Despite long 12-hour days, Collier exudes energy and passion in her work.
“My motto is to have good days and better days, and that there are no bad days!” she said.
Collier has held the CNO position for two years. One of the first projects she worked on was to create a strategic plan for nursing services that encompasses three key areas – professional shared governance, workforce development and nursing staff recognition. The changes she’s spearheaded have made great strides in improving the nursing workforce at KershawHealth.
“This year, our PSG Councils shared multiple improvements for nursing practice. Workforce development is strong as 38 nursing staff enrolled in a formal education program for degree advancement and 12 nurses achieved professional certification in their specialty,” Collier said.
A stronger nursing workforce has ripple effects that impact patient care. Collier says that nurse-driven care has tangible effects in hospital environments; nurses going above and beyond the call of duty improve the lives of patients and the care they receive, within hospital walls and beyond and inspire Collier every day.
“The nurse that went out and bought a heater for a patient that had no heat during the winter. The off-shift nurse that visits a patient she built trust with after a transfer to ensure the patient felt safe. The team of nurses that coordinate a food drive for a family in need. These are the most interesting and inspiring things I see as a nurse.”
A proud Carolina nursing alumna, Collier remains connected with her alma mater as a member of the college’s Partnership Board.
“To be a Carolina nursing alumna is something I cherish. To be included with some of the best and brightest in the profession is incredible and brings me much joy. When I see the USC students completing their Capstone practicum in the hospital, I am excited to share with them that I am a graduate and that I loved my experience at the college.”