Perhaps you have seen the 1970 Life Cereal commercials where a younger brother named Mikey was the guinea pig for anything his older brothers wanted to try. When the older boys didn’t want to go first, the boys would say, “Let’s get Mikey” just in case something might have a poor outcome. What does that have to do with Sonia? Well, at IFMC there is a newly formed group of Clinical Mentors and Educators who are always saying, “What would Sonia do?” or “Let’s run this idea by Sonia.”
Sonia is not only a Critical Care Nurse Specialist; she has also stepped up to the plate and accepted the additional responsibilities as the Interim Director of Professional Practice. She is instrumental in preparing nurses to maintain a state of readiness for regulatory board reviews. She has worked on recent projects such as Telemetry Standard Work, Sepsis, and (4S) Equipment Decontamination. As a leader of the nursing profession she serves on the board of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and has done so for the past 5 years. Sonia searches for current evidence-based practices and works to insure that policies, procedures and standards are up to date. Sonia chairs the Critical Care Standards of Practice Committee and schedules education events for the Critical Care nursing staff, addressing the learning needs of both novice and senior staff. The most recent adoption was the Edwards Clear Site Hemodynamic Monitoring System.
Sonia is a member of Nursing Practice Congress at IFMC and facilitates communication between the bedside nursing staff and nursing administration. She welcomes multidisciplinary collaboration and invites non-nursing employees to share their knowledge with the nursing team so we can all be aware of different viewpoints and perspectives. Examples include sharing campus data on patient falls, medication errors and mislabeled or unlabeled laboratory specimens.
Sonia helps whenever she can, and remains steadfast even under stressful conditions. The location of a Medical Surgical Education Event was changed mid-day and Sonia utilized resources, rallied the team and effortlessly secured a new location, coordinating the move for over 300 nurses. Whether nurses are in a large group or whether they need individual guidance or mentoring, Sonia is there with a positive attitude and a calm demeanor. As a preceptor and role model, she continuously demonstrates willingness to work with nurses who are advancing their education. Sonia has our utmost respect and admiration. Even though there are many nurses under the IFMC umbrella, she makes us feel at home in her presence and she is our go-to-guru for all things nursing.