Position Spotlight: Acute Care Registered Nurse

Melanie graduated from Utah State University in 2018 and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Prior to that, she has worked in healthcare as a CNA and LPN and has always worked in a critical care setting.  In 2019, Melanie got married and moved to Arizona, where she worked at Honor Health. She joined the Contessa team in November of 2022. When not working, Melanie enjoys spending time with her husband, her pit-husky dog and her three sisters. 

What does an Acute Care Registered Nurse do at Contessa?

As an Acute Care Registered Nurse (ACRN), we are responsible for the continuation of inpatient hospital care for patients in their homes. My day-to-day can vary, but basically it includes performing assessments, administration of prescribed therapies (i.e., IV medications, wound care, oxygen therapy and weaning, etc.), facilitating telehealth rounds with providers, establishing plans of care, educating patients and family members, discharge planning, etc. There is a lot of communication between ourselves, the patient, providers and care coordinators to ensure that the patient is receiving everything they need. 

Why did you choose a career in nursing? Specifically, this career?

I chose a career in nursing in order to make a direct positive impact on people. I really enjoy using my strengths and experience to help people through what is often a difficult time for them. I specifically chose to come to work with Contessa to have a change of pace and spend more time with patients/families. 

How does the work you do at Contessa differ from other jobs?

The work I do is different because I feel as though I am able to develop closer relationships with patients and their families. I have more time to have conversations and educate than I ever had in the hospital setting. 

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is feeling like I am making a real difference in people’s lives. Helping people improve their health and wellbeing makes everything worth it. 

What is the most challenging part of your job?

The most challenging part of my job comes from me being used to working in a hospital setting. I am used to having every resource available at my fingertips, whether it be supplies, medications, tests, etc. Working through this challenge is about preparation and understanding that “immediately” in a home setting means something different than in the hospital. 

What inspires you to come to work every day?

The inspiration that brings me to work every day is the difference I know we are making in people’s lives. It is motivating to me to work with such a great team where we are all dedicated to providing quality patient care.