Amy Myrvik, a Clinical Nurse Manager with the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency in Minneapolis (MVNA), talks about her job.
Q: What's a typical workday like for you?
My day starts between 7 and 8 a.m., triaging phone calls from my staff nurses who visit clients in Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka and Dakota counties. I help them solve difficult problems, including adult protection and vulnerability cases. I also do chart audits, interviews, orientation and training of new nurses, and case managing a caseload of 20-plus clients of my own.
Q: How does your role fit into the bigger healthcare picture?
Being a home health nurse helps support the underserved and vulnerable in the community and helps maintain independence in the home which prevents hospitalizations and decreases the economic strain for the community.
Q: Who do you interact with during the course of the day?
I interact with all the home care management staff, our administrative team and clients. My phone contact is with doctors, nurses, county case mangers and social workers.
Q: Why did you become a home healthcare manager?
I needed something different within the home care realm. I wanted to work on the oversight level to make things go more smoothly. Nursing jobs can be very chaotic and I wanted to be a support for the nurses and a voice for the community.
Q: What do you like about your work?
The thing I like the most about my job is being a source of support for our nursing staff and giving a voice to the underserved and vulnerable population that MVNA serves.