All in a Day's Work: Amy Myrvik, Clinical Nurse Manager

  • Article by: Star Tribune Sales and Marketing
  • Updated: November 18, 2009 - 12:34 PM

Amy Myrvik, a Clinical Nurse Manager with the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency in Minneapolis (MVNA), talks about her job.

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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.

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