MEPN alum, Diana Appleby (left), Sharon Levy (center) and Nadine Kassity-Krich, MEPN Clinical Placement Coordinator
Each spring semester, graduating MEPN students are asked to nominate a hospital nurse who has been an excellent preceptor to them while they have completed clinical hours in the hospital setting. On Tuesday evening the Clinical Placement and Preceptor Appreciation Reception was held on campus where Sharon Levy received the award from her nominator, MEPN alum, Diana Appleby.
Sharon Levy MSN, RN, CPNP, FNP-C has been a nurse for over 20 years and has worked in pediatric critical care at Rady Children’s Hospital for the past 15+ years. She graduated in 2015 from the University of San Diego, Hahn School of Nursing with her Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) degrees.
When asked to give an example of a time when Sharon went out of her way to make the learning experience extraordinary Diana Appleby responded, “It is difficult to pick just one specific time when Sharon made my learning experience extraordinary. I feel so fortunate that this happened on a regular basis, every clinical shift… If I had to pick one time, I am reminded of a time when the PICU was getting an admit just before change of shift and it was a young girl with a brain bleed. Sharon encouraged me to be in the room while the pediatric neurosurgeon was performing a bedside craniotomy, drilling into the patient’s skull to relieve the pressure on her brain. Sharon explained everything that I would see, and I was able to help set up the room for the procedure. We set up an external ventricular drain (EVD) system which is a closed sterile system allowing drainage of CSF. I was at the head of the bed during the procedure and was able to understand everything that was going on with the bedside anesthesia, the craniotomy, the role of the resource nurse, bedside nurses, and other MDs in the room. It was very chaotic, but I really felt like a part of the team and was able to see the intricate role that the bedside nurse plays in the care of their patient who’s undergoing a procedure.”
Diana went on to say, “Finally, an incredibly important thing that Sharon does is she ensures her students walk away at the end of that day, wanting to be a nurse. She helps facilitate such a positive learning environment that no matter how stressful and difficult the day was, her student walks away and is still excited about the profession they have chosen”
Congratulations Sharon! Thank you for educating our future nurses.