Chelsea Reichard, inpatient nursing operations manager at GJSH
As the inpatient nursing operations manager at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital, Chelsea manages the needs of the inpatient unit through staffing, documentation review, employee engagement, patient safety, patient satisfaction, and education. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is certified as a medical surgical registered nurse and is currently working towards her Master of Science in Nursing degree. What she loves about her career at Geisinger is that she can impact lives every day, by providing the best care possible to her patients and families.
One fun fact about Chelsea:
She has two daughters, ages 8 and 3, whom she absolutely adores. She hopes to be an example to her daughters of what it means to be a strong, professional woman so that one day they have the confidence to do whatever their hearts desire.
We asked Chelsea a few questions about her career journey, obstacles she’s faced and what International Women’s Day means to her. Here’s what she said:
Why did you decide to pursue a career in healthcare?
I pursued a career in healthcare because of the exposure to the field I had while I was young. My mother was sick, and I witnessed first-hand how important the patient experience is to those that need care. I knew that through healthcare I could make a difference and have a positive impact on a difficult time in my patients’ lives.
Tell us about a challenge you’ve faced along your journey?
I took a leadership position at a young age and felt the pressure to meet the needs of the position while raising a family. Work-life balance has been by far the biggest challenge. This career has taught me the importance of time management and has also given me the ability to be understanding of myself and others. I love what I do and value the relationships that I have with my staff. Without their support, I would not be where I am today.
What advice would you give to other women looking to get into the healthcare field?
There is no better time for a woman to join the healthcare field. The opportunities are endless for a nurse and the sky is the limit. It is a meaningful career that can take you where you choose to go with dedication and a heart to serve others.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s day is “Balance for Better,” focused on building a gender-balanced world. What does that mean to you? How can we make a positive difference for women everywhere?
I have been fortunate to be mentored by strong women in healthcare, so I know the value that women bring to leadership. It is so important to focus on the strengths that women have and the leadership capability in each one of us. We must challenge women to know their worth and give them the confidence to reach their goals.