Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates Recognizes National Nurses Day

Pictured above is Cathy front left with two of her nursing teammates—keeping moral boosted during the peaks of a COVID-19.

Today, May 6th, is National Nurses Day and the first day of National Nurses Week - an annual celebration of nurses worldwide for the important and life-changing care they deliver.

While the team at Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates aims to celebrate our nurses every day, we view this commemorative day as another opportunity to acknowledge over 70 teammates that make up our nursing talent across our 10 office locations for their dedication to our patients and their families.

To share some perspective on the profession of nursing and what makes our nurse team special, we spoke with our Clinical Nurse Manager of Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates, Cathy Tsoulos. Cathy has been with us for 12 years, but served as a nurse since 2007. Read on to learn about why she chose this noble profession, how she navigates the challenges that come with the job, and what it means to serve alongside and lead a talented and compassionate team of nursing and clinical staff.

Pictured above is Cathy and her team having fun outside of work! This team of nurses bond together like family which just enhances their ability to lean on each other when needed!

Why did you become a nurse?

I was inspired by the nurses that I met while I was battling cancer in my late teens/early adulthood. I recognized that my oncologists were making the care plan that ultimately saved my life, but it was the nurses that put that plan into action. Thenurses were the ones who held my hand, let me cry, validated my fears, and helped me feel whole during a time when it could be easy to feel like the subject of a science project. They also supported my parents and family at every turn. When I finally went into remission, I wanted to, in a way, pay it forward. I was inspired.

What is most challenging about being a nurse?

That’s a loaded question. It’s all challenging. We hold the trust of patients and their families when they are in their most vulnerable state. That’s a big responsibility. We want to make sure they feel educated and supported. We are, first and foremost, advocates for our patients. We are nurturers by nature. And we do it even if we are short-staffed, when we’re sick, or even when we haven’t eaten for hours at a time. We do it all to the best of our abilities, sometimes at the expense of our own families, and many times, without recognition.

How do you navigate those challenges or a particularly hard day on the job?

At Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, our purpose statement is to provide compassionate quality care–TOGETHER. That word–together could not ring more true on a difficult day. The nurses I work alongside and lead are my inspiration to be better each and every day for our patients.

Share a proud accomplishment during your nursing career.

Pictured above is Cathy (top row, fifth nurse from the left) with her nursing team. Cathy had worked with for over two years for CNSA to achieve approval as an NPD. This photo was taken on the day we received the approval!

Working as a nurse, it is a requirement to complete continuing nursing professional development, also known as NPD. I saw a need to offer NPD at CNSA. I decided tackle the application process on the organization’s behalf. After 2+ years, through countless hours spent conducting educational activities and drafting write-ups to submit to the NCNA, we became an approved provider.

Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates now provides NPD, and can give out continuing education hours!

The Carolina NeuroSurgery Education Unit is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

What do you think sets Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates’ nurses apart?

We support each other. We get through each day together. And we work at the very top of our scope of practice. It’s almost impossible to describe the role of a nurse at Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates on paper. It takes critical thinking, a lot of education, and trust in yourself. We are always learning. There is not a day that goes by where I don’t learn something new, and we’re really lucky to be in a practice surrounded by providers who love teaching. Our nurses are the strongest, sharpest, and most caring group of humans I have ever known.

What would you say to a student considering the field of nursing?

Pictured above is the Charlotte Office triage room where some of Cathy’s nursing team works. She says this room is “where the magic happens,” meaning where they collaborate as a team to direct patients quickly to receive the care they need!

I’d remind them to always ask questions but be confident in their decisions.

Nursing is unlike any other profession. It’s a great field with a wide variety of paths to pursue, but it’s important to remember nursing is more of a calling than a career.

Tell a nurse THANK YOU…
Have a nurse at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates you want to recognize? Leave them some words of encouragement or a “thank you” in the comments section below!

Sound like a team you want to be part of? Come join us!
Interested in joining Cathy’s strong, sharp and caring nursing team?

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