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Supervisor of Respiratory Therapy
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
What made you decide to come to Inova?
I started out in a contract position, and then the long-term care department recruited me for a full-time position. I always liked Inova’s philosophy. The facilities where I worked were always well equipped and well staffed, two very important things to a respiratory therapist. They always had what we needed.
What’s it like to work on your team?
In respiratory therapy, we need to have a team approach. The patient census fluctuates, and we have to adapt to meet those needs. Over the years, I’ve put together a strong, clinically competent team to manage the workload.
What’s the culture like in your department?
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital has a strong community and identity. We created a program called “Shared Beliefs,” which describes the hospital’s work ethic and our collective values. We give Shared Beliefs Awards and have more than 5,000 nominations every year. Each month, we hold two lunches to read and discuss the nominations.
Are there growth opportunities at Inova?
I’ve had many opportunities to move upward into administrative positions, but I stay in my position for personal fulfillment. Inova understands and respects that decision and continues to support me and my department.
What would you tell someone interested in working at Inova?
If you have an interview opportunity, follow up and pursue it. Inova is a leader in Northern Virginia, and has earned its reputation. You can feel good about joining a well-established organization committed to delivering and developing world-class healthcare.