Shante Tucker

Up Close and Personal With Shante Tucker

1.  How long have you been working with TRM?

I’ve been working with TRM since July of 2015. It has been a great year and it has literally flown by!

2.  Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a very PROUD mother of three, a 13-year-old daughter, a 10-year-old and 10-month-old sons. I am currently in the role and title of Registered Nurse, though inches away from obtaining my Family Nurse Practitioner degree and license. I enjoy spending time with my family and make it a point that we leave our house and travel at least 4 times a year. I also write poems and play board games in my spare time.

3.  What experience and expertise do you bring to the TRM team?

As an RN I’ve had the opportunity to work in the field with many different people of all ages and backgrounds. My experience ranges from the 4-pound pound preemie receiving alternate feedings to a centenarian receiving an alternate feeding! I’ve been a staff nurse, a charge nurse, a building supervisor and a nurse educator. I love and enjoy every aspect of what I do every day, 100 percent of the time!

4.  What are some of your most notable accomplishments?

I believe that in every place I have ever worked (with the exception of my first occupation as an RN) I have either changed or enhanced a policy.

For example, I currently work in staffing resources at the RRMC trauma center, where I served on two committees, the "pathway to excellence" and  "nauti cauti". The first was an effort to gain national acknowledgement for reaching certain standards (somewhat similar to magnet) which required a ton of documentation and changes per unit. There were two representatives assigned to each unit. Upon our review, we qualified and our hospital received national recognition that we have maintained ever since.

As per Healthy People 2020, the “nauti cauti” committee instituted procedures for each nurse to follow involving foley catheters, to decrease the amount of catheter associated infections.  I was responsible for >15% improvement of orders missed due to the meticulous overnight chart check procedures that I instituted. I also created over 15 nursing care plans used upon admission in relation to common diagnosis. As an instructor, I develop schedules, itineraries, and curriculums.

5.  What is the best thing you like about working with TRM?

I absolutely love the teamwork I have experienced with TRM. The fact that I am able to be around my family and still earn an income is beyond awesome to me. I love that my direct supervisor and boss is so understanding and easy to talk to when "life happens". I could go on and on about the best things with TRM!

6.  Talk about a funny moment you had working on a project for TRM.

One funny moment was when I was on a conference call and I truly could not understand what someone was saying. I mentioned that I didn't understand once, but no one heard me. So I struggled to hear this very important phone call. Then, all of a sudden, two more people spoke up and stated they couldn’t hear either!  Finally, the problem was addressed! I just let out his huge sigh, because I would have missed the entire call!

7.  Talk about a challenging moment you had working on a project for TRM.

Communicating via email can be very challenging at times. Fortunately, everyone I work with is aware of this and that makes it a bit less challenging.

8.  Talk about the most memorable moment that you had working with TRM.

I think the most memorable moment was working the night I gave birth to my son.  I did not even tell anyone that I had my son until a couple of days after the fact. But I was feeling so good and I knew my work was due –so I connected to the hospital’s Wi-Fi with my newborn lying in my lap and began to research!

9.  Would you recommend working for TRM to your colleagues?  If so, why?

I would and I have already recommended TRM to my colleagues because it allows flexibility, fellowship and growth!

10.  What are you looking forward to in future aspirations with TRM?

 I am looking forward to a lifelong relationship with TRM, and any other opportunities that may present itself.