Michelle McKay ’00 BSN, ’09 MSN, ’18 PhD, RN, CCRN
Assistant Professor, Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
Critical Care Nurse, Surgical ICU
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia
May 16, 2020
I am an Assistant Professor in the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing whose research focuses on the care of older adults. I also still work per diem as a bedside critical care nurse in the Surgical ICU at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where I have worked for 20 years since graduating from FCN with my BSN.
Working as a bedside nurse affords me the opportunity to inform my research and foster my passion of caring for others while bringing up-to-date evidence-based nursing to the classroom for my students. I have worked with my fellow Jefferson colleagues caring for patients with COVID-19 and other patients with emergent medical, trauma, and surgical needs.
I am continually impressed with how my colleagues - nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, environmental services, food services, and the entire team that keeps a hospital running - work tirelessly every single day to keep the patients and each other safe. The stories of bedside nursing during COVID-19 will be essential for preparing our FCN student nurses to provide high quality care in the future.