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Michelle McKay ’00 BSN, ’09 MSN, ’18 PhD, RN, CCRN

Female wearing face mask

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. 


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