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August 2011

Ellen Pierce

Ellen Pierce joined Upstate University Hospital 22 years ago as a Registered Nurse on the Adult Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit. After 8 years, she transitioned to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit where she worked for 10 years. Three years ago, Ellen joined the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) as a Clinical Trainer on the unit. In her role, Ellen is responsible for unit based and mandatory educational initiatives for both adult and pediatric PACU areas, as well as professional development. In addition, she supervises the unit orientation process for new staff and provides patient care.

When asked what she likes most about her role, Ellen replied, “I’ve always worked in a teaching hospital and enjoy this type of environment.  I appreciate guiding people's learning and feel that what I do as a nurse makes a difference.”

Ellen was recommended to be highlighted in "Upstate Faces" by her nursing colleagues who wanted to recognize Ellen for recently winning the PatientsFirst "Innovative Care Model Moments" award. The award is given to those who demonstrate the PatientsFirst Care Model components. In her winning entry, Ellen described one of the many unforgettable moments when she stood tall and felt good about what she did as a nurse and also recalled taking care of a patient who touched her life and is still in her memory years later.

In her spare time, Ellen enjoys spending time with her husband of 32 years and her son, Troy. She enjoys boating on the St. Laurence River and taking care of her vast flower garden.  When asked what she would like people to know about her, she replied, “I didn’t become a nurse until later in life. I went into the service right out of high school and eventually decided to go to nursing school. Becoming a nurse changed my life for the better; I feel fulfilled as a nurse.”