Meet Hannah Hanscom, BSN, RN, CPN, Clinical Nurse, RN II

Meet Hannah Hanscom

What’s a typical day at Children’s like for you?
Surgical Care is a busy unit that cares for a wide variety of patients and experiences high patient turnover. We care for a wide variety of patients including trauma, burn, orthopedic, general surgery, plastics, and urology, which keeps us always thinking critically, as no two patients are the same.

How did you become a Magnet Champion?
As a new nurse a few years ago, I knew I wanted to become involved in organization wide committees so that I could gain a broader understanding of the hospital and have more of an impact than just on my unit. The leadership on my unit assisted me in determining what would be a good fit for me and encouraged me to join the Magnet Champions as the representative for the Surgical Care Unit. I've now been a member of the Magnet Champions for about two and a half years and have gone from being a member to being one of the Co-Chairs.

What does it mean to be a Magnet Champion?

Being a Magnet Champion allows me the opportunity to be engaged in the hospital in a broader sense and view our daily practice as nurses from a different view point. As a Magnet Champion I have gained the understanding and recognition of how what our nurses and staff do on daily basis is Magnet. The Magnet Champions are able to engage with their units and the entire organization to provide education regarding Magnet, ensure staff are prepared for Magnet Site Visit in July, and engage in numerous community service activities.

How did you end up at Children’s National/in pediatrics?
I knew once I completed my nursing school pediatric clinical rotation that I wanted to be a pediatric nurse. When I began to look for positions for new nurses, I developed a list of criteria so that I could determine the best fit for me, these criteria included being a solely a pediatric hospital, a hospital that was Magnet Designated, a hospital that had a yearlong new grad residency program, and a hospital that displayed opportunities for professional growth. Children's met all of those criteria and in 2012 I began working as a new graduate nurse on the Surgical Care Unit.

What motivates you to come to work at Children’s every day?
The opportunity to make a difference is one thing that motivates me each day when I come to work, be it through taking care of patients, seeing their health improve and then be able to be discharged home, developing and providing education to staff regarding Magnet to ensure everyone feels prepared for our Site Visit, precepting a new nurse, or engaging in different quality improvement initiatives on the Surgical Care Unit.

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