What is your position and role at Gillette? I am a Nursing Research Specialist at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. Nurses conduct research daily, collecting and analyzing patient data to formulate an assessment and plan. Helping frontline nurses convert this everyday process into formal research studies is the primary focus of a nursing research specialist at Gillette. I help nurses and other clinical staff members identify and understand a practice problem, and build a research study that produces evidence to support or refute a change in practice.
Do you have a favorite Gillette story or memory? I am a research geek. Shortly after joining Gillette, I learned that a leading care coordination researcher was interested in collaborating with Gillette. Not one to miss a research rock-star, I managed an invite to this meeting. Looking back, this was the beginning of my Gillette care coordination research journey, and one that I hope to continue for many more years.
What do you like best about being a nurse at Gillette? In my former position as an academic researcher at the University of Minnesota, I did not directly see how the research evidence we generated was used in ‘real life.’ A as nurse researcher at Gillette, I see this every day. That is what I love about being a nurse at Gillette.
What are your hobbies outside of work? When the weather is not too cold I like to cross-country ski. When the weather is warm, I like to garden and ride my bike as much as possible. Whatever the weather, I love to travel.
Do you have any children or pets? I am an empty-nester, with two sons, Sam (22) and Will (19), and a dog named Jake.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I would like to go to South America, especially Patagonia.
What is one fun fact about you? I am finally old enough to compete in the Minnesota Senior Games. Watch for me during the women’s cycling road race!