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August 17, 2020

IU Health North Clinical Educator Supports New Nurses and PCAs

IU Health North Hospital

IU Health North Clinical Educator Supports New Nurses and PCAs

Megan Miller, clinical educator at IU Health North Hospital, discovered her love of nursing after seeing her grandma and sisters have great experiences in their healthcare careers. Recently, Miller stepped into a new leadership position and is looking forward to experiencing a new side of nursing.

By Caleigh Ramey, Communications Intern, IU Health Indianapolis Suburban Region, cramey4@IUHealth.org

Megan Miller, clinical educator at IU Health North Hospital, recently stepped into a new leadership position. Miller says she’s loved her new role thus far and is looking forward to experiencing a new side of nursing.

Miller is from Granger, Indiana, and got her nursing degree as well as her master’s from Ball State University. She has been a nurse for five years but came to IU Health North Hospital three years ago. Miller discovered her love of nursing after seeing her grandma and sisters have great experiences in their healthcare careers.

“Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my grandma and got to see her be a nurse,” Miller said. “She volunteered at shelters and centers that would help with a variety of health tests such as vital signs for people who could not afford to go to a doctor’s office. So, I started volunteering with her and I realized I really enjoyed helping others which led me to nursing. Also, both of my older sisters have jobs in healthcare, with one being a nurse practitioner and the other being a physician’s assistant. We are all really close, but the dynamic is different now and we can all connect on a new level which I love.”

Miller’s new role supports newly hired nurses and patient care assistants. She helps them through orientation and onboarding.

“I work to get everything behind the scenes ready for our new hires. I make sure they have all the information they need to start their job at IU Health. These things can include organizing their paperwork, setting up their calendar or scheduling necessary classes. I also have meetings every two weeks with the new staff members and unit manager to check-in on orientation progress and make sure things are running smoothly. I meet with all the new hirers often to see where they are with onboarding, orientation items, how comfortable they feel with their new position and how working with the staff has been.”

Miller says that after her previous experiences of working with new hires, this new position seemed like a perfect fit for her.

“I found that I love working with new hires, so this role allowed me to work closely with them and I knew I wanted to pursue this position when I heard about it. In some of my old positions, I would meet with new team members at orientation and help them with a variety of things. Through those experiences, I found out working with them is something that I love to do. I like to guide them towards success and get them on the right path so they have a great experience at IU Health. I want to be the person they can always turn to if they have any issues or just want to talk.”

Miller says she is also excited to see a different side of nursing.

“I get to see a whole other side of nursing that I haven’t gotten to experience before because I have always been at the bedside of the patient. I like learning new things that push me outside of my comfort zone and this is an opportunity for me to do just that. I now see all the important things of nursing that happen behind the scenes that not many people think about. I work to make the new hires feel supported and make sure they have the resources they need to be successful."

Miller credits her team for making her time at IU Health so enjoyable.

“The people I have worked with have been amazing. I have really enjoyed all of the staff and the culture that we have created. The staff members on all units are very close and we genuinely enjoy being around each other which allows us to work together well. We have a close-knit team.”

Miller says IU Health’s culture encourages others to get involved and she appreciates that.

“I think IU Health is great in offering ways for all of the staff to get involved. I love the opportunities the organization provides to be a champion of something or lead a project so I feel like I am making a difference. There are so many opportunities for growth and development and getting involved was the best thing for me. I have been able to make connections with different leaders and people in the organization that have helped me get to where I am today. I am excited for this new chapter in my nursing career.”