Susanna Gadsby, RN
Nurse Educator, Center for Nursing Excellence
What is your fondest memory from your 25 years working at Dartmouth-Hitchcock?
I have so many fond memories, but one in particular rises to the top, spending several hours through the night quietly sitting with a mom who just lost her baby. It was such a quiet, peaceful moment of "nursing" that I believe it defines who I am and what I believe as a nurse. Nursing is not about starting IVs or hanging meds or performing a procedure, it's about connecting with your people on an emotional, intellectual, and spiritual level; this is where nursing happens.
What about your work/job inspires you?
I love to learn and love when nurses engage in the community of learning. We learn best in an environment of conflict and challenge. To protect our people we need to engage in activities and conversations that don't always feel comfortable. As an educator I want to create an environment that encourages a constant exchange of ideas and lessons, not just with nurses but with everyone who cares for the people that trust us to provide the best care available anywhere in the world.
What do you like best about working in your department?
My department is in a state of growth, so it is a great time to introduce new ideas and challenge the old. The team of educators being assembled for Dartmouth-Hitchcock is inspiring. The spirit of collaboration is very strong and sets the stage for great things to come.