Centerpoint Medical Center
January 02, 2013

by Linda Friedel | Reprinted courtesy of KC Nursing News

Alexis Strange embraces her role as an emergency room nurse.

“I absolutely love the sense of camaraderie and the variety of patients that I see,” said Strange, RN, BSN, of the emergency department at Centerpoint Medical Center. “We work in pods. Everyone is such a team player. We’re like a big family.”

Strange said she is prepared for any situation that rolls through the doors. She likes the challenge of responding to the unknown, then caring for patients of all generations.

“You have to be ready for whatever comes in through the door,” Strange said. “You’ve just got to roll with it. You’ve got to be flexible.”

Strange earned her BSN from Research College of Nursing before joining the emergency department at Centerpoint in 2011. She did not stay away from academia very long, however. Strange re-enrolled at Research College of Nursing, this time to earn her degree as a family nurse practitioner. Strange was set on becoming a nurse practitioner since she was a teen. She received excellent care from her own nurse practitioner, she said. Strange liked the way her nurse practitioner took time with her. She asked questions about Strange’s home and school life and gave sound advice, Strange said. They connected. Strange remembered the positive experience, saying she wanted the ability to impact someone’s life in the same way.

“She inspired me,” Strange said. “She was always willing to go the extra step for her patients. She would take time to sit and talk with you. She went the extra mile.”

Strange said she was inspired by other role models. While earning her undergraduate degree, instructors encouraged her into research. She produced a research project in nursing school, and has been involved in several since. She recently finished a study focused on the identification of patients at-risk for contaminated blood cultures. Before the project’s publication, she launched another one, this time focusing on family presence during invasive procedures in the ER. Strange said the research projects are a team effort.

“I just want to take care of patients,” Strange said. “I have a lot of respect for the nursing model.”

Patients frequently call the emergency department complimenting Strange, said Jacque Euritt, RN, MSN, director of the emergency department.

“Alexis is very compassionate with her patients,” Euritt said. “We get calls from patients all the time who say how wonderful she was. She always goes that extra mile. She loves what she does.”

Strange is very engaged with shared governance and looks for ways to make better processes, Euritt said. She is not afraid to identify issues, but always comes with solutions, Euritt said.

“Her peers love her,” Euritt said. “She always has a positive attitude.”