New Chief Nursing Officer Announced
Meet Terri Brandt Correia BSN, RN, CNOR, MBA. Terri has moved to Estes Park, CO, from Lexington, OR to join the Estes Park Health Senior Leadership Team.
Terri listed her objective for serving in the CNO position as: “I seek to utilize my skills as an effective leader to support the Mission, Vision and Values of Estes Park Health. I am excited to join a progressive executive team to develop strategic plans to keep the organization as a leader in the community it serves. I want to use my years of hospital leadership and team development to build and elevate an optimal staff to face the challenges of healthcare in the current environment.”
We asked Terri a few questions to allow you to get to know her better.
Why did you become a nurse?
Terri: I get asked this question often, as I think most nurses do. From the time I was a child, I wanted to be a nurse. I did not have an event in my life as some nurses have had that solidified their career paths. I have always been a nurturer and know no other way to be. I guess you can say that a nursing career was always in my plan. I found myself a single mother with two small children, and no career as I planned so…..I went back to school after being out of high school 10 years. My mother helped with the children, and I went to nursing school non-stop for four years to earn my BSN. I, not for one day, have ever regretted that decision. I love being a nurse and I cannot imagine being in any other profession.
Describe your ideal CNO-nurse relationship.
Terri: I have always worked to have a trusting, open relationship with the nurses I serve. I am a highly approachable person and intentionally build relationships with my nurses. Building a trusting relationship by making myself available to them, intentionally, daily is important. There were many years in my early nursing career that I did not know who my CNO was. I knew her name, but she never made an appearance on the units. When I made the decision to enter the administrative arena, I knew that that is not who I wanted to be. I respect the frontline staff and admire their commitment to our patients and community. I know how hard they work, and an important part of my job is to be their voice at the administrative level. I highly honor the nursing profession and those who work in all aspects of it.
Describe your communication style.
Terri: My colleagues and staff will learn that I listen more than I speak. I am a processor and a thinker, and think before I speak.
What do you believe is the single most important thing you can do for your staff that report to you?
Terri: Support them in their day to day work lives and encourage a work life balance. Juggling work, family and outside commitments can be stressful. Making a positive influence on their work life is important to me.
What do you believe is the single most important thing you can do for Estes Park Health?
Terri: Serve! I chose health care to not only serve my patients and community, but to serve those I work with. I am a dedicated and compassionate leader that is how I lead and serve, with compassion.
How do you like to spend your free time?
Terri: I really enjoy the outdoors. I am an avid upland bird hunter. I enjoy hiking, hunting and gathering in the mountains. I also, love cooking for my friends and family.
What is your best wellness tip?
Terri: Move and break a sweat every day. Also, take time to calm the mind and spirit, whatever that looks like for you, reflection, turn technology off, escape with a book or listen to music you love.
Estes Park Health is proud to announce Terri Brandt Correia as our new Chief Nursing Officer. We would also like to take the opportunity to thank Erin Wooley for serving as interim Chief Nursing Office. We are truly thankful for her leadership and dedication to Estes Park Health.
About Estes Park Health
Founded in 1975 by the residents of Estes Park, Estes Park Health is the community’s comprehensive health-care resource with a focus on superior, compassionate care that consistently receives high patient-satisfaction scores. The Estes Park Health system serves the entire Estes Park Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park. It integrates acute and emergency care with community health, includes the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic health care through medical and surgical services; a 23-bed critical access acute care facility, a 24-hour emergency department with ambulance service and air transport; primary care and specialty clinics; home health and hospice; and a 60-bed skilled nursing facility. For more information about Estes Park Health visit eph.org.