Nurse of the Month: Marlene Jerrell

Nurse of the Month: Marlene Jerrell

How did you first learn about Signallamp?

I first learned about Signallamp Health via a job site. I was drawn to their balance of work/home life, and I really appreciated their emphasis on building relationships with patients. I applied and the rest is history.

What do you like the most about your job?

I love being able to build genuine relationships with my patients. Building trust with them on each call is its own reward. They trust me to advocate for them and I enjoy being there for them when they need me.

What is the best career lesson you have learned so far?

Never stop being a learner. I’ll never be a know-it-all, because I’m always hungry to learn more. Don’t settle for complacency, that’s the easy way out. Nursing is always changing, and being open to learning is important for our field. Life has lessons to teach us, and Signallamp is fertile soil for me to learn from supervisors, colleagues, providers, and even patients.

Compared with day one, how has Signallamp grown?

I really love the flexible schedule. Some co-workers choose a flexible schedule where they only work 4 days a week. Others just choose to flex their schedule to see their kids off to school or to take care of a household project.

If you could select one co-worker to mentor you, who would you pick and why?

Alysha B. Whenever she leads our meetings and workshops, I feel like I always have so much to learn. She has a way of seeing the big picture without losing her eye for detail.

What do you like to do when you are not working?

When I’m not working, I really enjoy reading and camping. Well, we have a camper, so I guess glamping is a better way of looking at it. And currently I am on a Colleen Hoover kick, so I’ve been reading through her books like crazy, but I’ll read a lot of different books.

What is a fun fact about you many people may not know?

I am a Friends and Grey’s Anatomy junkie! If my TV is ever on, then one of these is definitely playing. Although I don’t really enjoy the newer episodes of Grey’s Anatomy as much.

Tell us about the craziest experience you have had with a patient:

I had a patient who was released from the hospital and refused to go on dialysis. She told me her doctor had said it was an “as needed” thing and she didn’t feel like she really needed it!

Share a success story from your time in CCM:

One of my patients was taking insulin about every hour in the evenings although her sliding scale was only ordered TID. She would black out from low blood sugars. After some education she stopped and is now taking her insulin correctly. She hasn’t blacked out since we spent time helping and educating.