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ACNL in Action
Member Spotlight: Rose Colangelo
By: Jacob Roche
Rose Colangelo always knew she wanted to work in a hospital, even when she was nine years old. That dream came from a desire to help people, whether that meant healing a patient or comforting a family. She is now the Patient Care Manager of the Emergency Department at Scripps Health and an active member of ACNL, serving on the Quality, Safety and Engagement Committee and participating in the inaugural cohort of the Executive Leadership Academy.
Answering the call
“I always wanted more,” Rose shared. “I really wanted to be at the bedside. I love helping people feel better.”
It was that desire to be at the bedside that made her reluctant to take on a leadership role at first. However, Scripps offered a supervisor program that allowed her to split her schedule between working on the floor as a charge nurse and doing process improvement work on the administrative side. The more experience she gained as a leader, the more she understood that leadership was a way to maximize the number of people she was helping.
“The more involved you get in leadership, the more you can actually help people,” Rose said. “That’s when I decided that I wanted to become a manager. Not only could I just help people at the bedside, I could help those people that help people at the bedside.”
Paying it forward
Rose says that the biggest benefit of the Executive Leadership Academy has been the networking she’s been able to do. Being able to learn not only from the instructors and her mentor, but from the other members of the cohort as well, has helped Rose grow as a leader. She has been able to take the information she’s learned from the program and her fellow participants and pass it on to help her own staff develop as emerging leaders.
“How do I take that information and not only continue to develop my own leadership skills, but share that information with my staff and help them build?” She asked. “Using these resources has been inspiring and helped me be a better leader all around.”
“ACNL welcomes you and wants you to be successful,” she said. “They are truly committed to make sure that you have what you need to be successful. The way they took our ELA cohort under their wing and engaged us has made me want to be a better leader.”