Childhood illness may have kept AnneMarie Czyz from her dream of joining other kids on the ski slopes, but it also gave her unusual insight into the power of caring and skilled nursing.
After repeated childhood surgeries to remove some benign cysts, it was always nurses who gave her strength and confidence that things would get better for her. By the time Czyz was in ninth grade, she knew she wanted to join them.
Now an advanced-practice nurse and described by colleagues as “a great athlete,” Czyz says her first love—bedside nursing—remains the core of her approach to any position in which she serves.
“Everything I bring to the organization or to the team really comes down to the people,” Czyz says. “Patients matter the most to me.”