Nursing Grad Goes Techie
Six months ago, Maya Zitrin, 29, was crossing a stage at City College of San Francisco, a graduate of JVS’s Nursing Refresher program. Yesterday, she started a 10-day training in Nashville, TN for her new job at a healthcare start-up, naviHealth.
“The JVS program really helped me be ready to get a job. I had been out of nursing for a few years. Being in a hospital setting did wonders for my confidence and helped me re-orient to nursing again,” said Zitrin.
The nursing refresher program, profiled in the J. Weekly, is designed to refresh the skills of foreign and U.S.-trained nurses. Maya’s class was made up of 20 nurses from 13 countries.
“For more than 20 years, this program has been a very successful way for nurses to regain their competitive edge in a changing workforce. The most recent class graduated 4 weeks ago and just over half of them have already secured positions,” said Leah Olson, Health Professionals Coordinator.
Maya’s story of securing her new job is not unique. She learned about this emerging healthcare field through networking.
“I met with a friend from High School who was pre-med in college. Now she’s directs quality improvement in healthcare. She told me about naviHealth and this position and said they were looking for people with long-term care experience. I would never have thought that I was qualified for a job like this. I wouldn’t have known had I not taken the time to connect with her and learn about her job,” said Zitrin.
NaviHealth has developed a tool to help them focus on reducing re-admissions to acute care facilities. They have a database of 800,000+ patients that helps them to analyze the needed level of care and the cost, while improving quality of care. As part of Zitrin’s job, she will be following and tracking the progress of patients at St. Francis and St. Mary’s Hospitals –both part of Dignity Health in San Francisco and who use this new tool.
“I’m looking forward to learning the business side of nursing. Healthcare is becoming more technology-based and evidence-based in developing standards of care. Patients also have more autonomy, so they need more direction. All of us need to be informed to be able to make the right decisions about our health,” said Zitrin.
One day, Zitrin hopes to have her own business that involves chronic disease care management. She is passionate about integrating many kinds of care to improve the health of patients. She looks forward to returning to JVS’s Nursing Refresher program in the fall as a guest speaker, and introducing more JVS clients to this exciting line of work.