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You’ll never believe the “gift” one nurse was presented with on the job!

This feature is brought to you in partnership with Interim HealthCare

Have you ever thought about leaving the bedside…for the boardroom? In partnership with Interim HealthCare, we’re talking to nurses across the country who have done just that! Here, Delia Glaser shares about her transition into business ownership, the nurse she’ll never forget and the “token of appreciation” for a job well done that you won’t believe!

DeliaRNName: Delia Glaser, RN, BSN, MPM

Franchise location: Interim HealthCare of Pittsburgh (TSO Organization)

What type of nurse are you? I’m a registered nurse, but as I tell my staff, I’m probably down to two nursing skills left! I don’t think they let me read TB tests anymore.

Where did you work before starting your franchise, and for how long? I’ve been very blessed and fortunate to work for Interim HealthCare for many years. Prior to working here, I was a nurse manager of a neuro-surgical floor at a large hospital in Pittsburgh.

When and why did you choose to leave bedside nursing and start a franchise? I was working at Interim HealthCare for many years as the director and VP. Several years ago, I was offered the opportunity to become a shareholder with this terrific organization, which was started more than 40 years ago.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job? I’m very grateful that we are able to help so many children and adults remain in their homes and community. I also love watching staff develop into confident and successful professionals.  

What’s the best part of being a business owner? Honestly, I always felt “ownership” in the development and success of the company. But it is very nice to have an actual stake in the company.

What’s the funniest thing anyone’s ever said to you on the job? Apparently, there were several directors that came and went prior to my hiring. One of the staff told me that “I wouldn’t last three months!” That was 30 years ago!

Can you share an “only in nursing!” story from your own career with us? When I first started, I had never cared for children—in fact, pediatrics terrified me. (Have you ever seen those tiny trachs?!) Who knew that the majority of our patients would be technology-dependent children? 

If you could have dinner with any nurse–real or fictional, living or not–who would it be and why? I’d love to have dinner with Mary Grace DiGiorgi RN, who was our VP of pediatric services for many years, until her untimely death 10 years ago.  She was so committed to “the little ones,” as she would call the pediatric patients. Mary Grace was funny, dedicated, creative and so wise. I would tell her how much she’s meant not only to me and our organization, but also to the many children that we’ve cared for.

What’s one moment from your nursing career that you’ll never forget–either inspiring or humorous? Well, Mary Grace and I always said that we should write a book called It’s Never the Vent! based upon the many stories of providing care for technology-dependent individuals and families. Our favorite was the day that Mary Grace went above and beyond to arrange to have a complex child go home with nursing care. The family was so grateful that they gave her a gift as a token of appreciation. It was a baggie with white powder(!). She graciously declined, but thanked them for their generosity.

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