Visits with his grandmother planted seeds for career at Bryn Mawr Rehab

The first time Nick Cairns came to Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital was as a child, accompanying his grandmother who worked as a unit attendant, transferring people to and from therapy. Years later, Nick began his own nursing career at Bryn Mawr Rehab as a per diem PCT while still in nursing school. Upon graduation he took a position as an RN on the brain injury unit. He also went on to earn a master’s degree in health law from Widener University School of Law.

From nurse to nurse leadership at Main Line Health

As an RN, Nick started to fill in as an as-needed supervisor and now serves as assistant manager of the orthopedic unit. “Overall, it’s just a great area of nursing that no one really understands unless you work here,” he says, of working with orthopedic patients and those who’ve had spinal cord injuries. “At first they can’t get out of bed and then you get to see them walk out the door. You get to know them, and you get to know their families. It’s just a great environment to work in.”

Nick also appreciates the nursing leadership and particularly Judy Latham, the person who originally hired him on the brain injury unit. “She just seems like she really wants her employees to succeed and she gives everybody the opportunity to do well.” He’s also learned a lot from his current manager, Caryn Johnson, whom he considers a great mentor, who has taught him how to transition from being a floor nurse to working in an administrative role.

It also helps to work at a place where the staff members are friendly and the facilities are clean. Says Nick, “I’ve seen other hospital facilities and none of them even compare.” If you’re looking for meaningful work and a place you enjoy coming to every day, he continues, “Come work at the rehab!”

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