When Jamie Causey is not busy riding her Kawasaki Ninja 650 in the mountains of Tennessee or attending local cruise-ins and car shows, she is busy working at the Levine Children’s Hospital (LCH) in Charlotte.
Since graduating from Stanly Community College (SCC), Jamie earned a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and has recently enrolled in the MBA program at Fayetteville State University. “What you learn in school is just scratching the surface and“textbook” patients are not common in the hospital. I learned how to think outside the box and think on my feet.”
Jamie not only works at LCH as a Pediatric Clinical Supervisor, but she is also an adjunct faculty at Stanly Community College. “SCC has great relationships with the area facilities. There can be a lot of stress while in school, but getting a job after graduation was not one of them. I teach clinic at LCH for the respiratory program and teach RCP 213 – Pediatric Neonatal Concepts at SCC.”
Jamie was a finalist for the 2017 National Respiratory Patient Advocacy Award. An award that identifies and honors registered respiratory therapists from across the nation who demonstrate excellence in compassionate care for patients and families. Tina Harper, BS, RRT-RCP, Director of Respiratory Therapy at SCC, noted, “Jamie is an asset to the field of respiratory care, to our program and to the community. It is a pleasure to work with her and it is no surprise that she was a recipient for this award. She is an advocate for her patients, our students and the communities in which we serve.”
Matthew Pavlichko, MS, RRT-NPS, RCP, Director of Cardiopulmonary Services at LCH, had this to say about Jamie, “I have seen an exponential growth in a teammate; one I have never seen before. Jamie has grown into a phenomenal leader, clinician, teammate, advocate, and visionary.”
Jamie wants potential respiratory students to know it is a rewarding field of study, but be prepared to set your goals. “Buckle down and do it. Two years of studying sounds like a long time but when you graduate and look back you will realize time really does fly. Find a mentor and latch on. Tell people your goals; it is the only way to accomplish them. I love what I do. I would not change it for the world. Taking care of a patient and watching that person get better is the best part. Going home every day and knowing that I made a difference in someone’s life is very rewarding.”
For more information about SCC’s Respiratory Therapy program, contact Tina M. Harper, at 704-991-0268 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the College’s website at www.stanly.ed