Spotlight on Stacie Burgio

Written by Rose Torrento on Sunday, May 08, 2022 Posted in On the Job

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How did you get started in the nursing profession?

My story as a Registered Nurse began in Southfield, Michigan, on a telemetry step-down unit. It was there I learned the fundamentals of nursing, and my love for cardiology evolved. After I formed a solid foundation on the floor, I ventured off to Detroit to become a cardiac cath lab nurse. This specialized nursing position was completely foreign, challenging, and put my skills to the ultimate test. But after six months of training, I was finally ready to take calls as a cardiac cath lab nurse.

Over the past 10 years I have worked in numerous settings in interventional cardiology, radiology, neurology, electrophysiology, and vascular surgery. During this time, I also discovered my love for teaching as a nurse educator. I was honored to give back to the nursing program that gave me my foundation as a nurse. It was truly one of the most rewarding jobs.

What do you love about your position? What has kept you passionate about your career?

I love being a cath lab nurse because I love working as a team. I love helping people and comforting them throughout their procedural experience. I absolutely love the thrill of the cath lab and saving lives.

Stacie Burgio

How did you find HPC? How has HPC helped with your career?

I discovered HPC through a friend who highly recommended the company. HPC has helped me with my career by giving me guidance and support from the beginning to the end of my contracts. If there’s anything you need, HPC is always available to help you with any questions or concerns.

What advice would you give to other traveling healthcare providers?

Remember to show kindness and respect to your colleagues. We may all come with different experiences and education. But in the end, we are a team, and we are all in this together.

What do you think is the most important quality for a nurse to possess?

Patience. Take the time to make each patient feel important and safe under your care.

Do you have a memorable experience from your nursing career that has shaped you into the nurse you are today?

As a nurse, there was a time I felt insignificant and was surrounded by workplace toxicity. The best decision I have ever made in my career was escaping that unhealthy environment. As nurses, we have so many options! If you feel trapped and unhappy in your position, give something new a try! Don’t be afraid to take a leap and set out to an unfamiliar environment for a fresh start. This decision has truly shaped me into the nurse I am today!

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Anything else you’d like to add?

To all my fellow nurses, remember this: We can’t take care of our patients if we don’t take care of ourselves first. We are strong, we hustle, and we are mighty!

As we celebrate National Nurses Month, Health Providers Choice wants to remind every nurse of ongoing need across the country. Contact us online or call us today at 888-299-9800 to speak with a travel nursing recruiter, and let us be your advocate on the way to an exciting new career as a travel nurse. No matter where you go, or what role you play on assignment, you’ll always get the appreciation you deserve from HPC.

About the Author

Rose Torrento

Rosemarie Torrento has worked in health care for more than 26 years, beginning as a registered nurse in 1988. Early in her nursing career, Torrento worked as a freelance contract nurse before accepting a position in nursing administration. During her 17-year tenure in that role, she oversaw nursing employment and travel nurse contracting at a Level 1 Trauma Hospital in Michigan. Understanding the challenges travel nurses faced, Torrento founded Health Providers Choice Inc. (HPC) in 2003. Through Torrento’s extensive experience and her role as President and CEO, HPC provides travel placement of registered nurses and allied health professionals to hospital systems nationally.