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Deborah Lesniak, RN, MS

Deborah Lesniak, RN, MS

Director, Emergency Services and Critical Care Services

How many years have you worked as a nurse and at Children's?
I have been a nurse for over 36 years and have worked for Children's for my entire career.

Briefly describe your current role in Children's nursing leadership.
I am the clinical director of Emergency Services and Critical Care. In this role, I oversee the emergency, trauma and pre-hospital departments. I also supervise the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

At what institution did you earn your nursing degree?
I received my initial RN education at a diploma program from Montefiore Hospital. I then received my bachelor's degree in nursing from La Roche College.

Do you have any advanced degrees?
I received my master's degree in Nursing from the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill.

At what point in your life did you know you wanted to become a nurse and why?
I probably knew in grade school that I wanted to become a nurse. In my early days, women either went into nursing or teaching. I chose nursing and was never sorry.

How has nursing changed today compared to when you first started?
The art of caring has not, but technology certainly has changed since I became a nurse. The patients are much sicker now and there are many more ethical issues. I believe that access to health care has also changed dramatically.

What makes working with children so rewarding/fulfilling?
Children are resilient, open, honest and refreshing.

What's the best part of your current job?
My favorite part of my job is that there is a new surprise every day. Working with so many different individuals, I have never woken up in the morning and not wanted to come to Children's.

What has surprised you the most about nursing?
The many different directions that you can travel in professionally has always surprised me.

Last Update
January 8, 2014
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Last Update
January 8, 2014