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Brent Jackson

Nursing, 2009

Currently 

Registered Nurse - MSICU at Sutter Health California Pacific Medical Center

Brent Jackson

Briefly describe your career path. 

After graduation, I started in the Intensive Care Unit at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City. After four years, I started at the Norman Regional Healthplex Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, where I remained simultaneously for another 2 years. I moved to California in October 2014, where I began a travel assignment in the Intensive Care Unit at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. When that contract ended in December, I started full-time in the Intensive Care Unit at Sutter Health Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in downtown Oakland. I was then asked to follow my then-manger to a director position, where I served as administrative nurse manager under her at Novato Community Hospital for 1 year. I then transferred to the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Sutter Health California Pacific Medical Center, where I have remained for 1 year now.

Describe what an average day looks like. 

I serve several roles in my unit depending on the day. As a rapid response RN, I round throughout the patient care units of the hospital identifying patients that may require more care or escalation of care, as well as serve as a clinical resource for nurses in all units. A typical patient assignment can range from a simple overnight ICU stay to a very critical post-operative liver or heart transplant. In my experience, my particular skills always land me in very versatile roles/assignments.

What advice would you give your college self about pursuing work in your current industry? 

Be humble, do not be afraid to look stupid, and be transparent.

What is a lesson learned at OKCU that you have been able to apply to your career? 

The knowledge of a team or group will ALWAYS trump the knowledge of one.

I just put my head down, swallowed my pride, and was determined to build a life for myself in a new city. That attitude will pay off for anyone, and it did for me.

What is the most significant thing that’s happened to you since graduating? 

In 2014, I made the choice to relocate to the San Francisco Bay Area in California. This was due to two things: a hesitation to advance my career at that time, and a need to make a more fair salary given my work experience and skills. Relocating is hard. I just put my head down, swallowed my pride, and was determined to build a life for myself in a new city. That attitude will pay off for anyone, and it did for me.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

There are so many paths ahead of me. I have dabbled in many different aspects of healthcare, and it still surprises me every day. I love my job, I love serving my patients. They are the ultimate motivation for everything. Healthcare is a dynamic, challenging field that will never bore me. I am currently 8 years into my career, heavily contemplating my next move. Whatever comes, I'm grateful that I have so many opportunities for change/growth/advancement, but also would be quite happy in my current role for quite some time.

What is your favorite OKCU memory? 

The people and my mentor Linda Wisener. The people I STILL talk to as much as possible. My 4 best friends that are still my rocks, and my family. Professor Wisener was tough, she didn't accept mediocrity from me, and she sat me down my senior year when I was so stressed and spinning...and told me just how much potential I had. She encouraged me to pursue intensive care, and it's become the love of my life. If it wasn't for her, who knows where I would have ended up. Listen to those that know better!