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Clinical Nurse to Informatics – Role Change Becomes a Good Fit
Lisa Brennan has committed her talent and passion to the field of nursing. It all began when Brennan, a Leyden Township resident, decided to return to school to earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing from Triton College. She completed her degree program in 1990 and from that point, has enjoyed a lengthy career in her field and continues to pursue her education and career goals.
Brennan started her career at Elmhurst Clinic as the Clinical Coordinator of the Internal Medicine Department. When the organization began to design and implement an electronic charting system, she moved into the informatics role from the clinical position, working previously in various nursing roles including emergency room, critical care transport and physician office (family medicine, allergy and internal medicine).
Brennan was recently hired as Senior Manager of Physician Support Services for Adventist Healthcare. Her role consists of design, maintenance, implementation and support of electronic health records. Prior to her new position, Lisa was the manager of EMR Implementation and Support for Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, Physician Practice Division.
In 2008, Brennan completed her BSN and in 2012 she received an MSN in informatics – graduating with Sigma Theta Tau Honors. Lisa received the 2009 Microsoft Heath User Group Award for Innovation for Integrated EHR and is recognized as a NextGen Certified Professional, Epic Ambulatory Certified Analyst and an Epic Ambulatory Instructional Designer.
Brennan enjoys informatics and has decided that’s where she would like to complete her career. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Brennan also serves as a member of the Triton College Alumni Association Council.
What have been some obstacles you’ve had to overcome in pursuit of your educational and career goals?
One obstacle to my career goals was returning to school. It was difficult to return to study habits after being out of school for 16 years.
What or who has served as a source of inspiration in either your career, personal life or both?
I have had two excellent nursing mentors in my career. One in the emergency room who worked with me to develop my skills as a nurse and one I worked under as a nurse manager.
What would you consider your strong suit to be – whether skills or qualities?
My strong suit is being determined, professional, skilled and able to handle stressful situations.
How has Triton College impacted your life?
I would not be where I am today if I did not start my education at Triton. My advisor suggested taking computer classes as my electives for my degree. Back then computers were a very new endeavor. I took some basic classes that really sparked my interest. Today I am using both the clinical knowledge and computer knowledge that I started with at Triton.
What advice would you give someone who would like to pursue a career in your field?
I would advise them to begin their nursing career with an associate’s degree from Triton. The Nursing Program provides a great foundation for a variety of nursing careers. They can obtain their license and work while completing their BSN or MSN in another program.
What are your words of wisdom for current Triton students?
Take all the classes you can. Explore classes outside of your core courses, you never know when you will find them helpful.
What are your plans for the future?
Recently moving into a new position, I am looking forward to the great opportunities I’ll have with my new organization.
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