With over 20 years in the health care field, Monica Byers serves as the chief nursing officer for Nathan Adelson Hospice. She is responsible for the care delivery and operational management to all of the patients in Clark County and Pahrump, Nev.

(Photo Courtesy of Monica Byers)

(Photo Courtesy of Monica Byers)

Byers also serves intermittently as adjunct professor at Nevada State College, instructing baccalaureate nursing students in leadership/management courses, and is a certified educator in End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Nevada Organization of Nurse Leaders, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association and Phi Kappa Phi.

Byers received her Bachelor of Science in nursing and Master of Science in nursing science at Florida Atlantic University and her Master’s Degree in health care administration from the University of West Florida. She is a candidate for her master’s certificate: Lean/Six Sigma: Villanova University.

She began her career as a nurse and nurse practitioner because she enjoyed working with patients directly. “However, I found that a master’s degree in nursing did not prepare me for the business side of health care which I kept bumping up against when I wanted to implement something new,” she explained. After opening up a medical house call business to provide health care in the home, she realized she needed to learn about business and operations in the health care industry.

Byers decided to pursue her additional education in health care administration which allowed her to combine her caring qualities with her ability to manage and maintain quality to make changes to the health care field within the industry.

“Those who work in the clinical side, with an associate’s or baccalaureate degree, and those with master’s continuing on a clinical career path are not exposed to the business model, operational issues or industry drivers. Recently in the nursing profession, there are now conversations about business for those with a master’s level in leadership or administration.” According to Byers, clinicians need the additional education in health care administration to create change by understanding what drives an organization and how to make policy changes that affect not one patient at a time but the whole system.

Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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