May 2014 Associate of the Month
Sue Buckman, Clinical Educator, 3 and 4 Acute Care
Sue Buckman, RN, BSN grew up in Fort Washington and graduated from Upper Dublin High School. She earned her nursing degree from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.
After graduating, Sue worked at Normandy Farms Estates, a retirement community in Blue Bell. She then worked on a medical-surgical unit at Chestnut Hill Hospital, where she also worked on the IV team. Sue worked part time at Chestnut Hill until 2000. She also worked part time at Central Montgomery and Warminster hospitals. In 1997, she started working part time on the IV team at Doylestown Hospital.
Sue became full time at Doylestown Hospital in 2007. She has multiple duties as the clinical educator for 3 and 4 Acute Care. She helps new hires (including RNs, patient care technicians and unit clerks) become familiar with the hospital and its guidelines. She keeps staff compliant with regulations and up to date on important issues. Sue helped get the hospital’s stroke program certified and continues to work with the busy program.
"It’s something different everyday," says Sue. "I do whatever is needed for patient safety and patient care."
Sue knew at a young age she wanted to become a nurse. Her mother and aunt were nurses, and Sue was a nursing assistant in high school and college. She always had an interest in education, as well, having taught IVs early in her nursing career.
Sue serves on more than 10 hospital committees, including the Nursing Practice Council, Stroke, Orthopedics and Rapid Response. She also helps Children’s Village maintain certification and teaches medicine administration to Associates there.
According to Kathy Mata, clinical manager, 4 Acute Care: "Sue goes the extra mile for our patients, visitors and Associates. Her genuine care and concern show in everything she does, whether it’s helping a patient walk in the hall, guiding a visitor to the correct location or helping and supporting a nurse.
Sue is a well-respected educator. She has an easy-going manner and an excellent sense of humor that Associates respond to positively. The nursing staff say Sue is very approachable and they know they can rely on Sue, her nursing expertise and her knowledge of policies and procedures.
Sue readily steps in to help wherever and whenever the need arises. She will come in day, evening or night, weekday or weekend to help on the unit. Sue sees the whole picture and unselfishly jumps in to help any department when needed.
Sue is a great resource for all members of the 4 Acute and 3 Acute staff. She is a strong nursing representative on several committees that work to improve nursing practice and patient care according to evidence-based practice. Sue was part of the teams instrumental in DH becoming a Certified Stroke and Certified Orthopedic Center. Sue has been influential in our success in all regulatory agency surveys by thinking of unique strategies to help the staff understand and comply with required standards. She frequently comes up with creative ideas and individualizes teaching techniques for the various nursing staff that works best for them."
Sue was selected as the 2014 Individual Team Builder award winner by Volunteer Services for her support of the volunteer program.
Sue likes the variety of her duties and says her fellow Associates are like a "second family" and Doylestown Hospital is like a "second home."
Sue and husband, Brian, live in Doylestown and have four sons; Tim, 25; Thomas, 22; Patrick, 17, and Matthew, 12. They keep Sue very busy, with athletics and other activities. The family also enjoys water sports at the lake and the shore. Sue likes to exercise and walks every day.