By Janice Petrella Lynch, MSN, RN
Stesha Selsky, BSN, RN, PCCN, clinical nurse and interim nurse informaticist, UCLA Health System, was named the Nurse.com 2015 California Rising Star at the June 5 GEM Awards dinner at the Hilton Los Angeles, Universal City.
The Nurse.com Rising Star Award is presented to one nurse at each of our GEM events — a nurse who has been licensed and working in any care setting for fewer than five years and who possesses a strong nursing knowledge base and good clinical skills; who shows special characteristics and traits indicative of future leadership strengths; who has personal and career goals in place, and who demonstrates knowledge of current professional nursing issues.
“Winning the Nurse.com award is an incredible honor and I am absolutely delighted,” Selsky said after receiving the Rising Star award. “To me it seems as if I am in a dream because there are so many wonderful and accomplished nurses here.”
Although still in the early years of her career, Selsky has moved rapidly along the novice-to-expert continuum. Described as being dedicated to process improvement, she is credited with working on projects that include barcode scanning improvements and partnering on a project with pharmacy to decrease the possibility of alarm fatigue due to multiple medication alerts.
Selsky credits her chief nursing informatics officer as having the most profound influence on her career development, and advises other nurses to spend time with the nursing leaders in their organizations.
“Many leaders in the nursing field today are inviting and want to mentor nurses, and this is a great way to find your specific passion within nursing and learn from very experienced nurses,” she said.
Interest in informatics
Demonstrating an early interest in nursing informatics, Selsky contacted the CNIO to get involved and was given projects that she quickly tackled.
Selsky said she is most proud of her ability to identify nursing workflow areas that could be optimized for increasing patient safety and nursing and patient satisfaction.
Selsky has handled workflow specifications as well as the “go-live” with ease and finesse. She also worked on a project to capture electronic patient signatures on consents, and only a year into practice, she led a LEAN A3 project examining discharge phone calls with a group of new graduates. The project was presented at UCLA’s evidence-based practice conference and was awarded first place in performance improvement.
Aside from her leadership, initiative and excellent communication skills, Selsky has a unique combination of intellect and charisma that has made her enormously effective, said her nominator, who has watched Selsky learn and grow.