Five and a half years into her career, Maddi Akers is already mentoring younger nurses. In fact, it’s one of the favorite parts of her job at Huntsville Hospital for Women + Children.
Read on to learn why this avid reader and plant lover enjoys working at Huntsville Hospital and how she’s helping young nurses launch their careers.
Meet Maddi—a Huntsville nurse who loves good books, spending time with family and friends and taking care of her plant babies.
Her career as a Huntsville nurse
Originally from Kentucky, Maddi moved to Huntsville when she was in fourth grade. For college, she attended the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Although she graduated with her degree in nursing, Maddi started out studying Spanish and social work—two fields which complement her nursing career today.
At Women + Children, she’s a Charge Nurse in the the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)—the only PICU in all of North Alabama.
She loves the interacting with children of all ages—from three days to 21 years old—and values how every day presents different challenges and opportunities.
Mentoring younger Huntsville nurses
In the PICU, Maddi and her team interact with children from all over. They take care of a variety of ailments, such as diabetes, asthma, chronic illnesses and more.
On a typical day, Maddi oversees the nurses on the 11-bed unit, strategizes staffing and manages the communication between the doctors and the nurses.
She’s also invested in education and loves mentoring younger nurses. Olivia Quimby, a recently-graduated Staff Nurse, shared with us a time when Maddi mentored her:
“When I started in the PICU, I knew some people, but I was a bit nervous to transition into the ICU. Maddi was so helpful in guiding me along as a newer nurse. She would outline different hypothetical situations and asked me how I would handle them, so I’d be prepared to tackle them in real time. After working with her, I felt so much more prepared for my role in the PICU.”Olivia Quimby, Staff Nurse, Huntsville Hospital
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Fun + vibrant work environment
If you’re a recent nurse graduate, you won’t find a more accommodating work environment than Huntsville Hospital.
“We are huge on teamwork here. You never have to handle a situation alone. For example, if you’re doing an IV with pediatrics, you’ll always have at least three other people with you. If you’re a newer nurse, you can rest assured that someone always has your back, and you can feel comfortable asking questions or requesting help.”Maddi Akers, Charge Nurse, Huntsville Hospital
Huntsville Hospital offers a variety of educational opportunities for nurses, including rotational residency programs, on-staff educators and tuition reimbursement opportunities. Plus, Huntsville Hospital’s positive environment encourages employees to spend time together outside of work.
“We often have fun get togethers about once a month at someone’s house or Campus 805. We love to celebrate personal achievements, and we recently threw a party for one of our nurses who had just gotten married.”Maddi Akers, Charge Nurse, Huntsville Hospital
Level up your career at Huntsville Hospital
If you’re a recent graduate or current medical professional in the Huntsville area, there’s no better place to work than Huntsville Hospital. After seven years of working at at the hospital, Maddi couldn’t be happier with the opportunities she’s had to grow and learn.
“Huntsville Hospital offers so many opportunities for all types of nursing. There’s always room to grow and gain people and professional skills.”Maddi Akers, Charge Nurse, Huntsville Hospital
If you’re looking for somewhere to grow and improve your nursing skills, check out the exceptional opportunities at Huntsville Hospital today.