In 1985, as a new graduate, Paula Wolski, MSN, RN-BC, began her nursing career at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in the ICU. She worked as a bedside nurse for nearly 30 years, including as a clinical leader, until she discovered her love of informatics when she took on the role of clinical lead for the hospital’s Epic implementation. Since 2016, she has served as Program Manager of Informatics for Nursing/Patient Care Services. Recently, she was promoted to Program Director of Informatics for Nursing/Patient Care Services.
“I’m not a person who is afraid of change. And I am challenge oriented,” says Wolski. “I’ve been very fortunate in my career to have had the opportunity to branch out into different roles here at BWFH. Whenever I have wanted to take on a new challenge, this institution has supported me in doing so.”
As an informatics leader at BWFH, Wolski has been involved with many projects aimed at optimizing Epic, our electronic health record system. She has been a vital member of the Cyber Security down-time exercises and continues to be the BWFH lead representative for nursing and patient care services at ongoing readiness meetings. She has actively worked on useful reports, such as Business Continuity Access (BCA) device testing compliance, to proactively identify current practice strengths and opportunities for improvements across all departments. Her recent efforts include serving as the clinical liaison for Tap-N-Go, a system that allows all clinical staff to log in and out of Epic with their hospital ID badge; supporting the implementation of new glucometer tools; and serving as a key member of the team charged with upgrading our Large Volume IV pumps in 2019. Today, she is focused on the integration of those pumps with Epic, which will enhance patient safety.
In her new role as Program Director, Wolski will continue to work with BWFH and Mass General Brigham senior leadership members to ensure that clinical systems are optimally improving healthcare quality and efficiency.
Wolski says her role is to advocate for all staff documenting in Epic and utilizing digital tools. “My goal is to make the use of the Epic tool as user friendly as it can be for all those that I come in contact with.” With an eye to the future, she sees an ever-evolving practice setting that will include digital tools both for patients and staff.
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