Shannon joined the AdvisaCare team January 1st of this year and is responsible for overseeing patient care at our Phoenix, Arizona branch. She brings with her 7.5 years of rehabilitation experience from her work at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado and is currently enlisted in the Army Reserves. She has a strong background in spinal cord injury rehabilitation and disability care. It is our privilege to introduce Shannon King, AdvisaCare newest Clinical Manager.
Tell us a little about you…
I started at Craig when I was only 18 years old. I worked there as a CNA for 2 years on the less acute Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) floor (3 East) while I completed my RN. Once I completed my RN, I transferred over to the acute SCI floor (3 West) and worked there for 5 ½ years. I was also a night shift charge nurse and the hospital IV expert which meant that if there was ever a code no matter where I was, I got paged overhead.
What an amazing experience! I learned so much from simply talking to my patients while listening to and asking questions of the other nurses, CNAs and respiratory therapist all over the hospital.
I always joke that psych nurses ask you how you feel and a rehab nurses tell you, “you can do this yourself”. The best rehab nurses are the combination of the two. You have got to know when to push and when to pull. This means being able to read your client’s needs and encourage them from where they now are in order to get them to where they want to be.
I truly believe that I was born to be a rehab nurse. This means advocating for my patients but most importantly teaching them to advocate for themselves. Knowledge is power and the more a patient knows about their disability and their own bodies the better they can direct their care. And of course that is the ultimate goal, complete independence. I think sometimes people think that independence means being able to do everything yourself, but, post SCI independence is being able to be responsible for all aspects of you life, even if you have to direct/delegate a task.
So from the bottom of my heart, with all the support and encouragement I can muster, you CAN do this yourself!
What does Craig hospital mean to you
Craig was my home and my family for so long. I will always remember it like the house I grew up in, with the same fondness and pleasant memories. The things that I learned there shaped my vision for my own future and taught me, as Craig says, “The Strength of Family”. It is this knowledge and spirit that I bring with me as I transition to AdvisaCare.
I am a wife and mother as well as a nurse. My son is the most adorable, most intelligent, 7 month old I have ever met. (Could I be biased by the fact that I am his mother?)
My husband is the most supportive, kindest man I have ever met. It is with his support that I completed my Bachelors in Nursing, my Masters in Nursing, obtained my certification as a rehabilitation nurse and now he is supporting me as I apply for Doctoral programs. Did I mention that he also supports me as I serve as a nurse in the Army Reserves…Huah!
What an amazing man that will support me in everything that I do and what an amazing man who will stay home with our son and take care of everything at home. I am so blessed!
Your goals for AdvisaCare
My goal is to optimize quality of life for all of our clients. This includes providing superior care, educating the public and other health care professionals as well as partnering with advocacy groups to make sure that each client’s holistic needs are met to the best of our abilities. I would love to be able to use my passion and knowledge to serve people with disabilities. AdvisaCare and its CEO, Kris Skogen, have an amazing vision that I share!
What does a Clinical Care Manager do?
I ensure that AdvisaCare, Arizona provides excellent care. I provide oversight and supervision to all services we provide throughout the State of Arizona. I personally meet with clients and families to discuss the whole picture (health, support, employment, education, home disposition, supply, Doctors and Specialists). I truly enjoy getting to meet patients in their home because that is the best way to learn their story and assess their personal needs from self care to transfers, showers, home modifications, and case management. I learn about different organizations available in the community like the Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association and Raising Special Kids and recommend these resources to ensure a sense of community and support. At AdvisaCare, our mission is to help our clients maintain optimum health and independence.