Year Graduated: 1998, 2007
Major: Nursing Systems Administration
Job Title: Director of Nursing Workforce Transitions, Sharp HealthCare
Kim Reina Failla, Nursing Workforce Transitions Director at San Diego-based Sharp HealthCare, oversees system-wide initiatives including nurse residency programs, preceptor programs, and the mentor program. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, her responsibilities have shifted.
Her job has been somewhat repurposed to help out with day-to-day decision making, day-to-day operations of how to handle everything from new admits to testing to the labor pool. She is devoting more time to what is happening in the world.
Reina Failla is part of Sharp’s incident command system which she describes as a “well-oiled machine” designed to respond to crises. As a former neonatal ICU nurse now in a formal leadership role, she brings the perspective of direct caregivers to the table when policies and strategies are discussed.
She credits SDSU with help to launch her career. San Diego State has such beautiful relationships with the hospitals in San Diego that she was placed almost immediately into the Sharp HealthCare system as a nursing student.
For the uncertainties of the current pandemic, there is one aprt of Reina Failla’s job in the incident command center she particularly enjoys: calling discharged patients with negative coronavirus test results.
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