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Get to know Children’s – Minnetonka patient care manager, nurse

Our Children’s – Minnetonka campus offers a wide range of services, including surgery, radiology/diagnostic imaging, endocrinology/diabetes, ENT, gynecology, neurosurgery, audiology, and physical, occupational and speech therapies for families in the west metro. Erin Curtis, RN, BSN, is the patient care manager for the surgery center in Minnetonka, where teams perform more than 3,200 outpatient surgeries each year. Erin tells us more about her role and her amazing team in this week’s Five Question Friday.

How long have you worked at Children’s Minnesota?

I have been at Children’s for 10 months; it will be one year in January.

What do you love most about your job?

The part of my job I love the most is rounding on the families after their children have had surgery. They are usually very satisfied with their services here and have great things to say about the staff. It really makes me smile that the staff do such a great job to impact these families and children’s lives with such a great experience when surgery is not always ideal.

What do you think makes kids amazing?

I think kids make themselves amazing. They are each such unique individuals with their own little personalities. I love their innocence and great view of the world. Their amazingness also pushes me further to be the best I can be for them, because often times we are their advocate.

What was an example of a time you saw a Children’s Minnesota team or team member living out our values?

Erin Curtis, RN, BSN, enjoys spending time at the cabin with her kids.

I feel that our team members really advocate for the child. I have seen the team go above and beyond multiple times to arrange for a history and physical to be completed so the child can go ahead with surgery. The doctor or anesthesiologist doesn’t have to do this, but I love when they do and put the needs of the child first. When rounding on a family recently, they expressed how satisfied they were with their nurse and how she explained everything to them and they really felt well-prepared through the whole process — so glad to have remarkable staff living the values every day!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

The cabin; it’s always my happy place where my kids love to be.