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Rising Star: Brandy Easa

Rising Star: Brandy Easa

Brandy Easa, MSN, RN, CRN, is the assistant nurse manager of radiology at University Hospitals St. John Medical Center. She was nominated as a Rising Star by Michelle Dossa, Ph.D., CRA, RT, radiology director at University Hospitals.

“We’d like to also submit for consideration our Radiology Assistant Nurse Manager Brandy Easa for your Rising Star column. Brandy supports our Radiology RN team as well as our intervention rad techs,” Dossa wrote.

ICE Magazine found out more about Easa in a recent interview.

Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in Brook Park and Strongsville, Ohio

Q: Where did you receive your imaging training/education?
A: I received my Diploma of Nursing from Fairview Hospital School of Nursing, and then my BSN and MSN through Cleveland State University. I also have my CRN – Certified Radiology Nurse.

Q: How did you first decide to start working in imaging?
A: I fell into IR. I had worked in many fields, and my last cath lab job required a cross-training to IR. When a full-time position opened up there I went and I never left. It is remarkable how much is done in IR and how little nurses are educated about this dynamic field in school.

Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
A: I never thought I would like being in management before I actually experienced it! I love watching things grow, be it people, places or ideas. Being part of growth is the best and most rewarding thing I do.

Q: What do you like most about your position?
A: I would say seeing and being part of that growth and change. I love planning and developing workflows, bringing order out of disorder.

Q: What interests you the most about the imaging field?
A: I think it is remarkable to consider the continuum of care a patient receives in radiology. We see them in screening exams, diagnostic imaging, IR interventions, subsequent exams, and hopefully a successful resolution. The nursing aspect of this is where we can see that continuum best since radiology nurses touch every modality. Seeing our patients in the various areas and stages provides the patients with a familiar face during very personal and difficult struggles. Nursing is very different in radiology, but it allows for better relationships with patients where our skills and knowledge are at the forefront of what is cutting edge care.

Q: What has been your greatest accomplishment in your field thus far?
A: The IR department I originally came to was a very small venture. I have been able to watch it grow and become a hub of care for our region. We have brought on many new service lines and can provide state-of-the-art, outstanding patient care in a community setting. It has been very rewarding to see how far we have come and exciting to contemplate our future.

Q: What goals do you have for yourself in the next 5 years?
A: I would like to see us expand into markets where there appear to be IR “deserts” so that patients in these areas have access to high-level IR procedures. I would like to inspire my team to achieve certification so they can excel professionally. For my professional growth, I would like to try my hand at writing and presenting. •

Fun Facts

Favorite Hobby:
Making food. Any food, all food.

Favorite Show:
Hard to say, but I am currently watching “The Bear” on Hulu.

Favorite Food:
Things made with homemade dough – Danish, pastry, good bread.

Favorite vacation spot:
So far I am in love with Italy, but I want to travel more!

1 Thing on Your Bucket List:
Africa, specifically Kenya and Egypt

Something your co-workers don’t know about you:
I used to perform with a belly dance troupe.

Rising Star Nomination