Welcome to our series celebrating the women of Care Innovations, where we're meeting some of the key leaders and team members working hard to drive our success. Today, we're talking to Lesley Mathis, RN, MSSW, MSN, ACNP-BC, our Clinical Manager, who discussed her experience, inspiration, work/life balance, and more.
How has your life experience prepared you for your role at Care Innovations?
I believe the life experience that has prepared me the most for my position was my role as an acute care nurse practitioner for the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. As you can imagine, it was a very fast-paced job in which I faced new situations daily that forced me to learn to be flexible and to think critically. I learned how to prioritize situations as well as manage them effectively.
All of that experience has been very valuable for me in my current role as a clinical manager at Care Innovations. I am able to handle multiple projects and customers and ensure that they all receive the proper attention.
Who is a female that has been inspirational to you in your career, and why?
I know it sounds very cliché, but my daughter has been very inspirational to my career. I was a mom that never wanted to be a stay-at-home mom — it just was not a fit for me. I had a job as soon as I was old enough to work and have never stopped.
I think that sometimes we as moms are fearful that we'll be viewed as “bad moms” if we admit how much we enjoy and devote to our careers. I tend to look at it a different way. I WANT my daughter to see me working hard and being successful in my career. Knowing that I am one of her biggest role models inspires me to be the best I can be and show her that, through hard work, she can do anything she wants in life!
How do you balance work with family life?
I know balancing work and family life is a struggle for many families, and I am no different. I am very fortunate to work for an organization that encourages us to spend time with our families. I cannot tell you how many times my direct boss has said to me, “family comes first.” I have never been made to feel guilty anytime I have had to put my family before work.
Another thing that keeps my life balanced is my calendar. I am lost without my calendar — it truly helps me to balance my schedule and lets me clearly visualize where I am devoting most of my time. Also, due to the fact that I often travel for work, I am grateful for technology like FaceTime that allows me to help my daughter with homework or read a book even though I'm on the other side of the country. It definitely helps me stay connected with my family.
What traits do you possess that have made you successful in your career?
I think the first trait is that of flexibility. I am willing to step out of my box and learn new skills in order to benefit my team. There have been times when we have had to take on other roles, which has taught me new skills and added value to my career.
Secondly, I am very self-motivated and need little direction — this is when I flourish. I am not a fan of micro-management! Lastly, I am dependable — if I say I am going to do something, then I do it! My team can always count on me!
What do you love about your job?
Just about everything — seriously!!! I have never been happier at a job. I love helping improve patients’ lives all over the world. I love all of my colleagues and continually feel so privileged and honored to be part of such a great team. We truly define the word "team," supporting and elevating each other on a daily basis. I am forever grateful to be a part of the Care Innovations team!
How do you feel that you impact patients on a daily basis?
I take great pride in the fact that every day I work for a company positively impacts the health of thousands of patients. Many of these patients are chronically ill, and the technology we provide connects them with a clinician that lets them know that they are not alone.
I love watching patients being empowered and learning how to self-manage their conditions. Our services demonstrate daily that healthcare can be provided with great effectiveness and efficiency outside the traditional walls of a healthcare facility — patients want to stay in their homes, and we strive to make this happen.
About Lesley Mathis, RN, MSSW, MSN, ACNP-BC
Lesley Mathis is a clinical manager at Care Innovations and a board-certified acute care nurse practitioner. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and a leading expert in remote patient monitoring (RPM) and the development of clinical solutions for various patient populations. In her free time, she enjoys entertaining, cooking, spending time with friends and family, playing tennis and watching SEC sports. (Go Vandy!) She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her 9-year-old daughter Harper Payne and husband Todd.