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Lolita Kelso

Master of Management in Health Care 2010
Nurse Manager at Vanderbilt University

Nursing School

Kelso Gains New Tools to Manage Care

Like many health care professionals, Lolita Kelso, who was trained as a nurse, had spent her career "thinking," as she puts it, "through a medical mind."

And, like many health care professionals who take on management roles, Lolita needed to adapt her thinking after she became responsible for overseeing sitters, companions, home health aides and nurses under the private duty division of Vanderbilt Home Care.

Initially, she says, "I struggled with attempting to refocus to a business mindset." Owen's Master of Management in Health Care program helped her complete the transition while fulfilling her personal goal of returning to school to expand her base of knowledge.

The experience, she says, has reshaped her world by giving her "the business skill set to perform at a higher level of management within the medical field." With new management knowledge to complement her nursing knowledge, Lolita can make more informed decisions. "When reviewing financial documents," she says, "I am more in tune with what the information means and, when changes occur, how they will affect my department." Working in assigned groups through the program, she says, has helped her build lasting relationships with people she would not have ordinarily come in contact with.

"My life has changed since the beginning of this journey," she says. "I have fulfilled a lifelong dream."
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