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Wright, Marilyn (Nia)MARILYN ‘NIA’ WRIGHT

SENIOR NURSING DIRECTOR, SURGICAL SERVICES

LUMINIS HEALTH ANNE ARUNDEL MEDICAL CENTER

Over her decades-long career in the nursing field, Marilyn Wright got the nickname Nia which is the abbreviation for “Nurse In Action.”

As the senior nursing director of surgical services at Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center, Wright is dedicated to taking care of the needs of staff as well as leading diversity and inclusion initiatives at the medical center.

What led you to go into your health care field? Was there a specific life experience?

I have wanted to be a nurse since I was about 7 years old. I wanted to help bring comfort to patients and help them to heal. During my nursing school training, I became fascinated with surgery and applied for a nursing fellowship the moment I saw that the opportunity was available.

What has been the most challenging part of the pandemic for you and how have you met that challenge?

The most challenging part of the pandemic for me as a leader was keeping up with the rapidly changing CDC guidelines and ensuring that my staff was adequately informed and felt that their safety and that our patients was the top priority. I met that challenge by rounding, having daily huddles in person and huddles via emails. I also held weekly Zoom meetings on various shifts to check in on the staff to get a sense of how they were doing and to identify needs as well as work with them to derive solutions. It is always a top priority to ensure the well-being of the staff who are providing direct patient care.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Health Care Heroes awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.