Chea Cunningham, M.S.N., R.N., CCRN
Nurse Manager, Post-Acute Care Unit (PCU)
Texas Health Hurst Euless Bedford
Chea Cunningham, M.S.N., R.N., CCRN, comes to us (Texas Health HEB) from Texas Health Allen, where she has worked since 2007 as both a nurse in the intensive care unit (ICU) and an administrative house supervisor.
What does your typical workday look like?
My typical work day begins at 6:30 a.m. by talking with the night shift charge nurse. I round on the unit to complete an Environment of Care tracer, then lead the huddle with the oncoming shift at 7 a.m. Then, I will go to my office to collect the daily information to report to the safety huddle and staffing huddle at 9 a.m. From 10 a.m. until noon, I round on patients and their families to inquire about the quality of care they are receiving. In the afternoon, I attend multiple meetings, create action plans for improvement projects, and make myself available to employees.
What is the biggest challenge of your work?
The greatest challenge is work-life balance. I carry work home most days, and I dedicate a great deal of my time to work on the weekends. It is difficult balancing the needs of the unit with the needs of my family. I take my responsibility to heart, and I want PCU to succeed as much as my family at home. I believe the care and support I give employees will ultimately translate to the patient.
What do you love the most about your new job here at Texas Health HEB?
I have been an employee of Texas Health for 10 years. Although I left behind my hospital family of 10 years, I have been surprised how much I have been embraced by Texas Health HEB. Since the day I arrived, I have felt that sense of camaraderie and commitment that propels success. Not only has administration embraced me, but the employees have really claimed me as their own. I am thankful to feel at home again.
What do you do when you are not at work?
I enjoy my children's baseball games, crafts, outdoors and bicycling with my standard poodle, Mazie, alongside.
Tell us about your loved ones.
I have been married to my husband, Michael, for 11 years. We have two children, Cason, 8, and Kynzi, 5.