A nurse for 35 years, Ed Bolt, B.S.N., R.N., PCCN, has been with LifeCare for the past 21 years. He is a Nursing Supervisor at LifeCare Hospitals of San Antonio.
What did you want to be as a kid and how did you ultimately choose your career/job?
Engineer and a nurse: Growing up I was fascinated by my grandfather’s career as an electrical engineer and my parents’ careers in the medical field (my mom was a nurse and my dad was a physician). I started working for my grandfather’s company when I was 14 tearing down large industrial motors and at age 16, I got my certified nursing assistant license, started working in a hospital and never looked back.
What is a typical workday like for you?
A typical work day starts with getting shift change report but after that it is ever changing based on meeting the needs of patients and their families, our staff and our physicians.
What is the biggest challenge of your work?
The biggest challenge of this job is staffing the hospital appropriately for each shift when you have last-minute sickness or call-ins from staff. It is difficult to plan for those issues, and sometimes staffing issues may not be resolved until the last minute, which can be stressful for everyone. Thanks to our great team members, we pull together to get it done.
What do you like most about working at LifeCare?
The teamwork among staff and all departments to have a positive outcome for our patients.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
Hiking, hunting, fishing, jet-skiing, ATV riding, and traveling. I am a car enthusiast!
What’s one thing most people might not know about you?
In the past, I used to raise Veiled chameleons and Barbado lambs.
How do you strive to live our values?
Own It: I always act in a professional manner and operate to improve patients experience at LifeCare.
Respect It: I respect each individual’s uniqueness, whether they are staff, patient or family.
Personalize It: I strive to be compassionate and caring and really listen to what the patient needs when providing nursing care.
Blur It: I try to help model that a team approach with other disciplines is necessary to reach positive patient outcomes.
Create It: I am always looking for different solutions for problems that arise. As a nurse supervisor, I have to be able to be creative to get the job done and make sure our patients get the best possible care.