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Alumni Spotlight! Meet Robin Richards!

 CAlumniSpotlight3urrent Company and Position: Director of Adult Mental Health Services at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, IN

Major: Public Health, Masters

Year You Graduated: 1988

How did you get into this field?

I first got my Bachelors in Nursing from the University of Evansville. I then decided I wanted a nursing specialty where I could have the ability to interact more with patients; so I came to IU where I received my Masters in Public Health. This degree opened up the opportunity for me to get into management. I found that I liked management because I could implement change and create a supportive environment for staff in a healthcare setting.

What’s the best part of your current job?

The best part is being able to help support my staff and create the best learning and working environment for them, as well as supporting high-quality patient care.

AlumniSpotlight2What’s the most challenging part of your position or the industry in general?

In terms of the most challenging parts of the industry, you have to be able to adapt to change very quickly. Regarding my position, it carries high demands in terms of providing the support needed by staff such as education, staffing, equipment, resources, etc.

What skills and characteristics are most important for success in this field/position?

The ability to create a vision for staff, be collaborative, open-minded, fair, not micromanage, and resourceful are all important skills.

What does a typical day look like for you in this position?

A typical day involves many tasks. I usually have several meetings so I have to make sure I prepare for each meeting the evening and morning before.  I always check my schedule and email every morning, make sure all staff needs are met, check and follow-up with staff reports, check voicemail, and prioritize my agenda for the day, with patient and safety issues always taking priority. I also review budget and staffing reports and serve on a variety of committees regarding safety, quality, and leadership.

What do you wish you knew when you were a student at IU that you know now?

I think it is important to understand that every job experience is going to enhance your skill base and add to your abilities for the next job in some way.  While you may not have your  ideal job at different points in your career early on, they all help AlumniSpotlight1you grow professionally, and you should get as much as you can out of each job.

Any other advice you would like to give to students wanting to break into this industry?

Always remember that working with people takes a partnership, and they have to understand why there health is important to them – not just what you feel is important for them.

What do you miss the most about IU/Bloomington?

I miss the atmosphere:  the wonderful acceptance of diversity and an overall excitement about learning. I also miss the beautiful campus, of course, and the pizza!

georgiaGeorgia Rounder is from Evansville, IN. She is a junior majoring in Dietetics. Georgia’s passion for cooking, healthy eating habits, and exercise has led her to her current career path. Outside of her academics here in the School of Public Health, Georgia also enjoy working out, playing tennis, reading fashion magazines, trying different Bloomington restaurants, exploring new cities, and being near any body of water she can find!

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