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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Ava Green leads a high tech life

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  • Different people have different ideas of fun.
    Ava Green is having the time of her life as a clinical IT specialist providing employee training and helping set up electronic documentation systems at 40 nursing homes in 10 states.
    “I like computers, now I get to play with the computers,” she said in a telephone interview from her home in St. Petersburg, Fla. “It’s fun.”
    However, it her many hours of hard work, not to mention a lot of driving, for her get to that good place.
    Green, daughter of Gene Garman, Pittsburg, started out as a nursing student and graduated in 1992 from the Neosho County Community College, Chanute, with an associate degree.
    “Right after I graduated I had my second child,” Green said. “After I started going back for the prerequisites to go for my bachelor of science in nursing, I found out I was pregnant with my third child.”
    However, she was determined to earn her four-year degree at Pittsburg State University.
    “I worked a 12-hour late-night shift at Neodesha so I could go to college,” Green said. “I had to get some prerequisites at Chanute, so I was always driving.”
    Her father was happy to help out with her children.
    “At the time she graduated from PSU, Ava was living in Altoona, an hour and a half away from here,” Garman said. “She would drive over, leave my grandkids with me to keep, when necessary, until classes were over, and then drive them back home.”
    He was delighted that she took a break recently and made a flying visit to take him out for dinner on Father’s Day.
    After her graduation from PSU in 1996 Green got a job at Beverly Health and Rehabilitation in Neodesha eventually became director of nursing and worked there for six years.
    “After that, I went to Kansas City and ran a 40-bed Medicare unit, then went back to Beverly Health Care as a director of nursing,” Green said.
    Following that she was a director of clinical services for an acute care facility and was there for two years while working on her master’s degree in business administration and health care management through the University of Phoenix.
    “It was really tough, but it was all on-line because I could not have made it to a classroom setting,” Green said. “I was able to work at my own pace.”
    She finished her master’s program in February of 2008 and, after another year as a director of nursing with Beverly Health Care in Kansas City, became a regional nurse consultant at Deaconess Long Term Care.
    “I had eight buildings in the Kansas City area that I oversaw,” Green said. “I made sure they were compliant with state and federal regulations, and did training for new directors of nursing. It was stressful, but I enjoyed it.”
    Page 2 of 2 - After two years, the company was selling off buildings and downsizing.
    “I took the opportunity to decide where I wanted to live, and started looking for jobs in warm states,” Green said. “I found a great job in Florida and became regional director of clinical services over four buildings, in Memphis, Atlanta and two in Florida.”
    She is now clinical IT specialist for the company, Grace Healthcare, and finds herself doing a great deal of traveling between those 40 buildings.
    “I’m either working out of my home or out of state,” Green said. “I get to see a lot of the world I wouldn’t see otherwise. But three of those buildings are in Florida, so sometimes I’m local.”
    Her duties involve a lot of training and imparting her computer skills to others.
    “When we get a new building, I help them get set up with our electronic documentation,” Green said. “The federal government has mandated that, by the end of 2014, everything will be electronic. A lot of hospitals are already compliant, but some long-term care facilities are still struggling.”
    She said that the IT field is an up and coming thing in nursing.
    “That’s the great thing with nursing,” Green said. “There are so many avenues you can take.”

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