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Nov 02, 2021 / Pediatric Developmental Disabilities

Get to Know our Staff: Siera Grano, Neurology & Pediatric Developmental Disabilities

What is your job title/your role at Scottish Rite for Children?  
I am the clinical nurse manager for the Neurology and Pediatric Developmental Disabilities departments and have the honor of serving as the leader for the nurses on those teams.
What do you do on a daily basis or what sort of duties do you have at work?  
This is a hard to narrow down, as my role is really shaped by the current needs of the department and is ever-changing. My favorite thing about my job is the opportunity to problem solve and adapt on the fly. It keeps the days interesting! Some of my consistent duties include RN staffing and management, COVID-19 response, template management in EPIC, patient education and RN process improvement. I also jump in to help in the traditional RN role when needed — clinics, phone calls, etc.
What was your first job? What path did you take to get here or what led you to Scottish Rite? How long have you worked here?
My first job was as an assistant ballet and hip-hop teacher at Maciolek School of Dance in Hobbs, New Mexico. I started assistant teaching when I was 16.
My journey to Scottish Rite started in the summer of 2015 when I served as the nurse extern for the Neurology department. I stayed on as part-time during my last year of nursing school and was lucky enough to be offered a full-time position upon graduating. I served as an RN coordinator for the general neurology and neuromuscular clinics in the Neurology department until February of 2020, when I then moved into the nurse manager role. I have been here for six years.
What do you enjoy most about Scottish Rite?
I most enjoy the sense of teamwork that is found throughout Scottish Rite’s culture. The Neurology and PDD teams have really become a second family for me, and I love our common mission of care for the patients and families to the best of our abilities. I also love that we are an environment that encourages education. I have had many great mentors, and I learn something new from my team every day.
Tell us something about your job that others might not already know.
I think that the most unique thing about my management role is how much my job changes day-to-day. While I try to plan as much as I can, I always have to be willing to adapt at a moment’s notice. Luckily, I am comfortable with change and enjoy the challenges that it presents.
What was the last thing you read?
The last thing I read was It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny. My 17-month-old son hands it to me to read to him every night before bed! Other than that, I have been reading a lot of leadership books for graduate school. I am currently working on my master’s degree in nursing administration.
What was the best vacation you ever took and why?
Hands down, my honeymoon to Kauai. The Napali Coast is the most beautiful place I have ever seen, and the island is full of adventures. My husband and I went zip-lined, surfed, hiked to secret falls and even got to take a helicopter ride into a dormant volcano!
Do you collect anything? How did you start?
Not as an adult, but I had a pretty sweet rock collection as a kid though!
Do you play any sports or instruments?
As a kid, I did studio dance for 14 years. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and Irish tap (AKA river dancing). I also played volleyball for three years, but I stopped to focus on dance.

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