is a new member of the College of Nursing Alumni Board. She has a Bachelor’s of Science from both the colleges of Social Science and Nursing from Michigan State (1985, 1988), and an Associate in Healthcare Risk Management and Quality Review from Lansing Community College. Michelle also has a Master’s of Science from the University of Phoenix obtained in 2004. She has worked several years in the Lansing area at both McLaren (Ingham Regional) and Sparrow Hospitals; her specialty being Cardiology and Intensive Care. Michelle also has several years of experience as a Risk Manager and Risk Consultant both at Ingham Regional and at Michigan Hospital Association Insurance Company. In 2004, Michelle began her career as a Nurse Manager at Ingham Regional, where she was able to utilize her skills in patient / clinician safety to engage and empower nurses to own their practice and advocate for their patients. In 2007, Michelle was a part of the startup cardiac surgery program at Allegiance Health in Jackson, MI. This Cardiac Universal Bed Unit was awarded an Honorable Mention from the co-sponsored American Association of Critical Care Nursing and Society of Critical Care Medicine ICU Design award which recognizes function, design, patient safety and quality.
In 2010, Michelle joined Baxter International, headquartered in Deerfield, IL. She is a Sr. Manager in Medical Affairs and is a part of the Research and Development team for medical device development. Michelle travels extensively in the US and Europe observing clinical practice, meeting with clinicians and performing Human Factors testing to validate clinical workflows. In this role, safety, innovation and engineering meet as she works with development teams to create intuitive and safe medical devices that re-enforce clinical practice and patient safety. Michelle currently resides in Chicago, but is very excited to be a part of the CON Alumni Board as it gives her one more great reason to travel back to East Lansing to visit family and see the Spartans!