Kelsey-Seybold Clinical Educator Shirleen Joy Isagan, BSN, RN, MN, Clinical Educator, was selected one of the Top 150 nurses by the Houston Chronicle in its Salute to Nurses 2022. She was selected from among hundreds of nurses nominated throughout the Houston area as part of the newspaper’s Salute to Nurses during Nurses Week, May 6 – 12.
The award recognizes Shirleen’s deep passion for nursing and her commitment to clinical education, which centers on immunization training. Shirleen is a key player on Kelsey-Seybold’s COVID-19 team, particularly when it comes toCOVID-19 vaccines. Her role has required diligent adherence to day-by-day, hour-by-hour updates to guidelines and orders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies.
“Shirleen always goes above and beyond to support our staff,” said Mary Ellen Gregory, RN, Senior Manager of Clinical Education Programs, noting that Shirleen is rated as “excellent” by those she trains.
“She is truly a delight to work with and has a wonderful sense of humor, contagious smile, and charming personality. She’s a fabulous asset to our Clinical Education Department and Kelsey-Seybold,” Mary Ellen said.
For Shirleen, an interest in nursing started early in life from seeing her mother teach nursing in her native Philippines. “I saw the passion and commitment involved in nursing and knew that’s what I wanted to do,” she explained.
She enjoyed a 20-year career as a nurse in the Philippines before moving to the United States and Texas. While studying for her US health license, she worked in Houston as a medical assistant. She was employed by Harris Health System before joining Kelsey-Seybold nine years ago to develop an immunization training program that includes all registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, certified medical assistants, registered medical assistants, and medical assistants working within primary care.
“I’ve loved every minute of it,” Shirleen said.
When speaking about health careers to young people, she encourages them to consider nursing as a rewarding vocation.
“Nursing is all about altruism … doing things for others without expecting anything in return,” Shirleen said. “That’s what I try to do. As a nurse, you truly make a difference.”