Carrie Bilicki '95, '11
Carrie Bilicki was initially inspired to be a nurse after she went on two mission trips to Haiti as a teenager where she attended to various needs at the Grace Children’s Hospital. Today, Ms. Bilicki is an Oncology nurse with a commitment to both compassionate and professional patient care.
Yet, her nursing work goes the hospital walls. Ms. Bilicki is one of the hosts of Nursestalk (nursestalk.com) a health-related talk show that can be seen on YouTube. With co-hosts, Kevin Hook, MSN, and fellow Alverno alum, Lisa Thomka, PhD, Ms. Bilicki discusses health issues and patient care from a nurse’s perspective. Ms. Bilicki is very proud of her work with Nursestalk. Of it she says, “I have found a vessel to take my absolute love, passion and drive for excellent patient care and let the world know what resources, specializations and help them find their voice in their health care. We have built our shows with the foundation of experts in the nursing field and hot topics the public is interested in.” Ms. Bilicki also updates Nursestalk’s Facebook page and they are currently securing funding to maintain Nursestalk.
Ms. Bilicki’s most recent triumph was the submission of her poster to the “Connections: Advancing Care Through Science” conference in Phoenix, Arizona, November 16-18, 2012. Her poster was titled “Cancer Nurse Navigator Knowledge, Attitudes, and Be-liefs: Assessment of and Intervention for Managing Distress.” She will also speak about this topic at the 2013 Building Bridges to Research-Based Nursing Practice conference.
Nursing isn’t Ms. Bilicki’s only endeavor. She also owns a Cousin’s Subs with Alverno alum Julie Heindel. Located in Franklin, this Cousins Subs doesn’t only serve great sandwiches; it is also involved in community outreach. Alverno has also been helped the restaurant for several events.
When asked how her Alverno education inspires her today, Ms. Bilicki claims, “I would not be the woman I am now without the guidance, push for excellence and support I received over the years at Alverno. Graduating in 1995 with my BSN I was confident in my abilities and proud of my education. The self-assessment process has allowed me to always practice and reflect on my practice in action. My core person does not allow acceptance without a why or a reason. Alverno embraced my questioning and strive for knowledge.”
Alverno recently celebrated its 125th anniversary and Ms. Bilicki was involved in some of the celebratory week-end event’s planning. Of this momentous occasion Ms Bilicki proudly states, “I am so grateful for the leadership, guidance, encouragement and dedication the faculty of Alverno consistently and tirelessly shows. We alums are the faces of the school, and it is with pride that I took part in this week-end.”
Article by Jennifer Kaufman '04