By Patty Johnson, reporter
BJC Today*

Just a few short years ago, Cindy Gilmer, RN, BSN, was looking for a new challenge. Now, armed with a master’s degree in business administration (MBA), she’s about to take on a new role at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

“I was restless in my current role and looking for opportunities to integrate my current knowledge base into something that was fresh and challenging,” says Gilmer, MBMC operating room assistant nurse manager.

So she looked into the mini-MBA program that’s offered by the BJC Center for LifeLong Learning. After completing the mini-MBA, she joined cohort 5 of the BJC-Webster University MBA program.

“Since graduating last month, I’ve been offered a new position at my hospital that will allow me to grow and use many of the tools and skills I’ve learned through the MBA program,” Gilmer says. “I’m very excited about the new direction my career is taking.”

Ryan Talbert, MBA, LCSW, tells a similar story. “In early 2008, I was evaluating my career path, as well as the future needs of my family,” says Talbert, a hospital social worker with BJC since 2004. “The field of social work is diverse and rewarding, but I knew it wasn’t going to be my long-term occupation. I wanted to expand my sights and learn more about the big picture of health care.

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