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Michael Gifford

Michael Gifford

BSN, RN-Clinical Nurse III

Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Michael Gifford was originally a computer engineer for 12 years, working in the high-pressure high-tech world. Gradually he became disillusioned with the concept of a fast-paced life, dedicated to earning a living. He always knew he liked to help people and the idea of making an extreme change in his life became attractive to him.
Eventually He decided to make a change into nursing for a more meaningful career and life. Today, Michael Gifford is an excellent and dedicated Registered Nurse who has been working at Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), Cedars Sinai Medical Center for 17 years. SICU at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a very busy unit with a complex patient population. One of the largest patient populations at SICU are pre-liver and post-liver transplant patients.

Michael, a senior nurse at ICU, is an excellent clinician, a compassionate nurse and a dedicated team player who constantly displays the highest ethical standards in caring for the patients. He is always willing to go above and beyond to ensure that his patients receive the best possible care. He fulfils multiple roles in the unit where he takes a leadership role by taking charge, and triage nurse role, and he oversees the unit and supports the nurses throughout the shift. Michael is an excellent preceptor, and he has precepted multiple new to ICU nurses as well as new to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center nurses throughout the years.
In collaboration with nephrologists, Michael played a vital role in creating the guidelines for Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT). Many pre-liver transplant patients as well as post-liver transplant patients require CRRT treatment to support their kidney function. Michael is a champion for CRRT treatment, and he constantly teaches the nurses about CRRT treatment management.
Michael is a member of MD/RN collaboration committee, and advocates for better patient care. His opinion and suggestions are always taken into consideration by the SICU team and Liver Transplant Team. Michael has been recognized by patients and families with standing ovations multiple times.

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