Member Spotlight Q&A: Jason Fisher
Current company, position, and other organizational affiliations:
UPMC Hamot in Erie, PA
Director of the Hospitalist Advanced Practice Provider Team
Major, Air Force Reserve Nurse Corp, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, OH
Public Relations Officer for the Northwest PA Nurse Practitioner Association
MHA, Gannon University, 2020
DNP, University of Pittsburgh, 2015
BSN, Gannon University, 2012
ADN, Mercyhurst University, 2009
What do you enjoy most about your current position?
I enjoy the ability to work both clinically as a nurse practitioner and as an administrator in the hospital. It allows me to connect with patients and families 1:1 and influence larger changes in the hospital which can impact many more patients.
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
Obtaining fellowship in ACHE. Over the years I have held different positions in healthcare which include being a nurse’s aide, a bedside nurse, a nurse practitioner, and administrator. I have been in the Air Force for ten years as an enlisted member and now an officer and have obtained various degrees and certifications. Meeting all the requirements for ACHE fellowship and being able to pass the governors exam required knowledge and skills from all those different avenues.
Why did you decide to join ACHE?
I had never heard of ACHE until I started my MHA program in the fall of 2018. The director of the program suggested everyone join, and I was in a position in my career to join as a regular member. While in the MHA program, I took advantage of some of the educational event’s ACHE offered which helped to supplement and expand on what I was learning in the program at the time. From there I was able to connect with other ACHE members in the area.
What has been your favorite ACHE event and why?
At the end of October 2020, I was able to be the moderator for a local education event focused on crisis/disaster management and tied in a lot of what was happening with the COVID-19 pandemic. I enjoy the local education events because many times they include people you currently work with or might work with in the future. It allows for local networking opportunities and offers an insight to what is happening where you live.
How have you applied your ACHE experience to your current role?
The best experience I have gained from ACHE so far is the networking. I volunteered to be a mentee and made a very good connection with a mentor through the early careerist group. ACHE has allowed me to connect with people I otherwise would not have had the opportunity to meet yet.
What is your favorite thing to do in Pittsburgh?
Living in Erie, my family and I venture to Pittsburgh a lot. One of our favorite things to do is going to the Science Center.
Ways to connect with you (LinkedIn, email, etc.)
Text/phone call: 814-403-8865