Joellan Mullen, 2022 Super Star Leader

Your name, title and department. How long have you worked here?
Joellan Mullen, MSN, RN, CRRN, CCRN Alumnus/Patient Care Manager, Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (IRU). I have been at Texas Children’s for 21 years, with five years in this position.

Tell us how you found out you won a super star award.
I was headed into a leadership team meeting and it was to be our first in-person meeting since COVID. My leader came to discuss a few key points and then we walked into the conference room together. The staff had decorated and everyone was there. I was quite surprised and humbled.

What does it mean to be recognized for the hard work you do? How has the organization helped you achieve your personal and professional goals?
It is such an honor to be recognized with this award especially being nominated by my own staff. Texas Children’s is very supportive of their staff. For new leaders, they provide classes to assist in working with staff as well as advancement. Also, I could not do this position without the incredible support of my leader Rhonda Wolfe.

What do you think makes someone at Texas Children’s a super star?
I think there are many unsung heroes here at Texas Children’s. Many who go above and beyond for our patients and employees.

What is your motivation for going above and beyond every day at work?
My motivation is the patients. While I am not at the bedside every day, the changes I make in leadership can effect each and every patient. In all decisions, the patient and my staff are in the forefront.

What is the best thing about working at Texas Children’s?
The best aspect of working at Texas Children’s is watching the kids transform through healing and regaining their independence. On our unit, patients are frequently admitted with the inability to walk and by discharge many are walking out of the hospital.

What does it mean to you that everyone at Texas Children’s is considered a leader? What is your leadership definition?
I do believe everyone is a leader; whether it be formal or informal, there is chance for everyone to lead. I feel I work for my patients and employees not them working for me. My leadership definition is: A leader is someone who works for their team and can guide them to success through effective communication and allowing them to shine.