Third Edition | Marquis Who ’ s Who Insight 7 Mary M. O’Leary, RN, MHPEd Nursing Administrator O’Leary Consulting Saint Helena, CA www.maryolearyrn.com What are two key behaviors/personality traits that allow you to be effective in your role? I try to step outside of myself so that I can be there for people in particular situations. I don’t let my own fears or personal thoughts get in the way. What is the most important issue/challenge you are dealing with in your industry right now? The most important issue is dealing with the pandemic and helping people to understand why they have to do the things they need to do to take care of themselves. How do you feel your industry has changed/evolved over time? Nurses have become more educated and are earning graduate degrees and PhDs. Also, they are doing more research and I believe that some of them are on the same level as medical doctors. If you go into the hospital, you will see that a team consists of a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, lab specialist and social worker, and in many ways, they are all on the same level. What new innovations or technologies do you feel will shape the future of your industry? Nowadays, we are able to print out a patient’s history and information and everyone on the medical team has access to it. This means that everybody has full-scale knowledge about that patient before we go on rounds. What excites you the most about your industry? I love dealing with people. When there is something critical going on, we work as a team — even if it’s cancer, we always find positive things to help a patient to overcome their situation. We really try to help patients learn how to live day by day and how to monitor themselves. Manjula Raguthu, MD, FAAFP, ABAARM, FAARM Physician, Director Proage Institute Sugarland, TX www.proageinstitute.com How have you navigated disruptions in your industry to remain a top professional? You have to beat the competition to stay ahead in the game. Keep learning and don’t let negative people affect you. What are two key behaviors/personality traits that allow you to be effective in your role? I have a passion for service and I enjoy what I do. What is the most important issue/challenge you are dealing with in your industry right now? I think it’s a general lack of education and the ignorance of people. How do you feel your industry has changed/evolved over time? Due to the pandemic, we are doing more telemedicine. I think that as a physician, it’s not the right way to practice medicine in the long-term. You want to be able to touch, feel, and diagnose a patient in-person. You don’t want to become dependent on the lab and technical analysis. I don’t know what will happen with robotics in the future, but virtual health care is definitely taking physicians out of contact with patients. What new innovations or technologies do you feel will shape the future of your industry? Robotics and AI will lead to a lot of changes in the field. They could be of added value, but they also might be detrimental to actual patient care. What excites you the most about your industry? The passion for service. You have to like what you do and you need to be able to help people identify their health as a priority and keep it a priority above everything else.