Get to Know EBSCO’s Nursing and Allied Health Editorial Leadership: Colleen Seeber-Combs, MSN, RN

Nursing | January 21, 2020

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Colleen Seeber-Combs, MSN, RN, is EBSCO’s Nursing and Allied Health Section Editor, Medical-Surgical. Learn how her expertise helps EBSCO create superior nursing and allied health content.

Q. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

A.  I am a master’s-prepared RN with more than 30 years of experience. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my husband and I decided to raise our family and build our life in Philadelphia. My husband is a clinical psychologist at a major teaching hospital. Philadelphia has a tremendous healthcare and publishing workforce, so we feel fortunate to live and work in Philadelphia. We have two school-aged sons who keep us very busy.

Q. What did you do prior to joining EBSCO’s Nursing and Allied Health Editorial Leadership team?

A.  Clinically-speaking, I have worked in many of the hospitals in the Philadelphia area. I started off in medical-surgical, progressive care nursing, but after obtaining my master’s degree as a clinical nurse specialist in 1992, I worked in an advanced practice role in cardiothoracic transplantation in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. I also worked in managed care and was the assistant director for simulation at a university-based nursing and medical college. In 1996, I started out in publishing, and have been working as a clinical editor for books, videos, and online products ever since.

Q. What inspired you to become a healthcare professional?

A.  I didn’t set out to become a nurse; my early passion was writing. But fate stepped in, and after experiencing a brief, but catastrophic illness in high school, I began to consider nursing. It’s a perfect fit because it allows me to combine my love of science and inquisitive thinking with the art of caring. As a nurse, I am able to take a wealth of knowledge and apply it in a unique way.

I didn’t set out to become a nurse: my early passion was writing. But fate stepped in, and after experiencing a brief, but catastrophic illness in high school, I began to consider nursing.

Q. What drew you to EBSCO and our Nursing and Allied Health Editorial Leadership team?

A.  After more than 20 years in healthcare publishing, I can appreciate the differences between big and small companies. I was looking for a career doing what I love — creating educational materials for nurses. But I wanted to work for a company with an excellent reputation and growth potential, where my efforts could be supported and appreciated. I was well-aware of EBSCO’s superb reputation before joining, and I was gratified to discover that the reputation was accurate. I have been given the opportunity to work with an amazing group of professionals and managers who care about my growth.

Q. What is your favorite part of your job?

A.  I love taking difficult, complicated concepts and presenting them in simple, easy-to-digest formats. I also enjoy presenting information visually and working with the media team to create appealing and accurate videos and images. It’s very satisfying when I find out that I have made a nurse’s job easier or a patient’s outcome better using a product that I helped create.

Q. What is your professional passion as it relates to healthcare?

A. For years now, I have been happy creating educational materials for nurses. It fulfills me on so many levels. I have also dreamed of creating patient education materials.

As a clinical nurse, my interest has been in the care of patients with cardiac disorders. But for many years, I have considered becoming certified as a wound ostomy nurse. Caring for patients with wound, ostomy, and continence needs is very grounded in nursing science, and it’s an area where I believe nurses make an enormous impact on patient outcomes.

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