Polly began her very successful career in the US Navy from 1974 to 1984 as an Operating Room Technician in the OR. She worked 31 years as a Registered Nurse and 9 of those years as a Nurse Manager. She is well known for her leadership and dedication to excellence.
Polly holds her Master’s in Nursing Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. Moving forward, Polly looks forward to mentoring women entering into the field of healthcare and collaborating with likeminded professionals.
During her career, Polly was instrument in leading policy change. Most recent she brought to the forefront the need for development of a program to prevent and manage employee abuse by patient, and / employees. She led a committee comprised of physicians, Administrators, Directors, Security, Nursing and computer technologists to develop and implement the program. The program is now in place at MUSC.
She also led a committee fir the development of a difficult patient protocol which resulted in hospital wide management of situation surrounding chronically unsafe and stressful patients and families to ensure proper decompression fir staff from the daily stressor of caring for such patients.
Polly has always loved to dance. In addition to her professional career, Polly is a semi professional belly dancer as well as a belly dance instructor, Creating choreography, and editing music as needed for performances. She has been teaching belly dance for the past 12 years. Ballet training has helped her transition to belly dance. She has also practiced the ancient art of Tai Chi since 2006 ensuring good balance and posture. She has been an oil painter and multi-media artist since the age of 10.
Since her retirement in 2018 she has obtained her personal trainer certificate from ISSA in order to enhance her own exercise routine. She has been actively involved in physical fitness since she was 14 years old weight training and jogging.
International Society of Female Professionals Member, Polly Guffin, can be found on the Association Directory, where she is looking forward to networking with you.